Balls-Eye: Paul Lee and James Yap Shall be Back from their Previous Teams

Switching the Leethal Weapon and the Man with a Million Moves to each other’s team turned these two superstars into mere white dwarfs. 

Jamed Yap and Paul Lee

Even former Coach of Rain or Shine Yeng Guiao said: “I feel sad about it, that’s for sure”. It is understandable on the part of Coach Yeng because as we all know him, he is very serious when it comes to basketball, not even smiling at the court. A very strict and hard talent cultivator so it will surely break his heart to see his team go down just because he left them.
When this huge trade became real, we saw its adverse effects. Both the Star Hotshots and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters consistently make it to the top stages of the league especially Rain or Shine which frequently reaches the Finals but always lose against SMB. 
Nevertheless, both of this teams are powerhouses that give everyone in the league a hard path in reaching the championship. But right now, both of these teams are slowly loosening their grip, becoming underdogs against other teams that used to be their match.
Both these guys are the crowd’s favorite when they were on the team but it became different when they are at each other’s camp.

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Years ago, James Yap as part of the ‘San Mig Coffee Mixers’ said that “Masarap kalaban ang Ginebra e kasi pag natatalo sila madami iiyak”. The fire of Manila Classico weakened as James yap left the team which Ginebra Fans are rooting for all the time. The hype of the longest standing rivalry is dying. The PBA tradition of this classic clash is fading out.

Conclusion

Their skills could’ve remained the same but it’s their effectiveness that was left at loss. No individual skill can overpower a perfect blend of teamwork and leadership built up by experience and friendship.
Bring back these guys to where they came from and let them be back in the tight clash, the powerhouse pool with the Beermen, Ginebra, TNT and Bolts. We do not want such talents to be wasted. They aren’t getting any younger so we have to make the most out of what they can do now and the remaining years of their ultimate careers.

PBA Name Change: Move Over Chooks to Go, Magnolia is the New Manok ng Bayan

Star Hotshots changed their name to Magnolia Hotshots for the upcoming 43rd Season of the PBA

Magnolia Hotshots logo
The start of the new season means a new look for a team that’s was formerly known as the Star Hotshots.
Star Hotshots is one of the popular teams in the PBA but lately, they have been having issues as they have underperformed in the last season.
With the upcoming season just around the corner, the Purefoods franchise made a big announcement to change their name as they represent the new “Manok ng Bayan”. The team will now represent the chicken brand of the company and their name will be “Magnolia Hotshots”.

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The Purefoods management announced the news on Monday in a press conference at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
 “It’s a challenge for the team because every time we switch names, we always become champions,” said Magnolia team manager Alvin Patrimonio. 
“It’s an exciting season again with a new logo and a new team name.” Coach Chito Victolero said that the Hotshots are more than ready to live up to the task as they enter the 43rd season of the PBA with high expectations.
The name change was unexpected and the choice of the brand was somewhat surprising especially since Chooks to Go has made their intention public to join the PBA soon.
The Magnolia name has been used by SMB in the past.

Magnolia Ice Cream Makers (1985, 1987)
Magnolia Quench Plus (1985)
Magnolia Cheese Makers (1986)
Magnolia Beverage Masters (2007–2008)

A Look Back at One of the Greatest PBA Players: Alvin Patrimonio

Alvin Patrimonio: 4 Time MVP The Captain

Alvin Patrimonio Purefoods

One of the reasons why you followed and cheered for Purefoods team back in the days.
Alvin Patrimonio was a household name, now at 50, he continues to serve the same team that he played for over 17 years.  Now a team manager, he is never far from the game but for those younglings that have never known or seen the captain back in the days, here’s your chance.
Alvin Patrimonio was born on November 17, 1966. He studied at Mapua and went on to play for Purefoods TJ Hotdog, now called Star Hotshots, in 1988.
Together with Jerry Cordinera, Jojo Lastimosa and Glenn Capacio, they made up the core of Purefoods Hotdogs which was the newest ballclub in the PBA back at that time.
At the start, the Captain showed brilliance in basketball and at 6’3 he seemed undersized playing the forward position but he was able to make up for it with his rugged play and intensity, it also helped that there were not as many tall players back then when he was playing.
Patrimonio held a number of records including the most consecutive game played at 596. He also bagged 4 MVP awards which is tied with JunMar Fajardo and Ramon Fernandez.
Patrimonio is also 12 x All-Star and is part the PBA 25 Greatest Players but his most important achievement is when he helped bring a total of 5 championships to Purefoods.
There is quite no one else in the league right now like him and honestly I am not sure there will be anymore 6’3 forward who can dominate the league like what he has done during his years.
Here is a look back on some of Alvin Patrimonio’s highlights:

Trade Alert!: Star HotShots and Global Port Batang Pier Swap Rookies

Flores, Gabayni, Sargent for Herndon and Cahilig

Global Port Herndon for Star Flores

Star Hotshots and Global Port consummated a trade within the same day of the draft that would swap Lervin Flores and Robert Herndon and other rookies. 

Lervin Flores the 9th overall pick of Star Hotshots together with Joseph Gabayni and Julian Sargent will be shipped to Global Port Batang Pier in exchange of the 6th pick overall Robert Herndon and Andreas Cahilig.

Also view: 2017 PBA Rookie Draft results
Robert Herndon, an offensive guy could be playing for Star Hotshots in the upcoming season of the PBA. The Hotshots did not perform as expected in the recent conference especially after letting go of streaky shooter Allein Maliksi to Blackwater.  Herndon could be a good replacement at guard/forward position.

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Global Port on the other hand maybe looking to bulk up front court and Lervin Flores would be able to provide that muscle to support the dynamic duo of Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo.
The trade proposal is yet to be approved but it is expected to get a nod from the commissioner anytime soon.

What did you think of this trade? 

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Watch Mark Barroca’s Wife Turn Emotional After a Very Touching Surprise

Will you marry me again? – Mark Barroca

Marc Barroca surprised his wife

Star HotShots Mark Barroca turned romantic husband after proposal

There’s no doubt that Mark Barroca is one of the best point guards today in the PBA, he’s got all the right moves inside the court which made him a great player but who knew he also got it outside the court?
Recently, the 5-time PBA champion showed his charm and suave moves after surprising his wife on her birthday by re-proposing to her in front of family and friends. Truly a move that only a point guard like him can do but it wasn’t all him, as he also got some backing from their daughter.
Coach Chito Victolero, Marc Pingris, and wife Danica were also present as Marc Barocca and wife Ruselle Anne celebrate their special moment.
Watch the Marc Barroca surprise birthday and proposal video below posted by Nice Print Photography.


By the Numbers: 3 "SAYANG" Numbers that Star Threw Away

Had Star won, these would have been the reasons why

Mark Barroca was 2 assists shy of a triple-double. (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)

If you were fortunate to watch last night’s Game 3 of the best-of-5 semifinal series between the Star Hotshots and the Finals-bound Meralco Bolts, then you can just imagine the feeling of regret that Star Hotshots Coach Chito Victolero is feeling right now. 
Let’s just put it this way: the Hotshots were down double digits on multiple occasions. They were able to get back into the game and even take the lead in the 4th quarter. They were just 1 defensive stop away from extending this series to a Game 4 but the Bolts were able to score right back and the moment the extra period began, that was when the Hotshots began to falter as the Bolts held Star scoreless for almost 4 minutes in the extra period and by time the Hotshots managed to score, time was no longer on their side. 
And mind you, folks, Star almost won without Paul Lee and with Kris Acox only producing 4 points during the entire game. Given how close the final score was, Star fans can only say, “Sayang!”

