ANDRE Paras is sticking to the positives after AMA Online Education finished its campaign in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the bottom of the standings.
The Titans ended the season-ending conference with a 71-125 drubbing at the hands of Marinerong Pilipino - their ninth loss in 10 matches. But the actor is holding his head high in the face of defeat.
When asked to assess their performance, the 6-foot-5 son of former PBA rookie-MVP Benjie Paras didn't mince words in saying the team needs to work on pretty much every facet of the game.
"We need to work on a lot of things, especially offense and defense," said Paras after his nine-point, nine-rebound, six-block effort went down the drain again.
"For those out there who understand basketball, (you'll readily see) there are so many lapses, kulang talaga sa amin 'yung execution and defense."
However, Paras said the struggles are all part of the process for the rebuilding AMA squad, which lost a number of mainstays like Jay-R Taganas before the conference unfurled.
Paras, who is signed to a long-term deal by the Titans, insisted the journey to becoming a contender has just started forthe ballclub.
"It's growing pain. Chemistry is there, I think on the court we need to mature as players kasi off the court mature naman. When it comes to the game, everyone should have one mindset lang," he said.
"We're gonna have a lot of training for sure. It might be the same lineup at stronger chemistry this time."
Paras said he will make the most of the time between now and next season to improve on his game, particularly his core strength and speed.
"I need to work on strength kasi as you can see, I've been playing pretty much the whole game. For me it's not enough that I get 10 rebounds. I need to have timing, speed and strength," he said.