Purefoods Star is known to be a defensive-minded team but during Friday’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal opener against Alaska, the Hotshots proved they were more than capable of playing both ends of the floor.
The Hotshots shot a prolific 61% shooting from the field while playing their trademark tough defense, holding the Aces to just 39%.
But to hear it from Purefoods’ key players, their stellar play on offense can still be attributed to defense.
“It starts with defense, that’s all where it really is. We’re trying to pick up the pressure a little bit, we’re having each other’s back. We’re being much more detailed a little bit,” Joe Devance told InterAksyon.com after the game....
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....
The former Best Import finished the regular season games with 59.8 statistical points in five games for the Hotshots, edging Kia's dominant PJ Ramos who had 59.5 statistical points.
Bowles averaged 33.4 points, 15.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.8 blocks to give Purefoods four victories after taking over for Marqus Blakely and Daniel Orton....
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....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||9||3||0.750|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||15||9||0.625||Champions|