Apr 23, 2019

Gabe Norwood encourages E-Painters to stay focused as ROS tries to regain control of series

Gabe Norwood has sounded the alarm after Rain or Shine lost two in a row against Magnolia in their PBA Philippine Cup semi-final series.

Norwood reminded his teammates that ROS won the first two games of the series with absolute composure and urged them to display the same attitude in the succeeding games.

"I thought our team kinda lost our composure and emotions got the best of us," said Norwood after ROS absorbed a 94-91 defeat to the Hotshots in Game 4 on Monday.

The best-of-seven series is now tied at 2-2. Game 5 is set Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Norwood admitted ROS focused its attention on the officiating in Game 4 and eventually lost its focus on the game.

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"We played a lot better in the fourth quarter when we weren't complaining (the calls) and not letting those things get into us," said Norwood, who was assessed a technical late in the second quarter for protesting a call that went against ROS.

"My emotion got the best of me," he said. "I felt the call wasn't correct in my book, but I'm not the ref so that's a tech and I deserved it."

Norwood said it's not too late yet for the Elasto Painters to get their acts together as ROS tries to regain control of the series in Game 5 set Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

"We just have to control the things that we can control and go from there," he said. (JT)