PERPETUAL Help coach Jimwell Gican is hoping the loss to also-ran San Sebastian will serve as a lesson to the Altas, calling on his players to give full effort on defense especially when they are struggling on offense.
“Darating ’yung time na malas talaga, hindi maka-shoot. Pero kahit malas, dapat let’s stick to the system,” said Gican.
The Altas saw their six-game winning streak end on Friday, bowing to San Sebastian that had lost nine straight.
“Etong natalo kami, nagkaroon kami ng eye opener,” said Gican.
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Gican said the Altas didn’t play within the system, even as they struggled with their outside shots, going 1-of-12 from three-point range.
Bright Akhuetie was also the lone double digit scorer for the Altas with 21 points, while grabbing nine rebounds as his team was outrebounded by the Stags, 51-41.
Noted for defense, the Altas played anemic against the lowly Stags.
“Kasi nung nag-1-on-1 na kami, the more na hindi makashoot, hindi makadepensa,” said Gican.
Still, Perpetual Help is on track for the semifinals with an 8-3 win-loss slate.
“Magandang lesson ito sa amin,” said Gican.