Black rues Dillinger's late-game airball: 'Very poor attempt' | Inquirer Sports

Black rues Dillinger’s late-game airball: ‘Very poor attempt’

/ 10:55 AM April 28, 2018

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Meralco coach Norman Black didn’t mince words when talking about the Bolts’ 85-86 defeat to GlobalPort on Friday, especially the crucial flubbed attempt from Jared Dillinger.

“We took a very poor attempt in the end game. We’re only down by two points, we took a hurried three-pointer, which I thought was the difference of the game,” he said.

With the Batang Pier holding on to a slim 84-82 lead against the Bolts in the final 14.3 seconds, Jared Dillinger went for the lead with a rushed three in the ensuing possession.

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The shot may have been forgivable had it found the bottom of the net, but that was far from what happened as Dillinger air-balled what could’ve been the go-ahead bucket.

“It’s a poor attempt and he could’ve gotten a much better shot than that down the stretch,” he lamented.

That miss led Pringle to ice the game at the free throw line before Chris Newsome squeaked a trey at the buzzer to trim down the winning margin to one.

It didn’t matter, however, as the game still ended in a loss for the Bolts and Black could not stop himself from chiding Dillinger for the botched attempt.

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“He did not play well in the game, so maybe he thought that was his opportunity to win the game. But it ended up being a poor attempt,” said the veteran mentor of Dillinger, who went scoreless and was 0-of-6 from downtown.

Black, though, isn’t putting blame on one person and he expects his wards to use this loss as a learning lesson ahead of the Bolts’ next game against NLEX on Wednesday.

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“I didn’t think this game was well played – at least not from our end. It’s a game we could’ve won if we had made some plays down the stretch. But we just have to continue to work hard, try to bounce back,” he said.

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