DESPITE back-to-back blowout losses in the PBA Philippine Cup, KIA Motors assistant coach Glen Capacio said the team doesn’t intend to bother playing coach Manny Pacquiao in his training camp at General Santos City.
The Sorento got bludgeoned for the second straight game courtesy of a 117-88 rout of Rain or Shine Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The defeat came just four days after the expansion franchise was beaten black-and-blue by Baragay Ginebra, 87-55, in the season’s first road game in Lucena City.
With an average losing margin of 31.5 points, Capacio admitted the team needed some kind of motivation but isn’t inclined at asking the Sorento’s celebrated playing-coach to see them through while in the thick of preparation for his coming welterweight title fight against Chris Algieri three weeks from now.
“Siyempre, ayoko rin magulo siya (Pacquiao) dahil natatalo kami at makaka-apekto sa laban niya yun. Sana focus lang muna siya dun (training), tapos after ng laban niya at least, may time na siya sa team,” said Capacio shortly after emerging from an hour-long coaches’ meeting at the team dugout inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Nonetheless, Capacio believes the team will have to do something on the mental aspect especially as far as its shooting is concerned.
“It’s (blowout losses) more on mental. Pero ang ina-address talaga namin dun eh yung field goal percentage namin, kasi talagang mababa,” the 50-year-old assistant coach pointed out.
Capacio said KIA took 88 attempts against Ginebra and finished with 71 against Rain or Shine, field goal numbers that only mean they are making the defensive stops.
“Kung attempts lang ang pag-uusapan, mas marami kaming atempts, which means mas marami kaming stops. Positive yun, kaya lang kahit marami naman akong stops, marami akong attempts, pero di namin mako-convert sa field goal, wala rin,” lamented tCapacio.
The Sorento will have a six-day break to make the necessary adjustments on their offense before returning to action next Tuesday against Globalport.