FOR Luigi Trillo, Alaska’s core of veterans and young stars need to get their acts if the Aces hope to clinch a playoff spot in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup.
Trillo was quick to single out Cyrus Baguio, Dondon Hontiveros, RJ Jasul, and last season’s Rookie of the Year Calvin Abueva for their woeful shooting from the field in the team’s 65-74 loss to the Meralco Bolts on Friday night.
The quartet shot a combined 6-of-37 from the field as the Aces suffered a second straight loss that deepened the team’s woes as it fell to ninth place with a 4-8 (win-loss) record and only two games left in its schedule.
“It’s playoff basketball so it’s gonna be physical. We just weren’t ready to play,” lamented Trillo.
“With that being said, Dondon, RJ, Calvin and Cy’s, it was like three for something. It was crazy statistics. We need guys who fire at all cylinders, we need to get better,” he added.
The Aces have yet to win back-to-back games this season as their plays have been characterized by either sloppy defense or poor field goal shooting.
Trillo admitted the Bolts kicked their butts as Meralco’s relentless defense plus offense courtesy of “El Granda” Gary David spelled the big difference in the game.
“Both teams wanting to win, but part of it, we need to be better. It’s basketball,” he said.
“I think we didn’t earn it (winning the game). Give it to Meralco. They (Bolts) worked their butts off. They were on the floor. They made the plays they needed to,” added the Alaska coach.
Alaska tries to snap out of the rut and regain its winning bearing against Globalport on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.