IN the words of Phoenix coach Louie Alas, the Fuel Masters just woke up on the wrong side of the bed following a lopsided loss to Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night.
“Pag masama talaga ang gising mo, parang ang hirap. Kahit alam mo ang gagawin mo, hindi mo magawa,” he said in the aftermath of the team’s 120-99 rout at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, his worst in his short stint yet as Phoenix mentor.
At the same time, Alas lamented the lack of effort his team did against the Elasto Painters.
“Bad shot selection and few transition offense,” he pointed out, even noting how Phoenix allowed Rain or Shine to hit a high 72 percent from the field in the first quarter alone.
"Paano ka mananalo at makakadikit sa ganun,” he added. “One more thing, we’re very passive defensively.”
Statistics only prove Alas right.
The Elasto Painters had more turnover points, 30-19, and outscored them in the paint (52-42) and on fastbreak, 22-11.
And not even successive timeouts in the first quarter at the height of Rain or Shine’s huge offensive run could fuel Phoenix to make a comeback.
“First quarter pa lang naka-dalawang timeout na ako just to stop the bleeding,” he said.
Of course, to no avail.
Phoenix saw its two-game streak come to an end as the team dropped to 2-2 and tie Alaska, NLEX, and the Elasto Painters.