PBA: Phoenix forced to regroup after getting pounded by “national team”
Paul Lintag on Apr 13, 2019 10:04 PM
Forced to regroup, head coach Louie Alas says they need to rediscover their identity if they’re to have a chance against the mighty Beermen.
Phoenix may be the no. 1 seed in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup but defending four-time champion San Miguel Beer remains as the top team in the Philippines.
That’s just a fact.
Until they actually lose in the All-Filipino, the Beermen are on the top of the class.
Which is why despite the fact that the top-ranked Fuel Masters actually got off to a strong start in Game 1 of their best-of-7 semis showdown against the Beermen, they were down by 24 in the third quarter and ultimately lost by 12.
“Sabi ko nga sa kanila [Phoenix players}, we’re facing a national team here,” head coach Louie Alas said after a series-opening loss.
“Yung margin of error dito napakaliit. You can’t blink against San Miguel,” he added.
Forced to regroup, Alas says they need to rediscover their identity if they’re to have a chance against the mighty Beermen.
Phoenix was 9-2 in the elimination round and is this year’s no. 1 seed for a reason after all.
“We thought na kaya namin talunin through shootout eh walang mananalo sa San Miguel sa PBA through shootout,” Alas said.
“We’re 9-2, because of our defense and not because of our offense. Kailangan malaman lang namin ulit kung ano yung identity namin. Kailangan maglaro kami ng A-game defensively for 48 minutes,” he added.
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