Star no longer the team that got punked last Christmas

Paul Lintag on Feb 11, 2017 06:51 AM
Star no longer the team that got punked last Christmas
This current Star team is not the same squad that Ginebra punked in Christmas of 2016. This current Star team is better overall, maybe even better than the Gin Kings.

What difference a couple of months make.

Brgy. Ginebra was absolutely the better team the last time they met Star on Christmas of 2016, a Gin Kings victory at the Philippine Arena.

Since then, the Hotshots have turned the table, amassing a better overall record than the Gin Kings and have demoralized opponents while doing so, winning six straight games by an average of 27 points.

On Thursday, Star made it a lucky seven, surviving the Gin Kings in Game 1 of their best-of-7 Manila Clasico semifnal series.

The Hotshots are officially a new team. Perhaps even better than the Gin Kings.

Game 1 proved they were better.

"Siguro ngayon mas okay na yung chemistry. Pang sixth game pa lang namin yun, so medyo masama pa [yung chemistry]," Lee said on the main difference of the Star team that showed up on Christmas and the Star team that played Game 1.

"Siguro ngayon mas okay na yung chemistry. Pang sixth game pa lang namin yun, so medyo masama pa (yung chemistry)," Lee added.

One thing that hasn't changed for Star though is the team's commitment on defense.

Defense is their best friend after all.

"Kung sino yung pinakamatibay dumepensa, yun yung mananalo dito feeling ko," Lee said.

 

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