EVEN Nash Racela appeared to be at a loss on what is ailing TnT Katropa in its PBA Governors Cup campaign.
“I have no answers,” was all Racela could utter to waiting reporters at the hallway of the Smart Araneta Coliseum an hour after the team suffered a 112-82 beating at the hands of Phoenix on Friday night.
The soft-spoken TnT mentor quickly excused himself after that, marking the second straight time he politely begged off from being interviewed.
Basketball fans are just as perplexed as Racela on the sudden slide of the Katropa, who have now lost three straight games and carry a 1-4 record.
Against Phoenix, TnT shot a lowly 31.9 percent from the field and was also clobbered off the boards, 74-49. The KaTropa also had far less assists, 32-15.
The Katropa lost their last two games by an average margin of 29 points, a first in franchise history, according to league chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
The setback against the Fuel Masters was also the team's worst under Racela, while its 1-4 start a conference is also its worst since the 1999 Commissioner’s Cup.