COACH Jeffrey Cariaso admitted Ginebra is still not on the same page as far as the triangle offense is concerned as he looked back at another failed title campaign for the PBA's most popular team.
Ginebra imploded at the team’s most important game of the Philippine Cup, lapsing into turnovers and throwing up bricks against a more experienced Talk ‘N Text side as the Gin Kings bowed out of the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs, 83-67, on Tuesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We’re not yet there (as far as being on the same page is concerned) only because I think they’re (Gin Kings) not understanding it the way I am understanding it,” Cariaso told a handful of sportswriters after being holed out inside the team’s dugout for over an hour after the 16-point beating.
The 42-year-old Ginebra coach said it is obvious that the triangle offense he brought to the team, an influence from his mentor and Purefoods Star coach Tim Cone, has yet to be fully grasped by the players.
Since arriving only before the start of last season’s Governors Cup, Cariaso explained that time is of the essence in as far as the team's ability to understand and execute the triangle offense is concerned.
“Obviously, time is a factor. And it’s true, experience (is needed). Two conferences in, that’s not nearly enough time,” added the soft-spoken Ginebra coach.
“I played under coach Tim for almost 10 years, even in my last year in the PBA, I was still making mistakes and forgetting things. But at this point, I’m not gonna give any excuses and I don’t want to give excuses, but what we envision and how we want them to play, it’s not there yet.”
Cariaso also said the team’s failure to execute the triangle led to the numerous three-point attempts and hastily taken medium-range shots.
Ginebra, whose title drought dates back to the 2008 Fiesta Conference, shot just 29 percent shooting and made just four of 23 attempts from beyond the three-point arc.
Mark Caguioa, Joseph Yeo, Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter went a combined 13-of-48 from the floor.
“Shot selection, I think our quality of shots tonight was not very good. I have to look back at the kind of shots we’re getting and gosh, we shot a lot of threes tonight, so that’s not really us,” he said.