MANILA, Philippines – B-Meg Derby Ace coach Tim Cone blamed end-game miscues for his team's Game 2 loss to Talk N’ Text last Wednesday.
The Llamados were on their way to winning their second game in the series when they committed serious errors in their plays.
The Texters took advantage of this and leveled the series with a 104-102 win in Game 2.
"The bottomline is, we shot ourselves in the foot," said Cone in PBA.ph. "We had the game and they came back and stole it from us. That makes you feel real bad."
Their import, Denzel Bowles, ruined a 33-point, 13-rebound performance by missing 3 of the Llamados' 5 attempts from the field when they needed it most.
After a superb third quarter, B-Meg’s James Yap also fumbled down the stretch.
"We had it under control," said Cone. "We overcame a lot and had the game, we were five points up, but we just couldn't get that last basket we needed."
The B-Meg tactician said he wants his team to regain its focus just like it did when they won over Talk N’ Text in Game 1.
The best-of-7 series action between the two teams resumes on Friday in Game 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"We just have to get re-focused and come back and play on Friday. The nice thing about it, we had the (series) lead. We could have been much worse, going down 0-2," said Cone.
Meanwhile, Texters coach Chot Reyes said his boys will need full concentration to keep heir momentum going.
"Like I've said, this is a series between two evenly matched teams and it will boil down to the last possession," said Reyes. "That's just how it's gonna be."
"I think the key is to play 48 minutes of full-concentration ballgame."