Hot-shooting Allein Maliksi fires 26 to lead Star past Blackwater, 111-95

PBA Media Bureau

The Star Hotshots leaned on their plethora of weapons to annihilate the Blackwater Elite, 111-95, and boost their Oppo PBA Philippine Cup playoff chances on Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome.

Allein Maliksi exploded for 26 points spiked by five triples while Paul Lee and Justin Melton each made 15 markers.

Jio Jalalon also scored 14 points and Ian Sangalang had 10 points and nine boards as the Hotshots nabbed their second straight win to improve to 5-4 and join four other teams, who have the same records, fighting for slots in the top eight.

The Hotshots were on fire from beyond the arc, converting 16 out of their 33 attempts for a 48 percent clip.

Maliksi, Lee and Melton took turns in lifting Star to the lopsided win. – InterAksyon.com

The scores:

Star Hotshots 111 – Maliksi 26, Lee 15, Melton 15, Jalalon 14, Sangalang 10, Barroca 8, Ramos 7, Dela Rosa 6, Pingris 5, Reavis 4, Brondial 1.

Blackwater Elite 95 – Dela Cruz 23, Pinto 13, Sumang 13, Buenafe 10, Aguilar 10, Sena 9, Belo 6, Miranda 5, Gamalinda 4, Cervantes 2, Ababou 0, Pascual 0.

Quarterscores: 23-29, 59-45, 78-70, 111-95.