The “SAYANG” Numbers:

8 Steals

If anything, we can only appreciate the defensive efforts of the Hotshots for making life difficult for the Bolts. They made Meralco bleed it out unlike in the first two games of the series where Meralco had a double-digit lead by endgame. Those 8 steals were proof that if Star had played D the way they did last night during the first two games, the series would have had a different look by now. Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon had 3 each of those 8 steals

12 Second Chance Points

This was probably one of the biggest advantages Star had against the Bolts all night long. They outmuscled the Meralco rebounders to grab offensive boards and score 12 points off their own misses. In fact, if Star managed to score in one of those offensive rebounds during the dying seconds of regulation, they would have won the game. 

Mark Barroca’s 21 Points

Perhaps the only one who deserves to feel bad was Mark Barroca. Why? 21 points. 12 rebounds including 4 on the offensive end. 8 assists. 3 steals. A block. This is the Mark Barroca that we always know after all those years. Sure, he missed 15 of his 22 shots just to produce 21 points but what can he do? His teammates were missing. Their import’s performance was miserable. Paul Lee was absent, for good. After last night’s performance, can we all agree that Mark Barroca deserves our praise, right?
As painful as it is to hear especially for Star fans, they are done for the season, unfortunately. But this latest semifinal exit, their 3rd this season, can only make them better as they will use this setback to motivate themselves and hopefully, improve come next season.

By the Numbers: 4 Things That Went Wrong for the Slumping Star

Because basically, everything did go wrong for the Hotshots

Here are the four main reasons to their demise however

Mark Barroca was the lone starter who scored in double figures. (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)
If you watched last night’s Game 2 of the best-of-5 semifinal series between the Meralco Bolts and the Star Hotshots, then you can just imagine how frustrated Chito Victolero is right now. 
To begin with, Victolero was already frustrated with how the referees handled the game which saw 21 fouls called against the Bolts and 18 against the Hotshots. The Bolts on the other hand, were able to regain their dominant selves as they continuously pounded in on the Hotshots’ struggles on both ends of the court as they are ONE win away from another Finals appearance after a 98-74 victory last night. 
With Game 3 happening tomorrow, with their season on the line, the Star Hotshots have a choice: Improve or, go on an early vacation.
To help you explain the frustrations of Chito Victolero and the rest of the Star coaching staff, this basketball pundit listed down the numbers that doomed the Hotshots against the league-leading Bolts:

0 – Zero Points for Star Guards

Let’s start with the simplest reason why Star lost last night. Paul Lee had 0 points. So was Jio Jalalon. So was PJ Simon. Lee, for one, only attempted one field goal that missed and was taken out of the game the rest of the way, playing for barely 4 minutes. Jalalon, another bench trooper who was supposed to be backing up Mark Barroca, went 0 of 6 in the field. The result: the Star Hotshots still have 0 WINS in this series.

1 – Only One from the Rainbow Country

Another reason why the Meralco Bolts were able to run away from the Hotshots early on was the fact that Star, as a team, only made ONE of their 8 three-point attempts in the first half. That player who made that lone long-distance bomb was the journeyman, Aldrich Ramos who finished with 8 points in 15 minutes of action. 
By endgame, the Hotshots finished with a horrible outing from beyond the arc, making 7 of their 24 shots from that area. In addition to this, only ONE starter managed to score in double figures and that starter was none other than Mark Barroca who led the Hotshots with 16 points. The result: Star is ONE loss away from another early vacation.

5 – Five Fast-break Points, Not too fast  

Unlike in the early stages of Game 1 when Star was able to run and score on the break, the Hotshots only scored 5 fast break points during the entire Game 2, another visible sign that they weren’t in sync all game long. In addition to this, Star’s defense allowed 5 Meralco players to score in double figures, led by Allen Durham, Jared Dillinger and Ranidel De Ocampo who all scored 18 points apiece. Baser Amer and Chris Newsome provided the spark in the backcourt with their 16 and 10 points respectively. 

9 – The horrible performance of Acox

One player who was visibly struggling in both games was none other than Star import, Kris Acox. In Game 2, Acox only managed 9 points on another 4 of 12 field goal shooting. If Star wants to extend this series into a Game 4, they will need Acox to escape that horrible shooting slump that he endured in the first two games of the series and score more because if not, Allen Durham will continue to “eat” Acox alive every time they slug it out in the court. 

