Unblemished TNT Tropang Giga may be off to a terrific start, but coach Chot Reyes thinks that his ward is still a work in progress.
“Still a long way to go. Apparently, you can see. I don’t think we’ve even played three good quarters. I know we’ve been able to play a couple of good quarters,” said Reyes.
“But we’re at that stage now where we should be able to string four good quarters together,” Reyes added.
Tropang Giga has won its first three games, but they are still not in the form that saw them finish second to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the Clark bubble last season.
In their most recent match, the Phoenix Fuel Masters dominated the Tropang Giga for almost the rest of the match until TnT embarked on a late 14-3 surge in the final six minutes to overcome a seven-point lead and win, 84-80.
The team’s spectacular comeback triumph was led by big man Troy Rosario, who scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
“Credit to the way Phoenix prepared for us when they threw that great defense on us from the start, and it took a long while before we could figure it out,” Reyes said.
Reyes noted that the Tropang Giga must improve as a unit before facing the conference’s top title contenders, who include Magnolia Hotshots, San Miguel Beermen, the reigning champion Barangay Ginebra, and Meralco Bolts.
“Right now on the basketball court, I think we need to be able to play more good quarters together, we need to be able to string a whole game together. And secondly, I think we have to be mentally tougher,” the former Gilas Pilipinas head coach said.