Star pounds Mahindra to gain share of first

Paul Lintag on Apr 05, 2017 06:42 PM
Star pounds Mahindra to gain share of first
Winning four straight games to start the new tournament, Star has tied Alaska on top with identical 4-0 cards.

After a close call against NLEX, Star is officially back to destroyer mode in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

The Hotshots gained a share of the lead in the mid-season conferece after pounding the Mahindra Floodbuster, 97-83, Wednesday at the Big Dome.

Winning four straight games to start the new tournament, Star has tied Alaska on top with identical 4-0 cards.

Star started to get in gear in the second quarter as an 11-0 run allowed the Hotshots to open up a 16-point lead, 46-30.

Things only got worse for the Floodbuster in the second half as Star continued its scoring barrage to mount the biggest lead of the game at 21 points before cruising to the end.

"We played very good defense. We learned a lot from our mistakes last game and now we played 48 minutes of Star basketball," head coach Chito Victolero said.

Six Hotshots scored in double figures lead by import Tony Mitchell's 19 points and 14 rebounds. Jio Jalalon, who made the game-winner to beat NLEX in their previous outing, was the top local with 14 markers.

Aldrech Ramos was good for 12 off the bench while Mark Barroca, Paul Lee, and PJ Simon all scored 11 apiece.

Mahindra, who has now dropped four of five games got a game-high 24 points from Alex Mallari. Keith Wright, the Floodbuster's new import that replaced James White, had 17 points and 14 rebounds in his PBA debut.

 

The scores:

STAR 97 - Mitchell 19, Jalalon 14, Ramos 12, Simon 11, Lee 11, Barroca 11, Maliksi 9, Sangalang 4, Reavis 4, Brondial 2, Dela Rosa 0, Mendoza 0.

MAHINDRA 83 - Mallari 24, Wright 17, Paniamogan 9, Celda 9, Ballesteros 7, David 5, Revilla 4, Elorde 3, Galanza 3, Guevarra 2, Caperal 0, Deutchman 0, Yee 0, Salva 0.

Quarters: 22-18, 43-30, 70-53, 97-83

 

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