Mapua needs to address poor shooting and defense to be a true contender, says coach Atoy Co
Atoy Co says Mapua's poor shooting and defensive issues need to be addressed to make them a complete team. Jaime Campos

MAPUA is off to a sizzling start but coach Atoy Co knows the Cardinals still have a lot of work ahead of them if they intend to keep rolling en route to the NCAA Season 92 crown.
 
Despite grabbing the top spot in the rankings with a 3-0 card, Co says the Cardinals have plenty of issues to address, particularly their horrendous outside shooting, which he said has been the 'missing link in our team.'
 
"I still have problems with my shooters," said Co, whose team shot 4-of-14 from the three-point area in a 75-64 win over the Lyceum Pirateson Tuesday at the San Juan Arena. 
 
"In the previous games, that's what we're lacking," he added.
 
Fortunately for the fourth year mentor, his prized big man and reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme is there to turn the misses into second chance opportunities.
 
Against the Pirates, Oraeme dominated the paint with 22 points and 25 rebounds to go with four assists and five blocks. 
 
"Fortunately there's Allwell getting all the rebounds and followups," said Co. 
 
Co was happy with the win, but he also stressed that the team is not yet in top form especially on defense.
 
"I still believe we should still work hard on our defense. There are still some lapses that we have to work on, especially when we are going to play against Arellano and San Beda. We have to be more agrressive on our defense," said Co.

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