Blackwater guards Simon Enciso and Mike Tolomia believe the Bossing's 0-3 start in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup has a lot to do with their lack of team chemistry.
With seven fresh faces donning the also-new Blackwater uniform, coach Nash Racela is in a race against time to try to find the right mix with eight games left in the single-round eliminations.
So far, Racela has yet to succeed after opening the season with a 77-103 defeat to Alaska, followed by a 62-71 loss to Rain or Shine and then an 81-96 beating at the hands of defending champion Barangay Ginebra.
"It's not my first time around the block getting traded to a new team so I know how it's gonna work. It's not gonna be an overnight thing and we have to trust in the process," expressed Enciso, one of the new players who, save for his low seven-point output against the Elasto Painters, has provided more than enough offense with 15 points per contest thus far.
At the same time, the Fil-American guard knows it will take more than him scoring for Blackwater to finally break into the win column, noting how important it is to play as a team.
"We've got a bunch of guys who can score. We've got good guards, we got a lot of stretch 4s, and some good wings who can shoot the three," remarked the 30-year-old, playing for his fifth team since turning pro in 2015. "We just have to find a good rhythm, just build chemistry, and that's what we're doing."
Tolomia couldn't agree more.
"We're still learning how to play with one another. Even our coaches were telling us they're still trying to find the right combination," explained the 5-foot-11 playmaker, whose 22-point effort against the Gin Kings went down the drain.
Blackwater's lack of familiarity has been very much evident in their poor execution on offense, where they have shot just 35.5 percent from the field.
Still, Enciso insists now is not the time to get frustrated, knowing each loss provides enough lessons to learn from.
"Besides the blowout loss, we got some really good moments in these past two games (against Rain or Shine and Ginebra which) could have gone either way," he shared. "We want to win, but sometimes the ball just doesn't go in and doesn't bounce our way. It's cool that all our coaches are in our corner so we just have to keep on going."
Blackwater tries anew to barge into the winners' circle on Wednesday against San Miguel.