Star closes in on semis return with 118-82 demolition of defending champion Rain or Shine

PBA Media Bureau

STAR moved a win away from clinching a second straight semifinals stint after routing Rain or Shine Monday night, 118-82, in the opener of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Elasto Painters were only in the game until early in the second period before the Hotshots scored 13 straight unanswered points and pulled away for good in Game One of the best-of-three series.

Prior to the telling run, Rain or Shine was just within 30-29, before Star went on a rampage to post a 43-30 lead behind the hot-shooting hands of Aldrech Ramos.

And the rout was on.

The Hotshots now go for a sweep of the series when Game Two is played on Wednesday also at the Big Dome.

Ramos was one of six players in double figures for the Hotshots led by import Ricardo Ratliffe with 29 points and eight rebounds. Allein Maliksi added 16 markers, Ramos with 15, Ian Sangalang with 12 while guards Marck Barroca and Jio Jalalon with 11 each. – PBA

The scores:

STAR 118 – Ratliffe 29, Maliksi 16, Ramos 15, Sangalang 12, Barroca 11, Jalalon 11, Lee 9, Simon 6, Abundo 5, Javier 2, Melton 2, Reavis 0, Mendoza 0, Brondial 0.

ROS 82 – Crews 19, Belga 18, Tolomia 9, Chan 5, Yap 5, Tiu 6, Washington 4, Almazan 4, Cruz 4, Norwood 3, Trollano 3, Ponferada 2, Maiquez 0, Robles 0.

Quarterscores: 26-23, 61-40, 95-64, 118-82.