ITS offense not nsync with its defense has been the major reason for Barako Bull’s sudden slide in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Veteran forward Danny Seigle said that’s basically the concern of the Energy Cola in their last four losses and going to their 5:15 p.m. game against Rain or Shine Wednesday at the Astrodome.
“Our first problem earlier was on offense, but we were playing well on defense (during the first four games),” said Seigle.
The losing streak pulled Barako Bull down in the standings where it is now tied with Barangay Ginebra and Air21, all with identical 3-5 (win-loss) records.
Seigle admitted the four-game slide has been frustrating considering the amount of time and effort every player puts on the court during practice.
“It’s really frustrating. I don’t know what it was, but we’re having a very poor performance. We have to regroup and get better. But we just have to keep going,” said the 6-foot-7 former four-time Finals MVP.
Import Evan Brock is coming off PBA career-highs of 37 points and 25 rebounds in a losing cause against Meralco, 104-112.
Barako Bull consultant Rajko Toroman dismissed rumors the team is set to hand out Brock the pink slip, emphasizing the southpaw American reinforcement isn’t the reason for the Energy Cola’s slide.
“Everything is all about defense and energy, but that’s the biggest problem. Evan played probably the best game of his life so the problem is not about Brock, it’s about our defense,” explained Toroman.
Brock and the Energy Cola will be facing an Elasto Painters (5-3) squad that is coming off back-to-back losses – one to Talk ‘N Text and the other to an all-Filipino Petron crew in Panabo City over the weekend.
Rain or Shine team owner Raymund Yu said after talking with coach Yeng Guiao following the team’s loss to Petron, the franchise is sticking out with 7-foot-3 import Bruno Sundov for the moment.
“Malamang ito (Sundov) rin `yung tatapos. Bruno Sundov just gets frustrated easily when he doesn’t get the calls from the referees,” Yu said.
“Bruno may not be the quickest import but he has the size, which is what our team needs because our locals, kahit na malaki, eh palapad eh. Hopefully, yung foul para sa six-footer, eh pareho sa tawag sa seven-footer,” added the Rain or Shine team owner.