Phoenix head coach Louie Alas on the bench. Photo by Tristan Tamayo / INQUIRER.net
MANILA, Philippines – Phoenix has to make do with what it can expect in the next PBA season.
Since the polarizing attacker Calvin Abueva is still locked indefinitely, the Fuel Masters not only have to make the superstar the face of the franchise player, but also carry the team into the deep trenches of the playoffs.
Even the rookie draft from 2019 didn't help when the Phoenix finished 28th overall.
This leaves head coach Louie Alas with the simple desire to see his player work harder than they herald the new year and season.
“We still need someone to partner with Matthew [Wright] or Jason [Perkins]. Until we find a man who can do it, or Calvin is hired again, we just have to work harder, ”said Alas in Filipino on Wednesday. A phone interview with the Inquirer.
"If Calvin is with Matthew and Jason, we can keep up better, but it's beyond my control."
Calvin Abueva returns to Phoenix practice despite a permanent ban
Abueva's return is unclear because the PBA issued an indefinite ban after an argument with TNT import Terrence Jones and a verbal war with Bobby Ray Parks Jr.'s girlfriend when the newbie was at Blackwater.
The beast was Phoenix & # 39; dynamite from the bank and scored an average of 14.8 points, 12.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals in the Filipino Cup.
“Whoever we have on the team has to improve. We really need at least two to three people to carry us because we can't just rely on Matt or Jason. "
Players like RJ Jazul, JC Intal and Justin Chua unfortunately have to put up better numbers to compensate for the absence of Abueva.
Chua, Intal and Jazul scored an average of 26 points per game together during the Philippine Cup, but this three-player mark was not reached for the Fuel Masters.
"RJ, Justin and JC have to deliver consistently for us because we can't just rely on a few players to carry us."
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