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    Star settles for another draw in tune-up as SMB's Chris Lutz beats buzzer with putback

    Oct 10, 2015
    New coach Jason Webb's Star Hotshots have drawn two games and won one in the preseason. Karlo Sacamos

    STAR failed to protect a late lead as it settled for a 97-97 draw against San Miguel Beer in their tune-up game on Saturday at Ronac Gym.

    The Hotshots held a five-point cushion inside the last three minutes but allowed the Beermen to make a comeback capped by a Chris Lutz putback at the buzzer.

    “Another freakin’ draw,” Hotshots wingman Alex Mallari told Spin.ph after the game as his team could also manage only an 83-83 draw against Alaska last week, before nipping NLEX, 75-73, last Tuesday.

    “It’s good, though,” Mallari, who didn’t see action in their last game for coming in late, was quick to add. “We got a nice little tempo going. I think it’s our best offensive game of the preseason, so that’s all good. But defense, we got a lot to work on. Overall, C average.”

    Justin Melton registered a game-high 18 points while James Yap added 17, the last two on a jumper that gave the Hotshots their last taste of the lead at 97-95.

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    Lutz, though, spoiled the party as he scored off an Alex Cabagnot missed three-pointer on the other end.

    Cabagnot and Ronald Tubid tallied 15 points apiece to lead the Beermen.

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