Embattled Jason Webb says hard-luck Star was ‘almost there’

Star Hotshots coach Jason Webb remained positive despite falling short in an 87-92 loss to rival Barangay Ginebra Kings on Sunday’s Manila Clasico thriller at the Big Dome.

Webb pointed out that they played defensively better than their previous games except for some bad breaks in the endgame.

“We’re there but we just can’t seem to get that 1 good stop, 1 big basket na kailangang-kailangan namin,” Webb said after the game.

“We looked good today, wala lang talaga kaming suwerte. We hope it translates to wins,” he added.

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The Hotshots were at their best running and gunning in the 3rd quarter behind Mark Barroca, who hit 14 of his 16 points in a torrid display of outside shooting as they erected an 8-point lead. But the Kings regrouped in the 4th quarter and showed poise down the stretch.

The rookie coach went twice to their import Denzel Bowles in the endgame but both plays did not deliver his desired results.

Bowles was held down to a conference-low 15 points.

“The shots that he took was okay. It just didn’t go in. We’re playing better now, we just hope that it will translate to wins soon,” Webb said.

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With the Hotshots falling to 1-4, Webb said they are in a tough spot but he is hoping that the whole team could finally end their string of bad breaks.

“Of course, the players are sad but we commended them for their effort. We feel that it’s just a matter of time,” Webb said.

They still have 6 games left which includes contenders Tropang TNT, San Miguel Beer and Alaska. – By AA


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