STAR coach Jason Webb insisted the Hotshots simply got the short end of the endgame breaks in their 92-87 loss to Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday.
The Hotshots managed to overhaul an early 12-point deficit and engaged the Gin Kings into a nip-and-tuck battle before folding in the end to absorb their fourth loss in five games.
“We need some luck,” Webb said. “We're there but we just can't seem to get that one stop, or that one basket na kailangan na kailangan. ’Di mo naman puwede sabihin na 'yung shots na nakuha namin were bad shots in the end. 'Yung stops namin nandun na, tapos one key offensive rebound, hindi namin makuha.”
“We're hoping that magsunud-sunod naman,” added the rookie coach, whose team has yet to win back-to-back games since he became head coach. “Kung ano 'yung malas namin nung una, sana we get a couple of breaks go our way in all shapes and forms.”
One of the good looks that didn’t go in was from Denzel Bowles as the Star import, with the game tied at 87, came out of a timeout and missed a pet jumper from the top key that could’ve given the Hotshots the lead back.
“I thought we had a good look,” Webb said. “'Yung shot niya, I mean, ano pang hihingin mo - open, 18-footer. It just didn't go in.”
Bowles, though, went cold down the stretch as he missed his five shots and wound up scoreless in the last five minutes and 55 seconds left after tallying 15 points.
Still, Webb commended his wards for their effort.
“I think we all feel it's just a matter of time,” the rookie coach said. “The only way that we won't get some sort of victory going our way is if we implode.”
“We're not in good shape, but we are not dead,” he added. “'Yun lang naman eh.”