Smart Araneta Coliseum, Best player of the game Tony Mitchell with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks, Star now 4-0 after a 97-83 win over Mahindra.
Highlighting his performance with a windmill dunk early in the third quarter to lead a balanced attack in the Hotshots’ fourth win in as many games that enabled them to claim a piece of the lead with Alaska.
The Hotshots also spoiled the debut of new Floodbuster import Keith Wright, who registered 17 points on 8-of-22 shooting along with 14 boards as he saw his team absorb a fourth setback in five games.
Six players scored nine points or more for the Hotshots, with Jalalon emerging as the top local scorer with 14 points on top of three assists, three steals, and just one turnover in almost 30 minutes of play in a fitting follow-up to his heroics against NLEX.
Aldrech Ramos added 12 points, half from the three-point area, including one that came in the waning seconds of the third quarter that gave the Hotshots a commanding 17-point lead and sparked the one-sided final frame.
Jajalon’s backcourt mates Mark Barroca Paul Lee, and PJ Simon, chipped in 11 points apiece, while Maliksi added nine markers, including a three-pointer that gave them their biggest lead at 21 halfway through the third period.
Alex Mallari bounced back after being criticized for his lack of maturity last game as he registered a game-high 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting, six boards, two steals, and one assist that went for naught.
The Final Scoreboard Result:
STAR 97 – Mitchell 19, Jalalon 14, Ramos 12, Simon 11, Lee 11, Barroca 11, Maliksi 9, Sangalang 4, Reavis 4, Brondial 2, Dela Rosa 0, Mendoza 0
MAHINDRA 83 – Mallari 24, Wright 17, Paniamogan 9, Celda 9, Ballesteros 7, David 5, Revilla 4, Elorde 3, Galanza 3, Guevarra 2, Caperal 0, Deutchman 0, Yee 0, Salva 0
Quarterscores: 22-18, 43-30, 70-53, 97-83