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Star's Victolero rues lack of aggressiveness from Acox in semis, but still grateful for import's contributions

MANILA, Philippines — Star head coach Chito Victolero can’t help but notice the lackluster showing of his import when his team’s season ended against Meralco in the PBA Governor's Cup semifinals on Thursday night.

With the Hotshots’ backs against the wall, Icelandic reinforcement Kristofer Acox, who had been providing a big boost since joining the team, was barely felt. With only four points coming from him and the squad missing Paul Lee, they simply ran out of gas in overtime.

Kris Acox during Game 3 of the Star - Meralco semifinal series, Thursday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum | PBA Images
“I think ‘di lang siya naka-adjust sa [semifinals,]” Victolero offered. “‘Yung pagka-agresibo niya, ayun ‘yung hinahanap ko sa kanya na nawala eh.”

“Pagdating niya dito, he was so aggressive. I saw him na ‘yung kanyang energy nandoon eh. But now, after semis Game One nga, nawala eh. I don’t know what happened.”

Acox, who joined Star’s fold in its last three elimination games, averaged a double-double. His strong outing poured into the playoffs when they took on NLEX. He replaced Malcolm Hill.

Author: Denison Rey A. Dalupang, Philippine Star
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/10/06/1746114/stars-victolero-rues-lack-aggressiveness-acox-semis-still-grateful-imports

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