Jason Webb holds head high after brave Star stand: 'We battled until the end'
“We battled until the end. But it was breaks of the game. We're hoping maybe we got a call here and there. We got killed in free throws, pero ganun talaga eh," says Star coach Jason Webb. Jaime Campos

STAR coach Jason Webb held his head high after his team lost to San Miguel Beer, 103-99, bowing out of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs on Wednesday night.

After all, the Hotshots dragged the twice-to-beat Beermen to a deciding game, nearly becoming the first eighth-seeded team to topple a top seed in four years.

“We gave them a run for their money,” Webb said. “A couple of loose balls went their way and they made championship plays.”

“But I'm very proud of our guys,” the rookie coach was quick to add. “We battled until the end. But it was breaks of the game. We're hoping maybe we got a call here and there. We got killed in free throws, pero ganun talaga eh.”

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The Hotshots, who only had 14 free-throw attempts compared to SMB’s 37, still managed to lead by as many as nine points early in the fourth quarter, before seeing the Beermen make a run to turn the game around.

“But we just had a couple of defensive rebounds that we were not able to clear and loose balls that we were not able to get,” Webb pointed out. “Andun na eh. Konti na lang. That was anyone's game.”

“Credit to San Miguel because they are doing the things that you need to do to win as much as they have,” he added.

Webb continued to stick to the positives, believing the Hotshots have finally gained chemistry under his watch.

“Our guys are really buying to each other,” Webb said. “You see that on the court, it's a different atmosphere when we play now. And that's the most important thing.”

“It would've been nice for the papers to say eight-seed beats number one, but we're always out there trying to win every game regardless of our seeding,” he added.

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