The Bolts Return to Dominant Form: Takes a 2-0 Lead

No big lead needed to be erased this time

Allen Durham outplayed Kris Acox. Again. (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)
One team can inch closer to a return to the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals anew, with a win tonight. Another team can tie the series at 1-1 and bounce back from a forgettable meltdown in Game 1. The Meralco Bolts and the Star Hotshots are aiming for different goals for Game 2 but both will require the same thing for the both of two teams: an all-important win in Game 2.
As it turned out, the Meralco Bolts learned from their mistakes in the first game of the series as they regained their dominant form to beat the Star Hotshots in Game 2 of their best-of-5 semifinal series after a 98-74 victory over the Hotshots which puts Meralco one win away from booking their ticket to the Governors’ Cup Finals.
As soon as Justin Melton scored the Hotshots’ first two points of the game, Allen Durham and the Bolts didn’t wait long and answer right back. 3 minutes into the game, Jared Dillinger, who was one of the reasons why the Bolts won Game 1, drained his first trey of the night to give Meralco a 12-5 lead, forcing a visibly frustrated Chito Victolero to call a timeout. 
Then, Cliff Hodge gave his team their first taste of a double-digit lead on a mid-range jumper as Baser Amer followed that up with a 3-pointer to put his team up, at 19-6. Allen Durham later scored on a fadeaway jumper to make it 23-8 for the Bolts approaching the final 3 minutes of the quarter with the Hotshots missing a big chunk of their attempts thanks to the equally frustrating defense of Meralco. 
After the first 12 minutes of action, the Bolts held a 30-11 advantage and a big part of that was their better shot selection which resulted to them making 66% of their shot attempts in the first quarter alone and successfully limited Star to make only 5 of 22 shots in the field.
Ranidel de Ocampo, a seasoned shooter himself, opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer as the Bolts’ lead increased to 22. The lead went up to as high as 23 to as low as 16, 38-23 as Star continued to make a significant scoring run throughout the second quarter. 
And finally, the Hotshots were able to drain their first 3-pointer of the night after 4 straight misses on Aldrich Ramos’ long-distance bomb with 4:55 before halftime, prompting Norman Black to talk things out with his boys. And the Bolts responded positively a Meralco Bolts went on a 6-0 scoring to put back the lead to 22 with under 3:30 to play in the second frame. Both teams went into the halftime break with Meralco at the lead, at 53-32.
Baser Amer already had 14 points after 2 quarters- including 3 made shots from deep. Allen Durham added 10 points while Chris Newsome, who only had 7 points in Game 1, already had 8 at the half in Game 2. The Bolts’ unselfishness, which resulted in Meralco dishing out 15 assists in the first half alone was one of the reasons why they were able to dominate early on.
For the Star Hotshots, many things went terribly wrong for them in the first half. Nobody had scored in double figures in the first half as import Kris Acox had 7 points on 3 of 8 shooting. To give you an idea how bad the Hotshots’ offense was during the first 24 minutes of the game, they only made 1 of their 8 attempts from outside the arc. They weren’t better shooting in the 2-point area as they only made 34% of their shots in that particular area as compared to the Bolts which made 73% of their inside attempts. 
Like he did in the first quarter, Jared Dillinger drained the Bolts’ first three-pointer in the second half which was followed by a posterizing slam dunk by Allen Durham. And speaking of the three-point shot, Allen Durham later scored one that made it 63-34 with under 8 minutes to go in the third quarter. After Star went on a mini-scoring run that decreased the deficit to 22, Jared Dillinger, again, delivered from the rainbow country as his trey increased the lead to 30, at 73-43. The Bolts entered the final quarter with 78-48 lead. 
In the 4th quarter, after Ranidel de Ocampo scored on another three-point shot, the Star Hotshots went on another scoring run to make it 81-58 with under 10 minutes to play, prompting another timeout from Norman Black. Then, Mark Barroca drained two technical charities off a flagrant foul from Chris Newsome and Rafi Reavis added another jumper to push the lead down to 19, the closest they had been in the entire second half. Another Dillinger trey put the lead back up to 26 after Meralco was able to answer that Star run. The Bolts’ lead never reached below 20 points the rest of the way.
Allen Durham followed up his Game 1 performance with 18 points and 25 huge rebounds. Ranidel De Ocampo scored 18 points too to provide the much-needed leadership off the bench. Another player who scored 18 points for the Bolts was none other than Jared Dillinger who drained 6 of his 8 attempts from outside the arc.  Baser added 16 points and dished out 8 assists. The Bolts shot 52% in the field including 42% from outside.
For Star, only Mark Barroca and Mon Abundo were the only players who scored in double figures for the Hotshots as they scored 16 and 14 respectively. Kris Acox was again, a non-factor in this game as he scored 9 points on 4 of 12 field goal shooting. The Hotshots’ inability to make the most out of their possessions is just one of the many things which doomed them early on as they only made 31% of their shot attempts.
Scores:
Meralco – 98
Durham 18, Dillinger 18, De Ocampo 18, Amer 16, Newsome 10, Hodge 9, Tolomia 7, Faundo 2, Atkins 0, Yeo 0, Lanete 0, Sedurita 0, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0, Nabong 0
Star – 74
Barroca 16, Abundo 14, Acox 9, Ramos 8, Sangalang 6, Melton 5, Pingris 5, Reavis 4, dela Rosa 4, Brondial 3, Lee 0, Jalalon 0, Simon 0, Gamalinda 0, Pascual 0
Quarter scoring:
30-11, 53-32, 78-48, 98-74

The Bolts’ Game 1 Win: The Good, the Bad and the Worse

Looking at the things that both helped and cost them the victory

Chirs Newsome only had 7 points before fouling out. (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)

If you happened to be a fan of the Meralco Bolts, then you have all the reasons to be happy after the Bolts took an important Game 1 victory against the Star Hotshots via a 72-66 come-from-behind win to start their best-of-5 semifinal series. However, one cannot simply deny the mere fact that even diehard fans cannot be satisfied with the outcome of the game, with the way Norman Black’s players played the game, to begin with. One may blame the fact that Meralco only had a short period of time to prepare coming into Game 1 as they had to beat the Blackwater Elite during their do-or-die quarterfinal game. One may even blame fatigue factor. There were many things that contributed to the Bolts and there were many things that also ruined them the game and might have allowed Star to win. 

Below are the Good, the Bad and, the Worse:

The Good

Okay. Let’s begin with the good things that enabled Meralco to win Game 1 last night. Allen Durham had another one of his monstrous games as he led the Bolts with 23 points and 23 REBOUNDS. In fact, only Durham had a respectable shooting percentage last night as he made 9 of his 16 attempts, good for 56% field goal shooting.
Another good thing that helped the Bolts especially in the 4th quarter was Jared Dillinger’s 15 points off the bench.In fact, it was Dillinger’s basket approaching the final 60 seconds of the game which gave the Bolts the lead for good as Star failed to score from that point on. Without Dillinger’s timely made three-pointers, the game would have ended differently.
One more thing, Kris Acox’s offensive output was limited to 7 points on 3 of 8 field goal shooting and if you’re Norman Black, you’d be happy with this defensive success by the Bolts’ big men, right?

The Bad

As mentioned above, the Bolts also did tons of things that put them in difficult situations last night. For example, only their import, Allen Durham managed to make the most of his opportunities as the Bolts as a team, only made 35% of their field goal attempts and if you’re Norman Black, you would be disappointed despite the win, right? In addition to this, the usually explosive backcourt tandem of Baser Amer and Chris Newsome only combined for 17 points on a combined horrible 5 of 19 field goal shooting. Another notable bad thing that may have compromised the outcome of the game was the Bolts’ forgettable performance from rainbow country. Sure, Jared Dillinger’s trey late in the 4th was proved to be the turning point but you can’t just make 8 of your 30 ATTEMPTS from downtown and expect to win in the PBA, in the semifinals, against a team like the Star Hotshots. 

The Worse

Okay. Let’s not forget the mere fact that the Meralco Bolts allowed the Star Hotshots to bury them back in the first quarter when the Bolts went 5 minutes without scoring a thing until Cliff Hodge stopped the bleeding with a free throw and Allen Durham finally converted the Bolts’ first field goal in 12 attempts. By the end of the first frame, Meralco had 7 points compared to the Hotshots’ 21 points. As a team, the Bolts only made TWO of their 18 shot attempts in the first quarter alone. 
They may be able to come out with the win on this one but Norman Black knows, as well as his players, that if Meralco wants another shot at the title, they cannot start the game by going scoreless for the first 5 minutes and rely heavily on their import to the heavy lifting because no matter how good Durham is, the Star Hotshots will find other ways to shut him down or shut down the other players.

