Star keeps perfect record intact after wild win over SMB
Paul Lintag on Aug 04, 2017 10:07 PM
Malcolm Hill hit the game-sealing triple as Star survived San Miguel in a thriller.
San Miguel lost June Mar Fajardo for the game, and maybe for a couple of weeks, but the Beermen barely felt his absence.
Star needed every bit of firepower in its arsenal to survive the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen in the Governors' Cup, figuring in a wild finishing before taking a 104-98 win Friday at the Big Dome.
In a back-and-fort game that featured both teams taking double-digit leads, it was the clutchness of 21-year-old Star import Malcolm Hill that once again shined.
With the Hotshots holding on to a precarious two-point lead, Paul Lee found Hill off of a screen play and the young reinforcement buried a booming three for a 100-95 Star lead with 1:01 to go.
Then, with the Hotshots taking a 100-98 lead, Hill blocked Wendell McKines' game-tying bucket at the rim. Ian Sangalang took care of Star free throws and Chito Victolero's crew moved to 3-0 in the season-ending conference.
Hill led the way for Star, scoring 20 points on top of nine rebounds while Sangalang added 18 points and 11 boards.
The Beermen, who dropped to 2-1, got 27 points and 22 rebounds for McKines but it wasn't enough to offset the loss of June Mar Fajardo to calf injury. Marcio Lassiter was good for 24 on the part of San Miguel.
STAR 104 - Hill 20, Sangalang 18, Reavis 13, Brondial 10, Maliksi 8, Barroca 8, Lee 7, Dela Rosa 7, Melton 6, Ramos 5, Jalalon 2, Javier 0, Simon 0.
SAN MIGUEL 98 - McKines 27, Lassiter 24, Santos 19, Cabagnot 12, Ross 10, Rosser 4, Espinas 2, Heruela 0, Tubid 0, Pessumal 0.
Quarters: 24-21, 50-55, 76-77, 104-98.
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