Phoenix will keep shooting for that Star
Paul Lintag on Mar 23, 2017 09:32 AM
Ariel Vanguardia's Phoenix Fuel Masters has lost to Star by a combined 114 points in four games in the current PBA season. He says his team needs to get on the level of the Hotshots.
So far in the 42nd season of the PBA, Star has destroyed Phoenix by a combined 114 points in four games.
Since the Philippine Cup to the now ongoing Commissioner's Cup, the Hotshots beat the Fuel Masters by 44 points, 31 points, 20 points, and now latest coming Wednesday, by a more humane 19 points.
Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia has more or less identified his team's problem against Star. The word he used was not pretty.
"Parang every time we play Star, they're just [abusing] my guards," Vanguardia said.
"[Abused] ang mga guards namin every time Star plays us. Talagang kailangan mag-step up ng guards namin," he added.
A quick look at the backcourt production proves the point of Vanguardia regarding his squad.
Only John Wilson cracked double digits in his guard rotation, with the former JRU Heavy Bomber scoring 10 points.
RJ Jazul (6 points), Cyrus Baguio (4 points), Karl Dehesa (4 points), Chico Lanete (2 points), and Gelo Alolino (2 points) all had bad games.
In contrast, Star's Mark Barroca hda 17 points all by himself and he didn't even start for the Hotshots.
"I have to challenge my guards to play much better," Vanguardia said. "We have to learn how to play teams with better guards."
With four games worth of embarassment at the hands of Star, Vanguardia is taking it as a challenge for his team.
At least for now, the Fuel Masters have a clear goal to chase.
"Of course [frustrating]. We beat them in the third conference last year. They have our number but we have to move on and look at other games," he said.
"They're a better team right now and we have to get to where they are," Vanguardia added.
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