ERIC Altamirano hopes the Manila teams which are in contention for a top two finish in the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila Masters will learn to adjust quickly to physicality and rules of the game as the meet enters the knockout quarterfinal stage on Sunday at the SM Megamall.
Altamirano, tasked by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to help prepare the four Manila teams in the first FIBA 3x3 tournament to be held in the country, saw how Manila North and Manila West suffer defeats to their respective opponents on Saturday.
Manila North, led by Calvin Abueva and Vic Manuel, wasted an 8-6 lead by giving up too many fouls in the final five minutes to surrender an 11-16 decision to Pool C leader Auckland.
On the other hand, the shorter Manila West led by Nino Canaleta and Terrence Romeo couldn’t keep up with the size of Doha, which fielded 6-foot-8 big man in Mohd Yousuf Mohammed and 6-foot-7 Yaseem Musa as they fell 17-21.
“Ang na-notice lang natin, most of the teams are really posting up. So we have to as much as possible, minimize our fouls kasi two games yun na it came down to the free throws,” Altamirano said shortly after his team huddle with Manila West.
Manila North gave up a total of 13 fouls against Auckland, which allowed the Kiwis to score their points from the foul line, leading to a strong fightback in the end.
“Eh malaki ang penalty kasi on the ninth and 10th (team fouls), two free throws and ball possession na binigay (to Auckland). Eh Sila Calvin lamang ng dalawa pero dahil nag penalty agad, two free throws,
tapos ball possession ang kalaban, so we have to learn to defend without fouling,” he added.
Altamirano, who also coaches the National University Bulldogs, said physicality is already a given in the FIBA 3x3 tournament.
“Kita mo yung physicality, yun talaga. You just need to do your best to defend them inside. Kasi ang ginagawa ng ibang teams, they just post, post, post, then they will invite the foul,” explained
Altamirano, who handled the RP 3x3 team in the 2009 Asian Youth Games in Singapore.