PBA: Coach Nash says KaTropa still learning to be consistent like Alaska
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 13, 2018 09:54 PM
The best is yet to come for TNT - if head coach Nash Racela is to be believed
ANTIPOLO – There are no more undefeated teams in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
TNT, the last team standing with a perfect record, suffered its first setback at the hands of Alaska on Sunday at the Ynares Center here.
The game was out of the KaTropa's reach for the most part as they fell victim to the determined Aces who took control from the get-go.
Alaska got off to a 34-point first period and scored no less than 25 points in each of the next three quarters. Vic Manuel was unstoppable for them and totaled 29 points to go along with 12 rebounds.
While they took care of business against Globalport, Phoenix, and then Ginebra, TNT head coach Nash Racela acknowledged that they knew that they were going to be in for a fight against Alaska. "With the way Alaska has been playing, (we weren't surprised with the result). Si Alaska naman has been very consistent with the way they play both offense and defense," he told reporters post-game.
He then continued, "That's something that we are trying to learn – (to) be at the level of Alaska in terms of consistency. Obviously, we're not there yet, but it's a long conference."
Indeed, the blazing backcourt of Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo are yet to catch fire at the same time. Castro had 18 points and six assists while Romeo had 17 markers and eight dimes – but the two of them didn't share the floor for a long time.
And so, Racela said the KaTropa will take the start that they have had to the conference – even if it ended in a dispiriting loss. "First loss. You look at the positives so I tihink at this point, you should be happy with the way we are playing because we still got three wins out of the four," he said.
He then continued, "All the teams are still learning to play with each other so it's the same case with us. It's nice that we were still able to get three out of four so that is something really positive."
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