Cruz, Enciso look to speed up Phoenix’s run-and-gun
Exciting times ahead for Phoenix as it welcomes its new backcourt duo in Mark Cruz and Simon Enciso.
The rookies are expected to take the reins in ushering coach Ariel Vanguardia’s run-and-gun system this 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup, and the young turks expressed their readiness for the challenge that lies ahead.
“It’s fun. We’re in a new team so we’re still trying to get our chemistry down and just working together,” said Enciso. “It’s a great process and you got to love the process.”
“Ginagawa ko lang yung mga sinasabi nila coach. Medyo di naman ganun kahirap yung adjustment kasi I’m used naman sa sistema ni coach,” Cruz shared.
Known as stupendous scorers in their own right, both skippers share the same sentiment with this new found partnership, and it really helps that Vanguardia set an offensive system that suits both guards.
“Ang gusto ni coach, fast-paced eh. I think nakita ni coach na pag nagsabay kami ni Simon, talagang mabilis kasi yun ang strength namin,” said Cruz.
“I feel the offense fits me and Mark, and also Josh (Urbiztondo). This offense is high octane and that’s what I like to play,” Enciso echoed.
Their entry to the Fuel Masters guarantees not just a new beginning for both guards, but also an extended responsibility with their playing time sure to have an uptick compared to what they had in their former teams.
“I look at it the same thing. Kapag binigyan ako ng chance, gagawin ko lang yung best ko. Ipapakita ko kung ano ang maitutuluong ko sa team kasi ganun din naman ginagawa ko sa Star. Every time na may chance ako, ginagawa ko lang yung best ko,” said Cruz.
Though he feels the same, Enciso is setting a higher standard for himself in Phoenix.
“Every new beginning comes a challenge. As a basketball player, I always love the challenge and take the challenge up to myself,” he said.
“It’s just about playing as a team and winning as a team. With any team I am on, I just want to win a championship, no matter what it takes and that’s what I’m here for: I’m trying to get wins and hopefully, a Finals appearance.”