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    Fonacier stays positive in midst of shooting slump

    Apr 29, 2013
    "I just have to keep on working hard and stay positive about myself," says Talk 'N Text forward Larry Fonacier. Jerome Ascano

    LARRY Fonacier is going through one of the worst shooting slumps in his career, but the Talk 'N Text gunner insisted he will continue to work hard and stay positive.

    The former Ateneo star's numbers have taken a dive over his past nine games in a slump that has extended to the  PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals, his average falling to 4.4 points while making just 13 of 59 shots for a 22-percent accuracy from the field.

    Those numbers were a far cry from his averages in the early part of the mid-season tournament when he hit at a 15.25-point clip per game while making 45.4 percent of his shots over a four-game stretch.

    Usually a deadly marksman from beyond the three-point arc, Fonacier could not seem to find the mark during that rough stretch, making just three of 28 attempts from that distance for an abysmal 10.7-percent shooting clip.

    “I'm aware that I'm struggling on my shooting but I've been there and done that," said the 2012 Philippine Cup Finals MVP and Gilas Pilipinas mainstay. "I just have to keep on working hard and stay positive about myself."

    However, Fonacier hit a new low in Game Two of the best-of-five series against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday when he went scoreless while going 0-for-5 from the floor in 31 minutes, although he found a way to contribute to the Texters' 85-79 victory by grabbing seven rebounds and dishing off three assists.

    Fonacier said Ginebra's defense has something to do with his struggle. “I think Ginebra is also doing a great job of taking away my shots,” he said.

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    Still, Fonacier refuses to sulk.

    “I just have to stop thinking and start shooting,” he said.

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    "I just have to keep on working hard and stay positive about myself," says Talk 'N Text forward Larry Fonacier. Jerome Ascano
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