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    Chongson yearns for a 'game changer' to add to lineup after Tanduay falls flat yet again

    Feb 23, 2017
    Lawrence Chongson is unhappy over Tanduay's 3-3 record. Dante Peralta

    TANDUAY coach Lawrence Chongson couldn't hide his frustration when he emerged from the team's dugout after the loss to Cignal-San Beda, 85-71, in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena on Thursday.

    The Rhum Masters, tabbed as one of the title contenders before the season started, reeled to a 3-3 win-loss record, and the outspoken mentor so frustrated he hinted at possible changes in his lineup.

    "Maybe I don't have the personnel. At first when I formed the team, I thought this will be good enough," said Chongson. 

    "Maybe nagkamali ako. Maybe nadala ako sa, 'Ah ito ex-pro, ito beterano,' alam mo yun? I thought I had the materials, I had the weapons, but then after three losses to the big guns, parang kapos," he added.

    [See Cignal-San Beda downs Tanduay for fifth straight win]

    Chongson, however, is hesitant to make a move that could mess up the chemistry his team built over the past two months.

    "Wala pa akong naiisip na full proof na kapalit. Ang meron sa kanila, magkakasama na kami ng two months. Yung chemistry, issue pa rin pero pag pinalitan mo back to zero, di ba? Unless game changer yung makukuha mo, like Calvin Abueva o June Mar Fajardo," he said.

    Still, all’s not lost for Tanduay. With three assignments left, Chongson hopes the team can gain some momentum as it eyes at least the No. 3 or No. 4 spots heading into the playoffs.

    "Hopefully magkaroon kami ng kaunting momentum and chemistry sa last three games at practice," he said. "Unless I can find a game changer. Meron akong naiisip going into the playoffs but I'd rather keep it to my chest for now." 

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    Lawrence Chongson is unhappy over Tanduay's 3-3 record. Dante Peralta
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