GOOD thing it was only a tune-up game, from which Star could learn a lot from as it builds up for the season-ending PBA Governors Cup.
Hotshots coach Jason Webb said the 99-87 loss to Phoenix in a campus tour game at the CEU gym on Wednesday is something to reflect on especially after Star collapsed in the final quarter after leading for most of the way.
A 25-2 run by Phoenix did the Hotshots in as they played the match without import Marcus Blakely, who won't be coming over until Tuesday next week.
"I'm hopeful we learned our lessons in the preseason. We won't allow something like that to happen (in a regular game)," said Webb afterwards.
In fairness to his team, the young mentor admitted it really has yet to reach top forn for the season-ending conference.
"Even though we're up 75 or 80 percent of the way, I don't think we look sharp," Webb stressed. "I don't think we're sharp, yet we had moments when we're sharp."
The Star coach also believes the Fuel Masters were the better team.
"Credit to them, they played really well. Even when we were up, I really thought they were the better team all game," he said. "Generally, I think for the entire game, they were the sharper team."
As any consolation, Webb said the game provided him an opportunity to see how new acquisitions RR Garcia, Keith Jensen and Rodney Brondial would fit in the team.