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Star ends three-game skid

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Cubao, Quezon City – The Star Hotshots broke their three-game losing streak after a blowout victory against GlobalPort Batang Pier, 109-83, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The game started as a low scoring game with the Star limiting Batang Pier to score only 12 points and make them trail by 7 points at the end of the first quarter.

Original Gilas player, Mac Baracael tried to make things happen for Batang Pier scoring all his 10 points in the second quarter but it was not enough to neutralize the team attack of Star with Aldrech Ramos scoring 8 of his 9 total points in the quarter.

Star led by 10 at halftime.

Malcom Hill started the third quarter as a man possessed scoring 13 points and was backed up by the resurging Ian Sangalang with 8 points as well. Star pushes their lead to 16 points to heading to the final quarter.

Putting the final nails in the coffin, Hill scored another 10 points before both teams decided to pull back their star players a little over halfway the quarter.

Hill finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals while Sangalang also finished with a double-double 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Holloway Murphy had a commendable outing for Batang Pier with 20 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks but it was Terrence Romoe having an off night by just shooting 19% from the field and just finished with 11 points to go with 8 assists.

Both teams will have a day to rest before going to battle again. GlobalPort will have a chance to bounceback with Blackwater Elite and the Star Hotshots have their hands full with TnT KaTropa. Both games will be played in Antipolo City.

The boxscores:

STAR 109 – Hill 32, Sangalang 17, Ramos 9, Lee 9, Barroca 8, Mendoza 7, Pingris 6, Reavis 4, Brondial 4, Jalalon 4, Simon 2, Melton 2, Pascual 1, Abundo 0, Gamalinda 0.

GLOBALPORT 83 – Holloway 20, Anthony 12, Romeo 11, Guinto 11, Baracael 10, Pringle 5, Cortez 5, Cardona 5, Hubalde 2, Paredes 2, Mamaril 0, Celiz 0, Grey 0, Arana 0.

Quarters: 19-12, 48-38, 81-65, 109-83.

By Ernest Leo Hernandez