LEO Isaac admitted a bit of internal strife derailed what was supposed to be a fine start for Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup.
He said some players tended to play individually and it got in the way in the squad's last two games that resulted in losses against TNT Katropa and Rain or Shine.
“There are situations wherein players would want to play on their own, and not committing to the offensive rules that we have,” explained Isaac Wednesday shortly after Blackwater arrested its losing skid with a 96-85 beating of NLEX at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“It’s okay if they can produce positive results when they go on their own, but hindi ganun ang nangyari. Players got frustrated with situations, tantrums erupted among the players, and we have to show them the video and explain to them that one player cannot win the game for the team. It has to be a total team effort.”
The Elite took the pep talk to heart in time to nab the wire-to-wire win against the skidding Road Warriors and improved to a 3-2 (win-loss) record after winning their first two games of the conference.
Four players finished in double figures for Blackwater led by Art Dela Cruz's 18 and the career-high 16 of big man Kyle Pascual.
Top rookie pick Mac Belo, meanwhile, was held to single digits for the first time with nine points, but came through with five rebounds and five assists.
“During this game, most likely we had some semblance of team organization working for our way,” said Isaac.
“Nagkaroon lang ng konting sapawan. Nangyayari yun. So we have to correct it right away. We have to step in and make the necessary adjustment.”
Isaac stressed team play will be a major factor again for the Elite if they have to get past co-league leader GlobalPort in their next game on Wednesday at the San Juan Arena.