Phoenix coach Koy Banal believes young playmaker RR Garcia can rise to the occasion amid the Fuel Masters’ 3-game slide in the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Garcia is the team’s top local scorer this conference with his PBA career-best 19.25 points per contest.
But other than just taking charge offensively, Banal felt the former Far Eastern University star should also facilitate the team’s offense on the floor.
“He’s (Garcia) the coach on the floor,” Banal told FOX Sports on Monday shortly after the team’s practice.
“To me, that’s the biggest responsibility for him, and if he doesn’t have that command, magkaka-windang-windang kami niyan,” he added.
The 5-foot-11 Garcia averages just 3.75 assists per game.
Still, Banal is patient with his young point guard, aware that as Garcia gets proper guidance, he’ll blossom into an even more effective playmaker.
“Everyday I talk to RR, but then, not just sa kanya but to the other players. Kasi kailangan constant iyan eh,” he explained.
“Communication is key dahil para sa akin, the players need proper communication so I give them pointers, though at the end of the day, sila magde-decide sa loob.”
The Fuel Masters are currently mired at the cellar with their 1-3 record, having lost their 3rd straight game on Friday after bowing to the Alaska Aces, 105-89.
Banal said the team ran into a maze of turnovers, particularly in the 2nd half, allowing Alaska to tear the game apart after a tight contest during the first 24 minutes of play.
“We need to have the right mindset because against Alaska, their pressure defense disrupted our offense that’s why we have 27 turnovers,” explained Banal.
Phoenix hopes to arrest its 3-game skid starting Wednesday against Mahindra (3-2), which is surprisingly sharing 4th to 5th spots with Barangay Ginebra (3-2), followed by Star (2-4) on Saturday. — By Richard Dy