Alfrancis Chua preaches patience, says learning triangle offense a long, painstaking process
Ginebra team manager and governor Alfrancis Chua believes the Kings will learn the triangle quicker if they understand and accept their roles and not just memorize the patterns. Jerome Ascano

BARANGAY Ginebra got tripped early after a fine start, but team governor Alfrancis Chua said that is understandable as he emphasized the need to be patient with the triangle offense being instilled by rookie coach Jeffrey Cariaso.

The Kings are in joint second place with the San Miguel Beermen and Meralco Bolts with 3-1 win-loss records, their lone loss suffered at the hands of newcomer NLEX, 81-97, in a game that saw the team commit 19 turnovers and suffer a huge meltdown in the fourth quarter.

Chua noted that even a star-studded side like Ginebra will struggle at first because the triangle requires more than just individual talent. It requires precise movement that takes a long time to master, he added.

“You’re teaching pick and roll and different kinds of offense, like motion offense, it’s easy, but a triangle offense? Ilang beses ko nang kinalaban si (Purefoods coach) Tim (Cone) at tinalo ko siya, nung nag-Finals kami sa Tanduay at nakalaban ko ang Shell sa Finals (in the 1999 All-Filipino), but in the triangle, you should memorize it, and your teammate should know yung kilos niyo sa isa’t isa, kasi isang pagkakamali, sabog yan eh,” Chua explained during Friday’s Online Media Group sports forum at the Country Spice along Sgt. Esguerra, Quezon City.

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It is also normal for some players to be resistant to the triangle offense before getting the hang of it, Chua said.

Since the triangle offense requires patient execution and a far more selfless approach to the game, strong post players in the mold of PBA legends like Benjie Paras and Noli Locsin didn’t have much opportunity to showcase their individual skills under the system, Chua said.

“Kasi ang triangle, ang ibang mga scorers ayaw 'yan, tapos, yung iba namang sentro, ayaw din 'yan,” explained Chua.

“Iyung mga dating Benjie at Noli na kakainin ka sa ilalim, di pwede sa triangle yun, but it’s a matter of how you explain it to them (Ginebra players),” he added.

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Nonetheless, Chua said being the team’s concurrent team manager and board governor, he intends to help Cariaso in building team chemistry in the hope of putting an end to Ginebra’s six-year PBA title drought.

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