Bolts Erase 17-Point Lead to Win Game 1

Meralco’s defense frustrated Star’s offense

Kris Acox was limited to 7 points in the game (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)
Two teams. Two different roads. One semi-final series. Both the Star Hotshots and the Meralco Bolts are also coming off different scenarios in their respective quarterfinal series. While Star only needed to win one game to get here, the Bolts on the hands were pushed to a deciding game but won, eventually. Coming into Game 1 of their best-of-5 semi-final series, a win here would enable the Bolts to get a good start with their aspiration to challenge for the championship, something they missed last season. For the Hotshots on the other hand, a victory against Norman Black and his team will bring them 2 more wins closer to the Finals, a place they haven’t been to in a long time.
They fell behind early in the first quarter where they missed 16 shots. But for the rest of the game, it was the defense of the Meralco Bolts and the efforts of Allen Durham helped the Bolts to a Game 1 victory after scoring a 72-66 victory in Binan, Laguna.
Coming off from their one-game finish of the NLEX Road Warriors, the Star Hotshots got off to a good start and scored 9 unanswered points and forced Norman Black into calling a timeout because his team was clanking every shot they took during the first 3 minutes of the game. In addition to their inability to score and defend on the other end, the Bolts were also turning the ball over as the lead went up 11-0 with under 7 minutes to play in the first quarter. A free throw from Cliff Hodge ended the drought for Meralco and Allen Durham finally scored the Bolts’ field goal in 12 attempts with under 5 minutes to go. Star sustained its scoring start as Jio Jalalon scored on a 3-point play to make 18-3. Marc Pingris added a fadeaway jumper to make it 20-3 with 2:54 remaining in the opening frame. The Hotshots held a 21-7 advantage heading into the second quarter.
Both teams began the second quarter by scoring on their first pairs of charities as Chris Newsome drained a trey to bring the gap down at 23-12 with 2 minutes into the quarter. The lead went down to 7 right after Jared Dillinger drained another three-pointer for Meralco as the Hotshots were able to answer back every Meralco basket. After both teams suffered a dry spell, Allen Durham scored on a lay-up to furthermore push the lead to 5 with under 4 minutes to play, this time forcing Chito Victolero to call for a timeout for Star. By the time halftime came along, the Hotshots were only leading by 4, at 36-32.
Paul Lee led the Hotshots with 9 points in the first half but only made 1 of his 4 attempts from downtown. Ian Sangalang added 7 points while import Kris Acox only managed 4 points.  Star only managed to make 34% of their attempts.
The Bolts were able to recover from their 2 of 18 field goal shooting as they were led by Allen Durham, Chris Newsome and Jared Dillinger who all scored 7 points apiece during the first 24 minutes of play.
Both teams started the 3rd quarter on a much slower pace owing to the fact that both teams struggled to find any consistent rhythm early on. Just when Star began to run away anew, the Bolts surged back to tie the score at 41 apiece with under 7 minutes to play.  Then, after drawing Kris Acox’s 4th personal foul, Baser Amer gave Meralco their first taste of the lead at 43-41 on Baser Amer’s free throws. The lead fell back to the hands of the Hotshots after an Ian Sangalang inside shot only to be answered by a basket by Durham to tie the score at 45 all. The rest of the third quarter became an up-and-down battle as Star, despite making one of their 16 attempts from rainbow country, brought a 53-47 into the final quarter of play.
Marc Pingris opened the final quarter with a pair of charities as PJ Simon scored 4 consecutive points to give the Hotshots a 12-point advantage early on. Durham returned the favor by scoring 6 unanswered points to cut the lead back to 6 with 7:17 to play. Then, after a very miserable scoring drought from deep, Mark Barroca finally nailed Star’s second three-point attempt to put the Hotshots ahead by 11 with  5:23 remaining on the clock.Another Dillinger shot from beyond the arc dropped Star’s lead to 6 in the ensuing possessions.
Another Meralco trey, this time from Ranidel de Ocampo pushed the lead down to 66-63 approaching the final  2-minute mark as Star fumbled towards a risky turnover which led to another Dillinger trey to tie the score, again. Dillinger gave back the lead to Meralco, at 68-66 approaching the final minute as Mark Barroca air-balled a jumper on the previous possession. After forcing Paul Lee into a turnover, Allen Durham scored a difficult shot to increase Meralco’s lead to 4 with 33 ticks remaining. Then, Meralco forced another bad offensive possession for the Hotshots as Star refused to foul immediately after a Meralco inbound pass, allowing the Bolts to waste away before Star fouled eventually and Meralco drained the finishing free throws.
Allen Durham led Meralco’s impressive fight back with 23 points and 23 rebounds while Jared Dillinger scored 15 points to lead Norman Black’s men off the bench. Baser Amer contributed 10 points. Aside from limiting Star’s production from the outside, Meralco had more points in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Hotshots 25-13 which allowed the Bolts to come out on top and take Game 1.
Jio Jalalon led Star with his 15 points including 9 of 9 shooting from the free throw line. Both Paul Lee and Mark Barroca scored 11 each as Kris Acox had to be disappointed with his 3 of 8 field goal shooting, only good for his 7 points. Although Star’s overall field goal percentage wasn’t far from what Meralco had, the former’s horribly forgettable outing from rainbow distance was what doomed them even though they had a 17-point lead in the first quarter.
Scores:
Meralco – 72
Durham 23, Dillinger 15, Amer 10, Newsome 7, Hodge 5, de Ocampo 5, Lanete 4, Hugnatan 3, Atkins 0, Yeo 0, Sedurita 0, Caram 0, Nabong 0, Faundo 0, Tolomia 0
Star – 66
Jalalon 15, Lee 11, Barroca 11, Sangalang 9, Acox 7, Simon 6, Pingris 4, Brondial 2, Reavis 1, Melton 0, Mendoza 0, Gamalinda 0, Ramos 0, dela Rosa 0, Abundo 0, Pascual 0
Quarter scoring:
7-21, 32-36, 47-53, 72-66

Acox Delivers the Goods as Star Hotshots Eliminates the Road Warriors to Move to the Semi-Finals

Hotshots barge into semifinals after eliminating NLEX

Paul Lee was the top scorer for the locals

Paul Lee scored 18 points for Star (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)

For Yeng Guiao, coaching a team that has been tagged as a considerable underdog against a powerhouse team such as the Star Hotshots is no longer new to him as he already attained years’ worth of experience of coaching underdogs and still, winning. That’s how dangerous the NLEX Road Warriors are despite the absence of a consistent player who can produce big numbers every time. For the Hotshots of Chito Victolero, having the twice-to-beat advantage against the multi-titled Yeng Guiao is a false advantage because he knew as well as the rest of the Star team that NLEX has made significant improvements since Guiao took over at the helm.
Down 2 entering the fourth quarter, the Star Hotshots jumped out firing and took the lead away from the NLEX Road Warriors as they held a double-digit lead during the dying minutes of the game as the Hotshots prevailed, 89-77 to enter the semifinals where they will face the winner of the do-or-die game between the Meralco Bolts and the Blackwater Elite
The game began with both teams starting to find their respective rhythm as NLEX led at 23-22 after the first quarter with Kevin Alas led the scoring chores for the Road Warriors with 8 points. The run-and-gun battle carried over during the opening minutes of quarter number two as Paul Lee, Rafi Reavis, Ian Sangalang and Jio Jalalon all scored on different occasions to put Star up by 7 points, at 34-27 with 8:46 to go in the 2nd quarter. However, Star’s tendency to commit nonsense turnovers hindered their capability to ignite a significant scoring run throughout the first half as the Road Warriors were able to climb right back with timely three-pointers.

Juami Tiongson later scored on a lay-up to tie the score at 37 apiece with under 6 minutes to play and then import Aaron Fuller scored on an offensive rebound to give the lead back to NLEX at 39-37 as Chito Victolero signaled that he wanted a timeout with 4:36 to play in the quarter.

Then, the Hotshots went on a 7-0 scoring run that began on Aldrich Ramos’ 3-pointer that was followed by a dunk by Kris Acox and a running shot by PJ Simon to put Star up by, at 45-43 only to watch JR Quinahan tied it up again with 12 seconds remaining in the first half.

