Bong: Philippines will struggle

The Moneygram Philippines are in bad shape.

The squad is currently 0-6 and in the cellar of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 national men’s league. Moneygram lost their most recent match 69-64 to the Dominos Warriors at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre.

Bong Blancaflor assisted the team as head coach this season and states the side is not going to finish the year well.

“Beside the height problem, the team is not blending,” Blancaflor said. “A lot of the players came from separate teams with separate practices and plays. They are not that strong because of that.

“They need to work on their defence, which is not good. I don’t think they will win the rest of their games.”

Last Sunday’s contest saw Borislav Djordjic make an outstanding season debut for the Warriors with 22 points (including two treys), 15 rebounds, three steals. The defending champions got contributions from Collin Anglin (16 points, eight rebounds, four steals), Luigi Moxam (15 points off four treys, six rebounds, three steals) and Rotando Thompson (11 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks).

Moneygram countered with Christian Ferrer (18 points off four treys, six assists), Omar Clarke (13 points, 12 rebounds), Chris Lucas (10 points, eight rebounds) plus Ugo Ezema and Neil Samson (combining for 10 points, seven steals, six rebounds).

Blancaflor states practice is a huge factor for the Philippines.

“Basketball is my love but the team started this league without me. Christian was handling the team as I’m also handling the Under-15 national boys team, which has games in Puerto Rico coming up in a few months and a U16 girls team as well.

“It’s about the power of practice, it’s about the commitment. All of the guys are working and it’s only guys like Christian, Chris and Ugo who keep practicing and coming out to practice.”

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