RICKY Dandan has coached Kia for only two games, yet it seems he’s been with the team for an eternity.
The new Picanto coach rued another second-half meltdown on Sunday night, resulting in another blowout 102-65 defeat at the hands of Alaska on Sunday night that kept them winless in four games into the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations.
Coming off a 124-77 loss to Mangolia last Wednesday, the Picanto again gave themselves a chance to pull off an upset by engaging the Aces in a nip-and-tuck battle in the first two quarters, only for Alaska to outscore them, 36-5, in the third quarter.
“Yeah, palagi eh, back-to-back games din,” Dandan said. “When the opponent makes a move, that's where our weaknesses come out. Lumalabas diyan, I sound like a broken record already, but that's really what it is, analyzing it.
“We are not yet a team,” he added. “There were portions of the game that they would play together, but when the opponent makes a move, they unravel.”
To be fair, the Picanto, already severely lacking in talent, were missing two key players to injuries in Glenn Khobuntin and Jackson Corpuz.
Asked what adjustments have to be made ahead of their next game against Rain or Shine, Dandan was left searching for answers.
“There's really nothing spectacular I can do there,” Dandan said after his second game at the helm. “Just focus on what needs improvement, and make sure that they don't give up, make sure that they don't give up and we'll try to get a win with this roster that we have.”