Phoenix eyes to extend winning run in D-League


Phoenix coach Eric Gonzales is finally seeing the consistency he has been begging from his wards.

Coming from a huge 126-77 beatdown of Topstar ZC Mindanao, the Accelerators coach could hold his head high and believe that his squad is slowly getting back their old deadly form.

“It gave me confidence na pag ganyan ang ipakita ninyo, kahit sino ang iharap sa atin, magpo-profit tayo dahil grabe ang hard work nila sa practice,” said Gonzales.

And he would be hoping that that great showing would not be a one-off as Phoenix shoots for its sixth straight win against Racal today in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Being the only undefeated team so far this conference, Gonzales is hopeful that the return of Mac Belo from a one-game suspension will complete the team’s capability as the Accelerators hope to stay unscathed as the league goes to a momentary break to give way to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The problems that haunted Phoenix then is the one facing Racal now, as coach Caloy Garcia also wants to see consistency from his Tile Masters following a 78-72 defeat to Cafe France on Tuesday.

“It’s just about team defense. We have to learn how to win as a team because if we want to get to the finals, we have to go through Cafe France or Phoenix or even Tanduay. Ang problema ko lang is we have to be consistent,” he said.

Racal’s two defeats this conference both came from the Bakers, and Garcia would want to atone for that season sweep as he eyes to deal Phoenix its first loss when the two meet at 6 p.m.

In the first game, Tanduay is gunning for back-to-back wins as it goes against Topstar ZC Mindanao at 4 p.m.

Fresh from a 105-102 thriller over Blustar Detergent on Tuesday, coach Lawrence Chongson is hopeful that his wards would not fall on the same trap and still come out with a lot of intensity despite facing the still winless Aguilas.

“Ang number one na makakalaban namin talaga dito is over confidence,” he said.


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