CYRUS Baguio admitted Alaska was left rusty after a long layoff ahead of its PBA Philippine Cup semifinal duel against GlobalPort.
The Aces advanced to the Final Four automatically after securing the top spot at the end of the elimination round. Although they’ve been hard in practice, the Aces hadn’t seen competitive action since December 19 or in their last game of the eliminations.
“Oo (kinalawang kami),” Baguio admitted. “Iba pa rin yung nakalaro ka.”
The Batang Pier, on the other hand, played in two quarterfinal games, the last against Barangay Ginebra last December 27.
“Sila, ilang araw lang pahinga nila,” Baguio continued. “Normal lang siguro yun. Kailangan namin mag-adjust agad kasi kung maka-dalawang panalo sila, medyo mahirap na yun.”
Baguio was one of the few bright spots for the Aces, scoring a team-high 15 points in 27 minutes, although he was scoreless in the payoff period.
But the veteran shooting guard admitted he and the rest of their backcourt failed on the other end, even just minimizing Terrence Romeo’s production.
“Mahirap,” Baguio said. “Scoring machine: ang daming dribbles, hindi mo alam kung saan pupunta, bigla na lang titira.”
“Sa part namin sa depensa, nakakapagod rin dahil habol ka ng habol eh,” the 35-year-old cager added.
“Grabe yung kumpiyansa nung bata. Ibang klaseng maglaro. Hindi talaga namin pwede ma-stop yun ng isang tao lang. kailangan pagtutulungan talaga, kasi kahit anong gawin mo, titira’t-titira talaga eh.”