Star takes 1-0 quarterfinal series lead with 114-83 dismantling of Phoenix

PBA Media Bureau

The red-hot Star Hotshots continued to steamroll through their opponents as they crushed the Phoenix Fuel Masters by 31 points, 114-83, to open their best-of-three Oppo PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Star is now on an impressive five-game winning streak and has won a third straight game by 30 points or more. They defeated Meralco by 47 points and Mahindra by 37 to close their elimination round campaign.

The Hotshots, which now hold a 1-0 lead over the Fuel Masters, can advance to the semifinals with another victory.

Paul Lee was Star’s top gun in this one, with the ‘Lethal Weapon’ scoring 22 points, including 5-for-8 (62-percent) shooting from beyond the arc. He also had four rebounds and four assists in a strong showing. –

The scores:

Star Hotshots 114 – Lee 22, Sangalang 17, Melton 12, Maliksi 11, Pingris 10, Ramos 9, Jalalon 9, Reavis 7, Javier 4, Barroca 4, Dela Rosa 3, De Leon 2, Abundo 2, Brondial 2.

Phoenix Fuel Masters 83 – Wright 19, Baguio 12, Dehesa 10, Intal 9, Kramer 9, Borboran 7, Alolino 8, Caperal 3, Enciso 2, Torres 2, W. Wilson 2, Hayes 0, Lanete 0.

Quarterscores: 22-15, 45-52, 82-64, 114-83.


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