MANILA, Philippines – GlobalPort head coach Pido Jarencio readily took responsibility for their disappointing loss to Magnolia in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, wherein they squandered a 20-point lead.
The Batang Pier surged to a quick start, leading 26-6 in the first quarter, but the Hotshots steadily whittled down the deficit in the second and completely took over the game in the third. Magnolia went on to lead by as many as 12 points in the final period, before holding off a last-ditch rally GlobalPort.
"Siguro, hindi ko nahanda ng maayos 'yung team namin," Jarencio said bluntly after the game. "It's all my fault. Ako lahat 'yun. It's all my fault."
Jarencio acknowledged that it was tough to stop the Hotshots once they got their momentum. Virtually every player contributed for Magnolia in its comeback, though it was Mark Barroca who led the way.
"It's always a game of momentum," said Jarencio. "Noong nakuha nila 'yung momentum nila, naka-bwelo sila. Siyempre, kapag naka-bwelo na sila, 'yung team na 'yan ay mabigat din. Mahirap i-stop."
They managed to trim the deficit to just 4 points, 82-78, with still 65 seconds left. Unfortunately for GlobalPort, Terrence Romeo committed a costly turnover when he lost control of the ball after trying to go behind his back, and they never recovered.
"Talagang ganoon," said Jarencio. "Breaks of the game."
Though the loss was obviously painful, Jarencio remained proud at how the Batang Pier fought until the end.
"Kahit papaano, lumaban," said Jarencio. " 'Yun lang naman ang gusto ko, basta lumaban. Medyo kulang, bitin, pero darating din 'yan na happy ending lahat."
"Basta, as long as mga players namin ay working hard, nakikinig, sumusunod, 'yun lang naman 'yun eh. Kapag ganyan ang team namin, magi-improve 'yan."
GlobalPort will take a weeklong break before reconvening to prepare for the Commissioner's Cup.
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