NORMAN Black minced no words on his displeasure over what he felt was a passive performance by import Keith Benson in Talk ‘N Text’s 69-92 blowout loss to league-leader Alaska on Friday night.
The in-form Aces totally dominated the Texters and Black said Benson should have stepped up when the locals needed someone to take the lead in the second half just as Alaska was breaking the game wide-open.
“We’re concerned about his (Benson) performance and we’re not happy with it,” Black said. “He wasn’t aggressive tonight. There was a stretch when their (Aces) import was sitting down for eight minutes and we couldn’t make a dent on the score. So it’s almost like playing five locals instead of four locals and an import.”
While the 6-11 Benson finished with 27 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and one block, Black felt his American reinforcement could have done so much more to keep the Texters from getting blown out of the Big Dome.
“We don’t really know where he’s exactly coming from. All I know is we just won the All Filipino conference. Even though my locals were not playing well, this is the reason why we hire an import, (for him) to be able to take over and win when the locals are not playing well,” said Black.
After dropping back-to-back games for the first time this season to drop to 2-3, and with exactly one week to prepare for the team’s next game against Barako Bull, Black said they will evaluate Benson’s performance before plotting their next move.
“Imports who come here to the Philippines cannot play roles but instead have to be, almost like in a dominating mode. They have to go out and dominate sometimes. But we haven’t seen that from him (Benson) yet,” said the one-time PBA grand slam coach.
"So we’ll just keep our options open."