Star Hotshots posted a one-sided 123-79 victory over Phoenix Petroleum to nail its second win in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 42 Philippine Cup on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Hotshots, riding on their rock-solid defense and high-octane offense throughout the game, took a 35-20 cushion at the end of first quarter and did not trail the rest of the way to mark a back-to-back win for a 2-2 win-loss record.
Combo guard Paul Lee and swingman Allein Maliksi poured in 18 points to lead the Hotshots, who even took a biggest 44-point lead in the game.
Rookie Jio Jalalon posted 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Peter June Simon had 15 points, Justin Melton and Mark Andy Barroca had 11 points apiece also for the Hotshots.
“I’m very happy and thankful to all my players,” said coach Chito Victolero. I want to slow down Phoenix especially on their transitions.”
Simon Enciso led Phoenix with 16 points. The Fuel Masters dropped to 2-2 win-loss record.
Meanwhile, reigning champion San Miguel Beer and GlobalPort seek third win when it battles their respective foes today at the Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen will be facing the winless Mahindra Floodbuster in the first game at 4:30 p.m.
The Batang Pier will clash against the crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in the second game at 6:45 p.m.
San Miguel Beer is keen on getting a back-to-back win when it faces Mahindra. The Beermen are holding a 2-1 win-loss record and they are coming off a 93-88 win over an undermanned Alaska Aces squad last December 3.
The Beermen will be relying heavily on three-time Most Valuable Player winner June Mar Fajardo, Jay-R Reyes, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross, Ronald Tubid, Gabby Espinas, Ryan Roose Garcia, Marcio Lassiter, Keith Agovida and rookie Arnold Van Opstal.
Despite holding a disappointing 0-3 win-loss record, Mahindra is determined to push San Miguel Beer’s back on the wall. The Floodbuster are going to lean on Alex Mallari, rookie Russel Escoto, LA Revilla Philip Paniamogan, Jason Ballesteros, Mark Yee, Rey Guevarra and Ryan Arana.
The Floodbuster lost to the Fuel Masters in their last game (104-114).
The Batang Pier, who suffered their first loss last December 7 against Alaska after winning first two straight games, are targeting their third win in four games. GlobalPort will not only taking a well-talented Barangay Ginebra team but also the roaring Gin Kings’ crowd.
The Batang Pier are holding a 2-1 win-loss record.
Ginebra, on the other hand, aims for a second win in three games. Known for their fast-paced game, the Gin Kings outplayed the erstwhile-undefeated Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (81-74) in the fourth quarter last Saturday to get in to the win column.