PBA: Blakely looking at brighter signal with TNT
Paul Lintag on Sep 30, 2018 08:34 PM
TNT is 2-0 with Marqus Blakely in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.
Looks like brighter signal is ahead for TNT in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.
New import Marqus Blakely says that chemistry is a bit of a problem for the KaTropa with him being the team's third import in the season-ending conference.
That, coupled with the KaTropa having a new head coach in Bong Ravena and a new consultant in Mark Dickel, is making adjustments aplenty for TNT.
Still, the KaTropa are 2-0 with Blakely, including 23-point comeback vs. Northport Sunday.
"I wouldn’t say it’s too different. I’d just say it's chemistry," Blakely said on the difference between TNT and Magnolia, the previous team he played for in the PBA.
"We’ve been together 2, 3 weeks now? In Magnolia, as soon as you step in the gym, we’d still have the chemistry from 2, 3 conferences ago. That’s something we still have to build on [with TNT] every practice to get better. You could see it. There are ups and downs, there are more so because were not all on the same page. Chemistry is something we could fix over this next three weeks," he added.
Despite adjusting on the fly, Blakely and the KaTropa did more than enough to steal a win from the Batang Pier to maintain their now three-game winning streak in the Governors' Cup.
Blakely scored 15 points in the fourth quarter against Northport, including the go-ahead layup for the final tally.
"I mean we saw two tales for two different teams today. First half, we didn’t play as well as we wanted to," Blakely said.
"But what we saw is defense. Defense is gonna get us out of any situation. I think we were down 20, 25 at one point. Coach told us that we weren’t getting stops in transition, and get us more points, easy points, easy buckets in transition—open shots We just focused in on that, we played a hell of a game," he added.
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