Bobby Pacquiao blames lack of match practice as MP Warriors suffer rout in D-League bow
Bobby Pacquiao says his recently assembled team did not get to play in a competitive event together before the Aspirants Cup. Dante Peralta 

THE lack of match practice was apparent in MP Hotel’s D-League debut, and team manager Bobby Pacquiao offered no excuses.

The Manny Pacquiao-owned team was whipped by Café France in the Aspirants Cup opener on Monday, falling behind early and failing to mount a comeback.

[See Cafe France clobbers D-League newcomer MP Hotel in Aspirants Cup opener]

The offense was spotty and nobody in the squad scored in double figures, and the defense was so porous they fell behind by as many as 30 points.

It was a much different result from the big win by the Kia squad led by playing coach Manny Pacquiao in their PBA debut. But while Kia had quite a bit of preparation and a handful of preseason matches, the Warriors were not able to see action together in competition before plunging into action in the developmental league.

[See KIA, Manny Pacquiao prove doubters wrong with opening PBA win over Blackwater]

“Siguro nanibago,” said Bobby Pacquiao after emerging from the dugout. “Wala kaming tune-up game.”

The elder Pacquiao admitted they have a lot to work on in very little time as they battle Wangs Basketball on Thursday.

“Siguro next game, marami kaming dapat i-adjust sa laro namin,” said Bobby, who said he is hands on in training the Warriors especially when the team was in General Santos City.

“Sa GenSan, ako ang nag-hahandle ng training. Kaya sa next game, gusto naming bumawi.”

Manny Pacquiao has not seen action since the PBA opener as he focuses on his next fight against Chris Algeri next month but Bobby assured that Manny will attend MP Hotel games after the bout.

“Si Manny kasi busy ngayon kaya ako ang naghahandle. Kaya ako ang nakakatutok sa team. Pero pupunta rin siya dito para suportahan ’yung team,” said Bobby.

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