Carlo Lastimosa hurt by ‘game-fixing’ insinuations

Blackwater young guard Carlo Lastimosa admitted being slighted by insinuations that he deliberately missed his free throw in the dying minutes of regulation that eventually cost the Elite the game and their playoff hopes during Wednesday’s match against Phoenix.

The fast-rising Blackwater shooting guard said he’s a competitor and is the type of player who will do everything he can for his team to win.

“Kung ayaw ko manalo, eh di sana hindi ko na ginawa lahat nung 2nd half. Eh kasi naka-2 points lang ako nung 1st half kaya ginawa ko na talaga lahat para makahabol kami,” Lastimosa told FOX Sports on Thursday.

The 5-foot-11 guard added he was actually asked by the Blackwater bench to be subbed out while he tried to shake off the pain from his right hand.

But the former St. Benilde star waved off the plan to sub him out, saying he wanted to take the bonus foul shot, part of his rare 4-point play off a foul by RR Garcia that tied the count at 109-all with 1.1 seconds remaining.

“Actually, before pa nun (4-point play), sumasakit na yung kamay ko, pero di ko na lang napapansin kasi parang adrenaline na lang,” explained the 25-year-old Blackwater guard, whose 28-point effort went for naught after Blackwater bowed to Phoenix, 124-120 in overtime.

“Gusto nila ako i-sub but I wanted to take the shot and win the game for my team. Ang masakit lang, ang dami akong narinig after the game na may something fishy daw sa ginawa ko,” he said. “Sobra naman nun.”

The 20th pick of Barako Bull in the 2013 PBA Draft said coach Leo Isaac did warn them during a post-game talk that in pro basketball, there’s “the bad side and the good side” and he hopes, “they will choose to be on the good side.”

“Ako lang naman, bakit ganun? Nakahabol na tayo at nag-overtime pa, but I don’t take that against them. Basta ako, pag ginamit ako sa laro, I’ll play with my 100-percent effort,” stressed Lastimosa, who is averaging a PBA career-best 20.6 points this conference.

Blackwater, which is coming off a first-ever playoff appearance in the Philippine Cup this season, fell to 3-7.

The Elite will play their final game for the Commissioner’s Cup on April 10 against Rain or Shine. – By Richard Dy

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