MAHINDRA has sought the help of one of the best shooters of the last decade in a bid to solve the sophomore PBA squad’s shooting woes.
The Enforcers finished dead last in the league in field-goal shooting last season with a 39.48 percent clip — 44.2 on two-point field goals and a paltry 28.3 % from three-point distance.
So the Enforcers hired a shooting coach in retired cager Renren Ritualo at least for the next two months.
“We’re trying to improve our field-goal (shooting), so naisip namin si Renren,” Enforcers coach Chito Victolero told Spin.ph after their tune-up game against Barako Bull on Friday. “Okay naman. Si LA (Revilla), Kenneth (Ighalo), yung mga guards nag-improve sila.”
The Ritualo effect was evident in the tune-up game that ended in an 87-all draw as Revilla buried three three-pointers, including two in the fourth quarter that kept the game close.
“I’m just trying to supplement yung shooting skills nila,” said the 36-year-old Ritualo, who attended the tune-up game and gave the Mahindra shooters pointers.
Ritualo’s deal, though, expires before the start of Season 41.
“I don’t know with management, but we’ll see (if they’ll extend his contract),” Victolero said.
Ritualo, the 2002 Rookie of the Year, definitely ruled out a comeback as a player.
“Okay na ako,” smiled the 12-year veteran, who also dabbles as a commentator and owns a preschool named Children’s Little University in Quezon City.