For Denzel Bowles, the fun is finally back following Star’s breakthrough win over Blackwater in their Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-9 Star import was spectacular again in his 32-minute effort, finishing with 28 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks to propel the Hotshots to a clinical 122-103 shellacking of Blackwater.
The former PBA Best Import had at least 7 dunks during the game, but Bowles swears he never got tired doing them against the Elite.
“Actually I didn’t (get tired dunking), but it got fun,” he said smiling.
“So when you’re having fun, you don’t think about it (getting tired) till after the game.”
Bowles, who led the Purefoods franchise to the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup crown, was also happy to see his team sustain its intensity from start to finish.
Unlike in its 1st 3 games when the Hotshots would lose a big lead, against the Elite, they were all business.
“It was a great team win and we got back to having fun,” he said.
“I’m happy about that because that’s (losing big lead) what our problem was (in the past games). We started off strong and in the second half, it would die down,” added the 26-year-old Bowles.
“But today, I’m happy we played well.”
Bowles has high hopes that the Hotshots’ confidence-boosting win will give them the momentum needed as they face his former coach Tim Cone and the Barangay Ginebra Kings on Sunday.
“We just want to do it for ourselves because we don’t want to be 0-4,” he said.
“We just hope the momentum carries us on Sunday.” – By Richard Dy
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