In fact, it’s been quite a while for TNT coach Chot Reyes.
And although he marked his return to the PBA with a victory, an 86-79 decision against Terrafirma in the Philippine Cup on Saturday, Reyes was not at all happy, and not just with Tropang Giga.
“I’m unhappy,” said the multi-title coach and former national mentor. “I don’t think I was as prepared as I should have been for this game. Because, as I said, it is [been] eight, nine years since my last PBA game. So I’m learning too. “
Reyes is not very excited about the victory over a “tall, strong and well-trained” team that gave its defenders everything they could handle at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. But we are a bit disappointed with the way we played in the last quarter and a half of this game, ”he said in the usual post-game chat.
“I thought we weren’t faithful to how we wanted to play this game.”
Tropang Giga got off to a lethargic start, racking up leads of up to 22 points in the third period behind national team veterans Jayson Castro, Poy Erram and Troy Rosario.
Dyip, however, found their rhythm down the stretch, snapping timely baskets from Juami Tiongson, Rashawn McCarthy and Aldrech Ramos to narrow the gap to just 84-79 with just over two minutes to go. , the man behind the club’s four titles, three of which came at a Filipino conference.
“There is no excuse for poor effort. We may not play well, we can miss shots, but there is never an excuse for a bad effort, “he added.
Castro led the way for TNT with 17 points. Erram, Rosario and Roger Pogoy finished with 10 or more to aid in the scoring effort. With Joshua Munzon, the top pick in this year’s draft failing in his debut, Terrafirma turned to his veteran team of Ramos, McCarthy, Tiongson and Andreas Cahilig. who delivered double digit scores.
His efforts gave Reyes a good benchmark for TNT’s process this season.
“[That] That kind of effort will not make me feel safe when we face the best teams in this league when we face the elite teams, ”he said. INQ
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