Louie Alas: Our PH Cup stint ended a few games ago
Philip Matel on Mar 05, 2018 08:06 AM
Phoenix coach Louie Alas said that the loss of key rotation players Justin Chua and LA Revilla to appendicitis and hand injury, respectively, spelled doom for his team.
As the Phoenix Fuel Masters ended their PBA Philippine Cup stint at the hot hands of the TNT KaTropa, 97-118, head coach Louie Alas went on the contrary, lamenting that their stint ended several key losses ago.
The veteran coach further explained that their team could have secured a spot as high as sixth in the playoff race, but losses against Meralco and Blackwater were the ultimate death blows to his squad.
Alas then added that the loss of key rotation players Justin Chua and LA Revilla to appendicitis and a hand injury, respectively, further spelled doom for his team.
"Nafeel ko din ito nung nabawasan kami, medyo mababaw din yung personnel ko, nabawasan pa ng dalawang kasama sa major rotation," Alas said after the game. "Di ko ginagawang alibi yan, pero yun lang talaga yung basa ko. We just told them na di pwedeng idahilan na pagod tayo dahil back-to-back games. We just… Natalo lang tayo ng mas magaling na team."
With a few weeks looming before the start of the Commissioner's Cup, the coach said that his team has tapped the services of James White, although it may be a long journey before the import becomes physically fit for the rigors of the grueling tournament.
Alas added that the team is also considering another stint for Eugene Phelps, but the coach stressed his team's need for a rim protector of White's caliber.
Like any basketball coach, the former Letran mentor is aware of any possible roster changes his team might make to get better, and made aware to his wards that anything may happen, and must accept the effects.
"Yung ganung sitwasyon, wala sa kontrol namin. Dapat yung acceptance kung sinong kakampi mo, you have to embrace it, you have to trust him. Pag may nakita kang ganito lang ang lineup, tapos ka na agad. Ang basketball, limahan lang eh. Kung sinong pwedeng maglarong lima, yun lang."
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