ANTIPOLO – New Blackwater coach Bong Ramos is asking for more help from the locals as another monster effort from import Jarrid Famous went for naught in a 117-106 loss to GlobalPort in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup matchup on Wednesday night.
Famous poured in 41 points on 15-of-26 shooting, 22 rebounds, two steals, and one assist, against eight turnovers in almost 42 minutes, but found little support from the locals when it mattered.
Although four locals, led by Mike DiGregorio, scored in double digits, one of the gunners, Allein Maliksi, was held to just five points on 2-of-7 shooting as he was hobbled by fouls, going scoreless in the second half where the Elite gave up their double-digit lead.
“To me, naachieve ko yung gusto kong gawin na tulungan na maachieve ng team na ma-maximize namin si Famous kaya gumawa ng kwarenta’y uno,” Ramos said. “The problem now is yung ibang mga locals na dapat mag-step up ng scoring, kulang kami sa scoring naman.”
“Or kung dumipensa kami nang husto, naibaba yung score, pwede kaming manalo,” he added. “Kaso ang taas nga ng score eh. So yun yung naging problema namin kanina. Kasi ano ba naman maaachieve namin sa depensa? Sumusunod sila pero hindi sanay yung legs nila. Eh isang araw lang naman kami nag-ensayo eh. So sa akin, para sa akin, may naachieve kami today.”
Asked how patient will they still be with Famous as his impressive numbers have yet to translate into a victory, Ramos said it still remains to be seen.
“Well, kung titingnan mo naman yung stats niya (Famous) makikita mo 41 points, 22 rebounds, so that means okay siya eh,” Ramos said. “Hindi naman kasi siya talaga yung import flashy, agile, pero kung ang locals lang will step up, yung mga dapat mag-step up I think he’ll be okay.”
“Now kung tatanungin mo, kung parang di mo lang dinidiretso, magpapalit ba ko ng import or what, di ba? Hindi ko pa alam,” he added. “Magmi-meeting pa kami or what kasi parang ano eh, parang medyo 41 points, 22 rebounds, di ba. Titingnan ko sa ensayo ulit.”
More than his import’s production, Ramos was baffled by his team’s tendency to crumble in the clutch.
“Kasi kanina nung third quarter, nagulat ako, ‘Ganito pala ‘to?’ Sa loob-loob ko, sabi ko kay coach Aris (Dimaunahan), ‘Coach, ganito pala ‘to pag nalamangan?’ ‘Oo, coach. Kailangan natin ano…’ Kaya ako, gumawa na ako ng paraan para lang magising sila,” Ramos said. “Eh nag-respond naman sila kaya naibaba namin. Kaya lang hanggang dun lang.
“Ang reality, hindi overnight yan,” he added. “Basta ang alam ko, I did my best today, the players pushed themselves, they followed my instructions, yung adjustment namin, na-follow nila, may mga lapses lang talaga. Siguro, ngayon lang nila natikman yung pinagagawa ko. But again, nakapag-execute kami, may na-achieve kami.”