PBA: Attitude problems persist with Phoenix, says Louie Alas
Philip Matel on May 30, 2018 10:18 PM
Despite all the problems with character and composure, the Phoenix Fuel Masters are slowly beginning to show flashes of brilliance in their play.
There's problem that keeps on persisting with Phoenix, and head coach Louie Alas is having none of it.
After his side's 106-94 loss to the San Miguel Beermen - who in turn won their first game of the conference - the Fuel Masters mentor lamented his team's negative attitude towards tightly-called games.
Even he had lost his temper, earning a technical foul due to excessive complaining in the late stages of the third quarter, when momentum was slowly swinging to the defending champions' favor.
Phoenix had the game at close proximity up until the late stages of the fourth quarter, even being up 88-86, before San Miguel unleashed a 17-1 run to shut the door.
The team's third loss against three wins had all come to a loss of composure.
"...[W]e're trying to, yung maging alibi ba yung mga referees. Eh, sabi ko nga sa kanila, 'that's beyond our control. Ang kontrolado natin ay ang maglaro tayo ng tama," Alas said after the game.
Despite all the problems with character and composure, his wards are slowly beginning to show flashes of brilliance in their play.
"Ang hirap ituro nyan, yung character. But, kahit ano, may semblance naman noong potential na top-performer ang team na to. Nandoon pa rin. And grabe, roller coaster pare. Ang nangyayari sa team na lacking in character. Laging paulit-ulit, yan ang post-game ko."
Even though they lost, the former Alaska assistant coach says the team cannot dwell on 'moral victories' anymore, and stressed the need to get the win.
"Two phases nga yung game kanina eh. sabi ko, give yourself a chance to win. First, kailangan keep it close up until the last minute. But we kept it close until last four minutes lang eh. So, nag-improve pero wala nang moral victory dito. We need to win as many as we can. So yun ang i-aano ulit namin after this game."
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