LARRY Fonacier insisted he wasn’t trying to make a statement when he shone brightest for Talk ‘N Text in its game opposite Gilas Pilipinas in the MVP Cup on Friday night.
The Tropang Texters sniper was on target against the national cagers, firing a team-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, along with nine boards, four assists, and one steal in 25 minutes.
But Fonacier played down his performance, saying it wasn’t a statement to a national team where he once belonged, instead a way to help the squad in its buildup for the Fiba Asia Men’s Championship set later this month.
“For me, I just gave my best to help them in whatever way,” said Fonacier, a member of the 2013 Gilas team which finished runner-up in the Fiba Asia meet held in Manila, but was excluded from the current national pool.
Spin.ph learned Fonacier was never invited by coach Tab Baldwin to be part of the Gilas pool.
“I think we all did…and that’s all Gilas can ask,” he added. “Hindi kami kumpleto at kung ano man yung meron kami kanina, nabigay namin.”
Fonacier believes the current national team has better players, particularly in the wings, than its 2013 predecessors.
“Mas talented, mas athletic, and mas complete ang team na ‘to,” he said. “They got better wings in my opinion, bigger, more athletic wings that will solve a lot of problems that we had before.”
“Kasi me and Jeff (Chan) before, we were asked to defend bigger guys and nahirapan talaga ako personally,” the 6-foot-2 guard/forward added. “This team, yung makeup nila, that addresses the problem right away.