STAR coach Jason Webb admitted his team relaxed a bit after building an early lead in their 90-86 loss to Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night.
The Hotshots led by 14 points late in the first quarter, but found themselves trailing most of the second half.
“We had that good start, but after that good start, we thought it would be easy,” Webb said. “Once you think na madali lang siya, all of sudden it bites you in the butt.”
The Hotshots, though, mounted on a last push that saw them rally from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, pulling to within a solitary point within a minute left before folding.
Webb also cited the lack of good looks by import Denzel Bowles, who finished with a team-high 20 points, but had to take 17 attempts to reach his total. The former Best Import made six shots -four of them from dunks.
“I’ve got to find better spots to put him in,” the rookie coach said. “I don’t want him to shoot thirty percent from the field.”
The same can’t be said of Bolts counterpart Arinze Onuaku, who shot 11-of-16 from the field to finish with a game-high 25 points on top of 22 rebounds.
“We knew what he was going to do,” Webb said of Onuaku. “But knowing what someone will do is different from knowing how to stop him.”
“I think we controlled him in terms of number of attempts, but he didn’t miss,” he added. “That’s where he also hurt us: offensive rebounds.”