Both imports have failed to make their respective presence felt during the first half as Fuller and Acox scored 10 and 9 respectively. Despite having committed 14 turnovers in the first half alone, the Hotshots stayed close by making half of their 34 shot attempts in the first 24 minutes of the game. Another reason why Star remained in the game was their fastbreak points wich the Hotshots dominated at 8-2 in the first half For their part, the Road Warriors were able to stick around by scoring more off their missed points.
Both imports then started off the scoring for their respective teams to start the second half as Larry Fornacier drilled a trey to put NLEX by 3, 2 minutes into the 3rd quarter. NLEX later increased their lead to 7 on Fuller’s putback. Alex Mallari drained a 3-pointer a few possessions later to put the Road Warriors up by 8 points, at 63-55. However, NLEX’s inconsistency to sustain a scoring run doomed them as Hotshots went on a scoring run on their own to cut the lead down to 63-61 heading into the final quarter.
Star went on an 8-0 run to open the fourth quarter to snatch the lead 69-63 on Kris Acox’s acrobatic lay-up. Star later increased their lead to 8 and NLEX cut it down to 6 on multiple times only for Acox to score on another lay-up off a pass from Marc Pingris to put the Hotshots up by 8 with 7:07 remaining in the game, forcing Yeng Guiao to call a much-needed timeout. Aaron Fuller’s shot with under 6 minutes to go put down the lead at 75-71 only for Paul Lee to make 1 of 2 charities and Marc Pingris to score on a lucky bounce to increase the lead anew to 8 and Paul Lee added another lay-up to give Star its first double-digit lead of the game with under 4 minutes to spare. Paul Lee made another pair of free throws to sustain a 10-point lead for his team with 2:50 play, forcing NLEX to call another timeout.

That appeared to be the turning point as NLEX was plagued with turnovers and fouls as Paul Lee added another jumper to increase the lead to 14 under 2 minutes to go in the game.

Star Hotshots were led by import, Kris Acox who had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Paul Lee finally broke out of his scoring slump, adding 18 points while Ian Sangalang added 14 points. The Star as a team made 52% of their shot attempts as compared to the Road Warriors who only made 39% of their attempts during the entire game.
For the eliminated Road Warriors, Aaron Fuller finished his Governors’ Cup campaign with 16 points to lead his team while former Star player Alex Mallari added 15 points while Kevin Alas finished with 14 on 5 out of 9 shooting.
Scores:
Star – 89
Acox 21, Lee 18, Sangalang 14, Pingris 8, Jalalon 7, Simon 7, Brondial 5, Raamos 3, Barroca 2, Reavis 2, dela Rosa 2, Melton 0, Mendoza 0, Gamalinda 0, Abundo 0,  Pascual 0
NLEX – 77
Fuller 16, Mallari 15, Alas 14, Fornacier 9, Quinahan 6, Tiongson 5, Baguio 5, Rios 4, Al-Hussaini 3, Taulava 0, Monfort 0, Lastimosa 0, Villanueva 0, Soyud 0, Ighalo 0, Gotladera 0
Quarter scores:
22-23, 45-45, 61-63, 89-77

Prediction: NLEX Road Warriors May Draw Blood, But Star Hotshots Will Advance to the Semis

Road Warriors vs Star HotShots Prediction

The Road of the Warriors has never been easy as the winding season of NLEX may come to a halt in the hands of Star HotShots.
NLEX Road Warriors have accomplished great heights this season and has proven to be a worthy and an improved team compared to its previous self. Coach Yeng Guiao has whipped his team into a contender as the young NLEX Road Warriors takes their success to the next level in this conference.
The quarterfinals series against their last conqueror Star will be a tough task as the Hotshots is now enjoying a late conference burst capturing two wins in their last games in the elimination giving them a much-needed twice to beat protection against NLEX Road warriors who may have ran out of gas late in the conference suffering two defeats in a row that dropped them to the 5th place of the conference.
Star and NLEX may be one of the stiffest battles in the quarterfinals as both teams showed that they have what it takes to make it all the way. Star Hotshots, who were expected to be one of the top teams came to life late in the conference while the Road Warriors have been proving many wrongs as they maintained a steady ascent to becoming one of the contenders.
However, the playoffs is a different ball game than the elimination round and this is where Star Hotshots may have an edge over the Road Warriors. Even with a fairly new import, Star Hotshots may have a slight edge with the right mix of veteran leadership and local stars that certainly would be a big factor in the critical minutes of the ball game.
In their last game, Simon, Lee, and Ramos torched the Warriors from the outside with the Stars shooting a combined 11/20 three-pointers as they escaped with the win giving them a much-needed boost and confidence against NLEX. Even with Maliksi out of the equation, the Star still packs a punch with local scoring and this will play a big factor in the ball game against Road Warriors who have depended on import scoring.
Kevin Alas, Larry Fonancier, and Alex Mallari need to step up in order to give them a chance of winning.  Mallari was inconsistent and shot 30% against NLEX.  Kevin Alas will have a big role in the match-up as every time he gets himself going, the Warriors usually wins.
Check out the stats comparison of Star and NLEX.
The Road Warriors certainly got the fighting chance to win and may extend the quarterfinals to a knockout game but ultimately, we see Star Hotshots taking this series and advancing to meet the victor between Blackwater and Meralco in the semis.

Star, Acox Recovered on Time to Beat NLEX, Potential Top 4 Finish If…

Star now assured of a Top 4 spot pending Meralco win

Acox recovered from early slump help Star win. (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)
If anything, this is one of the few conferences in the history of the PBA when the quotient system has been used to the fullest and since Ginebra lost last night against Talk N Text and Rain or Shine defeated Blackwater the game earlier, the Star Hotshots now have the opportunity to snatch a Top 4 finishing position entering the quarterfinals. They only needed to win against the NLEX Road Warriors by at least 5 points, and hope that the Meralco Bolts win against the San Miguel Beerman later on.
They fell behind early on. They came back. Their opponents battled back. By the end of the game, it was the Star Hotshots and their hot shooting from outside as they took control of their own fate by beating the NLEX Road Warriors, 100-93- a margin that the Star needed should the Beerman would win later on.
The NLEX Road Warriors of Coach Yeng Guiao wanted a shot of a Top 4 finish and the twice-to-beat advantage during the quarterfinals that comes with it and it showed earlier in the game as the Road Warriors, led by Aaron Fuller held an 8-point lead after the first quarter, at 25-17. And they did that by forcing the Star Hotshots into difficult shots and even into making silly turnovers. They even held Star scoreless for the almost 5 minutes to start the 2nd quarter before Mark Barroca ended the drought with a jumper. A trey by Kevin Alas later pushed the lead to 15 points only to be answered by Justin Melton who also drained a three-pointer of his own.

The teams went into halftime with NLEX only leading by 8 points. NLEX held onto the lead for the majority of the first half after limiting the offensive output of Star’s import, Kristofer Acox who only had 2 points on 1 of 6 shooting.

Compared to his counterpart, Fuller already had 8 points of his own to go along with his 9 rebounds. But what doomed the Hotshots in the first half alone is their incapacity to make most of their shot attempts and to make things worse, Star, as a team, only made 1 of their 5 free throw attempts. One of the few things that kept Star in the game during the first half is their shooting from beyond the arc where they made 5 out of their 12 attempts as compared to the Road Warriors who only made 4 of their 15 attempts from downtown.

