ARINZE Onuaku refused to credit Ginebra’s defense for his sub-par showing in Meralco’s 103-90 loss to the Gin Kings in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night.
Onuaku, arguably the most dominant import this conference, was held to a conference lows of 10 points on just eight attempts as he saw numerous double- and triple teams come his way.
“It didn’t really have much to do with (Ginebra’s defense),” Onuaku insisted. “We just didn’t have the energy we usually have and we didn’t execute the way we execute.”
“Everybody’s going to double- or triple-team me, we know that,” the 6-foot-9 American big man added. “But the thing is, I got to stay aggressive and my teammates stay aggressive. That’s nothing new (multiple teams).”
Asked if having nothing to lose caused them to be complacent, Onuaku said he wasn’t sure, as the Bolts remained assured of a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.
“But we’ve been playing a certain way all conference and it was probably the second time we didn’t have the energy that we used to,” he said.
Bolts coach Norman Black did feel that his prized import lacked the energy to get out of multiple-teams.
“He didn’t seem to have the energy to break the double-teams today, but we look forward to the next games,” the American coach said.
“They played good defense … and we didn’t shoot the ball well,” added Black, whose team shot a 35-of-81 clip for just a 43 percent from the field.