THERE is no excuse for Star's slow start in the PBA Philippine Cup, Marc Pingris said after the Hotshots suffered yet another loss on Friday night, this time at the hands of hot-shooting Globalport.
“Hindi na excuse dito yung chemistry, or isang buwan pa lang kami magkakasama, bago ang coach, maraming bago. Hindi na excuse yun,” veteran big man Marc Pingris stressed in the aftermath of the team’s second straight setback, 91-84, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"Kailangan talaga may matutunan kami sa mga talo namin."
In those two losses – including the one against defending champion San Miguel, 96-88 – Pingris said the Hotshots should have learned a thing or two from their mistakes.
A big concern for Pingris is the way the team has been turning the ball over. In the two games the Hotshots had played, they’ve averaged a horrendous 23.5 turnovers.
Although Globalport committed more turnovers, 21-17, several of the Hotshots’ errors came during the stretch when they were trying to climb back from a huge 21-point first quarter hole.
“Kasi dun talaga kami nag-uumpisang mag-collapse sa mga turnovers namin,” Pingris noted. “Then naghahanap na kaming maka-shoot at pinipilit na namin. So kailangan i-maintain lang namin yung turnovers namin (at the minimum), ok yung team.”
Once again, new acquisition Pau Lee and rookie Jio Jalalon had the most number of errors committed with four each.
But all is not lost for the Hotshots, according to Pingris, as he stayed positive on the team's campaign in the all-Filipino.
"Isipin mo kung papaano kayo babangon. Adjust na lang ulit sa next game," he said.