PBA: Inexperience dooms Phoenix as they continue slump in playoffs

Philip Matel on Nov 07, 2018 08:09 PM
PBA: Inexperience dooms PHX as they continue playoffs slump
For head coach Louie Alas, he said he was not surprised on how the Norman Black-mentored squad fared against them.

Ever since the Phoenix Fuel Masters entered the PBA back in the 2016 Commissioners' Cup, they have been unable to get a win in the post-season.

The dubious honor was extended to six games after they lost in a 90-74 slugfest against seventh-seeded and two-time finalists Meralco Bolts at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Phoenix lost their previous series against the TNT KaTropa (twice-to-beat), San Miguel Beermen (twice-to-beat), and the Star Hotshots (best-of-three), but luckily, they still have another day to live, and will look to advance this Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Meanwhile, the Bolts won their fifth straight game, building their momentum in their bid for a playoff spot. 

What was a 35-33 advantage for the second-seeded team turned into a disastrous third quarter where their opponents outscored them 30-20 and never looked back.

For head coach Louie Alas, he said he was not surprised on how the Norman Black-mentored squad fared against them. 

"As I’ve said, and advantage lang namin is twice to beat. Good thing, it’s up to us to figure it out yung advantage na yun. Pero tama yung sinabi mo na (experienced ang Bolts). Advantage lang talaga namin yun (twice to beat)," he told reporters after the game.

The former Letran coach also pointed out the team's inability to hit it from the outside, where they had a putrid 2 out 26 (7.7 percent) outing from downtown.

However, if there's a key he would use to unlock their first win on Friday, it would be their offense, since both teams specialize in locking down their opponent.

"[W]e have to make adjustments offensively and we have to make our outside shots kasi yun yung gini-give up nila sa amin. Hindi pumasok. We paid for it."


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