DUBAI — Despite a 1-3 start in the Commissioner’s Cup, Rain or Shine import Duke Crews will get to keep his job after getting a vote of confidence from coach Yeng Guiao.
“I’m satisfied with his performance. Maganda naman ang pinapakita. He works hard kaso nga lang inconsistent sa free throw,” Guiao said when pressed whether he has plans to replace the former high profile McDonald’s All-American to bolster the team’s chances of making the cut for the next round.
After Rain or Shine lost an 89-88 thriller to Barangay Ginebra Friday at the Al Shabab sports club here, an emotionally-drained Crews sulked on the floor, unmindful of fans who swarmed all over him to take “Facebook profile” pictures of the 6-foot-8 forward from Bowie State.
Crews led the Elasto Painters in surmounting a 13-point deficit in the homestretch of the match against Ginebra by exploding for 28 points and 20 rebounds and was also impressive in their game against the Energy Boosters the previous day.
But he muffed an opportunity to tie the game after splitting his free throws with 28.3 seconds remaining. Overall, the Elasto Painters went a woeful 32-of-48 shooting from the free throw line.
“It was just the breaks of the game. We had the chance to win but we did not have enough time. I’m proud of the the way we handled ourselves in the end game,” a calm Guiao told InterAKTV. “It was a one-point game and the story of the match is that we missed too many free throws.”
Guiao likewise admitted that aside from having trouble containing Ginebra’s 7-foot-1 import Alexander, his team was short of talent compared to Ginebra’s deep bench.
“We had a problem with the size of their import at sa line-up mas talented sila. Wala naman kaming mga stars,” he said.