STAR wakes up to reality after a long layoff as it stakes its unblemished record in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday, taking on dangerous Phoenix at the Mall of Asia Arena.
After not seeing action for almost three weeks where they had the chance to go on an overnight team-building session in Batangas, the Hotshots get back on the grind at 7 p.m. seeking to stretch their winning streak to four games.
“At least yung mga breaks, naka-bonding kami ng team,” Star coach Chito Victolero said. “After that, we focused na dun sa preparation namin for Phoenix tsaka dun sa ibang team na din, kasi sunod-sunod na yung games namin eh.”
“Yun lang yung mahirap, mabigat yung schedule namin, kasi nga medyo mahaba yung break namin,” he added as the Hotshots, after facing Phoenix, return to action just four days later on Sunday against James Yap and Rain or Shine.
Victolero said he might not field the Hotshots’ Gilas Pilipinas representative, Jio Jalalon, who arrived only on Tuesday after playing in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon.
The Hotshots, who last played on August 4, Friday, when they scored a 104-98 win over San Miguel Beer, are bracing for a tough stand from a Fuel Masters side eager to snap a four-game skid that negated their two straight wins to start the conference.
“Yung mga talo nila, always dun sa dulo lang eh, so we’ll just try to prepare hard,” Victolero said. “We need to be sharp, kasi we know Phoenix, yung desire nila at yung will manalo nandyan. Kailangan lang namin ng proper mindset for this game.”
Alaska also aims to snap a franchise-worst 12-game losing streak dating back to April and finally barge into the win column as it tangles with on-the-rise Blackwater (2-3) in the first game at 4:15 p.m.