subscribe: Posts | Comments

Alas uses long break to help Abueva master Phoenix playbook

Alas uses long break to help Abueva master Phoenix playbook

PHOENIX is careful not to get ahead of itself despite a sizzling start to the PBA Governors’ Cup led by Calvin Abueva.

The Fuel Masters are off to a fast start with a 3-1 win-loss record before the league took a break for the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers, but coach Louie Alas insisted the Fuel Masters still have a lot to prove.

“It’s too early to tell,” Alas said following Friday’s practice. “Naalala ko pa ‘yung first two conferences namin, parehong maganda ‘yung start namin. Pero ‘yung sa three conferences namin, eto na ‘yung pinakamagandang start namin.”

With Abueva now part of a young, deep rotation, the Fuel Masters started the Governors’ Cup with a 2-0 record. Phoenix lost to Abueva’s former team Alaska but bounced back with a 112-82 win over TNT last August 31.

Phoenix will return to action on Wednesday against Meralco at the end of an 18-day break. Alas said the long layoff has its pros and cons.

“How I wish na tuluy-tuloy ‘yung conference pero hindi naman natin kontrolado ‘yun. ‘Yun ang bad thing. Pero the good thing, dami kong injuries, medyo naghe-heal na. Nakapahinga din kami. Lahat naman ng teams nagpahinga,” Alas said.

One of the benefits of the long break, Alas said, was that the coaching staff was able to introduce the team’s other plays to Abueva.

“Si Calvin, medyo natuturo na namin ‘yung mga hindi namin natuturo na mga complicated na plays. Na-touch na namin with Calvin,” said Alas.

Alas said Phoenix is preparing hard for the game against Meralco, a team that has reached the finals of the Governors’ Cup for two straight years. The Phoenix coach said a win over Meralco will be a big boost to the team’s confidence.

“Siguro pag nalagpasan namin ‘yung Meralco, medyo maganda pakiramdam namin kasi one of the elite teams ‘yan,” Alas said.