A 5-0 scoring run by Star brought the lead down to 44-41 to start the second half as NLEX committed careless mistakes to compliment their inability to make shots early in the 3rd.Acox then began to make his presence felt by forcing his way on the inside as Star slowly chipped away at the lead. Aldrich Ramos later drained a trey to tie the game at 51 apiece with under 8 minutes to go in the quarter. PJ Simon later followed that up by converting a 3-point play to give the lead back to Star for the first time since the early stages of the game.

Both teams went on to exchange of made baskets as NLEX managed to bring the backup to 6 only to watch Star erased that lead. The Hotshots took the lead in the dying minutes of the quarter and by the end of the 3rd, Star’s lead was up 75-69 after Jio Jalalon drained a long-distance trey to beat the 3rd quarter buzzer.

Juami Tiongson began the final quarter with a 3-pointer and a difficult lay-up only for Paul Lee to scored on a catch-and-shoot trey with under 10 minutes to go. NLEX struggled to make shots as the Hotshots pushed the lead to 8 points on Acox’s inside shot with 7 minutes to play.

From that point on, it’s an up-and-down battle as Star answered every basket that NLEX made until Justin Melton drained a three-pointer to bring the lead back to 8 with 5 minutes to spare in the game. Paul Lee put Star up by 12 after scoring on a well-contested lay-up with under 4 minutes to go on the clock. A few possessions later, Alex Mallari drained a much-needed three-point shot and a free throw to bring down the deficit to 8 until Mark Barroca nailed a jumper approaching the final 2-minute mark and followed by another jumper by Paul Lee to put the lead back to 12 with 1:30 to go. Star then blocked NLEX’s next attempt and that was it. Marc Pingris drained a jumper to pull the life out of the Road Warriors as Chito Victolero decided to sub out his import, knowing that they’ve already accomplished what they needed to accomplish.

PJ Simon led the Hotshots with 16 points while making both of his attempts from beyond the arc. Paul Lee ended a series of struggling games to finish the game with 15 points Acox recovered from his miserable first half to score 14 points. Mark Barroca provided the spark off the bench with 13 points- many of which were scored in the 4th quarter. On the other side of the fence, Aaron Fuller finished the eliminations with 16 points and 17 rebounds while Alex Mallari added 13 points.

Throughout the game, it was Star’s three-pointers that kept them within striking distance in the first half and it was also Star’s three-pointers that won the game for them as they combined for making 11 out of their 20 attempts from rainbow country.

Scores:
Star – 101
Simon 16, Lee 15, Acox 14, Ramos 14, Barroca 12, dela Rosa 8, Melton 6, Pingris 6, Sangalang 4, Jalalon 3, Brondial 2, Reavis 0, Mendoza 0, Abundo 0, Pascual 0, Gamalinda 0,
NLEX – 93
Fuller 16, Mallari 13, Fornacier 12, Alas 9, Al-Hussaini 9, Quinahan 9, Lastimosa 8, Tiongson 5, Taulava 5, Villanueva 3, Soyud 3, Baguio 1, Ighalo 0, Rios 0, Gotladera 0
Quarter Scores:
25-17, 44-36, 69-75, 17-25, 36-44, 75-69, 101-93 

Ping Enters 5000 Point Club, Helps Hotshots on Win

Star Keeps Kia Winless 

 Ping becomes the 85hth player to enter the 5,000 point club (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)

For the Star Hotshots, it’s about regaining their momentum and warming up for the upcoming quarterfinals. For the Kia Picanto on the other hand, a win would be a perfect way to end a miserable campaign to the season ender 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup which saw them drop their first 10 games.
From making the extra passes to working on their inside game and even making more three-point shots, the Star Hotshots regained their composure and more importantly, won against the Kia Picanto via a which put the Hotshots led by import Kristofer Acox tied with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 6-4 in the standings. 
This is an important win for the Hotshots because they will be facing the NLEX Road Warriors this coming Sunday to close their schedule and should the Hotshots win that game, they can enter the quarterfinals as the 5th seeded team.
Just to give an idea of how good the Hotshots were during this game, they shot better both in their 2-point field goals and from beyond the arc. And the offense of Coach Chito Victolero was more balanced as well as their defense which frustrated Kia which only made 31% of their field goal attempts which made by as much as 29 during the first half alone. The passing game of the Hotshots was fluid. 
Star led during the entire game, holding a lead that never went down beyond 25 points and they did it despite Paul Lee struggling miserably in the field during the entire game, only scoring 2 points in the first half and 4 overall. Acox finished the game with 19 points while grabbing 15 rebounds.
Marc Pingris who energized the crowd with a dunk during the closing minutes of the 3rd quarter finished the game with 12 points, including another dunk at the closing seconds of the game to make him the newest member of the 5,000-point club. 
Jio Jalalon led the Star’s local scorers with 15 points and 7 assists. PJ Simon contributed 13 points off the bench while Ian Sangalang finished with 12.
On the other side, the players of Coach Chris Gavina couldn’t get anything going during the entire game. Geron Johnson for one, led all scorers with 27 points on a miserable 9 of 28 shooting. Only him and Nico Elorde who finished with 15 points are the starters of Kia who scored in double figures. Jackson Corpuz on the other hand, led Kia’s bench with 11 points and 9 rebounds while Eric Camson added 10 markers. As a team, Kia only made 31% of their field goals and got rebounded, 62-41.
Scores:
Star
Acox 19, Jalalon 15, Simon 13, Sangalang 12, Pingris 12, Melton 10, Barroca 10, Reavis 7, Ramos 7, dela Rosa 5, Mendoza 5, Lee 4, Abundo 3, Pascual 2, Brondial 2, Gamalinda 0
Kia
Johnson 27, Elorde 15, Corpuz 11, Camson 10, Celda 9, Yee 4, Deutchman 3, Nimes 2, Ballesteros 0, Revilla 0, Guverra 0, Caperal 0, Khobuntin 0, Jaime 0, Salva 0
Quarter scores:
32-24, 65-36, 91-60, 128-81

Trade Alert: A Week Before his Birthday Allein Maliksi Got Traded to Blackwater Elite

A Star lands on Blackwater 

After close to four years Allein Maliksi will have a new team again

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Advance Happy Birthday to Allien Maliksi (Born: September 18, 1987)

Star Hotshots escaped buying Maliksi a birthday present and a cake as the star forward is set to be traded to Blackwater Elite.
In 2011, Allein Maliksi was drafted in the PBA 8th overall by the Barako Bull Energy where he played 19 games or 3 months, until he got traded to Ginebra but his stint with the Barangay also did not last long as he sees himself back with his the team that drafted him after once again being involved in a trade that included five teams and five players.
Allien Maliksi could not find a home early in the PBA and it seemed that the Barako Bull doesn’t really want him back as he was moved out again. He found a home with the Hotshots franchise where he played for almost four years. 
Allien Maliki’s journey in the PBA was not easy and before he got the minutes and recognition, he needed to work hard and prove to all the teams that passed on him that he is truly a keeper.
Star Hotshots was able to nurture and utilize the now 29-year old forward. During his time with the Hotshots, he was able to capture four championships, became an All-Star, a three point shooter and had been a part of the national squad.


