Eric Gonzales blames Phoenix complacency in close call against winless Blustar
Phoenix coach Eric Gonzales hopes to rid his team's habit of starting games sluggish. Jaime Campos

PHOENIX Accelerators head coach Eric Gonzales expressed his disappointment over his team's lackadaisical play after barely surviving the Blustar Detergent-KL Dragons on Thursday to keep their record perfect in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

Gonzales was not satisfied with Accelerators' close win, 97-94, over the winless Dragons as he noted that the squad was too complacent, giving the Blustar enough confidence to catch up in the third quarter and keep the game close until the final buzzer.

“Actually nag-step up naman ‘yan (Phoenix players) nung third at fourth, kaya lang binigyan mo na ng confidence ang kalaban. Basketball players din yan and it’s something we need to ride on.” Gonzales told reporters after the game.

Blustar also capitalized on Phoenix's early miscues, which resulted in a deadlock after the first quarter. The Dragons even took a one-point lead at the break. 

Gonzales stressed that the Blustar isn't the only team to exploit Phoenix’s habit of starting games sluggish. His coaching staff has been able to take note of the same mistakes for the past three games and even during practices, and it's a pressing concern that they need to address to have another championship run in the D-League.

“Three games na iyan na-o-observe namin, kahit sa practice. Parang human tendency. Pero ang good news, eto nga naitawid namin. Pero ayun pa din yung heart na inaayos namin,” Gonzales said.

“Bottomline kasi it’s us, yung intensity, and yung passion. Sana makita ko iyon,” he added.

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