Black says Meralco paid dearly for missing one too many free throws

The Bolts muffed eight consecutive charities bridging the fourth quarter and overtime period, that enabled the Elasto Painters to secure a twice-to-beat advantage and the top seeding in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.

“We had a lot of fight, no question about that,” said Black. “The problem is we missed a lot of foul shots. We missed 18 foul shots (during the game), that would have easily put the game away. It was tied 94-all and we missed a lot of free throws, which gave (Rain or Shine) the chance to stay in the game.”

Import Arinze Onuaku and even Baser Amer, a 78-percent shooter from the stripe, accounted for most of those misses in the decisive stretch that led to Meralco’s second straight loss and a 7-4 record at the end of the elimination round.

“We have to do a better job at making our free throws,” added Black.

However, concerns of two straight defeats to end the elims has left Black to ponder on the what ifs.