Ariel Vanguardia wants to build new image, culture for Phoenix

PENANG- Phoenix’s newly-appointed coach Ariel Vanguardia hopes to build a new image and a new culture as he tries to steer the young franchise to greater heights under his watch.

Vanguardia is just 2 months removed from steering the KL Dragons to the franchise’s very first Asean Basketball League championship, beating the Singapore Slingers, 3-2 in the Finals.

The veteran ABL coach would like to bring his winning touch to a Phoenix side, which, he said has had a revolving door on players since its days with the former Barako Bull franchise.

“Bale yung culture or image muna ng team ang ibi-build namin para magkaroon sila ng pride na naglalaro sila sa Phoenix,” Vanguradia told FOX Sports, shortly after arriving at the Stallions Hotel here.

“Kasi hindi pa na-develop iyun. Bago pa nga lang kasi sa PBA saka galing sa Barako kaya di pa ganun ang image nun. Eh papalit-palit kasi ang palyers. May darating, aalis, may darating, aalis kaya di nabuo yung kultura.”

The former St. Benilde coach began handling practice 3 days ago at Phoenix as he intends to first lay down the foundation of the team.

The Fuel Masters struggled in their PBA debut in the Commissioner’s Cup with a 3-8 record under coach Koy Banal. – By Richard Dy

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