Phoenix aims for consistency vs AMA; Tanduay tests Blustar



Consistency has been the main concern for Phoenix coach Eric Gonzales.

As the Aspirants’ Cup champions gun for back-to-back titles, the Accelerators can’t afford to bank on talent alone as they aim for the early lead in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup standings.

And on Monday, Phoenix will have a chance to develop that consistency against winless AMA Online Education.

Tip-off is at 2 p.m. at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

“Binabantayan namin yan every quarter, every possession, kailangan maging consistent kami,” said Gonzales. “Sa last two games kasi, hindi ko pa nakikita yun sa mga bata.”

Phoenix had an early scare courtesy of Topstar ZC Mindanao last Thursday, falling behind 11-0 early before picking up the slack to score the 108-78 rout.

Gonzales warned his wards to not take any opponent lightly while pushing his boys to stay focused every game.

“Yan kasi ang hirap sa mga bata, magaling bumalik pag na-down pero pag lamang, nagiging complacent,” he said, as Gonzales will bank on the leadership of the trio of Mac Belo, Ed Daquioag, and Mike Tolomia. “Kailangan pa rin naming respetuhin ang kalaban kasi hindi madali lahat ng magiging laro namin.”

In the second game at 4 p.m., Tanduay gets a first crack at Blustar Detergent, as the Rhum Masters hope to bounce back from a 98-79 defeat to Phoenix last Tuesday.

The Dragons, under the guidance of coach Goh Cheng Huat, will be led by Juami Tiongson as they parade a Malaysian core in hopes of making a splash in the Philippine basketball scene.