Career highlights and awards

4× PBA champion (2013 Governors’, 2013-14 Philippine, 2014 Commissioner’s, 2014 Governors’)
PBA All-Star (2017)
PBA Three-Point Shootout champion (2017)
Maliksi was able to accomplish feats that a lot of players can only dream of, however, we might have seen the last of Allien Maliksi as a Hotshots as he is again part of a trade that will send him and rookie Chris Javier to Blackwater Elite in exchange for BamBam Gamalinda and Kyle Pascual.
The trade is not yet approved by the PBA Commissioner but it is expected to get a nod.
Star Hotshots and Blackwater are both in the middle of the standing and saw themselves needing to make a move in order to hopefully get better results.
Blackwater management is confident that the Prime Maliksi can find his form back with Blackwater and the team is looking to utilize him more than Star Hotshots.
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Watch Raymond Almaza Rushed to the Hospital After the Game Against Star

Raymond Alamazan had to be put on a stretcher

What seemed to be a regular work in the office turned scary as the Gilas Pilipinas forward suddenly wasn’t able to feel part of his lower extremities and had to be rushed to the hospital right away.
Raymond Almazan played well and was one of the main reason why Star Hotshots suffered its first loss in the conference. He was able to contribute 13 points while grabbing a total of 14 rebounds.
According to our sources, Raymond wasn’t feeling very well even during his first game and was assumed to have flu until today, and while this is not the first time we heard of players playing with flu, it is always a risk to be playing sick. Look at what happened with the 28 year old Almazan.
Multiple sources confirm that he was taken to  Cardinal Santos Medical Center.

Elasto Painters Finally Shoots Star Hotshots Down to Suffer First Loss in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup

Nothing is perfect, not even Star Hotshots who suffered their first defeat in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup against the determined Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. 

ROS Elasto-Painters Painted Shoots Star Hot Shots Down as they Suffer first Loss
No stars shined bright tonight as it was painted and shut down by the Elasto Painters, who controlled the majority of the game to hold on to a win against the previously unbeaten Star Hotshots.
Rain or Shine sustained the lead all throughout the game and had little challenge until the last quarter when Star Hotshots tried to mount a comeback and scored a total of 32 points against only 24 of ROS. It was a bit too late, however, as time was not on their side and the lead was already beyond manageable.
The import of Star Hotshots, Malcolm Hill had a bad game although scoring 26 points. His shooting was only at was at 37%, matching the team percentage. Barocca, Melton, and Simon were also out of sink tonight.
On the other hand, Gilas Pilipinas players Norwood and Alamazan both had a double double performance. Norwood scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, while Almazan also scored 13 with 14 rebounds.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 92 – Bullock 18, Cruz 18, Norwood 15, Almazan 13, Ahanmisi 10, Matias 5, Borboran 5, Daquioag 5, Tiu 3, Ponferada 0, Yap 0, Maiquez 0, Trollano 0.

STAR 88 – Hill 26, Lee 17, Sangalang 11, Maliksi 10, Jalalon 8, Barroca 4, Ramos 4, Simon 3, Melton 3, Reavis 2, Brondial 0, Pingris 0, Dela Rosa 0.

Quarters: 15-15, 41-30, 68-56, 92-88.

Rising Star Hotshots Shoots Down Phoenix Fuel Masters to 5th Loss in a Row

Star Hotshots is on the rise again as they got 4 straight wins

Star Hotshots are steadily rising as they now sit atop of the 2017 PBA Governors Cup with 4 wins and no loss while Phoenix sits third to the last after suffering 5 straight losses.
Phoenix started the game trailing as Star Hotshots Hotshots started good right away and scoring 24 points against only 17 of Phoenix. From that point Star never looked back as the Fuel Masters could not find a way to stop the Star Horshots who reached the century mark at the end of the full regulation.
Star Hotshots shoots at 40% while Phoenix shoots at a measly 36%. The Hotshots also shot the lights out from beyond the arc sinking 12 three pointers with 40% shooting.
Phoenix import Brandon Brown had a good game with 33 points on a 50% shooting and also grabbed 23 rebounds but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Hotshots who had 6 players in double figures scoring lead by import Malcolm Hill(20) and Paul Lee(18) compared with just two players.
Turnover was one of the issues of Phoenix tonight with import Brandon Brown matching the total turnover stats of the whole team of the Hotshots with 10. Star Hotshots’ bench scoring was also big tonight at 45 against 23 of Phoenix.
 Phoenix will be back on the court on Friday against Talk n Text at the Araneta Colisuem.

The scores:

STAR 100 – Hill 20, Lee 18, Ramos 13, Sangalang 11, Maliksi 11, Barroca 11, Brondial 4, Reavis 4, Dela Rosa 3, Melton 3, Simon 2, Mendoza 0, Javier 0, Pingris 0, Abundo 0.

PHOENIX 81 – Brown 33, Chan 14, Intal 8, Jazul 6, Eriobu 5, Dehesa 4, Alolino 4, Kramer 4, J. Wilson 2, Hayes 1, Ababou 0.

Quarterscores: 24-17, 49-44, 77-64, 100-81.

Highlights: Star Hotshots’ Impressive Win Against Mighty SMB, Coach Victolero Gives Credit to Team Effort

SMB not so mighty without JunMar Fajardo,  suffers first loss in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup 


Team work and game plan – Coach Chito Victolero

After a well-deserved win, Coach Chito Victolero gives credit to team effort, team work and game plan as his Star Hotshots endured the challenge of the Beermen and won with the score of 104-98.
SMB looked great as usual and was really giving the Hotshots a tough time but Star Hotshots came in prepared and rose to the occasion.  SMB was playing without JunMar who suffered an injury in their last game. In the absence of JunMar, other players did step up. Lassiter led the scoring for the locals with 24 points followed by Arwind Santos who were both shooting at 50%.
Import Mckines also contributed a game high of 27 points while grabbing 22 rebounds.

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The young import of Star Malcolm Hill produced 20 points but he was only shooting at 7/18(38%). It was Ian Sangalang who bucketed 18 points (50% FG) and Reavis who scored 13 points on a hundred percent shooting made the difference for Star Hotshots.
This is very important, in our mindset, that we can beat SMB – Coach Victolero
Star Hotshots lorded over team rebound with 49 against 46 of  SMB. Star also moved the ball better having 25 assists compared with 19 of SMB.
Star is still undefeated with 3 wins while SMB dropped their first ever game in the conference.
The scores:
STAR 104 – Hill 20, Sangalang 18, Reavis 13, Brondial 10, Maliksi 8, Barroca 8, Lee 7, Dela Rosa 7, Melton 6, Ramos 5, Jalalon 2, Javier 0, Simon 0.
SAN MIGUEL 98 – McKines 27, Lassiter 24, Santos 19, Cabagnot 12, Ross 10, Rosser 4, Espinas 2, Heruela 0, Tubid 0, Pessumal 0.
Quarters: 24-21, 50-55, 76-77, 104-98.

