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Racela admits TNT failed to prepare for Barroca, Melton

When TNT was about to face Magnolia in the PBA Philippine Cup, a big part of the KaTropa’s game plan was to stop Paul Lee.

Magnolia’s spitfire guard was averaging 20 points a game prior to the Saturday game and head coach Nash Racela was determined to stop Lee from torching the KaTropa as they bid for a third straight win.

TNT coach Nash Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net
And although Lee finished with just five points after suffering a left ankle sprain early in the third, it was the Hotshots’ other guards that did the damage.

Mark Barroca and Justin Melton heeded the call for the Hotshots as Racela wasn’t able to concoct a defensive plan for the two as the Hotshots waltzed to a 91-83 victory.

“I felt we prepared well, we really executed well against Paul Lee but we failed against Barroca and Melton,” said Racela at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “The lesson here is to better prepare ourselves against everyone.”

Author: Bong Lozada, Inquirer
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