PBA: Blackwater fails to take advantage of import-less TNT
Philip Matel on May 18, 2018 08:50 PM
With the looming All-Star week starting Monday, the Elite will get some well-needed rest -- and time to enhance their plays.
If the Blackwater Elite were to take any advantage against any opponent, it would be the import-less TNT KaTropa.
Unfortunately for the now 0-6 Elite, the well-oiled machine that is the KaTropa flexed their muscles and blew out their opponents, 120-101.
For coach Bong Ramos, facing their import-less opponents was more of an advantage for the veteran-laden team, as their engines seemed to hum better after ousting import Jeremy Tyler.
"Mas maganda pa nga silang walang import kasi they are easy to ano, kabisado nila yung sistema, yung import nila, nawawala e di ba?" Ramos said after the game.
"Matatawag nila yung plays nila na ginagamit nila sa all-Filipino na hindi nila ginagamit, limitado because they are adjusting to their import."
With their struggles, import Jarrid Famous didn't help the cause, only scoring 11 points on a two out of five shooting clip.
Despite the loss against an import-less squad, Ramos admitted that there were various kinks left to be straightened, as they could not match the offensive schemes TNT exhibited, which is virtually an All-Filipino team.
"Kaya kung titignan mo, merong time na okay kami. Pag-rotate ko, bigla kaming bumabagsak. Doon makikita mo, hindi kami fluid. Wala kaming, yun nga. Hindi kami consistent."
With the looming All-Star week starting Monday, the Elite will get some well needed rest -- and time to enhance their plays.
Ramos will certainly make the team work for the entire week, as they continue to search for the elusive win.
Despite their winless record, they could still theoretically make the playoffs if they win five straight, but if not, the newly-installed mentor will have just to promise another thing.
"Kung wala naman, we will still continue to play hard. Kasi nag-aaral kami. Yun naman ang sinabi ko. It's ano e. Work in progress kami. Kung ano man ang gagawin namin ngayon, ano na yun, tuloy-tuloy na yun for next conference."
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