MANILA, Philippines -- A huge meltdown. That was how Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia described their performance against San Miguel Beer in Game 2 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals.
Seeking to equalize the best-of-5 series after SMB took the opener last Friday, Rain or Shine led by as much as 29 points in the second period, and were on point from beyond the arc. But they surrendered a 21-0 run to end the second period, and were comprehensively outplayed in the second half.
They had no answer for Chris Ross, who made 10 of 16 three-pointers for a career-high 34 points in SMB's 117-105 triumph.
"Well, it's a huge meltdown on our side," Garcia said after the game, which put the Elasto Painters on the brink of elimination in the semifinals.
"San Miguel is San Miguel. It’s hard to keep in pace with them," he added. "Like we started the game on fire, but they were able to pick up their defense and they were able to pick up their shots. It gave us a hard problem."
All is not lost for Rain or Shine, however, as they still have a chance to extend the series come Wednesday's Game 3. Garcia wants his team to be quick to forget about their meltdown in Game 2, and instead put their focus on that do-or-die game.
"Tapos na eh," he said. "After one game, you just have to look at the next game. We start 0-0 again, and hope for that, hope for the best."
"May isa pang game," he also said. "Ano kami? Hindi kami sisipot?"
Garcia acknowledged that he was partly to blame for the defeat, as he could have called more timeouts to stall SMB's momentum in the second period. However, he also stressed that they cannot dwell on the "what-ifs" after the loss.
"After one game, whether you win or lose, you always start differently in the next game," said the coach. "So about morale, I think these players, they'll just forget this by tomorrow."
"They'll have to look forward to the next game," Garcia said.
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