ONE day after blowing his top and getting ejected, Alaska coach Luigi Trillo is keeping his mouth shut.
The usually outspoken coach declined to comment on the officiating that left him fuming during the Aces' 82-95 loss to San Mig Coffee in the PBA Governors Cup on Tuesday night, not even on the very obvious travelling violation by Mark Barroca that went uncalled by the refs.
Instead, Trillo focused on the things that he said Alaska needs to improve on if it wants to follow his breakthough career championship in the Commissioner's Cup with another league title.
“Well, overall, I just need to get better as a coach. I need to keep myself under control from the referees while we need to play at the playoff level,” said Trillo.
Trillo admitted that the Aces are far from the form he had hoped they would be at this point in the tournament, adding they need to improve their overall defense and play with more urgency in their last three assignments against league-leader Petron, Barako Bull, and Air21.
“We’re disappointed. We need to play consistent basketball going to the playoffs," he said.
Alaska had been on a roller-coaster ride since celebrating its maiden championship in the post-Tim Cone era with a trip to Disneyland, and the Aces found themselves on a downward spiral on Tuesday when five players came late for the game due to the flood and heavy traffic that paralyzed the metropolis.
Alaska import Wendell McKines had to take the MRT on the way to the Big Dome, while Dondon Hontiveros had to leave his car near Camp Crame in Quezon City, wade in the flooded roads of Edsa, before managing to hail a cab in Santolan.
Starting guard JV Casio had to be fetched via motorcycle by an Alaska staff as he was forced to leave his car at La Salle Greenhills due to the gridlock in the Ortigas area.
"It didn’t help that five of my players came late for the game, which is something we had no control of,” Trillo told Spin.ph on Wednesday before the team’s practice. "These are just some things we can’t control and it’s just one of those freak things that happen.
“JV was really out of rhythm. We were out of sync. Now we just need to get better.”