(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
4:30 p.m. -- Mahindra vs.San Miguel
6:45 p.m.-- Globalport vs Ginebra
TO beat Phoenix, you just have to slow down its transition play, something that the Star Hotshots did last night.
“Am very happy and thankful sa mga players. We want to slow down Phoenix especially on their transitions,” said Star coach Chito Victolero minutes after the Hotshots route the Fuel Masters at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Ang ganda ng chemistry sa offense and hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy na to,” added Victolero, visibly impressed with the 123-79 rout of the Fuel Masters before a lean but appreciative Saturday crowd.
It was the second straight lopsided win for the Hotshots who also won with plenty to spare last Wednesday over NLEX 99-75.
Their second win in four outings put the Hotshots in a four-way tie for fifth to eight places among Blackwater, Talk ‘N Text and Phoenix at 2-2.
Paul Lee and Allein Maliksi came away with 18 points each, Peter Jun Simon was also solid with his 15-point performance while Justin Melton and rookie Gio Jalalon added 11 points in a sheer show of marksmanship by the Hotshots.
Still, Victolero is nto totally relishing the victory, saying the team’s real test will be their next two outings when the Hotshots play Rain or Shine on Dec. 18 and Barangay Gienbra on Dec. 25.
“Ang real test ng team is against Rain or Shine and Ginebra, hopefully in this win we get some momentum,” said Victolero.
“Right now, maganda naman ang tinatakbo naming, nageenjoy yung mga players. Pati bench maganda takbo. Natalo kami sa San Miguel at Globalport but we were very positive,” added Victolero.
Star(123) -- Lee 18, Maliksi 18, Simon 15, Melton 11, Jalalon 11, Barroca 11, Pingris 8, Brondial 8, Ramos 7, Reavis 7, Sangalang 4, Abundo 4, Javier 1, De Leon 0.
Phoenix (79) --Enciso 16, Intal 13, W. Wilson 13, Wright 12, Caperal 8, Borboran 5, Lanete 4, Torres 4, Baguio 2, Hayes 2, Alolino 0, J. Wilson 0, Miranda 0.
Quarterscores: 35-20, 61-38, 91-53, 123-79.