Phoenix coach Louie Alas isn’t ready to measure his squad against the top teams of the league just yet.
Right now, he wants to look at the squads his team is realistically competitive against.
“We must be able to beat teams we are supposed to beat,” Alas said in Filipino during the PBA’s recent media day.
“That’s where we will start.”
Phoenix goes into a second season with Calvin Abueva now fully absorbed into its system and with additions Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo, Alas feels he has the pieces to finally take it to the big guns of the league.
“We’re deeper now,” Alas said in Filipino. “So I guess this season, we can really compete. I always felt that we were three pieces away from competing but now that we have two, we should be good.”
More than the added depth and skill, Alas feels Mallari and Marcelo will bring their winning ways to the Fuel Masters, who were often caught fumbling in tense endgame situations during crucial ballgames.
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Written by: Denison Rey A. Dalupang
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