BLACKWATER Sports coach Leo Isaac rued the individualistic play of his wards that left the Elite backed against the wall in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals against NLEX.
The Elite dished out just five assists in the second half after compiling nine in the first half, an effort Isaac blamed for their downfall in the 77-90 Game One loss to the championship-caliber Road Warriors on Friday.
In total, NLEX had more assists than Blackwater, 22-14, in the opener.
“Five assists lang kami noong second half. We played more of individual basketball,” Isaac said. “That’s what we need to correct against a team that knows how to win not only ordinary games but championships.”
Blackwater tries to stay alive on Monday in Game Two at the Mall of Asia Arena to force a decider on Wednesday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The Elite were very much in contention in the early part of Game One when Mark Cruz hit a four-point play for a 35-30 lead. But Ronald Pascual took over as NLEX finished the second period with a 15-5 run.
“Meron pa kaming dalawang araw para gumawa ng corrections and adjustments and hopefully, on Monday, we will be a better team,” said Isaac.