Phoenix calling for Divine Intervention to make PBA playoffs
Paul Lintag on May 28, 2017 12:47 PM
In order to get by, Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia will pray, pray, and then pray a little more in hopes that his team can sneak into the PBA quarterfinals without going through a playoff.
Phoenix has no control whatsoever when it comes to its playoff hopes in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
So in order to get by, head coach Ariel Vanguardia will pray, pray, and then pray a little more.
And you know what they say, prayer goes a long way.
As it stands, the Fuel Masters are currently outside the playoff picture as they occupy ninth place with a 4-7 record, half a game behind both Alaska and Globalport who are both at 4-6.
If all three teams end up tied at 4-7, the Fuel Masters will move on after Phoenix beat both Aces and the Batang Pier in the elimination round.
That's what Vanguardia is praying for.
"Malakas ako magdasal eh, I think triple tie kami for 7th-8th place. And then we're number 7. Yun ang best scenario para samin," he said.
But before the Phoenix mentor resorted to seeking Divine Intervention, his team actually had two chances to lock up its spot in the quarterfinals.
The Fuel Masters blew both of those chances, losing to Mahindra in overtime and dropping a two-point decision to NLEX.
While Vanguardia credits the personnel moves done by the Floodbuster and the Road Warriors for their sudden improvement, the second-year coach of the Fuel Masters identified one crucial issue with his team's struggles.
"We got two chances to enter the quarterfinals against teams that are struggling, ngayon kami naman yung nag-struggle," Vanguardia said.
"I have to admit, chemistry-wise after the long break nawala yung depensa namin. For whatever reason, we gave up too many points in these two games when in fact the last four games before that, mababa na yung binibigay namin. So yun talaga yung problema." he added.
With a week of uncertainty coming up, Vanguardia remains positive about his team's chances of making the playoffs.
Maybe calling for Divine Intervention actually works.
"It's been a difficult week for us. And then ito agonizing itong week na ito dahil you don't know if we're out or if we're in. Everything happens for a reason, I'm just positive that we're gonna bounce back," he said.
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