PBA Season 43 Preview: Retooled Phoenix looks to make noise with guard-heavy roster

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It seems like the pieces that Phoenix has fit the team perfectly heading into the new PBA season.The Fuel Masters have a slew of point guards in Gelo Alolino, Karl Dehesa, RJ Jazul and offseason acquisition LA Revilla. They also drafted a versatile player in Jason Perkins.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 folkPhoenix head coach Louie Alas believes he has the tools to make noise beginning with the 2018 Philippine Cup set to open on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“The system that we put up is really meant to have a lot of guards because our defensive schemes are guard-oriented,” said Alas, who was appointed as head coach late October to replace Ariel Vanguardia. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 “I really feel that we picked the right guy. He doesn’t play like a rookie and he really has PBA body,” Alas said.Phoenix looks to finally get past the quarterfinals for the first time and rebound from a woeful stint in the 2017 Governors’ Cup where it missed the playoffs after registering a 2-9 record. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set IOC confident 2020 Tokyo Games will not be tainted by doping LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Head Coach: Louie AlasKey Players: Matthew Wright, JC Intal, RJ JazulKey Additions: LA Revilla, Jason PerkinsKey Losses: Michael Miranda, John WilsonADVERTISEMENT Having four reliable playmakers will be one of Phoenix’s strengths in the coming season.At 6-foot-2, Dehesa gives Phoenix size in the backcourt, Alolino has also come into his own since being drafted in 2016 while Jazul and Revilla have proven themselves to be leaders on the floor.The four bring their own identity on the floor but all can shoot from downtown, giving the Fuel Masters space on the floor.Alas also has high praise for his rookie Perkins, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft.The 6-foot-3 Perkins, who won two UAAP championships as a key member of the De La Salle Green Archers, was solid in the preseason where Phoenix went 2-1 with wins over NLEX and Alaska.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img