The Star Hotshots exploded in the third quarter to overcome a double-digit deficit and dismantle the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 91-75, and notch their first win streak in the OPPO PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.
Import Ricardo Ratliffe, who suffered from foul trouble in the first half, provided the much-needed lift from Star, scoring 21 points and 17 boards as well as sparking a 17-0 rally in the third frame.
PJ Simon made 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while James Yap chipped in 13 as the Hotshots improved to 3-4 after posting back-to-back wins.
Star, trailing 50-39 in the third frame, suddenly came alive and scored 17 unanswered points to break away from Phoenix.
It all started with Ratliffe who scored seven straight points, including a dunk, to pull Star within four. Yap followed suit with a three-pointer, then Rafi Reavis and Mark Barroca joined the fray with five consecutive points before Ratliffe made a pair of free throws.
All of a sudden, Star was ahead, 56-50, with at the 4:09 mark of the quarter. Phoenix just struggled for the remainder of the period, only managing two free throw makes and a Mac Baracael basket as the Hotshots continued their rampage and came away with a 65-54 lead.
The Final Box score Result & Replay
STAR 91 – Ratliffe 21, Simon 17, Yap 13, Barroca 8, Reavis 8, Pingris 7, Sangalang 7, Maliksi 6, Pascual J. 4, Cruz 0, Melton 0.
PHOENIX 75 – Pinkney 21, Lanete 12, Intal 10, Baracael 7, Garcia 6, Urbiztondo 6, Wilson 6, Monfort 4, Pennisi 3, Brondial 0.
Quarters Score Result:
22-19, 37-44, 65-54, 91-75.