RAJKO Toroman said they are not thinking of replacing Evan Brock even though the import has been neither active nor impressive offensively in three of the four tune-up games for Barako Bull.
The Energy Cola, playing their fourth tune-up game in 10 days, played with a lot of energy on Saturday as they registered a surprisingly easy 107-84 demolition of the Eric Dawson-led Meralco side at the Meralco gym.
Brock had a quiet 15 points, just slightly below his 17-points-per-game average in four tune-up matches where Barako Bull is 1-3. The 6-foot-9 Brock, one of the imports who helped the Indonesia Warriors rule the ABL last season, had his best output of 27 points in Barako Bull’s 86-89 loss to Air21 early this week.
“Evan Brock is working hard, especially defensively while providing rebounds for our team. We do have a lot of weapons, so we’re not thinking of changing him,” Toroman told Spin.ph after the game.
The Serbian mentor said an import change at this point would only complicate matters for the Energy Cola, who are still trying to get a better grasp of Toroman’s system, which is built around ball movement and perimeter shooting.
“To me, the important thing is Evan understands our system, so his offense will come from there,” he added.
Toroman said his wards have been working hard since he started instituting some changes in the offense and defensive patterns of Barako Bull.
And since he has several new faces who are also trying to learn his system, moving Brock out and finding a new import won’t help them much in their buildup for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup set on February 8.
“I know as we continue to play together, it will only be a matter of time for my players to really understand the system,” said the 57-year-old former Petron team consultant.
Jonas Villanueva, Allein Maliksi, Jojo Duncil and JC Intal were Barako Bull’s four recent new additions. The four were part of the 10-player, five-team trade on Tuesday. Villanueva and Intal used to play for San Mig Coffee, Maliksi came from Barangay Ginebra and Duncil from Petron.
Barako Bull playmaker Josh Urbiztondo said he’s happy with how his teammates are responding to Toroman’s system.
“We’re learning a lot from coach Rajko. We just need to keep playing and keep improving. The key here is for everyone to believe in the system,” said Urbiztondo, who unloaded three triples on the way to scoring 14 points against the Sol-Mercado-less Bolts.