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ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 15, 2019 08:47 PM
Carl Bryan Cruz and Alaska have no time to waste in getting back into their groove
Carl Bryan Cruz was a man on a mission on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Scoring 19 points on top of five rebounds, the third-year forward was the engine that kept Alaska coming up against TNT.
Unfortunately for them, the KaTropa were just on another level and sped their way to a 92-78 romp.
And so, despite Cruz's best efforts, the Aces fell for the third time in a row.
Afterward, he expressed frustration on not getting the most important stat of all - the W.
"Kahit naman umiskor ako ng 20 points, kung talo, useless pa rin. Mas gugustuhin ko pang umiskor lang ako ng two points, pero panalo yung team," he told reporters.
With the loss, Alaska dropped to 3-5 and 10th in the standings - and have no time to waste in getting back into their groove with the playoffs looming large.
"Yung identity ng Alaska, talagang wala, as in wala. Yung defense namin, patay," the workhorse forward said, alluding to the fact that they have lost by an average of 17.3 points during their recent slide.
He then continued, "Ngayon, binigyan kami ni coach Alex ng chance makabawi. Sabi niya sa duguout, mas gugustuhin pa niyang matalo nang lumalaban kesa hindi."
Nonetheless, Cruz said the Aces remain upbeat that a turnaround would come for them sooner than later. As he put it, "One game at a time. every game na darating, must-win for us kaya hindi kami pwedeng mag-relax."
He then continued, "Pagtatrabahuan namin lalo."