Barako import Solomon Alabi left frustrated as pleas to play defense fall on deaf ears
Barako Bull import Solomon Alabi says the team forgot about defense. Jerome Ascano

SOLOMON Alabi said Barako Bull’s failure to sustain playing defense for 48 minutes led to its very first loss in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday night.

The Energy suffered an 80-75 setback to Talk `N Text after winning their first three games of the tournament.

And Alabi said defensive lapses on the part of the team caused its downfall.

“Defense brings energy so I always preach it to all my teammates,” said the former Florida State University standout, who finished with 21 points, 23 rebounds, and five block shots.

Alabi said the Energy should trust each other, follow coach Koy Banal’s game plan to the letter and Barako Bull will be fine.

“All I preach is defense because it brings energy to our offense. That’s the secret. But coach also had a game plan. We just need to stick to that game plan,” he said.

Barako Bull wingman JC Intal also stressed the team’s transition from an offensive-minded team to one that plays hard-nosed defense has been the reason behind the Energy’s early success in the conference.

“Coach has emphasized defense, kasi dati kami, parang nakikipagsabayan lang sa mga teams, pero starting nung Christmas break pa lang, defense na kami kay coach Koy,” said Intal, who averaged 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in the team’s first three outings.

Barako Bull takes a four-day break before returning to action next Wednesday when it faces Globalport at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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