After two disappointing conferences, the Purefoods Star Hotshots (0-0) have another chance to defend one more title this season – here in the 2015 PBA Governor’s Cup. Unlike the other teams in the SMC umbrella, the Hotshots have decided to stick with the basics: same import, no Asian import, and no player movement (as of right now at least). They’ve decided to bring back the import that started and ended their championship run of four straight titles in Marqus Blakely. We all know what this guy, dubbed as “Mr. Everything,” can do. And everybody knows that this guy can lead Purefoods into another title.

And the road towards another possible championship begins with an encounter against the NLEX Road Warriors (0-1). From the looks of it, the Hotshots will be having a tough game on their hands as the Road Warriors are fresh from losing their first game of the conference to Barako.

Basically, the key to this game is energy. Purefoods must be able to match NLEX’s intensity coming into this game. Marqus Blakely will surely be able to bring that energy (maybe he’ll flirt with a triple double in this game). However, the locals must be able to match that for them to have a chance in this game.

Also, ball movement will be a key and Purefoods must use this to their advantage. Short passes inside the paint to find the better shot will do wonders for them in this game. Aside from ball movement, of course, Purefoods must be able to prioritize their defense (1st in the league last conference – DRTG 95.0) as they are facing the best offensive team in the league last conference (ORTG 105.1); all the more this conference wherein NLEX’s Asian import in Michel Madanly has proven to be a pretty good scorer (at least in their first game) – Although it’s still uncertain if he can play due to a neck injury in a collision with Barako’s Dylan Ababou. Not to mention, they have Kwame Alexander who will be looking to adjust after a so-so game in his PBA debut.

After failing to defend their title for the second-straight conference, it’s safe to assume that the Hotshots’ hunger and thirst would be seen once more. Because of that, I really do like their chances of notching their first win this conference. This time, there’s no championship hangover anymore, it’s simply back to work, back to the grit n’ grind, and back to business for the Hotshots.


TIME: 5:15 PM

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