Young Import Malcolm Hill Took Over the Game and Carried Star Hotshots to Victory Against Winless Alaska

Alaska could not find the aces as they suffered another grievous defeat against the surging Star Hotshots.
Malcolm Hill, the 21 year old import from Illinois performed as expected and led the team in points and rebounds.
During the post game interview, he mentioned that he was told by the coaches that he needed to be aggressive and produce right away. The young player was confident in answering questions and even noted that he is the 3rd leading scorer when he was in college.
Hill got help from the locals including Paul Lee who scored 18 and Ian Sangalang who contributed 16 points. Star Hotshots was shooting at 50% while Alaska was shooting at 44%.  Star Hotshots also out rebounded Alaska 48 against 36. The Hotshots also shared the ball more with 20 team assists against 14 of the Aces.
Aces lost three games in a row this conference. Alaska Import Henton scored 34 points, Banchero got 21 points  and the rest of the Aces had single digit scores.
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How in the World did Star Win Against ROS with 34% FG Shooting?

What a Lucky Star. With a 34% horrific shooting percentage, the Hotshots still defeated Rain or Shine to advance to the semifinals series where they will face San Miguel Beermen. 
It was a low scoring ball game as Star Hotshots managed to eliminate Rain or Shine with the score of 84-69.  It wasn’t pretty but a win is a win. Star led by import Ricardo Ratcliffe who tops in 3 categories including points with 26, rebound with 24 and assists with 5. 
The game started slowly with both teams scoring under 20 in the first quarter and it continues to drag in the second quarter.   
Rain or Shine while shooting better percentage at 42% only had 64 attempts against 86 of Star Hotshots.  Rebounding and points in the paint played a big factor as Star grabbed 57 boards against 39 of Rain or Shine. 
In the second half,  Rain or shine continued to struggle and scored only 15 points in the 3rd and 17 in the last quarter. Import Crews only contributed 12 points and was on the bench most the time due to foul trouble. 
After the game, Coach Chito Victolero mentioned that he wanted to have longer preparation for San Miguel Beermen. 
Star (84) – Ratliffe 26, Lee 13, Barroca 12, Simon 9, Sangalang 8, Jalalon 8, Reavis 4, Ramos 2, Maliksi 2, Melton 0.
Rain or Shine (69) – Crews 12, Chan 9, Tiu 9, Belga 7, Washington 7, Norwood 6, Ahanmisi 6, Cruz 4, Ponferada 4, Yap 3, Almazan 2.
Quarterscores: 16-19, 33-37, 55-52, 84-69.

PBA Highlights: Comeback Victory from Ricardo Ratliffe, Boost Star to Win Over TNT

May 10, 2017 – Ricardo Ratliffe made a comeback victory for Star, scoring 37 points and 22 boards as the Hotshots dominate a crawling start to defeat TNT KaTropa, 107-97, in the OPPO PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.
The triumphant return of Ratliffe, who replaced Tony Mitchell as Star’s reinforcement, had three blocks to bring Star (7-2) to its third straight winning streak and share the third place with Meralco Bolts.
In the start of the game, the TNT was all fired up and left a huge deficit for Star ending the first quarter with 35-19 in the score board. But the Hotshots pulled back against KaTropa as they convert points and seal the halftime lead 60-59.
Ratliffe and Lee completely turned things around where they lead the team by 10points, 77-67, as TNT was mutilate by the import, Donte Greene’s foul.
Paul Lee ended the game with 17 points, five boards and five assist.
Aldrech Ramos chipped 11 points, three rebounds and four assists while Mark Barroca also contributed in the team’s victory with 10 points and eight rebounds for Star as well.
Donte Greene from TNT KaTropa led the team with 29 points and 12 rebounds.

The scores:

STAR 107 – Ratliffe 37, Lee 17, Simon 12, Ramos 11, Barroca 10, Sangalang 7, Melton 6, Reavis 5, Dela Rosa 2, Abundo 0.

TNT 97 – Greene 29, Rosales 15, Williams 11, Reyes 10, De Ocampo 10, Tautuaa 6, Garcia 6, Hernandez 5, Carey 3, Tamsi 2, Sumalinog 0.

Quarterscores: 22-35, 60-59, 87-79, 107-97.
 

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Star Fell Short Against SMB who Continues to be Undefeated

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SMB team’s stronghold diffused Star Hotshots rally in the fourth quarter to get three straight wins and remains the only undefeated team in the PBA Commissioners Cup to date.
The Beermen is still in championship form as they steadily led Star Hotshots in the first three quarters. The fourth quarter was a different story as Star Hotshots rallied  behind their locals but still fell short. It’s the only quarter that Star scored more than SMB.
Rhodes was the better import tonight as he scored 29 points and 10 rebounds on an 11/14 shooting. Tony Mitchel did not do bad himself scoring 22 points in the game but had fouled out late in the game.
The scores:
SAN MIGUEL 103 – Rhodes 29, Ross 19, Lassiter 16, Santos 13, Fajardo 10, Heruela 8, Cabagnot 6, Espinas 2, Semerad 0, De Ocampo 0.
STAR 97 – Mitchell 22, Sangalang 18, Lee 16, Maliksi 11, Barroca 10, Jalalon 9, Simon 7, Javier 2, Reavis 2, Ramos 0.
Quarterscores: 27-26, 48-42, 77-65, 103-97

Powcast Vlog: Manila Clasico April 09, 2017

There is no way Powcast would miss the Manila Clasico game. 
Last weekend we were treated with another epic showdown between two of the most popular teams in the land. 
Star Hotshots came in undefeated and was also the last team to win the Manila Clasico match up. The odds were just really in their favor. Ginebra as always came inspired as thousands of fans flocked the Mall of Asia Arena to witness the game. 
Check out the Powcast Vlog: Manila Clasico Series 04.09.2017

A Brownlee Night Gives Ginebra Another Manila Clasico Win (Powcast Video Highlights)

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel once again took that game away from Star as they come back from a huge deficit. Scottie Thompson, one of the key players who made their come back possible had an impressive night, dishing key passes that made all of his teammates involved in their successful offensive execution.

“He did a spectacular job” Cone stressed in the post game interview.

Justin Brownlee, the man who made that key shot in Ginebra’s championship campaign last season proves his worth in the crowd darling’s line up after making another epic performance against the undefeated Star Hotshots.

The Ginebra hero in last Season’s governors’ cup contributed an impressive 30 point performance with 15 boards output that left the most winningest coach impressed.

“Justin causes alot of problem to alot of people, you know he can play in and out, make great passes he’s a great defender, and we kinda see him play how we envisioned him playing” Cone said on how they were able to beat star though they’re parading a small reinforcement in the conference.

Ginebra gives the Star Hotshots their first loss in the conference, in another successful come from behind win bringing them up a notch in the standings with 2 wins and a loss.

The scores:

GINEBRA 113 – Brownlee 33, Tenorio 21, Mercado 15, Aguilar 12, Thompson 8, Ferrer 8, Devance 7, Caguioa 6, Ellis 4, Marcelo 2.

STAR 98 – Mitchell 22, Maliksi 17, Lee 11, Jalalon 10, Barroca 9, Ramos 7, Brondial 7, Mendoza 6, Simon 5, Reavis 4, Sangalang 0.

Quarterscores: 26-24, 51-53, 82-75, 113-98