Star destroys Kia in Pingris' milestone game

Paul Lintag on Sep 22, 2017 06:18 PM
Star destroys Kia in Pingris' milestone game
Star moved to 6-4 in the standings, keeping its hopes for a top-4 finish alive.

Playing for playoff position, Star showed no mercy against also-ran Kia.

The Hotshots issued an emphatic statement ahead of the 2017 Governors' Cup playoffs, smashing the Picanto, 128-81, Friday at the MOA Arena.

Star moved to 6-4 in the standings, keeping its hopes for a top-4 finish alive.

"We need to respect out opponents and we need to respect the game. We need this game very badly in order for us to have a chance for the top 4," head coach Chito Victolero said.

"We know Kia hindi nila ibibigay to ng basta-basta, we needed to work hard for this game," he added.

As the cherry on top of a dominant win, veteran forward Marc Pingris surpassed the 5,000-point milestone against Kia. Pingris' final slam to cap the victory put him at 5,001 points for his career.

Star dropped the hammer in the second period, outscoring the Picanto, 33-12, to put the game on ice early. An 11-0 run by the Hotshots to end the period allowed them to take a commanding 65-36 lead at the break.

Things did not change in the second half and Star led by as many as 49 points after Pingris' milestone dunk in the dying seconds of the game.

Seven players scored in double figures for Star, led by import Kristofer Acox with 19 points on top of 15 rebounds. Rookie Jio Jalalon led the locals with 15 points and seven assists.

Ping finished with 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Kia absorbed its worst loss in franchise history. The 47-point beating is also the team's 11th straight in the season-ending conference, making the Picanto the first team since the 2011 Air21 Express to go winless in a PBA tournament with imports.

Geron Johnson paced the Picanto with 27 points.


The scores:

STAR 128 - Acox 19, Jalalon 15, Simon 13, Sangalang 12, Barroca 10, Reavis 7, Ramos 7, Dela Rosa 5, Mendoza 5, Lee 4, Abundo 3, Gamalinda 2, Pascual 2, Brondial 2.

KIA 81 - Johnson 27, Elorde 15, Corpuz 11, Camson 10, Celda 9, Yee 4, Deutchman 3, Nimes 2, Paniamogan 0, Ballesteros 0, Jaime 0.

Quarters: 32-24, 65-36, 91-60, 128-81.



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