As Foton tries to get its PSL All-Filipino Conference campaign back on track, coach Vilet Ponce-De Leon believes getting the Tornadoes’ attitude right is the key to their resurgence.
Touted as one of the contenders, Foton suffered yet another defeat after getting pummelled by F2 Logistics before the league took a break for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Ponce-De Leon said the Tornadoes have arduously prepared for their match against the Cargo Movers and expressed surprise at how badly her wards played against the league leaders.
The veteran mentor added she even questioned her players’ desire to win after the devastating loss.
“Nung huddle I was trying to ask them, you have to ask yourselves how much do you really want this,” she said. “Kasi sa skills hindi naman ako naniniwalang hindi sila capable dahil pag natuturo naman siya nakikita nama namin sa ensayo na kaya nilang gawan ng paraan.”
“Siguro it’s more on the attitude nila towards the game and during the game. Kaya I ask them, how much you want this and yung commitment nga nila,” she added.
Action resumes for Foton on Saturday when they take on another powerhouse, RC Cola-Army, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
By then, Ponce-De Leon hopes the Tornadoes have resolved their issues as they attempt to strengthen their hold of a top 4 slot.
“It’s more on how they’re going to control themselves. Psychological na. Hangga’t hindi namin nasosolve yung problem na yun, baka yung pag advance namin yung magiging problema namin,” she said.
“Kaya ngayon, hindi na to about the skills e. Kung hihimayin mo yung skills, dun sa anim na yun meron kami e. how you’re going to put it together and make it one whole system na effective dun kami kailangan mag focus ngayon.” — By Joyce Palad