PBA: Blackwater's next assignment is to bounce back after first loss, says Ramos
Santino Honasan on Sep 26, 2018 08:47 PM
"Diyan namin ngayon susubukan, do we know how to bounce back?"
With that first loss out of the way, head coach Bong Ramos and the Blackwater Elite now have their next assignment, and that's to bounce back.
The Elite went on a surprising 4-0 tear to begin the 2018 PBA Governor's Cup, but unfortunately for the team that were in last place during the prior conference, that fairy tale run came to an end at the hands of the NLEX Road Warriors with a 124-106 loss, Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.
Ramos, who was quick to take responsibility for what he called an all-around off night for the Elite, made sure to tell his players not to dwell too much on the loss and focus on the next task at hand.
Next up on their schedule is a showdown the the Meralco Bolts, who currently have a 1-3 record.
"Diyan namin ngayon susubukan, do we know how to bounce back?" Ramos said after their loss, Wednesday night.
The veteran coach is confident that his boys have what it takes to get the job done, but was sure to remind them that wins don't come easy, especially in the PBA.
"Character, I’m sure we developed character na maganda dahil naka-4-0 kami eh, and hindi naman ordinary yung tinalo namin na teams." Ramos said, "Sabi ko nga sa mga players, we cannot get our fifth win in on a silver spoon. Tandaan niyo, wala pa tayong na-pprove, kasi nga kulelat tayo last conference eh, so lahat ng kalaban natin malakas,"
In their first four wins, Blackwater took care of business against Talk N' Text, San Miguel, Northport, and defending champions Barangay Ginebra. Quite the impressive resume so far.
Ramos believes that against Meralco and the rest of the challenges that lay in front of them, they'll be able to take care of business as well.
"I believe that we have to re-group. Mag-reregroup kami."