THE Star Hotshots are just playing their third game for the PBA Governors Cup on Sunday, but veteran forward Joe Devance was the first to admit that something’s wrong with the way they execute their offense.
“We’re just going through the phase when we don’t believe in our offense and it’s translating on our defense,” Devance told Spin.ph on the eve of Star’s match against Meralco at the Astrodome.
“We’re not playing the defense we need to. That’s really what it is.”
With the Hotshots making too many hurried passes and one-on-one plays against GlobalPort, they ended up committing 22 turnovers, contributing to their 91-89 loss to the Batang Pier.
Devance offered one simple explanation for that.
“That’s (turnovers) just us not really trusting our offense. We’re not running our offense the way we need to,” he said.
The 6-foot-7 Devance said they shouldn’t even be making an excuse that they are tired, considering that the Hotshots took early playoff exits during the first two conferences this season.
Instead, Devance said it’s about shifting their minds back to the basics of executing the triangle offense, which has produced five PBA titles for the Hotshots since Cone took the helm to start of the 2012 season.
“We need to go back to the basics. It’s all mental. There’s no reason for us to be tired because we’ve had taken two vacations,” added the left-handed Fil-Am.
Devance, however, is confident the Hotshots can turn things around, knowing that they’ve got Marqus Blakely, who has been injecting energy and life to the team this conference.
The 6-foot-4 Blakely is averaging 24 points, 17.5 rebounds, 5.0 steals, 4.5 blocks and 3.0 assists for the Hotshots through two games this conference.