PBA: DiGregorio stresses consistency moving forward after point dip

Philip Matel on Feb 01, 2019 08:28 PM
DiGregorio stresses consistency moving forward
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ANTIPOLO CITY -- Blackwater Elite guard Mike DiGregorio says he needs to find the middle ground in his shooting after a slump Friday evening.

The Filipino-Italian sharpshooter was red-hot in the Elite's first victory Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome, swishing seven triples in ten attempts, a far cry from his five-point showing in the blowout loss against the now 4-0 Phoenix Fuel Masters. 

Phoenix' stifling defense made him a marked man, the team's best defenders looking for him at every stop down the floor, only allowing him to make a single field goal in ten attempts.

Despite all that, DiGregorio still let it fly, but unfortunately for him and his team, the shots did not fall through the nylon.

"But I never lose confidence in myself. There were a lot of shots that I shot that rolled in and out and hung on the ring a little bit and then fell out. I think every shot I take is going to go in so it's not going to derail me from the confidence I have and the work I put it. If I miss 5, 6 or 7 in a row, I think the 8th and 9th are going in. It's not going to stop me," shared the sharpshooter. 

Trailing by as much as 37, the now 1-3 Elite put up their last hurrah and cut the lead to as low as 17 in the fourth, which heaped praise from coach Bong Ramos.

"Just that showing character. Playing the lead down. I don't even know what the lead was. From 30-something to just being 17 or 16 at one point. I mean obviously he was upset with the effort that we had. All you can do from these games is learn from it, watch film and see what you can do better," DiGregorio shared.

Just like what his new shooting coach, three-time PBA MVP Bogs Adornado said, shooters need to find consistency with their shot, to which the 27-year old agreed.

"The confidence, like I said, with the shooting, it doesn't waver. You can't get too high or too low. Wednesday's game was an extreme high, and this one's an extreme low," said DiGregorio.

Even though they're sitting near at the bottom of the early standings, DiGregorio is optimistic that Blackwatwe can still bounce back and make a run at the playoffs if they could stay true to their goals.

How? Well here's his answer.

"Staying level-headed and just watching the film and see what we can correct before getting back to work."

 

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