Star turns back Meralco

first_imgLakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans The Hotshots forced the Bolts to flounder in their offensive sets and scooted away in the fourth, with a 108-90 victory Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The victory gave Star the solo lead and virtually a tie for a top two ranking in the first round of the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingStar held the Bolts scoreless in the first seven minutes of the payoff frame to post its eighth win in 10 starts pulling away, and Victolero later acknowledged that he would need some sort of help from sister teams San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra to seal the deal.“We lost to both of them (in the eliminations), so we will lose in the quotient if we end up tied (for a top two finish),” he said after getting five players, led by the 32 points of Ricard Ratliffe, in twin digits. Roach wants earlier Australia trip for Pacquiao Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes The Road Warriors snapped a 13-game losing streak that dates back to the start of the year while putting the Aces’ playoff chances in jeopardy.After losing a string to open up this conference, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao found a silver lining in the victory Wednesday.“This is a good win for us. We need a lot more situations like this where we can build character,” Guiao, a six-time champion, said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Beermen and the Gin Kings have 6-2 records with three games left each, and sweeps of their remaining games would give them 9-2 slates, the same card that Star can have in the event of a win over Alaska on Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome.From an 81-75 count at the end of the third, the Hotshots allowed the first Meralco points to come with 4:56 left. But that Kelly Nabong jumper did little to make a dent on what was already a 19-point lead.“I told my players that this would be a defensive game,” Victolero said. “I am very happy with the result. We played a solid 48 minutes.”Chris Newsome score 25 points to pace the Bolts, who got just nine points and nine rebounds from import Alex Stepheson.Meanwhile, NLEX finally notched a victory in this tournament after it rallied from a 20-point first quarter deficit and clipped Alaska, 100-92, in the first game.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why PBA IMAGESChito Victolero had the right assessment about his Star Hotshots’ crucial match with Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup when he said that this would very much be a defensive game.Meralco’s Norman Black wasn’t off-target when he said that, for a change, offensive execution would decide this game, which could very well mean the first twice-to-beat privilege in the import-spiced conference.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GFcenter_img More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO MOST READ LATEST STORIES South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View commentslast_img

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