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    Out-of-sync point guards trigger Barako downfall

    Feb 27, 2013

    RAJKO Toroman offers just one reason for Barako Bull’s embarrassing 72-93 loss to Barangay Ginebra Wednesday night, and it has something to do with the way his two veteran point guards performed.

    The usually stoic Serbian coach conceded that Josh Urbiztondo and Jonas Villanueva, who were supposed to lead the Energy Cola, were both completely out of sync against the Kings.

    “It’s one bad game. Nobody from the beginning found the rhythm,” said Toroman after the 21-point blowout that gave Ginebra its first win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    “The problem was at the point guard position. Jonas and Josh weren’t able to organize the play well,” lamented the Barako Bull mentor.

    With his team failing to get its rhythm, the 58-year-old Toroman could do nothing but sit down for the most part of the second half and watch the Energy Cola go through the motions, at one time even trailing by as many as 28 points in the fourth period.

    Urbiztondo and Villanueva combined for nine of the team’s game-high 23 turnovers as the usually efficient Barako Bull combo guards were constantly hounded by Ginebra counterpart LA Tenorio and Jayjay Helterbrand.

    “In the first half, we had 15 turnovers. Our three-pointers weren’t going in the game also. We gave them (Gin Kings) easy transition points. So from there, they got the confidence.

    “At the end of the day, it was a very, very bad game for us,” added the Barako Bull active team consultant.

    Toroman hopes to see a much better performance from his team when it faces Petron on Sunday followed by Talk ‘N Text on March 9 in Legazpi City, Albay.

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