The Elasto Painters, a runner-up in the conference last year, are looking to deal Star its second straight loss with reigning Best Import Wayne Chism leading the charge.
“The Hotshots with their old import Denzel Bowles, siguradong laban yan,” said Guiao.
The Hotshots dominated the Meralco Bolts through the first three quarters before tapering off and subsequently suffering an 86-90 loss on opening day....
Just like Star, which fell to Meralco, 90-86, to start the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday, the shifty playmaker also failed to complete what could have been his first career triple-double.
He fell one rebound and assist short, only finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists....
He was able to bring out the best in his players, especially the team’s veterans like James Yap, Marc Pingris and Peter June Simon.
Now that Cone’s moved to Barangay Ginebra, Star’s defensive ace Pingris admitted he’s struggling to find his bearings without the man that has served as a guiding presence in his playing career....
In the first game of his fourth tour of duty with the old Purefoods franchise in the PBA, Denzel Bowles had a quiet 20 points as the Star Hotshots lost to the Meralco Bolts on opening day of the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Despite the solid showing, the former Best Import has yet to show the old, deadly form that has made him a favorite among fans of the franchise.
On Wednesday, he was outplayed by opposing import Arinze Onuaku, who ended up with solid numbers of 25 points and 22 rebounds despite battling jetlag and fatigue as he came in as a late replacement a day before the game....
The Star Hotshots and Meralco Bolts slug it out in the nightcap at 7 p.m.
Former Best Import winner Denzel Bowles makes yet another appearance for the Hotshots, whom he helped win this tournament under Grand Slam winner Tim Cone.
Under new coach Jason Webb, Star struggled in the Philippine Cup and got booted out by crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinal round....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||0||1||0.000|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||4||8||0.333||9th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||8||8||0.500||4th|
|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|