Balanced Star effort frustrates TNT

Paul Lintag on Jan 15, 2017 09:44 PM
Balanced Star effort frustrates TNT
Snapping a two-game slide, the win enabled Star to tie TNT in the standings with identical 4-4 cards, creating a five-team logjam in the 5th-9th spots.

In what was basically an offensive struggle, Star banked on a total team effort to turn back TNT and regained its footing in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.

With both teams shooting no higher than 41 percent from the field, the Hotshots scrapped their way to an 88-77 decision Sunday at the Big Dome.

Snapping a two-game slide, the win enabled Star to tie TNT in the standings with identical 4-4 cards, creating a five-team logjam in the 5th-9th spots.

Finding it hard to put the ball through the hoop, the Hotshots' 36-point second quarter was more than enough of a cushion to hold off TNT.

Despite losing a 19-point lead, Star was never really threatened by the KaTropa in the second half, with the defense coming through and forcing TNT to a season-low in points scored.

"The mindset is our defense vs. their offense. That's Our mindset. We limited them under 80, Our goal is under 90," head coach Chito Victolero said.

"Maganda yung game plan, maganda ang na-execute ng players. I'm very rpoud of our guys, they stepped up on defense especially on Castro," he added.

Ian Sangalang led the Hotshots with 14 points and six rebounds while Allein Maliksi and Aldrech Ramos scored 13 apiece for Star.

Paul Lee added 10 while playing off the bench.

Still struggling in the new year, TNT's lone bright spot was Ranidel De Ocampo who came away with 21 points. Jayson Castro, who started his first game of the season, dropped 16 but was only 4-of-15 from the field.

 

The Scores:

STAR 88 - Sangalang 14, Maliksi 13, Ramos 13, Lee 10, Jalalon 9, Barroca 8, Pingris 7, Reavis 5, Dela Rosa 4, Melton 3, Simon 2, Brondial 0.

TNT 77 - De Ocampo 21, Castro 16, Pogoy 7, Rosario 7, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Tautuaa 6, Williams 4, Rosales 4, Fonacier 3, Reyes 3, Carey 0, Golla 0.

Quarterscores: 20-12, 56-39, 73-62, 88-77.

 

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