PBA Schedule December 25 Ginebra vs Purefoods Star Hotshots Philippine Cup 2015. Replay, reviews, final score results will be post and documented here at pbafullreplay. The game replay ginebra vs hotshots live in Mall of ASIA.
Ginebra comes back from 18 down, Tenorio beats buzzer, Star booted in epic Christmas ‘Clasico’. Ginebra made an incredible 18-point comeback in the fourth quarter to force and extra period before Tenorio stunned Star in the overtime with a game-winning three-pointer right at the final buzzer.
The Kings advanced to the next round of SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, where they will take on the GlobalPort Batang Pier in a knockout for a semifinals seat. The Hotshots, meanwhile, were eliminated from the playoffs with the loss.
Sol Mercado had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists for Ginebra. He hit four three-pointers – all of them in the last 30 seconds of regulation or in overtime.
Greg Slaughter finished with just 12 points while Tenorio, the hero of the game, finished with 11 points and a team-high six assists.
Star seemed to have the upper hand early in the game, especially with PJ Simon looking in fine form to open the game. Simon scored seven points in the first eight minutes of the contest as went opened the game on a 15-8 start.
But Ginebra quickly battled back, closing the period with nine unanswered points to take a 21-18 lead at the end of the first.
Popular rookie Scottie Thompson made his presence felt in under two minutes of action in the period, helping set up an easy basket for teammate Joe Devance in transition and hitting a big three-pointer late in the period.
Star trotted out their own version of a twin tower pairing in the second, with Ian Sangalang and Rafi Reavis stepping up to the plate. The duo combined to score nine points in an 11-3 run that pushed the Hotshots ahead, 29-26.
The teams see-sawed the lead late in the quarter, with the game seeing nine lead changes in the last five minutes.
The first half ended with Ginebra on top, 38-37. Greg Slaughter had 10 points in the first half while Simon led the opposite side with 11.
In the third period, Simon sparked an 11-2 Hotshots run that swung the game definitively in their favor. He knocked down a three-pointer – his second of the quarter – to make it 43-42 for Star and his teammates picked it up after that, including James Yap, who drained a triple of his own to make it 51-44.
Allein Maliksi hit some big shots late in the quarter and Alex Mallari finished in transition as Star’s lead broke double figures, 62-51, with about five seconds remaining but LA Tenorio managed to bank in a three-pointer at the buzzer, cutting Star’s lead to eight, 62-54.
But the Hotshots found a nice rhythm to open the fourth with Sangalang and Melton leading the charge. They each scored four points as Star fired off 10 straight points to blow the game wide open and make it an 18-point difference, 72-54.
The game was far from over, though, as the Kings made a comeback. Chris Ellis and Japeth Aguilar both iced two free three throws and Sol Mercado made a huge three-point play. Thompson then split from the line to make it an 8-0 run.
The lead was cut down to just seven, 76-69, with a minute left to play.
Star then came away with splits from the line –courtesy of Melton and Yap – on their next two possessions but both were answered by clutch three-pointers by Mercado and Aguilar.
Mark Barroca looked like he sealed the win with two free throws to make it 80-75 with 14 seconds remaining but Mercado again came up big, hitting a three-pointer, 80-78, with seven seconds left.
Star called time to map out a possession but in a shocking development, Tenorio pressured Barroca into a turnover and Thompson recovered the ball and laid it in on the other end to tie the game at 80-all with three seconds left.
The Hotshots had another chance to win it in regulation but it seemed like déjà vu as Yap lost the ball and Mercado raced to the other end for a potential game-winning layup but the shot, shockingly, bounced off as the buzzer sounded.
The overtime was like a prizefight with both teams exchanging big shot after big shot.
Barroca got things started with a triple but Tenorio responded with the same on the other end on the very next possession, 83-all. The Star point guard added another trey for good measure but Ginebra had an answer yet again, this time from Mercado, who hit his third triple of the game, 86-apiece.
It was Mallari’s turn to make a big play, connecting from beyond the arc but unbelievably, Mercado had another clutch shot in him, tying the game with his fourth three-pointer of the game, 89-all match-up highlights and replay 4th quarter, overtime.
Tenorio then finished things off with the game-winner.
PBA Dec.25 2015 Final Boxscore Result
GINEBRA 92 – Mercado 17, Slaughter 12, Tenorio 11, Caguioa 10, Devance 10, Aguilar 9, Ellis 9, Thompson 9, Helterbrand 3, Cruz 2, Marcelo 0.
STAR 89 – Simon 17, Sangalang 13, Barroca 11, Yap 10, Maliksi 9, Mallari 9, Melton 7, Reavis 4, Taha 4, Cruz 3, Pingris 2, Pascual J. 0, Torres 0.
Quarters: 21-18, 38-37, 54-62, 80-80, 92-89