PBA: No excuses as Phoenix fails to rise from the ashes once more
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 09, 2019 10:30 PM
Phoenix Pulse has now lost four in a row
Phoenix Pulse played its second game in a row without head coach Louie Alas and energizer Calvin Abueva, Sunday in Antipolo's Ynares Center.
And both times, the Fuel Masters fell short of a win.
A week ago, Meralco turned the lights off on them while this time around, Rain or Shine painted a mark on their loss column.
All this, coming after their colorful contest up against TNT which ultimately had Alas incurring a two-game ban and Abueva slapped with a fine of PhP 70, 000 as well as an indefinite suspension.
As always, however, Phoenix Pulse made it a point to say that they have moved forward from what happened.
And whether or not they have their engine in Abueva, they will keep chugging along. "That's 18 points per game and about eight rebounds, but again, we offer no excuse," acting head coach Topex Robinson said, talking about "The Beast's" norms of 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds.
He then continued, "We were good with what we have. We always have to make sure that we let go of that because wala na rin kaming magagawa doon."
Indeed, even with back-to-back losses without their shot-caller and energizer, as well as fourth consecutive defeat overall, the Fuel Masters remain upbeat about their chances. "As long as we know in ourselves that we gave our best, we could expect more positivity in our team," coach Topex.
That starts with the acting head coach himself who got a taste of calling the shots in the big leagues. As he put it, "Wow, that was a blessing for me. There's room for growth and I'm just savoring this opportunity."
He then continued, "Obviously, everybody wanted, I wanted to win, but you don’t always get what you want. As long as I learn from it, I'm happy with it."