BLACKWATER Sports coach Leo Isaac chided his team for not playing to its full potential moments after the Elite won in disappointing fashion against Café France in their PBA D-League Foundation Cup game on Tuesday.
Moments after slamming a chair that broke into pieces in front of his players, Isaac was apparently not done in criticizing the team during the postgame interview.
A few of the players, according to Isaac, were "mentally absent" for the game which saw the Elite edge out Café France, 69-67, but only after completeing a late comeback after Isaac's outburst.
“Ayoko na lang mag-mention ng mga names. But they know who they are. Nandyan lang sila, pero basically, ‘yung utak nila, wala dito,” said Isaac.
The PBA-bound franchise had high expectations coming into this conference when it managed to assemble a strong lineup in what serves as the Elite’s ‘swan song’ before joining the professional league.
But those expectations have yet to be met midway into the tournament.
The Elite opened the conference with a 0-2 record and now hold a 5-3 card in a tie with Cebuana Lhuillier and Jumbo Plastic Linoleum for second place.
The second-place team at the end of the elims will join unbeaten NLEX as an outright semifinalist.
“We can be a team na puwedeng malakas eh. Pero kailangan na we have to be there (in the game) mentally. Parang some of the players just showed up here pero ‘yung minds nila absent,” said Isaac.