Also-ran Phoenix looks forward to next conference with James White as import

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoenix may have failed to make the quarterfinals after losing to TNT in a playoff for the last quarterfinals slot, but coach Louie Alas believes it was the Fuel Masters previous games that cost them their ticket to the next round.“We lost our campaign when we lost to Meralco and Blackwater,” Alas said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest PLAY LIST 01:34SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award With all of those factors accounted for, Alas is hopeful that returning reinforcement James White will help in addressing some of the Fuel Masters’ deficiencies on both ends of the floor.“I think he’s a perfect fit for us because he’s a rim protector. He’s not an explosive scorer, but he’s a good defender,” he said of White, who last saw action for Kia last season.But Alas knows that the burden shouldn’t rest on the import’s shoulders alone as he plans a tougher offseason for his locals.“We’ll only have a two-week break. We have no right to take a long vacation because we’re not as strong as the other teams,” he said. “We need to have a longer time and a tougher grind on our practices.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Just 2 games in, Cruz proving to be a perfect fit for TNT LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carrying an even 4-4 slate, the Fuel Masters blew their chances to advance outright in the quarterfinals as it fell to cellar-dwelling teams like the Bolts and the Elite in their final three games.That complicated their chances to advance at 5-6 that eventually led to elimination following a 118-87 rout at the hands of TNT on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt didn’t help that Alas’ already shallow rotation took a hit after injuries to LA Revilla (wrist) and Justin Chua (appendix), making things worse for Phoenix.“We were shorthanded because we lost two guys who are part of our rotation. It’s not that I’m using that as an alibi, but when we’re facing against the stronger teams, we have no chance,” he said. View commentslast_img read more