TALK ‘N Text coach Norman Black rued another lost opportunity, saying the Texters won a lot of games in the course of the season but couldn't win the big ones.
Moments after an 87-93 loss to San Mig ended their season, Black was left to rue another series loss to a San Mig side that also beat the Texters in the Commissioner's Cup title playoffs.
“Disappointment, of course,” said Black, as he gamely answered questions from the media after the tough Game Five loss on Friday. “We won a lot of games but we didn’t win any championships.”
“If we add up the winning percentage, we might have the best winning percentage (this year) including San Mig Coffee. But it doesn’t really count if you don’t win a championship,” said Black.
Black said San Mig Coffee was definitely the better team in Game Five as they failed to come up with the much-needed effort in the stretches that mattered.
“They played a lot better. James Yap was able to make his shots against our zone, (Mark) Barroca played very, very well in the fourth, and we didn’t hit our foul shots,” said Black.
Paul Harris was the lone bright spot for the Tropang Texters with 40 points as he singlehandedly kept his team in contention down to the final minutes.
In the end, Black said the Texters' uncharacteristic struggle from the line in Game Five cost them dearly.
“Our main problem was that we are the number one free throw shooting team in the league and we shot 6-of-17. You don’t expect to win the game with that. That is something that hurt us in this game,” said Black.