DESPITE a four-game skid in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup, Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos remains confident the Energy can regain their bearings and stay in contention for a playoffs berth.
“Yes,” was his one-word reply when asked by Spin.ph if the team could still bounce back after suffering its fourth straight loss Friday night against Barangay Ginebra, 85-79.
But for Barako Bull to achieve it, Ramos said the Energy have to learn to take care of the basketball, pointing out that turnovers have so far been the Achilles heel of the team.
“Ang turnovers namin, dun kami nadale. Iyun ang pumatay sa amin (against Ginebra), especially nung huli, nung mag-turnover kami. Ewan ko kung apat or limang beses ata,” rued Ramos, whose team actually started the All-Filipino conference well with victories over Air21 and Alaska.
Ramos said he was happy to see his team fight back from a 14-point deficit and come to within 72-73 against the Kings with five minutes left in their game.
But with Barako Bull running into a maze of turnovers late in the game, Ginebra was quick to take advantage and hit some big shots down the stretch, while former Energy guard Eman Monfort also pulled off a key steal, a three-pointer, and a pair of free throws to seal the Kings’ victory.
Ramos said the Energy will have to regroup as they try to break the slump against fellow struggler San Mig Super Coffee Mixers next Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.