Norwood Beats Himself Up After Miscalculation Leads to Expensive Airball Against Ginebra
Gabe Norwood addressed the media honestly and humbly after a major miscalculation cost Rain or Shine a 107-102 loss to defending PBA Commissioner’s Cup winner Barangay Ginebra on Friday night.
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The 38-year-old veteran guard said that a slip of judgment on his side resulted in a premature airball late in the game. With only 14 seconds remaining and Rain or Shine losing by three points, Norwood and ROS import DaJuan Summers executed a steal off Tony Bishop, giving Rain or Shine a perfect opportunity to minimize the deficit or tie the game.
However, Norwood chose a jump shot rather than driving to the hoop for a layup or giving the ball to hot-handed teammates Andre Caracut or Leonard Santillan for a three-point try. Unfortunately, Norwood’s shot went wide, allowing Christian Standhardinger to score at the other end and secure Rain or Shine’s fourth consecutive defeat.
When asked about the pivotal moment, Norwood expressed sorrow for not making a better judgment when his team needed it the most. In the game’s fast-paced nature, he underlined the significance of making rapid judgments, admitting that he made the wrong choice in that specific instance.
“At that point, I just have to make wise decisions.” We tried so hard to reclaim the ball. “When you have DaJuan and myself trapped, you don’t force a foul,” Norwood explained, emphasizing the defensive effort that resulted in the steal.
Surprised to find himself open for a shot, Norwood acknowledged he was hoping for Santillan or Caracut, both of whom had been doing well. The former Gilas Pilipinas captain stated that in that single second, a slew of ideas raced through his head, including a miscalculation of the time left on the clock and the score position.
“I saw Andrei and Santi trailing,” he said. “We were getting the ball into the hot hands of the guy.” And then, in the exact split second, I’m thinking (about) the time. I assumed there was less time left on the clock. We may be down two. “It was everything.”
Despite the painful loss, Coach Yeng Guiao avoided singling out Norwood, blaming the setback on broader concerns such as getting outrebounded in the previous four games and laboring in the paint. Guiao saw Norwood’s error as startling but excusable in light of the team’s difficulties.
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