KaTropa wary of its ‘soft’ defense

October 08, 2019

TALK ‘N Text coach Bong Ravena is well convinced the KaTropa need to do something about their defense if they are to sustain their hot streak in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.

“Kailangan talaga i-improve ang depensa. Unang-una, individually, tapos iyung rotation. You have to stop your man, eh. How? Gawan ng paraan then susunod na yung help, di ba,” said Ravena.

The TNT bench tactician made the statement in the aftermath of the KaTropa’s 125-120 overtime win over Columbian Dyip last Saturday at Ynares Center.

Although the KaTropa managed to nail their fourth straight win, Ravena was not exactly relishing it, more so with his KaTropa giving away 30 points per quarter to the Dyip.

The KaTropa also allowed Columbian’s Kaphri Alston to score 38 points and grab 13 rebounds.

Three nights before that win over Columbian, the KaTropa also allowed their opponent in Phoenix Pulse to score more than 100 points in their 123-118 win.

“Hopefully, pretty soon masanay na kami sa defense. Hindi pwedeng out-scoring lang eh. You have to make stops. We can score anytime but can we stop every possession? That’s the question,” added Ravena.

Whether the KaTropa can offer quick remedy on their sagging defense will be known today against NorthPort whom they will play in the 4:30 p.m. opening tussle of a double-header at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The KaTropa will be gunning for their fifth straight victory as they take on the Batang Pier whose bid to bounce back from 107-98 loss to Blackwater last October 5 makes them pretty dangerous.

Rain or Shine and Phoenix – two teams that are left stranded near the cellar – try to outdo each other in the main offering at 7 p.m.

The Elasto Painters carry a 1-3 slate while the Fuel Masters tote 1-4 and both are at the bottom of the standings in the company of Alaska, which is still winless in five outings.