Marc Pingris says coach Jason Webb now has his complete trust: 'Hawak niya yung buhay naming player' 
“Siya na ang tinuturing kong coach ngayon,” said Marc Pingris of Star mentor Jason Webb, admitting he has finally moved on following the loss of former coach Tim Cone to Ginebra. Jerome Ascano

MARC Pingris believes Star’s first winning streak under coach Jason Webb underlined the Hotshots’ budding relationship with their rookie mentor.

The Hotshots cruised past Phoenix, 91-75, on Saturday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup to win back-to-back games for the first time since Webb took over from Grand Slam coach Tim Cone at the start of the season.

Pingris stressed he has moved on to Webb after earlier admitting he missed Cone amid the Hotshots’ early woes in the midseason tournament.

“Dati, para sa akin, ‘di ako makalaro ng maayos dahil siguro nawala si coach Tim,” the Hotshots star forward said. “Nag-focus ako dun instead of mag-focus kay coach Jason sa mga balak niya sa games. Mas nag-focus ako sa sarili ko kaya ang pangit ng ginawa ko.”

“Ngayon, kung ano yung gusto niya (Webb), sinusunod ko,” he was quick to add. “Nandoon na yung comunication namin sa isa't isa. Ni-let go ko na ‘yun kasi ganun talaga ang buhay.”

“Siya na ang tinuturing kong coach ngayon,” he continued. “Nasa kanya, hawak niya yung buhay naming mga player. Walang iba kundi si coach Jason. Naniniwala kami, win or lose, sa kanya.”

Pingris flashed his vintage workmanlike self against the Fuel Masters with seven points, 12 boards, and one assist in 29 minutes.

“Syempre masaya kami kasi parang bumabalik na yung laro namin, nakukuha na namin yung laro ng isa't isa,” the veteran forward said.

“Pero marami pa kaming dapat i-improve sa laro at practice,” he added. “Masaya ako na nandoon na yung laro at connection namin kay coach Jason dahil yun yung talagang wala. Ngayon, maganda na yung usapan kaya lumalabas sa laro namin.”

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