BINAN, LAGUNA - James White has the reassurance of his coach that he will remain as Phoenix import in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Louie Alas said the Fuel Masters are sticking it out with White despite the arrival of resident reinforcement Eugene Phelps, who has already started practicing with the team.
Phelps, according to Alas, has come over to be the team's import for the season-ending Governors Cup.
"I told him you are my import and not (Eugene) Phelps," said Alas after the Fuel Masters went down against the NLEX Road Warriors in overtime, 120-115, at the Alonte Sports Arena here.
"I told him to maintain his confidence. Don't change it," said Alas. " The past two games kasi bumaba yung game niya."
White finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds and tried to hold his own against NLEX counterpart Arnell Moultrie.
But while Moultrie got the better of the match-up with his 37-point, 17-rebound effort, Alas said the immaturity of White and the entire team told heavily as the Fuel Masters slumped to their second loss in four games.
"We can do as much. Small things ang nagpatalo sa amin," Alas said. "May defensive rule kami na hindi nasunod. That's immaturity and lack of concentration. Sad to say para akong nag-aalaga ng mga bata."