Zamboanga hopes to bounce back

Jonas N. Panerio

THE loaded Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines etched their names in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League for all the wrong reasons in their 47-28 loss to Davao Occidental in Game 1 of the South Division semifinals last Monday, March 2, 2020.

Zamboanga now holds the record for the least scored points by a team in a single game.

“We started flat, we started everything wrong, nafru-frustrate na kami. Hats off to Davao kasi they really defended us well. We really struggled on offense,” said Zamboanga’s Cebuano head coach Britt Reroma, as his wards only converted eight shots on 60 attempts for the entire game.

The Family’s Brand Sardines-backed squad was held to just 11 points in the first half and held scoreless in the final seven minutes and 11 seconds of the contest.

And though he expects all of his players to play with a sense of urgency come Game Two, Reroma--who led the University of San Carlos Warriors to its only Cesafi championship back in 2015--will be putting his chips on star forward Alvin Pasaol as he believes that Zamboanga will go as far as where the latter can take them.

“Kailangan namin pumutok si Alvin sa Game Two, kasi this is really our worst game sa buong history ng team so we need to move on and learn from it,” said Zamboanga head coach Britt Reroma.

Pasaol, who leads Zamboanga in the scoring department with 17.3 points per game, was held to just four points on a disappointing 2-of-10 shooting from the field. And the Chooks-to-Go 3x3 star bared that Davao’s suffocating defense caught them off guard which led to the embarrassing defeat.

“Sobrang pangit ng nilaro namin against Davao saka sobrang tight namin saka kumbaga sa laro na lang mas na-mama nila kami. ‘Di namin na-counter yung ginawa nila sa amin kaya ayun yung naging cause kaya natalo kami,” Pasaol chimed.

“Sobrang gulat namin with the way they played, ‘di talaga namin expected na magiging ganito na-blown out kami.