Rain or Shine firepower too much for misfiring Phoenix

Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ] - January 10, 2017

Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. PBA IMAGESPhoenix played with fire and got burned.

Fuel Masters head coach Ariel Vanguardia admitted that going mano a mano with a deep Rain or Shine squad cost itself the game, losing the duel, 97-82, on Sunday.

“We gambled on them taking threes. The bad thing is they made them,” he said.

Known to prosper in free-flowing games, the Fuel Masters didn’t have enough firepower to match their foes as they only shot 5-of-24 from threes against the Elasto Painters’ whopping 16-of-47 conversion.

Vanguardia said losses like this must serve as a wake up call for his backcourt as it must hold itself on the same level of the opposition, especially against a guard rotation as highly-touted as that of Rain or Shine.
“We will face teams like this that are really deeper than us. That’s why we need to be firing in all cylinders too,” he said. “Aside from Matt (Wright), my backcourt play was off. Simon (Enciso) was awful today, Gelo (Alolino) was on-and-off, and it’s not the usual game of Cyrus (Baguio). We can’t afford to have that. Simon, (Mark) Borboran, JC (Intal), and Cyrus have to step up so we can match teams as loaded as Rain or Shine is.”

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