MARC Pingris believes Star should renew its commitment to defense more than trying to master coach Jason Webb’s offensive system for the Hotshots to get back on the winning track in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The Hotshots reeled to a fourth straight loss on Saturday night with a 101-90 decision to a San Miguel Beer team which they allowed to make almost half of their shots (42-of-85) for a solid 49 percent.
Pingris stressed the Hotshots’ lack of grit on defense was most evident in the payoff period where they were more aggressive on the offensive end, which, however, resulted in turnovers as they fell into a 15-point hole.
“Parang sa fourth quarter, nanggigigil na lahat at gustong umiskor. Kumukulang yung depensa namin,” the three-time Defensive Player of the Year said. “Instead na 'yung depensa namin ang i-focus namin, sa opensa kami nagfo-focus.”
“Itong team na ito dati, ang focus talaga namin is defense,” he added. “Pangalawa lang offense.”
Pingris, who had seven points on just eight attempts, five boards, two assists, one block, and one steal in 32 minutes, said they must also be self-motivated and not just rely on their rookie coach for motivation.
“Nasa aming mga players din yun kung paano i-handle,” the 34-year-old cager said. “Kailangan din talaga namin suportahan si coach. Hindi lang siya lagi yung nagbibigay sa amin ng motivation. Kailangan sa aming mga player rin, magtulungan kami.”