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Simon relieved to regain rhythm in time for quarter-finals

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Peter June Simon brought back the “scoring” in his moniker “Scoring Apostle” when the Star Hotshots defeated the Blackwater Elite, 102-89 Friday night.

Simon was on a tear, firing 11 points in the first few minutes of the opening quarter, en route to finishing with 26 points on 8-for-14 shooting, his best output of the conference so far.

The Hotshots wing man did not only help his team punch the outright playoffs ticket, but also regained his offensive rhythm just in time for the quarter-finals which begins next week.

“Last game parang nawala ako sa rhythm ko eh. So we made sure this game babalik ako sa dati. Mas prepared ako siguro ngayon,” Simon said. “Sana magpeak yung team.”

Star head coach Jason Webb took the blame for the dip in Simon’s performance over the past few outings, saying he put Simon “in bad spots.”Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Simon relieved to regain rhythm in time for quarter-finals

The rookie head coach feels relieved Simon is back to his usual scoring self, and credited his staff for helping Simon return to a dangerous form. This conference, Simon is shooting a career-low 46.5% from the field so far. Moreover, he is just averaging 11.9 points per outing.

“You have to gove it to the coaching staff who talked about it and they made the moves. Gotta give it to PJ for the game he had today,” Webb said.

In Star’s guard-laden system, Simon feels comfortable to get more touches and attempts, and he hopes the entire team improves together for the team to rise in the quarter-finals.

“Mas used ako sa ganitong laro. Ever since, ganito naman yung laro ako. Sana lang sabay-sabay kami mag-improve. Hopefully sabay-sabay kami maging komportable ngayong quarter-finals.”

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