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Allein Maliksi erupts from downtown, shoots Star past TNT. Allein Maliksi waxed hot from the rainbow country, making all of his six triples including a crucial one down the stretch to lift the Star Hotshots to a 96-88 victory over Tropang TNT in the OPPO PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Maliksi tallied a career-high 29 points, 18 of which came in the second quarter where he almost single-handedly erased the Hotshots’ 18-point deficit.
With the win, the Hotshots slightly moved up in the team standings, tying TNT and GlobalPort for the ninth to 11th places with identical 2-4 slates.
TNT got off to a good start, claiming a 26-13 lead after a strong finishing kick in the first quarter.
Tropa expanded the cushion to 18, 33-15, on a Troy Rosario jumper before Maliksi erupted in the second quarter. Coming off the bench, he suddenly exploded and poured in 10 points in an 18-0 run that tied things up at 33-all.
Ranidel De Ocampo, who scored 10 in the second quarter, responded with a barrage of triples but Maliksi remained hot and scored eight points for the remainder of the quarter where both teams exchanged leads.
Justin Melton nailed a triple off the glass with 0.7 ticks left in the first half to put Star ahead, 51-49, but the Star bench committed a huge blunder when Alex Mallari and Mark Barroca prematurely celebrated the shot by entering the court.
They were both slapped with technicals, giving TNT two free throws that allowed them to knot the game at 51-all at halftime.
The Hotshots were able to gain headstart by scoring the first five points of the third quarter, but TNT, after trailing 64-58, dropped a 15-2 bomb to get the lead back, 73-66, heading into the final period.
But TNT played catchup in the final frame, with Maliksi rediscovering his touch by making two triples. James Yap then made his presence felt with a couple of big shots, while Ricardo Ratliffe scored a huge and-one late for an 89-85 Star lead with 2:18 left.
But De Ocampo made a jumper to put TNT within two, 89-87. Jayson Castro then had a golden chance to tie things up after getting fouled on his jumper attempt, but he uncharacteristically missed two free throws.
On the next play, Maliksi put the result beyond reach, knocking down a wide-open trey that gave the Hotshots a five-point lead, 92-87, with 1:05 left — enough to stave off TNT.
Maliksi’s three-point clip matched the record for the most triples made by any player without missing, a feat that he shares with six players, according to PBA statistics chief Fidel Mangonon.
Ratliffe, playing in his first game for Star as a temporary replacement to Denzel Bowles who is on leave of absence, scored 23 points and 13 boards in his league debut.
Jayson Castro led the way for TNT with 18 points.
STAR 96 – Maliksi 29, Ratliffe 23, Yap 10, Melton 8, Barroca 6, Pascual J. 6, Pingris 6, Pascual R. 3, Simon 3, Reavis 2, Sanggalang 0, Taha 0.
TROPANG TNT 88 – Castro 18, De Ocampo 15, Simon 12, Ababou 11, Tautuaa 11, Fonacier 6, Rosser 6, Williams 4, Reyes 3, Rosario 2, Aban 0.
Quarters: 13-26, 51-51, 66-73, 96-88