PJ Simon out to prove Bowles-led Purefoods not a one-man show
PJ Simon admits they have been warned by coach Tim Cone about the dangers of getting the ball directly to Denzel Bowles without running plays. Jim Campos / Jerome Ascano

PETER June Simon admitted Purefoods’ impatience brought about by their dependence on Denzel Bowles allowed Talk ’N Text to level their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series.

With Bowles getting the ball almost every play, the team that completed a grand slam with an offense predicated on constant ball and player movement has become very predictable.

The result, a 16-point drubbing at the hands of the Texters.

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“Actually, yung sinabi sa amin ni coach, huwag namin ibigay sa kanya (Bowles) directly yung bola kasi may scheme na ang Talk ’N Text nun. So ang gusto ni coach magka-desire kami to execute talaga saka magka-ball movement,” Simon told Spin.ph after the team’s practice at Ronac gym on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-1 Simon, one of coach Tim Cone’s reliable scorers, is averaging just 7.5 points, while taking a total of six attempts from the three-point arc in the series.

Bowles averaged 42 points during the first two games in the series, including a PBA  career-high 49 points in the team’s 100-94 victory in Game One.

Simon says relying too much on Bowles reduces scorers like him into mere spectators.

“Kasi may mga time na yung spots namin, di namin inaayos. Kaya kapag nasa kanya ang bola, kailangan gumalaw kami saka mag-screen, pero ang nangyayari kasi, tumatayo na lang kami,” he added.

Meanwhile, bullstrong forward Marc Pingris said he intends to forget about what happened in Game Two, particularly the shouting match he had with Talk ’N Text import Ivan Johnson just as both teams started retreating to their respective dugouts. 

“Basta kami, focus kami sa laro. Tapos na iyan (Game Two). Iiwanan na namin yun,” said the seven-time PBA All-Defensive team member.

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And even if Johnson will still be his defensive assignment, Pingris reiterated his readiness to play physical against the temperamental import.

“Handa na kami sa physicality. Pero di naman 'yung makikipagsuntukan na kami,” said Pingris.

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