MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine kept falling into Columbian's trap and Beau Belga is not pleased.
The Elasto Painters succumbed to the Dyip for the fourth straight time after absorbing an 82-85 loss in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday, March 6.
Columbian was the only team Rain or Shine failed to beat last year and the dry spell continued this season.
"Doon ako nafu-frustrate," Belga said. "Para kaming hindi nadala eh. 'Di ko na alam kung anong gagawin eh. It's frustrating, 'pag nakita mo 'yung dugout scene kanina, parang lahat galit."
(It's frustrating knowing that it felt we didn't learn from the past. I don't know what to do. If you've seen our dugout earlier, everyone looked like they're all angry.)
Rain or Shine has already secured a playoff berth behind a 7-3 record but the loss certainly did not help its cause of securing a top 2 finish, which guarantees a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.
And for a team that claimed victories against powerhouse squads San Miguel, Magnolia and Ginebra, it is disappointing for Belga to lose games they are heavily favored to win.
"What our problem is medyo tagilid kami in contention sa top 2 spot. Kasi kung nanalo ngayon, medyo okay okay na e," Belga said.
(What our problem is we're still not assured of a top 2 spot. If we won against Columbian, we would probably be in a good position for that.)
"Sabi ko nga, we have an easier job dahil na-survive natin 'yung mga malalakas and the last remaining 3 is medyo nasa kamay natin. Kaya lang, doon pa kami sa dulo nagkaroon ng ganitong klaseng problema."
(Like I told them, we have an easier job now that we have beaten the stronger teams and our last 3 remaining games are in our hands. But just when we are in the end of the elimination round, that's when we encounter problems.)
Rain or Shine has more than a week to prepare before it tangles with Meralco for its last elimination round game on March 15 at the Cuneta Astrodome.
"Back to the drawing board, balikan namin 'yung mga laro kung saan kami naging successful and forget about this loss."
(We should just go back to the drawing board, assess the games where we were successful and forget about this loss.) – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.