RR Garcia wants Phoenix import Adeleke to be more intimidating presence inside paint
RR Garcia led Phoenix with 15 points but took 22 shots to get there. Jaime Campos

RR Garcia rued Phoenix’s defensive miscues that proved costly in the 90-87 loss to Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday.

The Fuel Masters lost an early 12-point lead, but stayed within striking distance of the Bolts, only for them to commit defensive lapses that did them in.

Garcia particularly mentioned import Kenny Adeleke, who despite collecting 21 boards, two blocks, and two steals on top of 13 points, wasn't intimidating enough to discourage the Bolts from attacking the paint.

“Lapses lang din sa defense, lalo na yung import, sa kanya talaga umaatake yung players ng Meralco,” Garcia said. “Siguro di kami nakapag-adjust.”

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Garcia, who registered a team-high 15 points – although he took 22 attempts to reach his total – also lamented one offensive lapse Adeleke committed when the Nigerian import failed to catch his pass in a pick-and-roll play where they could’ve tied the game.

“Hindi in-expect ng import na papasahan sya,” Garcia said. “Desisyon ko yun eh.”

“Yung play talaga para sa akin pag libre ako,” he added. “(Pero) humelp yung import ng Meralco kaya dinrop pass ko sa kanya.”

“Siguro ‘di niya inexpect na papasahan siya. Nabitawan niya eh.”

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