As Barangay Ginebra San Miguel's Philippine Cup campaign drew to a close on Tuesday, coach Jeffrey Cariaso admitted his charges are still struggling with the triangle offense.
The crowd darlings started running the system in the last Governor's Cup when Cariaso assumed coaching duties, but their efforts have not borne championship fruit after two conferences.
"When you're not fully understanding it, it's hard to trust it," Cariaso told reporters after the hot-shooting Talk 'N Text denied Ginebra entry into the semifinals. "We're not comfortable with it so what happens is you veer off and there's something else."
Notably, the Kings dropped the triangle against Barako Bull in the elimination round and had to go run-and-gun to pull ahead of the hard-fighting Energy. Cariaso said his team will need more time to gain experience and get used to running the pattern....
Barangay Ginebra coach Jeff Cariaso is still only in his second conference on the job and he knows that when it comes to learning the triangle offense and all its complications, all he can expect from his team at this point is baby steps.
The Kings have shown a tendency to go away from the system at times, and while Cariaso is understanding of his players’ hesitations, he still believes the triangle could still result in something special for the team.
“That’s human nature,” Cariaso told a small group of sportswriters. “When you’re not fully understanding it, it’s hard to trust it. We veer off from it. If you’re not comfortable with it, what happens is you veer off and do something else. I just got to impose and make them understand it that if we did run it, good things happen.”...
Ginebra continues search for identity after quarters boot; ‘Two conferences not enough,’ says Cariaso
The Kings were eliminated in the second phase of the quarterfinals after falling to Talk ‘N Text, 83-67, on Tuesday.
The disheartening defeat, which saw Ginebra fail to score in the last four minutes of a fourth quarter where they were only able to put a mere nine points on the board, left the Kings grasping for something they feel the need to figure out – the team’s identity....
MANILA, Philippines — Talk ‘N Text shut down Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the fourth quarter to win their knockout duel, 83-67, and book the last semifinals ticket in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Tropang Texters tightened their defensive screws late to hold the Kings to just nine points in the final quarter.
“It’s really tough to play Ginebra. We took some gambles and I thought we defended well,” said TNT head coach Jong Uichico, who also said giving some of his players longer minutes was a risk he had to take....
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters slug it out for the last semifinals seat as they clash in a do-or-die PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals showdown Tuesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings and the Tropang Texters face off at 7 p.m. live on TV5, with the winner earning the right to face the San Miguel Beermen in the best-of-seven semifinals.
Ginebra and Talk ‘N Text advanced to the knockout phase of the quarterfinals after successfully dispatching their respective opponents in just one game thanks to their twice-to-beat advantage. The Gin Kings routed GlobalPort, 95-78, while the Tropang Texters dominated Barako Bull, 105-76, last Friday....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||6th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||15||8||0.652||3rd|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||7||0.364||8th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||12||12||0.500||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||9||0.471||6th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||9||6||0.600||3rd|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||8||6||0.571||3rd|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||9||7||0.562||6th|