Ratliffe stars as Hotshots drop TNT

Paul Lintag on May 10, 2017 09:50 PM
Ratliffe stars as Hotshots drop TNT
Ratliffe, who replaced the foul-prone Tony Mitchell, made his return to the PBA and promptly dropped 37 points and 22 rebounds as the Hotshots tied the Meralco Bolts for second place with identical 7-2 records.

Star was pretty successful in 2016 with Ricardo Ratliffe, the same can still be said in 2017.

The Hotshots won a third straight game in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, beating TNT rather convincingly, , Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

Ratliffe, who replaced the foul-prone Tony Mitchell, made his return to the PBA and promptly dropped 37 points and 22 rebounds as the Hotshots tied the Meralco Bolts for second place with identical 7-2 records.

Already down 16 in the opening period, Ratliffe went to work for the Hotshots and scored 19 points in the second quarter to help Star take over  the lead at the break, 60-59.

Star would break the game open in the third behind Ratliffe and Paul Lee and the Hotshots completed a 28-point turnaround, leading by as many as 12 points, 84-72.

TNT would make a comeback in the fourth but Lee would keep the KaTropa at bay.

The former no. 1 overall pick was the top local for Star, finishing with 17 points, 15 in the second half.

"We gave them 35 points in the first quarter and that's not our system. We based our system on our defense so I told them to settle down," head coach Chito Victolero said.

"Very important kasi kung sino yung mananalo, may chance sa top-2 spots. Kung sino matatalo yun yung bababa. At least may chance pa kami dun sa top-2 spot yun lang ang maganda," he added.

Donte Greene led the now 6-3 KaTropa with 29 points but 25 came in the first half. Kris Rosales added 15 points for TNT.

In the first game, Globalport rode the exploits of new import Justin Harper to stun erstwhile league-leading Meralco, 94-86.

Harper, who arrived early Wednesday morning went straight to work and scored 30 points to push the Batang Pier to a 3-7 record, still pretty much alive in the playoff race.

 

The scores (first game):

GLOBALPORT 94 - Harper 30, Anthony 18, Pringle 16, Cortez 13, Guinto 8, Grey 3, Pessumal 2, Paredes 2, Mamaril 2, Forrester 0, Urbiztondo 0.

MERALCO 86 - Stepheson 19, Chua 16, Dillinger 14, Amer 11, Newsome 8, Uyloan 6, Daquioag 2, Hodge 2, Yeo 2, Caram 2, Hugnatan 2, Nabong 2, Faundo 0.

Quarterscores: 26-25, 43-42, 61-65, 94-86.

 


The scores (second game):

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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