The Purefoods-Star Hotshots is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Blackwater Elite at 3:00 P.M. on April 22, 2017 in Mall of Asia Arena.
Hotshots will attempt to bounce back from a back-to-back losses against its sister teams (Ginebra and San Miguel) while the Elite wanted to keep their second round hopes alive.
After their best start and logging a four-game winning streak, Star got slowed down by the Gin Kings and the Beermen.
Tony Mithcell was in personal foul trouble in both of those games and was even got fouled out against San Miguel.
Hotshots coach Chito Victolero recognized those shortcomings of their import and his next assignment is to bring back the fire to keep their foreign hire back to its beasting form.
“Kailangan lang natin i-motivate yan. Meron naman eh,” said the Star coach. “Kailangan lang natin kausapin at bigyan pa ng motivation. Positibo lang tayo.”
“Kailangan niya lang to learn from that mistake. Learn from that game,” said Victolero. “Kailangan lang niya mag-improve kasi kailangan namin siya.”
Although the Elite is struggling to pile up new numbers in its win column, their import is doing differently.
Greg Smith is currently one of the best import in terms of stats where he averaged 27.7 points and 21.7 rebounds per outing.
One good thing about Smith is his intention to be the back up naturalized player for Gilas. The former Houston Rockets player seems found home away from home.
“There’s no question, I want to be here. I love it. There’s nothing bad for me to say. Everything I’ve been – the fans, the games, the people – everything is great. I wouldn’t mind being here,” said Smith on the prospect of being naturalized.