TUBOD – Star Hotshots went all out and won the game as they pound Global Port Batang Pier into submission with a leading score of 103 – 77, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup held at the Land of Beauty and Bounty’s famous Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium, Tubod Lanao de Norte.
Tony Mitchell led his team and barged to victory with 22 points, 17 rebounds and 2 blocks along with Jio Jalalon’s 15 points and 6 rebounds while Batang Pier’s import Sean Williams did his best and carry the game with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
The Star Hotshots had a rough start tailing the Batang Piers with six points (15-21) in the first quarter but they eventually caught up at the end of the first half leading the scoreboard with three points.
The crowd favorite Terrence Romeo already has a very tough beginning of the season for he missed his first game due to his health issue and now losing this game with a mediocre point performance of 13 compared to his season average of 28.
Coach Chito Victolero of Star Hotshots never showed lax in the game as he keeps on the pressure and the aggressiveness of his players even though their team is leading with more than 20 points during the last minutes of the game.
Prior to the match-up both teams initiated a feeding program at the MCC Hotel Gazebo led by the PBA Commissioner Chito Navares for the children of Lanao del Norte to show the team’s camaraderie outside the basketball court as they share their blessings and inspire the children in pursuit of their dreams.
The Star Hotshots now stand shoulder to shoulder with Rain Or Shine as they tie-up in rankings for second place and same as Alaska ACES with a 2 wins and 0 loses, will the Star Hotshots continue this onslaught? Or will they be stopped by NLEX Road Warriors this coming March 31, 2017. PIO-LDN