The veteran stretch forward was feeling it from long range as he knocked down seven triples – two shy of his career high – as he emerged as one of the few bright spots in the Elite’s 96-90 loss to Star in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Canaleta finished with a game-high 27 points along with one rebound before fouling out after almost 42 minutes of play.
STAR survived a barrage of three-pointers by KG Canaleta to score a come-from-behind 96-90 win and get back on track in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Hotshots went to import Tony Mitchell, Mark Barroca, and rookie Jio Jalalon to turn the tables on the Elite who controlled three-fourths of the way behind the hot-shooting hands of Canaleta.
The 35-year-old shooting forward finished with 27 points including 7 of 12 from three-point range, although the heroics were not enough to prevent Blackwater from going down further in the standings with a 1-6 record at the end of the Petron Saturday Special at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Final Scoreboard Result:
STAR (96) – Mitchell 17, Lee 15, Jalalon 13, Melton 10, Maliksi 10, Sangalang 9, Barroca 9, Reavis 6, Dela Rosa 4, Simon 3, Javier 0, Brondial 0.
BLACKWATER (90) – Canaleta 27, Smith 22, DiGregorio 11, Pascual 8, Sena 8, Cruz 6, Pinto 4, Gamalinda 2, Cervantes 2, Buenafe 0.
Quarterscores: 21-23, 48-42, 65-70, 96-90.