Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Fuel Masters return to action on December 27 against Kia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNew Phoenix coach Louie Alas took responsibility for his team’s 96-104 defeat to San Miguel on Sunday to open the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “I saw some positive things. Easily, we could have given up early, but when we changed personnel, from 17-points down, we were able to trim it down to five,” he said, noting his squad’s huge rally to slice the lead down, 85-80 with 6:30 to play.Alas also thinks the Fuel Masters have come a long way.”If we didn’t have the preseason, we would have been down by almost 30 points. But part of that loss should be charged to me. If I did good thing in rotation or handling the doubling scheme, maybe the result would have been different and we could’ve stopped them. So we need to prepare ourselves that we need to play.”Alas believes Phoenix just have to play with a little bit more consistency next time.“It’s just consistency. We’ll close in, we’ll change players, and then the game will change too. We just have to find the right combinations. Even if we change the players on the floor, we still have to be consistent. And that’s my job.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Chris Ross shows out with mom in attendance “It’s my fault. We knew the ball will go to June Mar (Fajardo), but we still doubled him,” he said.With no one to match against the four-time PBA MVP, the Fuel Masters desperately tried to double the behemoth, a move that spaced the floor perfectly for the Beermen and opened their shooters as Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot punished them from distance late.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk”From there, the lead got bigger and bigger. I just told my players that next time, I’ll be sharper. You can’t make mistakes on those situations and we really paid for it,” he said.Still, Alas would rather look at the positives especially with how Phoenix fared against the three-time defending Philippine Cup champions. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I think it’s just one game, so there’s no reason to panic,” Luc Robitaille said. “But you have to make your power plays count. That’s the key to the game right now.” On the bright side, the Kings have killed 17 consecutive opponents’ power plays. Not an option: Murray deemed Friday’s practice a “necessary” skate, one in which he lets the players determine if they need to put in on-ice work. But there was one conspicuous addition. On the board, Murray wrote the uniform numbers of players designated to assist in goalie drills, a chore mostly reserved for healthy scratches such as Ken Belanger and Nathan Dempsey. But Murray also included Alexander Frolov, who totaled only one shot on goal in each of the past two games. Murray mostly refrains from critiquing individual players but did narrow things down as to the scope of his recent frustration with the team. “They were putting too much pressure on themselves and not being patient,” coach Andy Murray said. “If it’s a 1-1 game and you get one in the middle of the third period, it’s a big goal.” Murray was referencing a power play Thursday, in which Joe Corvo made an ill-advised outlet pass that Kirk Maltby quickly turned into a shorthanded goal. That became the focal point of a frustrating game in which the Kings severely outchanced the Red Wings but lost 5-2. EL SEGUNDO – Since last season, the Kings added two talented scorers in Pavol Demitra and Jeremy Roenick and a deft passer in Craig Conroy. Imagine the possibilities. Imagine the … frustration? Those three players are a part of the Kings’ top power-play unit, which has been substandard of late. The Kings failed on all seven of their power-play chances Thursday against Detroit and have scored on just two of their past 23 chances with the man advantage. That led to a 40-minute power-play meeting Friday. “We need more from some of our offensive players,” Murray said. Injury report: The Kings hoped Valeri Bure, out since Sept. 29 with a back injury, would return sometime next week, but that now appears unlikely. “It’s probably not as promising as we would have liked,” Murray said. Bure has yet to skate and will be evaluated by doctors again Monday, Murray said. Jeff Cowan (groin) skated Friday but will not play Sunday. Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!