RAIN or Shine is planning to replace Jason Forte after the import hardly meshed with his teammates for the second straight game on Sunday in their 111-99 loss to NLEX in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
While slightly improving on his free-throw shooting with a 5-of-8 clip, Forte continued to misfire as he missed all but one of his eight shots to contribute just seven points, along with six boards, one block, and one assist in 28 minutes.
E-Painters coach Yeng Guiao also felt that Forte wasn’t jelling with the team well that the champion coach chose to play with an all-Filipino lineup in the last seven minutes of the game.
“We’re still struggling with our chemistry with our import, so we have to make a decision whether we will consider another import change or just have him stay for the next two games — kung two games na lang naman,” Guiao said after his team dropped to a 4-5 win-loss card.
“We have to decide in a day or two para, kung sakali, makahabol pa ng next game yung parating,” he added. “Kung hindi na, we have to make do with Jason Forte. Bukas pa lang pag-uusapan.”
Guiao admitted the risks of bringing in a replacement on short notice.
“Mahirap sa ganyan, very short preparation, you’re always taking a gamble on whoever you’re bringing in,” the veteran coach said. “Ang question dyan: is it worth the gamble? So pag-aralan namin.”
“When you make a decision after a loss, it’s basically an emotional decision,” he added. “So you just have to let a little time pass so that you can make an intelligent decision.”
Guiao, though, recounted that it took them four tries before finding the right import in their Commissioner’s Cup conquest in Pierre Henderson-Niles.
“Eh nakakatatlo pa lang kami ngayon, so baka same formula din ang kailangan,” Guiao said with a smile. “It’s a food for thought that we could consider in the next few days.”