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    Louie Alas rues defensive breakdowns as TNT torches Phoenix from 3-point range

    Oct 3, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    PHOENIX Pulse coach Louie Alas was very disappointed with the team’s defense after allowing TNT to shoot 60 percent from three-point range.

    Alas rued the defensive breakdowns that led to the Fuel Masters losing to the KaTropa, 123-118, on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup, with TNT converting 18 of its 30 shots from threes.

    “Actually, simple breakdown defensively resulting to 60 percent three-points. Hindi mo matatalo ‘yun. But the fact is puwede namang mapigil. We need to stay focused. More focused defensively,” said Alas.

    Phoenix now holds a 1-3 record following the defeat.

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    Alas actually doesn’t have any problems with their offense that led to 118 points against one of the title contenders this conference.

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    “’Yung mga things within our control and yet hindi namin ma-control. Talagang we are a very, very young team in terms of defense. Kailangan mag-mature kami,” said Alas.

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      Alas also gave credit to TNT for its shooting as well as its execution on offense with Troy Rosario and RR Pogoy taking advantage as they combined for a total of 10 threes in the ballgame.

      “’Yung simple play ng Talk ‘N Text na easily, puwede naming ma-stop, hindi namin ma-stop … Nakikita ko naman na natsa-challenge pero puwede namang mas maaga kami sa rotation,” Alas said.

      Alas added: “Nandoon naman ‘yung effort. Baka ‘yung technique, mechanics, mali. We need to go back to the drawing board, pag-aralan ‘yung mga ganung plays.”

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      The Phoenix Pulse coach said TNT showed it is one of the best in terms of executing plays that leads to outside shots.

      “It so happened na pinakamagaling sa ganun ang Talk ‘N Text. Pati kung kailan sila pupunta sa comfort room, alam na namin, pero hindi namin ma-stop. Sobrang galing talaga ng Talk ‘N Text. We will do better next time,” said Alas.

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