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    Ex-Ginebra star Vince Hizon looks to instill never-say-die spirit in Blackwater as team consultant

    Jul 8, 2017

    VINCE Hizon tries to instill some never-say-die spirit to Blackwater after recently being hired as consultant to the young squad.

    The former Ginebra star explained his job description in a chat with media after sitting on the bench in the Elite’s 105-101 loss to Gilas Pilipinas in their tune-up game on Friday night.

    “I do everything and nothing at the same time,” Hizon said with a chuckle before turning serious. “Hindi, they just want to have a different perspective on what’s happening. They just want to get my views.

    “I tell them what I think – good or bad – and it’s all in the spirit of trying to improve the team, to get better,” the 10-year PBA veteran added.

    [See Carl Bryan Cruz proves worth as Gilas nips Blackwater to go 2-for-2 in tuneups]

    Hizon, whose last coaching stint was a few years ago when he served as an assistant to Kenneth Duremdes at Adamson, noted the Elite’s promising roster, but one that falls short at crunch time – like in the loss to the national team.

    The Elite stayed toe to toe before succumbing to a late run by Gilas. The game was tied at 95, before Blackwater saw the Philippine team mount a 10-3 rally that gave the Nationals enough cushion to prevail.

    “We have some good players,” Hizon, a TV analyst, said. “We have a lot of good forwards. Point guards, we’re a little bit short, but very competitive as well."

    “I’ve been covering the games on Cignal and TV5, so from watching all the games, it’s nice to see that they compete – but up to a certain point,” he added. “It seems like they always have a hard time – like tonight – in the fourth quarter, so we’re trying to see what we can do to remedy that.”

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    Blackwater coach Leo Isaac welcomed the addition of Hizon to his staff.

     “He can inject more on the individual progress of players,” Isaac, a former Ginebra player as well, said.

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