Ginebra getting confidence in Game 1 comeback was ‘game changer,’ says Chris Tiu


MANILA, Philippines — Paul Lee had a great look on an open left corner triple, Jeff Chan had a “gimme” and so did Gabe Norwood on a third try — all those opportunities came for Rain or Shine in the waning seconds of the game.

All those chances blown as the Elasto Painters became part of history — at the wrong end of it — as the ninth team with twice-to-beat advantage to get booted out since the incentive was institutionalized in 1996.

“Hindi lang talaga para sa amin,” Lee told after their 79-81 loss to an injury-depleted Barangay Ginebra late Monday night. “Marami kaming chances, open three points ko malapitan ni Jeff ng putback hindi pumasok, tip in ni Gabe sablay pa rin.”

“Disappointing loss. I thought we had a great conference. We looked good all throughout the elimination round. I thought we could have gone to the Finals,” said guard Chris Tiu.

“It’s a disappointment how the conference ended for us because I felt this team doesn’t deserve to go out this early but then again we didn’t play up to par in our last two, three games that’s why we’re on vacation early,” added Tiu. “But that’s basketball.”

For a moment in Game 1, Rain or Shine lived up to its billing as the heavy favorite as it zoomed to a commanding lead in the third quarter with seven minutes left.

That though, became just part of the plot as the Kings, driven by their unwavering crowd and led by one of their veterans Jayjay Helterbrand turning back the clock, rallied to win.

“It was all in the first game when we sort of messed up our second half it gave them the confidence and it gave them the momentum that they needed and that’s really the game changer,” Tiu pointed out. “We could have put the game away in the third quarter of Game 1 but then we made some mistakes both ends on the court and it gave them energy, gave them new life.”

“And that’s Ginebra, they just need a spark and they can be really dangerous.”

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  • Jan2X

    Non-basketball related comment: Did anyone notice the difference between Paul Lee’s and Chris Tiu’s commentaries? Setting the obvious difference in the language used aside, Tiu’s replies to the essentially same question from the press (I’m assuming here) were more in-depth and analytical, in contrast to Lee’s shallow perception and implying luck as the key. Sa school kaya ang diprensya? O totoong some, if not most, college cagers just show up in their academic classes for attendance, hence the lack of intelligence/knowledge even after graduating from college?

    • Yogi Doodle

      chris tiu is from ateneo while paul lee is from ue. big big difference. iba ang ang standard of teaching sa ateneo…kaya nga ang mahal diyan eh!

      • Jan2X

        Thanks sa reply, dre. Alam ko naman yan eh, hindi ko na nga lang na-mention kasi I don’t want to start a “war” of this school versus that school. heheh. Also, di rin lang naman dahil sa school, reputation o mahal ng tuition ang batayan, dagdag na din natin ang policy ng mismong iskwelahan with regards to their varsity players. Pero di ba, ADMU is also known for its high-profile (or highly-paid?) college players, hence some people would argue that they “bought” their championships. But that’s another story…
        Lastly, I think Chris is just one of those rare breed of well-rounded athletes.

  • Joaquin Fernandez

    About time to replace the bald, arrogant, always complaining, always grumbling coach of R&S. Ask Gabe, Chris and JV, they are decent players in the wrong team.

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