Ariel Vanguardia says Phoenix import Marcus Simmons under evaluation after anemic game v Rain or Shine

Phoenix import Marcus Simmons’ PBA stint is in jeopardy following an anemic effort on Saturday night.

Struggling on offense against a tough Rain or Shine defense, the NBA D-League veteran finished with just 7 points on an atrocious 3-of-11 field goal shooting as Phoenix fell, 106-89.

“He (Simmons) was totally absent today,” said Phoenix freshman coach Ariel Vanguardia, whose team dropped at the cellar with its 0-3 record.

Vanguardia, who just last March led the KL Dragons to the 2016 ABL championship, said they are set to evaluate the former Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward. 

“We will evaluate him because he’s on a tryout basis so bago mag-lapse yung one-month tryout niya, we’ll see,” said Vanguardia. 

The soft-spoken Phoenix mentor there’s no doubt that Simmons could play, but the the 28-year-old American import’s lethargic performance against Rain or Shine got him thinking.

“I like his energy and his aggressiveness, pero today kasi hindi niya ma-perform yung dapat eh, so hindi pwedeng ganun,” he added.

And Simmons’ 7-point effort came at the most unfortunate time, who Vanguardia said may have been bothered by the side effect of an energy drink he bought in a convenience store.

“He was shaking all-game long,” shared Vanguardia. “Pero you’re a professional and hindi dapat nangyayari yung mga ganung pagkakataon. We needed him badly. Siguro gusto magpakita, gusto ma-pump up pero iba yung naging resulta.”

Asked if he’s got a shot list of potential imports to replace Simmons, the Phoenix rookie mentor said he has scouts who are now on the look out in the NBA Summer League, Drew League in US, and the Korean Basketball League.

“Lagi namang mayroong backup, so we’ll watch again. Good thing, we have a week to prepare, so we’ll see,” he added. – Jason Mercene 

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