PHOENIX coach Koy Banal used his silence to make a loud statement to his wards after the Fuel Masters failed to put an end to a losing spell in the PBA Commissioner’s on Friday night.
The Fuel Masters hardly spoke to his team in the dugout after they lost a third straight game with a 105-89 decision to Alaska on Friday night to fall to a 1-3 win-loss record.
“He left right away, but we totally understand,” Phoenix star JC Intal said. “We understand his frustration. Kahit naman kami, sobrang frustrated sa pagkatalo.”
Intal stressed the Fuel Masters really prepared for the Aces and it showed early as they wound up taking a five-point lead at the half, only to succumb to Alaska’s trademark full-court pressure defense after the intermission.
“For four days, we’ve practiced really hard, but the third quarter pa lang, I guess dun kami natalo,” Intal said. “Our turnovers cost us this game.”
The Fuel Masters committed 26 turnovers, two from Intal, five from RR Garcia, and eight by import Kevinn Pinkney.
“I’m sure makaka-adjust siya,” Intal said of their reinforcement, who had 27 points and 12 boards in his second game. “Andun yung numbers niya, pero siguro ma-lessen lang yung turnovers niya at kami rin.”
The Fuel Masters’ failure to protect the leather resulted in a blowout loss after they lost by an average of just 7.5 points in their last two games.
“Hindi character ng Phoenix yung pagkatalo namin ngayon,” Intal said.
“We have to press the button of urgency na kasi three straight losses is no joke,” he added. “Mahirap pag nasa baba.”