CHRIS Ellis conceded Barangay Ginebra hasn’t been running the triangle offense as often as expected in its first two games where the Gin Kings faced teams handled by coaches who basically know how to counter the time-tested offense.
The Gin Kings have turned to coach Tim Cone and his proven system in a bid to end the team’s seven-year title drought.
But the league’s most popular team has been forced to run a different offense at times during its losses to Star, 86-78, last week and at the hands of Barako Bull, 82-79, last Saturday, with both tormentors coached by former deputies of Tim Cone in Jason Webb and Koy Banal, respectively.
“These teams that we’ve played against, they’ve done a good job messing up our offense, because these coaches are previous disciples of coach Tim,” Ellis admitted. “We’ve been working against defensive schemes that they’re throwing at us and they’re always changing it up.”
“So we really don’t run triangle as much as you think we would because they’re running a different defense,” the Filipino-American wingman added.
Ellis, however, stressed, they have to keep their trust and belief in the offense that has produced countless championships.
“We just got to believe in the system, believe in the process, and just continue to work it out, because eventually it’ll be working out for us,” said the high-flying forward.
Personally, Ellis believes he has been fitting well into the triangle.
While he registered nine points, eight boards, two blocks, and one steal in 34 minutes against the Energy, the 6-foot-5 cager missed eight of his 10 shots, including all his four three-point attempts.
“Our emphasis is get into the paint; try to get our big men involved,” Ellis said. “On the flip side, we still got to hit our opens jumpers.”
“We’re still growing,” he added. “I can’t really put a percentage on it.”