Friday (Aug. 16) is the keenly-awaited coaching debut of new Petron coach Gee Abanilla, more than a month since replacing Olsen Racela, just two conferences after being installed as the team’s head coach.
But a coaching rigodon a few months ago brought Abanilla into the coaching post following the transfer of Racela to San Mig Coffee.
Abanilla admits that Petron has the talent to compete and even contend for championships. But what he hopes to draw from all his players in the desire to play competitive basketball together.
“I’ve been telling the players that talent can win your games, but for you to win consistently, you need to have chemistry, which we can eventually build as we keep playing together,” he said.
The operative word for Abanilla’s goal under his watch is the word “together”.
“It is just a matter of blending the talent we have in the team,” added the former La Salle coach.
Just like the past four or five seasons, Petron Blaze continues to enjoy its title-favorite tag in the just-opened PBA Governors Cup.
There’s no question to Petron’s loadful of talent that includes many-time PBA All-Defensive team member Arwind Santos, veteran playmakers Alex Cabagnot and Dennis Miranda, Danny Ildefonso, shooters Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz as well as rookie big man June Mar Fajardo, who is coming off a strong second place finish with Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba-Asia men’s championships.
Throw in newly acquired big man Doug Kramer and the Boosters’ stocks rise even further this conference.
But how Abanilla can turn Petron’s talent-heavy roster and championship potential into a championship ball club, again – is a question that can only be answered at the end of the Governors Cup.
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