Sayang wala pala si Jan Tan, he could've been the big difference when Abueva was slashing to the basket every chance he could get. I guess the team did try their best but failed to sustain their intensity by the 4th quarter. Sana lang huwag sila ma-disappoint agad. ;D
i was quite disappointed with the way the Blazers handled the last 5 mins of the game. and I quote coach richard, "guys, we still have 4:35, are you giving up now?".
they gave up too early, mathematically speaking 10 pts is still manageable, even in the last two minutes. problem was, the players did not defend with intensity.
tan was also confined, not sure kung what ang diagnosis sa kanya. sure enough, hindi nga siya nakapaglaro. kulang sa bigs.
abueva and aquino of the stags were really good. they let our bigs eat their dust. ampf
so much for rebounding for the blazers and their 50% freethrow shooting. that's the story of the game.
Atrocious free throw shooting naman pala. They should do better para manalo!
Yes they were running and trying to gun their way into heavy defense of the Red Lions, but the mindset is relaxed but focused despite the needed ammo. I didn't mean it to be a negative description. The fact that they had less fouls and a determination to score despite an obvious lack of bench power. And Manalac's unfortunate nose injury added to their woes in the end. But I agree, they were just doing what Coach Richard was trying to implement from the very beginning, change their mindset and go for high percentage shots even if it means getting blocked.
I hope they scouted Letran in preparation for next Monday. The Knights are formidable with Jazul and Guevarra back in the team. The Blazers got lucky in the Fil-Oil Tourney so I hope they will make adjustments.
To answer lady baller in the other thread, here are the remaining first round games and my personal predictions:
Jul 20 (Mon) 2:00PM CSJL vs CSB W
Jul 24 (Fri) 4:00PM UPHSD vs CSB W
Jul 27 (Mon) 2:00PM CSB vs EAC W
Jul 31 (Fri) 2:00PM CSB vs AU W
Aug 7 (Fri) 4:00PM JRU vs CSB L
Realistically, I would say the Blazers might finish the first round with a 6-3 card. I say might because the EAC, AU, and Letran games are toss-ups. If things get really ugly, we might just be able to get just one more win (possibly against UPHD) and end up 3-6 instead.
I would like to see them sustain the confidence, poise, and execution they showed in the first few games and get more big wins to carry momentum entering the second round.