After looking at the stats sheet of the Star’s 86-90 loss to Meralco on Wednesday night, rookie coach Jason Webb recognized one big mistake: he failed to put import Denzel Bowles in his sweet spot.
Bowles, the former PBA Best Import had a fiery start in his third tour of duty for Star after knocking down nine quick points in the first quarter.
But the former James Madison University standout was only able to score 11 points the rest of the way as the Hotshots faded in the second half to open the PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a loss.
“I’ve got to find better spots to put him (Bowles) in. I don’t want him to shoot 30 percent from the field,” Webb told media men after the game.
The 6-foot-9 Bowles electrified the crowd with at least three dunks to open the contest.
But when Meralco finally settled down to play defense on the American reinforcement, Bowles started to miss with majority of his shots from the field contested.
“He only had 6 field goals (made) and 4 of them were dunks,” noted Webb.
“But again, I told them that it’s time to go home because we got a game on Saturday,” he said matter-of-factly.
“We lost, we go home and we prepare for the next game. No excuses. I’ve got to be better, and I’ve got to find ways to get my guys to be better.”
The former TV broadcaster-turned-coach admitted the team’s first three games to start the conference won’t be easy.
After Meralco, Star will face a revved up Rain or Shine side on Saturday, before going up against NLEX on February 20. – By Richard Dy