Hotshots dethrone Rain or Shine as Commissioner's Cup champs

Paul Lintag on Jun 07, 2017 06:54 PM
Hotshots dethrone Rain or Shine as Commissioner's Cup champs
Tied at 63 with 7:59 to go, Mark Barroca anchored Star's 21-6 run to finish things off, finding just enough offense at the most opportune time to walk away from this defensive struggle that saw both teams shoot no better than 42 percent from the field.

There will be a new PBA Commissioner's Cup champion.

No. 3 Star successfully dethroned Rain or Shine Wednesday, scoring an 84-69 win in Game 2 of the quarterfinals series at the Big Dome.

The Hotshots won their short series against the Elasto Painters, 2-0, and will move on to a best-of-5 showdown against no. 2 San Miguel in the semifinals.

Tied at 63 with 7:59 to go, Mark Barroca anchored Star's 21-6 run to finish things off, finding just enough offense at the most opportune time to walk away from this defensive struggle that saw both teams shoot no better than 42 percent from the field.

In fact, the Hotshots only connected on 35 percent of their attempts before managing 29 points in the final period to ice the series.

"We expected a grinding game. Simula pa lang ng preparation namin I told my players na it's a different story ang Game 2," head coach Chito Victolero said.

True enough, the Elasto Painters were more competitive this time around after getting beaten by 36 points in Game 1.

"Credit also to coach Caloy and his coaching staff but my players never gave up. They kept on grinding and digging sa laro," Victolero added.

Import Ricardo Ratliffe remained dominant for Star, pouring in 26 points and 24 rebounds as he remains undefeated in his second tour of duty in the PBA.

Paul Lee burned his former team for 13 points while Barroca added 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals. The veteran playmaker managed 10 points and four steals in the fourth quarter alone.

Rain or Shine, who has exactly zero playoff wins since winning the 2016 Commissioner's Cup title against Alaska, got 12 points from Duke Crews in a foul-plagued performance.

No ROS local finished n double figures.

 

The Scores:

STAR 84 – Ratliffe 26, Lee 13, Barroca 12, Simon 9, Jalalon 8, Sangalang 8, Reavis 4, Maliksi 2, Ramos 2, Melton 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 69 – Crews 12, Chan 9, Tiu 9, Belga 7, Washington 7, Ahanmisi 6, Norwood 6, Cruz 4, Ponferada 4, Yap 3, Almazan 2.

Quarterscores: 16-19; 33-37; 55-52; 84-69.

 


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