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Poor starts, ‘kanya-kanya’ lead to loss for Star



The Globalport Batang Pier did an excellent job of dousing cold water to whatever momentum the Star Hotshots gained from their Manila Clasico win, as the Batang Pier zoomed to a 101-94 victory Friday.

The Batang Pier answered in style every Star attempt at getting back in the ball game, and held on for a decisive win. Globalport led by as much as 16, while the Hotshots never tasted the lead in the contest.

“They did better. They made us look bad,” Star head coach Jason Webb said after the game. “We have to do a better job taking care of the ball. We had 20 turnovers in our two losses. It destroys our pace and momentum when we turn the ball over. Better work on that. That’s just too much.”

Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Poor starts, 'kanya-kanya' lead to loss for Star    Webb added Star’s slow starts during quarters contributed in the team’s fall.

“We just looked bad the entire game. We got to do a better job starting quarters (strong). Today we didn’t start a single good quarter. Every quarter they either start with an 8-2 or 9-0 run. You can’t do that. Hindi pwedeng naghahabol ka all the time,” he said.

Star was down by only 1, 76-75, when Globalport opened the final quarter on 9-0 unanswered points to erect a double-digit advantage and never look back.

“Malakas ang Globalport. Maraming mga talented player. Pa-start pa lang ng game nakikita ko na na mahihirapan kami. Nagrelax kami, so bounce back.”

Veteran James Yap shared the Batang Pier was able to defend them well, and it prevented them from having an efficient ball game.

“Maganda yung game plan nila. Hindi kami naka-execute ng tama sa game plan namin,” Yap said, even adding his crew might have gotten ahead of themselves following the Ginebra win.

“Nagkanya-kanya na naman kami ulit. Siguro dahil sa panalo (sa Ginebra) naging excited lahat. Akala namin kayang-kaya na. Medyo naging disadvantage sa amin yun.”

But even after falling to 1-2 overall, Webb still remains collected, knowing Star faced strong teams to begin their conference.

“We are pegged at the middle. Let’s not change that perception after the Ginebra win. We are 1-2 against teams thay pundits say are (contenders),” Webb said.

“We’ll be fine.”

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