Moments after Phoenix got its worst beating ever in its young franchise, coach Ariel Vanguardia admitted his team failed to come with the right mindset as the Fuel Masters got hammered by the Star Hotshots, 123-79 on Saturday.
“Di ko alam kung sinong team yung naglaro doon kanina,” rued Vanguardia in a rather subdued tone after emerging from the Mall of Asia dugout. “We should be ashamed of ourselves, we should be ashamed to our families, to those that support us.”
Taking full responsibility on the embarrassing loss, the former Asean Basketball League champion mentor admitted they somehow underestimated Star’s firepower in their preparation—veering away from their locked-in approach during their first 3 games in the Philippine Cup that saw them pull off a 7-point win against defending champion San Miguel.
“We didn’t have the same mindset nung kalaban namin yung San Miguel,” he said. “Yung sense of urgency, hindi pareho nung kalaban ng San Miguel so yun yung nangyari, we got blown out. We didn’t give justice on wearing this uniform tonight.”
Vanguardia also acknowledged their young core didn’t work well on handling the situation.
Nonetheless, Vanguardia sees a silver lining in their 44-point beating.
“Everybody is totally disappointed but we’re gonna rise from this debacle and come out a better team next game,” he vowed. – Jason Mercene
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