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Ahanmisi vows to atone after missed free throws cost Rain or Shine

Ahanmisi vows to atone after missed free throws cost Rain or Shine

MAVERICK Ahanmisi took full responsibility of his endgame blunders in Rain or Shine’s 114-113 defeat to GlobalPort in their quarterfinal clash in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Tuesday.

Ahanmisi trooped to the line twice in the final minute with a chance to put the game on ice. But he missed three of four free throws, leaving the Elasto Painters in a precarious position, 113-111.

GlobalPort youngster Jonathan Grey then made a wasteful Rain or Shine pay by hitting the marginal three-pointer, 114-113.

“I mean, that’s definitely on me,” Ahanmisi said later. “I’m not taking away the fact that I missed crucial free throws. That’s definitely something I gotta work on leading up to the next game.”

“I mean, nobody wants to miss free throws in a crucial moment, especially being the top seed. I just haven’t been on the free throw line all game. I came in the second half, and that was my first couple of times on the free throw line, and I just couldn’t find the range.

“I’ve been in that situation, I don’t know how many times I can count, so there should be no nerves for me there. That’s just something I gotta work on.”

Rain or Shine scampered for an answer and tried to go to Reggie Johnson, but he fumbled the ball and forced up a shot. Gabe Norwood’s open three was wide left, Johnson’s putback was blocked by Malcolm White, and Ahanmisi was short on his desperation trey as the buzzer sounded.

“Like I said, it shouldn’t have even gotten up to that point, and that game is on me, definitely, for missing the free throws. If I made those, it would have been over,” said Ahanmisi.

The loss left top-seeded Rain or Shine in danger of missing the bus for the semifinals, but Ahanmisi, who finished with 15 points, eight assists, and three rebounds, vowed to atone in Game Two on Thursday.

“It’s do-or-die now,” he said.