CAN a lowly, young amateur squad beat a PBA Grand Slam champion team in Star?
Hotshots forward Marc Pingris believes so with how they played in the second half of their 97-91 loss to Alaska in Game One of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals on Wednesday night.
Pingris felt the Hotshots failed to play as a unit in the face of a familiar Aces’ fightback in the third quarter where they tied the game at 70-all after being down by 18 late in the second quarter.
“Pag nagkanya-kanya, kahit sino, kahit inter-barangay (team), pwede kami talunin,” Pingris said. “Kailangan talaga disiplina.”
“Nawala yung discipline at depensa namin,” he added. “Parang nagkanya-kanya ulit kami. Yun yung sakit namin eh pag nahahabol kami.”
The Hotshots, riding the crest of a five-game winning streak, played like a well-oiled machine in the first half where they enjoyed a cushion that ballooned to 51-33 near halftime.
Marqus Blakely and James Yap spearheaded the attack, combining for 26 points in the first two quarters, only for the Hotshots to waste away the lead.
Pingris, himself, was hardly involved in offense as he was limited to four points on just one measly attempt, three boards, one assist, and one steal in 25 minutes.
“Kailangan talaga lima yung maglaro, hindi lang pwede isa o dalawa o tatlo,” Pingris said. “Malakas kami pag naglalaro kami as a team.”