The PBA Mindanao All Stars pulled a surprise in Cagayan de Oro last year in fighting Gilas Pilipinas to a tie.
They followed it up with a more memorable feat in upsetting Smart National Team, 144-130, in the kickoff leg of the 2018 PBA All-Star Extravaganza at the Davao del Sur Sports Center here Wednesday night.
Baser Amer and his teammates effectively neutralized Team Phl’s height advantage with their quickness and torrid shooting, and dealt the Nationals a tremendous beating in the early minutes of the fourth quarter.
The Mindanaoans zoomed to a 124-103 lead on an 18-to-nothing romp and held on to win the game in this event with Phoenix Fuel with Phoenix Pulse Technology as major sponsor.
Amer scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and also came through with seven assists and seven rebounds.
Mindanao All-Stars 144 – Amer 22, Barroca 20, Simon 17, Lastimosa 16, Belo 13, Garcia 13, Jalalon 12, Baguio 11, Erram 9, Thoss 5, Thompson 4, Reavis 2.
Smart All-Stars 130 – Fajardo 34, Aguilar 25, Romeo 16, Castro 16, Ravena 15, Abueva 10, Wright 9, Norwood 3, Maliksi 2.
Quarterscores: 32-28, 65-63, 104-99, 144-130.