The Star Hotshots is scheduled for a head-to-head Semi-Finals game against the Meralco Bolts at 6:30 P.M. on October 1, 2017 live from the Alonte Sports Arena, Laguna.
The Bolts and the Hotshots will be the two teams tasked to start the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semis.
For the first time this 2016-17 PBA season, Meralco has reached the semi-final round where usually occupied by San Miguel, Ginebra, Talk ‘N Text and Star.
The Bolts owned the number one spot this conference but was given a good test by the Blackwater Elite as they needed one more game in order to move to the next round.
However, there maybe a cost for Meralco on winning their last game. Allen Durham was seen sprained his ankle and his availability for tonight’s game is questionable.
“We will find out how he feels before the game,” said coach Norman Black. “He said it’s pretty bad, but the fact that he came back and played means that maybe it’s workable,” he added.
After a slow start, Star Hotshots’ import Kris Acox shown speed, power and athleticism when they meet NLEX Road Warriors in their Quarterfinals game.
Acox scored 21 points (his best scoring production so far) and grabbed 12 rebounds for coach Chito Victolero. Acox was brought in to improve the rebounding department of Star.
As both Hotshots and Bolts are known to be defensive teams, both coaches agree that limiting turnovers and proper execution on their offense will be the keys on winning the game or perhaps the entire series.
“It’s a battle between two good defensive teams so execution on offense will be very important. We have to limit our turnovers because they score a lot off turnovers,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.
“It’s more of a defensive game since both teams are good on defense. We need to execute our game plan and give our best effort on both ends of the floor,” said Star coach Chito Victolero.