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Vanguardia owns up to Phoenix failed quarterfinals bid

Phoenix had a decent start in the PBA Governors’ Cup winning its first two games, but everything went downhill when the Fuel Masters strung together nine straight losses, effectively dashing any hope for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The team’s 11th-place finish was the worst since head coach Ariel Vanguardia took over, and he knows there’s no one to blame for their dismal finish but himself.

Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net
“This is all part of the journey and we are really humbled by this experience,” said Vanguardia after Phoenix lost to San Miguel 109-107 at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.

“I take full responsibility. We will learn from this and we’ll move on to become a better team.”

Phoenix was able to enter the playoffs in the first two conferences of the season finishing as the sixth seed in both the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups, but it was in the Governors’ Cup that Vanguardia’s team took a dip.

Author: Bong Lozada, Inquirer
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/265724/vanguardia-owns-phoenix-failed-quarterfinals-bid

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