PBA: Underperforming bench dooms Blackwater vs Alaska
Philip Matel on Oct 21, 2018 10:12 PM
Of the Elite's 109 points, Bong Ramos' players off the bench only provided 19 markers compared to the Aces' 37. (FILE PHOTO)
Blackwater Elite head coach Bong Ramos admitted that his bench had lacked effort in their 116-109 loss against the Alaska Aces at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, Sunday evening.
Of the Elite's 109 points, his players off the bench only provided 19 markers compared to the Aces' 37.
The coach pointed out several instances in the game where his team fought back their opponents' runs but as his starters rested, the lead somehow ballooned once more for the now 7-2 squad.
"Every time nagro-rotate ako ng player medyo gumegewang kami. Di kami naging consistent. Start of the game we controlled the game -- siyempre kailangan ko ipahinga yung starters ko -- pag-rotate ko medyo gumewang kami," the mentor said.
Ramos also rued some calls which did not go Blackwater's way, which definitely left a bad taste in their mouths for the remainder of the contest.
With the tough loss, all the team wants is to regroup and take on the next challenge as they face the upset-conscious Columbian Dyip at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan Saturday afternoon.
The Johnedel Cardel-led team is coming off an upset win against Rain or Shine last Friday with sky-high morale on their minds.
In facing the 1-9 team, guards will not be let down in order to avoid a second-straight party spoiler by the cellar dwellers.
With a potential victory, the team will inch ever closer once again to a coveted twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, a distinction held by the top four teams of the Governors' Cup standings.
"Wala naman kaming mahinang kalaban kasi kulelat kami noong nakaraang conference so that means yung Dyip, malakas pa rin yun. Kailangan talunin namin, kailangan trabahuhin namin. We cannot get Dyip on a silver platter or spoon na ibibigay lang sa amin."
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