Star routs Phoenix anew | Inquirer Sports

Star routs Phoenix anew

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 09:39 PM March 22, 2017

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Star reasserted its mastery over Phoenix with a 101-82 win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

With the latest double-digit victory, the Hotshots have now beaten the Fuel Masters by an average of 28.5 points in their last four meetings including a 44-point whipping back in the Philippine Cup.

“The reminder to my players was to stay focused and be aggressive. We know Phoenix is motivated because of what happened to them last conference,” said Star head coach Chito Victolero, whose squad eliminated Phoenix in the quarterfinals last conference.

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“I’m very thankful for this win because my players stepped up. Our locals stepped up especially Allein (Maliksi) and Mark Barroca,” Victolero added.

Tony Mitchell starred in his PBA debut with 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field, 16 rebounds and three blocks and he also got plenty of help from Star’s locals with Mark Barroca scoring 13 of his 17 points in the second half where the Hotshots took control.

Allein Maliksi added 16 points while PJ Simon and Ian Sangalang chipped in 10 apiece for Star.

Star won convincingly despite playing minus veteran forward Marc Pingris, who is expected to miss at least one more game due to a hip injury.

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The Fuel Masters kept it close in the first half but it was an entirely different story in the final two quarters as the Hotshots pushed the pace.

Phoenix import Jameel McKay also shone in his first PBA game with 34 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks.

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READ: Phoenix taps ‘rim protector’ McKay in place of Puerto Rico-bound Phelps

McKay, a defensive stalwart out of Iowa State, was brought in to replace the high-scoring Eugene Phelps, who had to leave to fulfill his commitments with his ball club in Puerto Rico’s first-tier basketball league.

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TAGS: 2017 Commissioner's Cup, Jameel McKay, Marc Pingris, Mark Barroca, PBA, Phoenix Fuel Masters, Star Hotshots, Tony Mitchell

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