UNBEATEN NLEX takes on dangerous Fruitas, with focus again on the Road Warriors’ porois defense as action in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup continues Monday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Warriors coach Boyet Fernandez has openly criticized his team’s defense despite an undefeated slate at four games as they have given up more than 70 points in all their victories.
The Road Warriors-Shakers match is set at 2 p.m.
Big Chill tries to remain unbeaten when the Superchargers face bottom dweller Boracay Rum at 12 noon, while Blackwater Sports and Jose Rizal University, coming off breakthrough victories last week, collide at 4 p.m.
“It’s not our offense that’s bad. It’s our defense,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez knows much about Fruitas, a team beefed up by several San Beda players led by Ola Adeogun, being one of the assistant coaches of the Red Lions in the NCAA.
Adeogun has been a dominant force for Fruitas in his two appearances with the Shakers, averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds.
“Fruitas is a very dangerous team. It’s a disciplined team. So we need to be patient with our offense and try to be solid playing defense individually and as a team,” Fernandez said.
Fruitas, toting a 1-2 win-loss record, looks to bounce back after a 64-69 defeat against Blackwater Sports on Tuesday.
“Our mind set is to correct our mistakes and bounce back,” said Fruitas coach Nash Racela, noting their inability to defend the transition game against the Elite.
The Superchargers try to keep pace with the Road Warriors as they go for their fourth win when they take on the Waves, who are winless in four games.
While the Blackwater Elite defeated a contender in Fruitas for their second win in three tries, the JRU Heavy Bombers finally netted their first win after three games last week with an 86-74 decision over Informatics.
“Blackwater is a tough team. We’ll see if we can build on this win,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.