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Andre Paras says AMA has to win ‘no matter what’ as Titans go 0-5

Andre Paras calls for the AMA Online Education to get their act together as soon as they can, after the Titans absorbed their fifth straight loss in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, Monday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.

The Titans have now gone 0-for-5 in the conference after falling short against veteran guard Clark Bautista and the Batangas-EAC Generals, 95-97.

“Yes [we’re alarmed]. Konti na nga lang yung teams dito,” rued the second-generation cager. “I mean it’s a big deal, because whatever happens we need to get all the next games para makapasok kami, if I’m right.

“That’s all we can do – win the next games.”

The Titans actually had the opportunity to end their slump versus the Generals. From 25 points down late in the second quarter, AMA rallied furiously in the second half and closed within a point, 95-96, with 3.5 seconds left.

“Actually it’s all defense, proper execution,” shared Paras. “‘Yun nga lang sa dulo lang kami nag-adjust. It does happen because you can’t bring back time.

“Kailangan talaga, whatever happens, laban lang ng laban.”

Paras was the one responsible for bringing the Titans that close as he banked in a long three-pointer from the right wing – the six-foot-five forward had been 0-for-5 from beyond the arc prior to taking that cold-blooded triple.

“I was really frustrated. I don’t know how many three-points I missed, ’cause that’s really my game, ’cause I don’t play inside much… I was always open outside but I couldn’t connect,” recalled the 22-year-old, who ended up with five points and six boards.

“Sa last part, thankfully shumoot yun.”

Still, at the end of the day a loss is still a loss, regardless of the positives. And for Paras, they can’t afford to lose in their next games if they want to make it into the next round.

“Wala ng sorry-sorry or bawi na lang. Because we really need to win, no matter what.”

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