Hotshots regain control of Manila Clasico, one win away from Finals

Hotshots regain control of Manila Clasico
Star outscored the Gin Kings, 50-33, in the second and third quarters to snap a two-game slide and put up a 3-2 lead in the race to four.

The only thing cooking in Game 5 of the Manila Clasico semifinals was Star's offense.

Using a big mid-game effort, the Hotshots regained control of their best-of-7 Philippine Cup semifinal series against Brgy. Ginebra after a crucial 89-80 win Friday at the MOA Arena.

Star outscored the Gin Kings, 50-33, in the second and third quarters to snap a two-game slide and put up a 3-2 lead in the race to four.

The Hotshots particularly did the most damage in the third period, turning a four-point halftime lead into a 16-point advantage entering the last 12 minutes.

It was enough to hold off a Ginebra uprising in the fourth quarter.

"It's all about team effort," head coach Chito Victolero said. "My players refused to lose. We gathered together, we stayed positive although [we had a] two-game losing streak."

"We committed. We will focus, no distractions. [We] played hard and [we] played to win," he added.

After losing a 2-0 lead, the Hotshots rediscovered their fiery form to move to within one win of making it back to the Philippine Cup Finals.

Rafi Reavis had his second big game of this series, going for 17 points and 13 rebounds in an impressive performance as the team's anchor.

Mark Barroca added 12 points and sevem assists while Paul Lee and Allein Maliksi were good for 10 points apiece.

Ginebra, who actually led after the first period, only had one player in double figures as the team's offensive struggles, largely due to Star's tight defense, came to haunt them again.

Japeth Aguilar scored 13 points while Sol Mercado, Mark Caguioa, and Chris Ellis accounted for nine each.

Game 6 is set for Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

 


The scores:

STAR 89 - Reavis 17, Barroca 12, Lee 10, Maliksi 10, Simon 8, Brondial 8, Melton 7, Pingris 6, Sangalang 5, Jalalon 2, Ramos 2, Dela Rosa 2.

GINEBRA 80 - Aguilar 13, Mercado 9, Ellis 9, Caguioa 9, Helterbrand 6, Cruz 6, Taha 5, Thompson 5, Tenorio 5, Ferrer 4, Mariano 4, Marcelo 3, Devance 2.

Quarterscores: 21-22, 49-45, 71-55, 89-80


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