The Star Hotshots became the latest victim of Alaska's fierce second half comeback on Wednesday night, losing grip of an 18-point lead to bow to the Aces in Game One of their Governors' Cup semifinals series.
The two-time defending champions were comfortably ahead, 51-36, at halftime and looked like a well-oiled machine against the struggling number one seed. But the Hotshots fell prey to Alaska's pivotal 34-point third quarter explosion.
Defensive anchor Marc Pingris said the Hotshots lost their composure when the gritty Aces made their run, lamenting the team's lack of discipline in such pressure situations.
'"Nasa sa amin din kasi yun e, pag nandun 'yung willing talaga kami maglaro, mahirap kaming talunin," said the Hotshots forward. "Pero pag nagkanya-kanya, kahit sino, kahit inter-barangay puwede kaming talunin."...
What makes this one doubly interesting is the fact that Cone’s Star Hotshots are clinging to the last title they won in a Grand Slam feat last season while his former team, Alaska, is trying to blaze a new trail of success under a new mentor.
And that is what Alaska coach Alex Compton hopes to achieve starting today when the elimination-round topnotcher Aces battle the Hotshots in Game 1 of their best-of-five Final Four series in the PBA Governors’ Cup....
But Hotshots superstar James Yap believes the “Beast” has mellowed down in his third season a pro.
“Di ko na iniitindi si Calvin, mabait naman iyan. Actually si Abueva, mas mabait na ngayon,” Yap told Philstar.com just before the team’s practice at Ronac gym in San Juan....
Hapee Toothpaste fell short in its bid of winning a back-to-back championship in the PBA D-League, but Lamoiyan Corporation CEO and president Dr. Cecilio Pedro won’t be discouraged from joining the PBA ranks next season.
That dream, Pedro stressed, stays on.
“The letter of intent is already done and we are going to submit it in to the PBA office as soon as possible,” said Pedro....
The Star Hotshots’ veteran gunner averaged 16.0 points, while shooting close to 50 percent from the perimeter to help the Hotshots dispose of fourth seed GlobalPort in their quarterfinal matchup.
Yap fired 15 points, instigating Star’s strong start, leading to a record 126-73 shellacking of GlobalPort on Friday. The 53-point victory stood as the new biggest winning margin in playoff history....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||8||6||0.571|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||11||6||0.647||3rd|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|