Fruitas looks to shake up D-League

[ Source: Philippine Star ] - March 21, 2013

 Fruitas Shakers celebrate after clawing back from a huge 22-point deficit to win by three, 75-72, last Monday. PBA Images/Nuki SabioMANILA, Philippines -- It may take while before the newly assembled Fruitas team could perfect its chemistry. But coach Nash Racela swears he’s learning the character of his young teams after just two games and two big wins.

The Shakers opened their campaign in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup with an 81-56 rout over newcomer Jumbo Plastic last Tuesday. Then on Monday, they displayed tremendous poise and determination against Cebuana Lhuilleir, clawing back from 22-points down to stun the Gems, 75-72.

“This team is barely a month old. It still needs to gel and develop some chemistry. But I’m already learning their hearts and character,” Racela said.

“There will be times when we will struggle on offense but as long as we can play defense there’s always the chance of winning. We still have a long way to go this conference and there will be a lot test… So hopefully, they’ve learned some lessons in those two games.”

Their next assignment should be an acid test for the Shakers as they face the Blackwater Sports Elite tomorrow afternoon in a battle of early leaders. Game time is 2 o’clock at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.

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