Rain or Shine Elasto Painters import Terrence Watson was a non-factor in the most critical stretch of the franchise's Governors' Cup campaign.
Watson finished with four points and seven rebounds when he fouled out with 2:19 remaining in Wednesday's 103-97 loss to the Phoenix Fuel Masters.
The loss all but ends the Elasto Painters' chances of making the playoffs at 2-7.
"I just told the players I'm happy of how they performed, but I'm sad with our import's performance. He didn't give us anything today," Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said.
The team got off to a slow start to the Governors' Cup after the core members of the roster represented the Philippines in the Asian Games.
"We have nothing against Terrence -- he really plays hard -- but sometimes it's really a huge factor having an import who can finish a game and score in the end," Garcia said.
Rain or Shine was in control against Phoenix heading into the fourth quarter. The Elasto Painters led by as much as 16 points and got off to a 16-5 start to the fourth quarter. Things fell apart soon after as the Fuel Masters stepped on the gas.
"In the fourth quarter, we couldn't score anymore. It's the same story in our previous losses. We controlled pretty much throughout the game and also some turnovers led to transition points that really hurt us. They made shot when it mattered and we couldn't score," Chris Tiu said.
"We just want to finish the conference at least doing our best," Garcia said.
Rain or Shine plays the surging San Miguel Beermen on October 27 and the NLEX Road Warriors on November 3.