|Igee King is a forlorn figure on the bench while his team is in a huddle.|
The summer is about halfway done but it already feels like a long one for the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals. They've taken it on the chin from three teams and they've lost every one of them. And to think that the NCAA isn't here yet. They had promise the previous year as they won a few nail biters during the Filoil summer tournament. Come NCAA Season 88, they finished seventh in the ten-team standings. This year with Cedric Happi injured and Franz Chiong and Jolas Paguia moving on, they've been pounded from every where.
EAC is 0-4 thus far.
Opponents are 83.75 points per game against them.
EAC is scoring 69.75 points per game for a 14.0 point differential.
Opponents are pulling down 52.0 rebounds a game to their 41.5.
Opponents are out-assisting them 20.0 to 10.75.
The only statistical department that favors them is they turn over the ball 17.0 times per game to the 18.0 of opponents.
And their field goal percentage is atrocious. They take an average of 26 three-point attempts per game (28-103) for 27%.
Of the 279 points they've scored in four matches, 84 points have come from three-point range, 144 from two-point area, and 51 points from the free throw line.
Only two players average in double digits - shooting guard Jan Jamon who averages 16.5 points per game and point guard Francis Munsayac who chips in 14.0 per match. John Tayongtong is a shade under double figures with 9.5 per game while African player Gigi Manga norms 9.0 per outing.
When I watch this team, I feel bad because they do not even have towels for each player. They use t-shirts to wipe the sweat from their bodies during games. This is a basic item that they need and they do not have it. Take a look at the picture above and you will see no towels draped on the bench. I noticed this for a few games now.
In their last match, point guard Francis Munsayac taped a message on his jersey that read: "LOLO". After he got pulled out late in the game, I asked him about the message. I didn't understand as it was noisy (I'll ask him about that next time I see him).
Hopefully, things will turn around for this team that has found the NCAA quite a different animal from UCAA and NCRAA where they collectively won four championships.