BRANDON Brown would trade his offensive explosion for a victory after seeing Phoenix surrender a 110-103 decision at the hands of TNT KaTropa in the Governors’ Cup matchup on Wednesday night.
The Fuel Masters’ stand-in import fired 49 points on 18-of-27 shooting with less than a minute of rest that went for naught as team absorbed a franchise-worst sixth straight setback.
“I don’t like it. We lost,” Brown said. “I mean, I don’t care about the stats. I'm just trying to do what I need to do to make us win. I can have 60 in that. But we lost. It doesn't matter. I just want to win.”
“I'm not used to losing like this. This is new to me,” the Cal State Bernardino product and former Division II conference MVP added.
Brown urged his team to be consistent after the Fuel Masters gave up a lead in the first half and allowed the Texters to score 40 points in the third quarter and build a cushion that proved enough to withstand a late stand by Phoenix.
“We just gotta make adjustments at the end of the game,” Brown said. “We're not a well-respected team in this league. I mean, the referees are not gonna give us any calls down the stretch, so for us to win, we have to take it.”
“We can't just hope we get calls at the line and hope we get lucky shots,” he added. “We just gotta stay consistent, consistent, consistent. That's the only way we win a game.”
Brown, however, committed a handful of errors in the endgame that hastened their downfall. But coach Ariel Vanguardia stuck to the positives regarding Eugene Phelps’ temporary replacement.
“He’s getting the chemistry, he’s getting the rhythm, he’s knowing his teammates better,” Vanguardia said. “I don’t think Eugene will be healthy by the Ginebra game so I think Brandon knows that he’s gonna be playing.”