MANILA, Philippines – Purefoods head coach Tim Cone is hopeful that the Hotshots can once again overcome a subpar start to the PBA Philippine Cup, as they did in the previous season which saw them win a Grand Slam.
Purefoods is languishing at the bottom of the league standings with a 0-2 record after back-to-back losses to Ginebra and San Miguel Beer.
The Hotshots have also been beset by injuries, with James Yap sitting out the SMB game due to a calf injury, and Ian Sangalang out for the season due to an ACL tear. Marc Pingris is still resting after spending the offseason playing with Gilas Pilipinas.
"It's a familiar position, but I don't enjoy being down 0-2," Purefoods head coach Tim Cone told PBA.ph of their early season record....
Purefoods Star defensive ace Marc Pingris said that the loss of sophomore center Ian Sangalang to an ACL injury was a major blow to the Hotshots’ campaign and the team will need other players to step up to fill in the void he leaves behind.
“Nag-usap kami kanina ni James sa bench. Sabi ko, kapag kulang-kulang tayo, mukhang mahihirapan tayong pumasok ng semis. Sabi ko lang sa kanya magpagaling siya, pilitin naming maglaro next game,” Pingris told InterAksyon.com in an interview following the team’s loss to San Miguel on Sunday.
“Sabi ko sa kanya, kailangan makahanap ulit tayo ng isang Ian, yung puwedeng pumalit sa kanya. Sobrang laking bagay si Ian sa amin,” he added....
Purefoods Star hotshots defensive ace Marc Pingris could only watch from the bench as San Miguel Beermen’s prized big man June Mar Fajardo scorched the defending PBA Philippine Cup champions in an 87-80 win on Sunday.
Fajardo, the league’s reigning Most Valuable Player, threw his height and heft around the decimated Purefoods frontline and posted 22 points and 15 rebounds to give Beermen its second straight win and keep the Hotshots winless in two games.
After the game, Pingris, who was still resting from his grueling stint with the Philippine national men’s basketball team, approached his Gilas Pilipinas buddy Fajardo at center court as they hugged and acknowledged each other....
Purefoods’ new pickup Don Allado, a veteran of Tim Cone’s triangle offense, will not be expected to make up for the loss of injured sophomore center Ian Sangalang but he will be counted on to tap into his vast experience with the system to help the Hotshots execute better.
Allado played his first game with Purefoods on Sunday night’s loss against San Miguel Beer, but coach Tim Cone already liked what he saw.
“Don played well tonight. He’s not gonna replace the youth of Ian, but his ability to rebound and score inside would help us,” Cone told InterAksyon.com after the game....
San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo was brilliant on Sunday, scoring 22 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and block six blocks in 38 minutes to lead the Beermen to victory ove Purefoods.
And even though the win came at the expense of his team, Marc Pingris couldn't help but admire his Gilas Pilipinas buddy's performance.
"Unang-una sa lahat talagang masaya ako sa tinatakbo ng career ni June Mar ngayon," said Pingris, who is still on break after his stint in the national team....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||0||2||0.000|
|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|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||15||9||0.625||Champions|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||10||6||0.625||5th|