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.