STAR coach Jason Webb believes Mark Barroca’s unintentional flagrant foul on Josh Urbiztondo late in the third quarter spelled the difference that allowed Barako Bull to turn the game around and score a 101-83 win in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday.
Barroca committed a landing-spot foul on Urbiztondo after the Energy guard went down from a made three-point basket that resulted in a four-point play with a little less than four minutes to go in the period.
The Hotshots led by as many as 11 points, 65-54, but the Energy trimmed the deficit and cut it to just four, 67-63, after that Urbiztondo four-point play.
“After that, we just couldn’t find the right guys that were on the same page,” said Webb, who complained to the referees that the foul was unintentional.
True enough, the Hotshots failed to get their rhythm back after that as the Energy suddenly pulled away in the fourth and completed a stunning 32-point tunaround.
“We scored two points the first six minutes ng fourth,” Webb said. “All credit goes to Barako. “I should’ve done a better job.”
The Hotshots would’ve clinched a quarterfinal berth had they beat the Energy. Instead, they still need to win their last game against Blackwater on Friday to secure the spot, although they’re already assured of a playoff for a postseason ticket.
“There’s no pressure,” Webb insisted. “I just don’t like losing. I don’t care if it’s to win the championship or to get eliminated, it’s a game you have to win. Every game is a game you have to win in my eyes.”
“I thought we would play better with the way we practiced and we were playing good, but everything just crumbled,” the rookie coach added. “We just weren’t able to recover.”