Hold the panic button, TNT remains confident despite slump
Paul Lintag on Jan 16, 2017 03:35 PM
After losing to Jio Jalalon and the Hotshots, Jayson Castro and the rest of the Tropa went from trying to chase San Miguel for number 1 to trying to avoid elimination.
At the end of 2016, TNT was primed to make a run at the top-2 spots in the Philippine Cup.
But after two weeks of play in 2017, the KaTropa suddenly find themselves in a crowded pack where one is surely to be eliminated in about a month.
Stuck at 4-4, TNT is tied with four other teams for the 5th-9th spots after a loss on Sunday. A win would have put them tied for second with three games to go.
"Lahat ng teams nasa gitna. Lahat may chance na maka-abot sa twice-to-beat, sayang yung opportunity," rued TNT star guard Jayson Castro after dropping a 77-88 decision to the Hotshots, their second straight for the new year.
Despite the unusual situation they are in right now, no panic buttons have been pressed on the part of TNT.
With eight teams separated by only one game in ythe standings, things can certainly chance with three games to go in each of their respective schedules.
"Hindi naman [alarming]. From day one, I've been telling them that there has to be changes. I've been calling out their attention, their names, yung mga dapat nilang baguhin. Change doesn't happen overnight. It's not just letting you know of your mistake and the next day, iba na agad," head coach Nash Racela said.
"Mindset is to still get as much wins because your position after the eliminations, you don't have control over. Sa amin lang, subukan natin ipanalo every game and kung saan tayo malagay, you just have to prepare for the next battle," he added.
Instead of being worried, Castro shares his head coach's sentiment and remains confident of their chances moving forward.
"Confident pa rin kami kasi alam naman namin na ginagawa namin yung mga kailangan namin gawin," the Blur said.
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