Star needs stronger mental game to keep in step with Meralco

Paul Lintag on Oct 02, 2017 02:05 PM
Star needs stronger mental game to keep in step with Meralco
Marc Pingris and the rest of the Hotshots did NOT perform well in the clutch against Meralco to start the PBA semifinals.

If Star is to finally break through and advance to the PBA's championship round, the team will have to display better mental fortitude during crunch time.

Or, in other words, the total opposite of what they showed in Game 1 of the semifinals against Meralco.

Up by nine with 3:44 to go, the Hotshots went scoreless the rest of the way. To make things worse, they ended the game with six straight turnovers, the first three being 24-second shot clock violations.

The Meralco defense certainly had a hand in that, but one can't deny that Star simply collapsed.

"Yung mental namin medyo naapektuhan siguro nung run nila," head coach Chito Victolero said.

"So I think we need to do something dun sa menta; [game] namin na kailangan namin maglaro ng 48 minutes," he added.

Aside from working on their mental toughness, the Hotshots could also benefit from taking the ball a little better.

Committing six turnovers in crunch time, it's like one is begging to lose.

"We'll try to do something sa turnovers namin and we'll bounce back in Game 2," Victolero said.



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