Star ends two-game slump behind RR Garcia’s OT heroics vs GlobalPort. The Star Hotshots finally notched their first win of the conference after riding the heroics of RR Garcia to a 105-102 overtime win over GlobalPort in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Garcia had a terrific performance, scoring 26 points on 11-for-13 (84-percent) shooting. He scored eight points to lead his team in the extra period as well as the shot that tied the game at the end of regulation.
Import Marqus Blakely also had a big showing, notching 24 points, 22 rebounds, six assists and five steals while PJ Simon added 15 points, including a clutch three-pointer in the fourth period.
GlobalPort had three players scoring over 20 points. Terrence Romeo and import Michael Glover each tallied 27 while Stanley Pringled added 20.
Garcia’s old teammate Romeo had a hot start to the game, scoring 11 points in the opening period as his Batang Pier took leads of as high as seven en route to a 22-19 advantage.
But Star battled back in the second period thanks to Garcia, who scattered 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers, as they moved into the lead.
An Allein Maliksi tripe gave the Hotshots a 42-35 lead with three minutes remaining but some late buckets from Glover and a three-point play from Pringle pushed the Batang Pier back ahead, 44-42, at the break.
Glover had 14 points while Romeo had 13 at the half. Garcia led Star with 12 markers.
Blakely came alive in the third after an unremarkable first half where he struggled for two points on 1-for-6 shooting from the field. He scored again and again – pushing his total up to 16 points by the end of the period – to help his Hotshots weather a late barrage of threes from Romeo and Pringle as the teams moved into the final period tied at 71-all.
The game was interrupted early in the fourth by a blackout as heavy rains battered the Big Dome from the outside but the action quickly picked back up as the lights came back on.
The lead swung back and forth between the two teams with Marc Pingris giving Star the lead 87-85 with 2:38 remaining. Romeo then split from the line on the other end, 87-86, and Blakely could not score on their offense, allowing the Batang Pier to reclaim the lead after a follow-up dunk from Glover, 88-87.
Yousef Taha then made a great defensive play, deflecting a pass to recover possession for GlobalPort but a bad pass on the other end and some great pressure by Blakely on Pringle, who was trying to recover the ball, gave Star the ball back.
Blakely, though, tried to post up against three defenders and lost the ball to Pringle, who hit two free throws on the other end, 90-87, with 32 seconds remaining.
Simon then came up huge as he swished in a high-looping three-pointer with Pringle draped all over him, tying the game at 90-apiece with 16 seconds remaining.
Pringle, though, showed some nice patience on the inbound situation, finding Glover for a nice move inside, where he was fouled and made two free throws, 92-90.
Star wasn’t quite done with the big shots as Garcia drove into the lane and scooped in a layup to again knot the score with 3.7 seconds left on the clock. Romeo had a chance to win it the end but fumbled the ball as he went up for a shot, assuring an extra period.
Star’s Garcia then took over in the overtime.
After Romeo drilled in a huge three-pointer to open scoring, Garcia quickly responded with a jumper on the other end.
He also made a nice spin move on the way to a dipsy-doo finish to put his team within one and a breakaway jam from Blakely in transition gave the Hotshots the lead, 98-97.
Glover put GlobalPort ahead again with a move in the post but Garcia blew past Romeo as he drove the hoop for another layup, 100-99.
Joseph Yeo made a great play, picking the ball off in a jump-ball and floating it in for two, 101-100, before Glover scored on a split from the free throw line, 102-100. Pingris then forced another tie, 102-all.
The refs made a huge call, though, whistling Pringle for a deliberate foul while slapping at a driving Garcia from behind. Garcia made his two free throws and Mark Barroca hit another on the next possession, 105-102, with seven seconds left.
STAR 105 – Garcia 26, Blakely 24, Simon 15, Barroca 11, Pingris 8, Maliksi 7, Sangalang 6, Mallari 4, Pascual 2, Reavis 2, Yap 0.
GLOBALPORT 102 – Glover 27, Romeo 27, Pringle 20, Yeo 11, Taha 10, Semerad 3, Dehesa 2, Kramer 2, Mamaril 0.
Quarters: 19-22, 42-44, 71-71, 92-92, 105-102