MARQUS Blakely admitted he fits better, at least offensively, in coach Jason Webb’s run-and-gun offense than in coach Tim Cone’s Triangle Offense at Star.
The returning Hotshots import, who played for three conferences under Cone in the PBA Governors’ Cup, has been with the team in his fourth tour of duty for less than two weeks, but can readily say that he likes this offense under Webb better.
“Offensively, here, (I like it better) for sure, just because it’s a little bit more free flowing in transition,” Blakely told Spin.ph after their tune-up game against NLEX on Saturday. “But I’m a cerebral player too, so the Triangle played a huge part in us winning. But at the same time, it’s our teammates, too.”
“The Triangle is a five-guy offense whereas here, we have a lot of pick-and-rolls, two-man games, and spreading the floor, so it’s two different types,” added the do-it-all cager, who has already led the team to two PBA titles.
And expect Blakely, who 23.4 points on 52.8-percent shooting in 39.4 minutes in his 32 games with the Purefoods franchise combined, to increase his scoring production in this system.
“I’d say this (system) caters to my offense better,” the 6-foot-5 combo forward said. “With this type of offense, we put up more points. We’re a very transitional team and we’re able to get out on the open floor and get some shots up, getting a lot of threes up.”
“But at the same time, we can’t let that affect us on the defensive end because when coach Tim was here, that was one thing he preached: day in and day out, we’re going to win with our defense and rebounding – and we did; it’s a proven theory,” he was quick to add. “We can’t get too distracted on offense and not focus on defense.”
Blakely showed a glimpse of how he fit in Webb’s system by scoring a team-high 17 points in the Hotshots’ 81-75 win over the Road Warriors.
“My game hasn’t changed too much, but getting older, you understand and you think the game more than just run around and play the game,” the 27-year-old cager said.
“And I think knowing your personnel, knowing my teammates … there’s maybe two or three people that are new, everybody else I know, so just incorporating and saying that, ‘hey, now we can take the next step in understanding each other as players on offense or defense, what I could do for you or how you could help me.’”