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Belo admits struggling Blackwater still adjusting to new coach: 'We have to build our character'

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Barangay Ginebra gets Commissioner's Cup victory (2:04)

Barangay Ginebra got its elusive first win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup after beating Blackwater, 105-91. (2:04)

Things haven't gone Blackwater's way as the Elite slumped to a fifth straight loss on Friday in the 2018 Honda PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Now lurking in the cellar without a single victory, the Elite struggled to find their mark and bowed to Ginebra, 105-91, at the Alonte Sports Arena in BiƱan, Laguna.

With the skid comes the inevitable question: does Blackwater need an import change?

New coach Bong Ramos said they are discussing whether or not they will bring in another reinforcement to replace current import Jarrid Famous.

"We have to sit down first with the coaches and then with management," Ramos said in the aftermath of the match witnessed by a partisan crowd.

"If you think about it, his stats aren't really bad. In fact, they're always impressive."

Indeed, Famous isn't really subpar as far as figures are concerned. Against the Ginebra Twin Towers of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar as well as import Chuck Garcia, Famous churned out 25 points and 17 rebounds.

Still, it doesn't mean he is tailor-fit for a young team that is in dire need of a leader on the floor who can guide the team and help arrest the alarming tailspin.

"But he's not really a go-to guy," said Ramos of his import. "But we'll see. We don't know what will happen yet."

Mac Belo, though, has a different take on their losing streak.

Belo, whose frustration over the skid was evident late in the third quarter when he got into a verbal altercation with Slaughter, said the team just needs to develop into one cohesive unit under its new mentor.

"We have to build our character. We need to improve as a team with coach Bong. We have to be on the same page always, and that's what we're working on right now," Belo said in Filipino.

The forward out of Far Eastern University is preaching patience, saying the team will find its groove eventually.

"We're still in transition. But that's not really the reason for the losses. We're still in the process of growing with our new coach. We just need to work as a team," he said.