Star shrugs off foul discrepancy, credits Ginebra for well-played game
MANILA, Philippines – The Star Hotshots were careful with their words following a foul-plagued performance in Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series against the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings on Wednesday.
Ginebra took a 93-86 victory to tie the best-of-seven series at 2-2, and the Hotshots have now lost back-to-back games after an eight-game winning streak.
The Gin Kings were in control for most of the fourth game on Wednesday, but the Hotshots kept within striking distance. Unfortunately for Star, their momentum was repeatedly broken by fouls.
For instance, Paul Lee was called for two fouls in the span of 20 seconds early in the fourth quarter, forcing him to sit out immediately. Similarly, Mark Barroca was also whistled for two quick fouls after making a lay-up that trimmed the deficit to six points, 73-67, with still 9:22 left.
Barroca fouled out of the game with still 8:39 left to play. As a team, Star was called for 36 fouls, against only 18 for Ginebra. The Hotshots are normally able to defend well without fouling, averaging only 25 fouls per game in the elimination round of the All-Filipino Cup.
"18 (fouls) sila? Wow. Ang dami naming masyadong fouls," Star forward Marc Pingris said after the game. "Doon din siguro kami natalo. Dami naming fouls. 36? So next time siguro, iwasan namin mag-foul para manalo kami. At gagalingan namin sa depensa."