Marcus Simmons blames lack of energy on energy drink, says Phoenix coach
Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia is in the process of evaluating Marcus Simmons after the import's seven-point performance against Rain or Shine. Jaime Campos

PHOENIX coach Ariel Vanguardia is contemplating on replacing import Marcus Simmons, who was a letdown in the Fuel Masters’ 106-89 loss to Rain or Shine in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Saturday night.

Coming in averaging 24.5 points, Simmons could only contribute seven points after missing eight of his 11 shots against the Elasto Painters, although he had 11 boards and three assists.

“We will evaluate him, because he’s on a tryout basis,” Vanguardia said as Simmons’ one-month tryout contract ends next week. “I like his energy and his aggressiveness, pero today kasi hindi niya ma-perform yung dapat eh, so hindi pwedeng ganun.”

Vanaguadia revealed he has some replacement options, which he, however, declined to name.

“Mayroon (nakapila),” the rookie coach admitted, saying they were just waiting for the NBA Summer League to end while having scouts look for potential imports from the Korean Basketball League and the Drew League in Los Angeles.

“Lagi namang mayroong backup, so we’ll watch again,” he added. “Good thing, we have a week to prepare, so we’ll see.”

Vanguardia said Simmons blamed his poor performance on an energy drink he bought at a convenience store before the game.

“Hindi ko alam yung brand, pero kulay green na maliit at naiba yung epekto sa kanya,” Vanguardia said. “He was shaking all-game long. Pero you’re a professional and hindi dapat nangyayari 'yung mga ganung pagkakataon. We needed him badly.”

“Na-low bat eh; imbis na ma-up, na-down eh,” he added. “He was totally absent today.”

Simmons was man enough to take the blame for the loss.

“I played like shit and I gotta man up to it and I'll be ready to play next game,” said the 6-foot-4 forward, who wound up scoreless in the first period. “I gotta be more prepared for the game and just bring it. I can't start off like that, it just carried over the whole game. I can't get in any rhythm because of foul trouble.”

“This is probably the worst game I played in my life,” he added. “I feel bad for letting my team down so next week, I just gotta bring it in practice and hopefully get the win, that's it.”

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