PBA: Defensive breakdowns hurting Phoenix says Alas
Paul Lintag on Oct 03, 2019 01:20 PM
Against the KaTropa, the Fuel Masters gave up 18 triples and TNT shot 60 percent from deep to take a 123-118 victory. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
After a good win against Barangay Ginebra to get on the board in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup, Phoenix's team defense once again suffered a breakdown Wednesday.
Against the KaTropa, the Fuel Masters gave up 18 triples and TNT shot 60 percent from deep to take a 123-118 victory.
It's pretty difficult to win any basketball games when the opponent shoots that well at such a high volume. Phoenix is lucky it wasn't blown away.
"Simple breakdown defensively resulting in 60 percent on three-points. Di mo matatalo yun," head coach Louie Alas said.
"But the fact is pwede naming mapigil. Oh my god. We need to stay focused defensively, more focus," he added.
Offense is not an issue for the Fuel Masters this conference as import Eugene Phelps and guard Matthew Wright are both in top condition.
But if Phoenix is to improve upon its current 1-3 record, it's once stout defense has to make a return, quick.
"Offensively wala naman kaming problema," Alas said.
"Yung breakdown lang namin sa depensa. Yun ang things within our control and yet hindi namin ma-control. Talagang we're very,very young in terms of defense," he added.
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