In a move that caught San Miguel off guard, Star Hotshots head coach Jason Webb unleashed fit-again Justin Melton in the starting five in their Sunday game.
Missing Star’s first 3 games, Melton was actually surprised on the starter nod against San Miguel Beermen after just having his first full practice two days ago following his recovery from a hamstring injury.
“I didn’t know until the names are on the board. I tried to make up this game (from the games I missed),” bared Melton.
And making up for the lost time he did as the Mount Olive alum poured in 14 points in just 16 minutes of play.
“I feel great, I feel comfortable, a little bit winded because I haven’t practiced much,” said Melton.
Melton’s insertion in the rough, though, did not change the fortune of Star as they surrendered a 109-100 defeat to their sister team.
For the 5-foot-9 cat-quick guard, their third loss in the conference revolves around how they defend.
“We had a few defensive lapses, it was all defense. To defeat a team like this, who has shooters everywhere, it’s gonna be hard,” said Melton.
With Hotshots owning the second-worst record now at 1-3, ‘Quickmelt’ is choosing to believe they have what it takes to recover now that he’s healthy and can provide much needed help.
“I still believe completely in my team,” said Melton “When we’re winning championships and Grand Slam, we started off 1-5, 1-6, it’s just a matter of start producing W’s. It will come.” – By Jason Mercene
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