EVEN Marc Pingris himself is at a loss on Star’s sudden spiraling fate in the PBA Governors Cup.
The Hotshots lost for the fourth straight time Wednesday night following Alaska’s 92-86 win as the defending champions blew an eight-point first half lead and allowed the Aces to dictate the tempo the rest of the way.
The latest loss after opening the season-ending tournament with a win over NLEX, has left Pingris groping for words.
“Sa ngayon kasi, ang hirap sabihin. Sobrang down ang mga players ngayon, though nasa amin na kasi yun. Parang wala kasi yung init,” Pingris told Spin.ph as the veteran forward was among one of the last Star players to leave the team dugout.
The 6-foot-5 Pingris said being one of the senior players in the team, he has already talked to his teammates the past few days about getting their intensity back and try to win a third straight Governors Cup title.
But even his advice seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.
“Kasi nagusap-usap na kami eh kung ano yung kailangan naming gawin or dapat na gawin ng team para maibalik yung sigla ng laro,” explained the 33-year-old seven-time All-Defensive team member.
He cited turnovers and the lack of consistent effort on defense are two major reasons for the Hotshots’ free-fall this conference.
“Sa depensa at turnovers lang talaga ngayon. Iyun ang problema ng team. Nandun na kasi na pinababayaan na kami ni coach maglaro. Yung gawin niyo ano gusto niyo. So nasa amin na yun, wala na kay coach,” he added.
Although the Hotshots are undoubtedly rich in championship experience after winning five championships in the last three years, Pingris felt the Hotshots appeared to rattle every time their opponent makes a run during the game.
“Kapag nanggigigil kami and then, pag hinahabol kami, natataranta na naman kami, so nawawala yung kalma lang, relax lang,” he said.
“Eh iyun din ang di ko maipaliwanag. Wala na kasi kaming kailangang patunayan kay coach. Nandun naman tiwala niya sa amin, sobrang struggle talaga eh.”
Spin.ph also tried to get the side of Cone, but the American mentor left the Big Dome in haste.
Veteran star and two-time MVP James Yap also declined to talk.
Star has two days to prepare before traveling to Angeles City to face a confident KIA Carnival side this Saturday.