The Purefoods Star Hotshots and the Meralco Bolts eye to nail a series-clinching win against their respective opponents in Game Two of the best-of-three PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Purefoods and the Alaska Aces collide at 3 p.m. followed by the clash between Meralco and NLEX Road Warriors at 5:15 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on TV5.
The Hotshots and the Bolts are both just a win away from marching on to the semifinals after scoring Game One victories last Friday. Purefoods destroyed Alaska by 34 points, 120-86, while Meralco thumped NLEX, 97-82.
Hotshots import Denzel Bowles scored 20 points while James Yap added 18 to pace their squad which would boost its title defense chances should they advance once again to the next round....
From the opening tip to the finishing buzzer, the Hotshots were waxing hot and the Aces could not find their trump card as they played catch up with a high-octane monster.
Purefoods’ first quarter was essentially 31-7 run and Alaska never found the right push to keep them alive....
Reigning champion Purefoods Star Hotshots look to keep its title defense bid rolling as they begin their best-of-three quarterfinals series against the Alaska Aces at the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs Friday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Purefoods and Alaska collide at 7 p.m. after the sister squads NLEX Road Warriors and Meralco Bolts also open their own best-of-three affair at 4:15 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.
The Hotshots, which finished third in the standings, seem to have an edge against the sixth-seed Aces this conference after a 108-88 rout in their last encounter on February 3....
His team not only survived a do-or-die game under the pressure of a hostile crowd, but won by just enough points to reach the quotient requirement to clinch the sixth seed and avoided twice-to-win disadvantage in the playoffs.
But the Aces are not out of the woods yet as they face defending champion Purefoods in a best-of-three series....
Two jarring upsets saved the day for Barako Bull and Alaska in the homestretch of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations. With only the quotient system to break ties, the Energy and Aces avoided complications by getting the job done in stirring fashion.
First, Barako pulled the rug from under NLEX, 91-85, last Tuesday as Nigerian import Solo Alabi delivered as promised. Before the game, Alabi guaranteed a victory and said he’d go all out to derail Florida State co-alumnus Al Thornton and the Road Warriors. NLEX was on a five-game win streak while Barako had lost four in a row. There was no reason to speculate a trend reversal. But Energy coach Koy Banal was determined to close out the eliminations with a bang. So was Alabi. Besides, Barako’s fate hung in the balance.
Second, Alaska trounced Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 104-98, last Wednesday. The Aces had won two of their last three, including a double overtime win over Meralco, but before that, the Aces dropped three straight so the inconsistency was a cause for coach Alex Compton’s concern. Ginebra was coming off a 96-81 romp over Globalport and had to be favored against Alaska because the battlecry along PBA row is when the going gets tough, the Barangay gets going. Alas, the Aces did the improbable and stuck it to Ginebra with Cyrus Baguio, Calvin Abueva and R. J. Jazul scoring in double figures to back up import Damion James....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||9||0.654||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||8||7||0.533||4th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||5||0.583||6th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||7||10||0.412||8th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||7th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||18||4||0.818||Champions|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||12||10||0.545||4th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||6||6||0.500||5th|