Boatwright on Game 3 loss: “No need to overreact, we’re gonna be ready for Game 4”

Bennie Boatwright took the loss in stride after his unblemished run with San Miguel came to an end in Game 3 of the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup Finals against Magnolia on Wednesday, February 7.

The 27-year-old native of Los Angeles, California said that losing is simply a part of life.

“When you lose, it is a part of life. You win some, you lose some, there’s no need to overreact. We’re going to be ready for Game 4, it’s all about adjustments,” said Boatwright.

“I try to stay even-keeled, whether we win a game, whether we lose a game, just staying in the same mental space,” he added.

As a replacement for Ivan Aska, Boatwright had won all nine of his previous games with the Beermen before the title round. He averaged 34.6 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1 block per game during that stretch – numbers that put him in contention for the Best Import award.

Boatwright continued his stellar play in Game 1 of the championship series, helping lead the Beermen past the Hotshots with 28 points, 16 rebounds and 2 blocks. He again took charge in Game 2, recording 34 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to steer San Miguel to a franchise record-tying 11th consecutive victory.

However, Boatwright’s undefeated streak was halted as the defensive-minded Hotshots limited San Miguel to its lowest scoring output of the conference in Game 3. Although Boatwright still produced 27 points, 13 rebounds and 3 steals in nearly 45 minutes, he made just 10 of 28 field goal attempts and committed a conference-high 8 turnovers.

“They played well. Got to give them credit. That is a good team we played. We expected them to come out and played well today and credit to them, they got the win,” said Boatwright.

“We’ll go watch the film, learn from our mistakes, see what we can expose defensively for them. It is going to get better.”

Adopting a composed mindset, Boatwright has already set his sights on bouncing back with a win in Game 4 which is scheduled on Friday, February 9, 7:30pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Back to top button