THERE could be a downside beating a celebrated team such as Barangay Ginebra.
Star coach Jason Webb believes the Hotshots’ big win over the Kings the last time somehow had the Hotshots slackened a bit, resulting in a 101-94 loss to Globalport Friday night in the Smartbro-PBA Philippine Cup.
Webb admitted the team’s 86-78 victory over the league's most popular ballclub last Sunday could have been a good momentum builder for the Hotshots going to their game against the Batang Pier.
Unfortunately, James Yap and Co. didn’t come out with the same fire they did against the Kings and played out flat against Globalport.
“It should have been (a good momentum). But you know those things tend to nip you in the bud. You start thinking that it’s easy,” said Webb.
“Globalport came out with so much intensity and we came out so flat.”
Just how flat the Hotshots were, Webb noted that they didn’t start a single good quarter.
And point in case was the final period in which Star just trailed, 74-73, entering the final 12 minutes, before Globalport came with nine straight unanswered points to stretch the lead to 83-73.
The Batang Pier went on and extended the run to 17-2, handing them their biggest lead of the match at 91-75, from which Star never recovered,
“We just look bad the entire game. We have to get a good job of playing to start out a quarter,” stressed Webb.
“Today we didn’t start a single good quarter. You can’t do that. Hindi puwedeng naghahabol ka all the time.”
Star fell to a 1-2 record overall, which Webb doesn’t consider bad at all as the Hotshots went up against three teams which many considered as among the top contenders in the season-opening tournament.
“We’re 1-2 and played two teams that pundits have put ahead of us so we’re fine,” he said, obviously referring to Rain or Shine and Ginebra. “They’re saying Global is a dark horse, so basically we played three of the teams that are supposed to be tough games.
“We wanted to be 3-0 or 2-1, but we’re 1-2 which is better than 0-3.”