BACK-to-back losses at the most crucial stages of the PBA Commissioner's Cup eliminations is
something coach Ato Agustin wants his Petron Blaze team to put behind it.
"Iyung natitirang mga laro ang pinaka-importante sa amin ngayon kaya dapat doon kami naka-focus," stated Agustin.
That explains why the Boosters aim to get back on track when they tackle dangerous Barako Bull
Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
A win is a must for Petron since it will not only enhance its chances of making post-eliminations play but also snap them out of numbing back-to-back losses against Powerade and Alaska.
Also, a victory would prime the Boosters up for their much-awaited showdown with arch-rival and
defending champion Talk 'N Text at elims end next Wednesday.
"Kailangang-kailangan talaga dahil magiging napakasikip na ng mundo namin kapag natalo pa," said
Agustin on the eve of the match. "We simply cannot afford another loss kaya all-out kami bukas."
Barako is as determined since a follow-up to its come-from-behind 89-82 win over Meralco last
Saturday would also keep it in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The Energy wind up the elims against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday but coach Junel Baculi wants his
charges to put Petron on their crosshairs first.
"Second do-or-die game and we must gather all our efforts towards that end," noted Baculi.
The Boosters are stressing their own resolve by parading a new import in Will McDonald in lieu of Nick Fazekas, who is a prolific scorer and rebounder but could be a liability in transition defense and is not as strong as the other reinforcements in post plays.
The 6-foot-11, 260-lb McDonald, a former University of South Florida product who is coming off a
stint in the Chinese leagues, arrived last Sunday and looks impressive enough in practice, according to Agustin.
"He can score at will pero he prefers to be more of a team player. Pero siyempre sa laro lang talaga magkaka-alaman," related the coach.
Baculi does not have a clue on how McDonald plays but has a crystal-clear idea of what his Energy must do.
"Defense is to limit their import, Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot without counting out (Denok)
Miranda and (Joseph) Yeo," he stressed. (NC)