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.