PHOENIX can't expect to beat Rain or Shine especially if it shot as poorly as it did on Sunday night, said head coach Ariel Vanguardia.
The Fuel Masters made just 32 of 101 from the field for a pathetic 32 percent shooting, which Vanguardia said was the major reason for the team’s 97-82 loss in the PBA Philippine Cup match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Against teams like this (Rain or Shine), hindi ka puwedeng magkamali ng ganun karami kasi they’ll make you pay,” said Vanguardiia after the Fuel Masters absorbed a fourth loss in eight outings.
Vanguardia stressed the Fuel Masters missed a lot of open looks and lay-ups, which the Elasto Painters obviously pounced on.
Only rookie Matthew Wright scored consistently for the team on the way to a game-high 26 points. But the Fil-Canadian shooting guard went just 10-of-29 from the field.
“Aside from Matt, walang magandang laro sa backcourt namin,” addied Vanguardia, while calling out Simon Enciso, Gelo Alolino, and Cyrus Baguio for their off-nights.
“Kailangan all cylinders are firing, hindi puwedeng isa lang ang magandang laro,” he said. “Again si Matt lang yung magandang laro, and hindi puwedeng ganun.”
Despite the loss, the Fuel Masters still remain very much in contention for a playoff berth with three games left in their elimination round assignment. They face NLEX, Barangay Ginebra, and then Alaska.
Good thing, the Fuel Masters have a 10-day break before returning to action against NLEX on January 18.
“”Kailangan makakuha kami ng dalawa (panalo) sa last three games,” stressed Vanguardia. “One game at a time.”