AFTER getting additional talent for the new PBA season, Blackwater now needs to address its team chemistry if the Elite are to achieve their goal of making the semifinals for the very first time.
Allein Maliksi pointed out the obvious lack of interaction among them in the Elite’s 103-98 loss to the Meralco Bolts on Friday night in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The Gilas Pilipinas gunner noted how Blackwater lost its discipline the moment the Bolts began to pull away in the fourth quarter. The Elite managed to regain their composure in the stretch, but fell short in the end as KG Canaleta clinched the win for Meralco by scoring five straight baskets off the bench.
Blackwater had just 13 assists compared to the 22 of Meralco.
“We need to work as a team. Yung extra pass (dapat hindi nawawala). We need to cling to each other, hindi puwedeng (laging) one on one,” he said.
Maliksi though, admitted being part of the problem.
“Guilty rin ako na nagte-take over minsan or may mga bad shots na ginagawa. So kailangan naming pag-aralan and gawing experience ito,” said the product of University of Santo Tomas.
But Maliksi liked what the Elite have right now following the offseason acquisition of rookies Raymar Jose and Renz Palma, along with veteran Mike Cortez.
Not lost on him is the balanced scoring in the team which saw five players finish in double figures. He and Jose led the scoring parade with 16 points each.
Maliksi said Jose will definitely be a big help to Blackwater’s cause, especially after the team came just a win short of making the semifinals for the first time in franchise history in the last Governors Cup.
“I can see a bright future kay Toto (Jose). Isa siya sa nakikita kong puwedeng maging go-to-guy ng isang team,” he said. “Hopefully, maka-adopt agad siya sa PBA. Sana as early as now makapag step-up na siya agad para sa team.”