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Star shines anew

  • Written by Arman Carandang
  • Published in Basketball
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Games today:

(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.

The scores:
   
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.