Star cruises to 4th straight win, blasts Mahindra by 37 points 124-87

PBA Media Bureau

The streaking Star Hotshots closed the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup elimination round with a fourth straight victory, blowing out the Mahindra Floodbuster, 124-87, to remain firmly in the race for the No. 2 seed on Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Star moved up to 7-4 but needs Alaska to lose in the second game of the double-header to claim second place and the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinal round.

Allein Maliksi scored 33 points, including a terrific 7-for-8 clip from three-point range, to lead Star in another big win. Maliksi averaged 25.5 points in their previous two games, including a 47-point blowout of Meralco.

Paul Lee added 16 points and five assists while Jio Jalalon, Aldrech Ramos and Justin Melton all finished with 11 markers. –

The scores:

Star Hotshots 124 – Maliksi 33, Lee 16, Melton 11, Ramos 11, Jalalon 11, Sangalang 10, Abundo 8, Barroca 7, Brondial 6, Reavis 5, Pingris 2, Javier 2, Dela Rosa 2, De Leon 0.

Mahindra Floodbuster 87 – Salva 15, Mallari 15, Yee 14, Paniamogan 9, Revilla 7, Ballesteros 6, Teng 6, Celda 5, Apinan 4, Elorde 2, Eriobu 2, Galanza 2, Nimes 0.

Quarterscores: 41-19, 68-40, 93-65, 124-87.



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