2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup

Team Leaders

PPG: D. Bowles (31.17)
RPG: M. Blakely (14.33)
APG: M. Blakely (5.00)
SPG: M. Blakely (3.00)
BPG: D. Orton (3.33)

March 29, 2015 3:00PM
Smart Araneta Coliseum
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Purefoods’ prolific offense against Alaska a product of great defense, players say

March 28, 2015

Marc Pingris of Purefoods Star. Sports5/Paul Ryan TanPurefoods 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....

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Purefoods decimates Alaska, starts PBA playoffs with a bang

March 28, 2015

James Yap drives to the hoop against Alaska's Damion James. Sports5/Paul Ryan TanIt was a performance worthy of the silver screen as Purefoods destroyed Alaska, 120-86, to take a 1-0 series lead in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs Friday evening at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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....

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Purefoods' Denzel Bowles leads Commissioner's Cup Best Import race

March 28, 2015

Purefoods import Denzel Bowles. KC CruzPurefoods reinforcement Denzel Bowles topped the Best Import race after leading in statistical points at the close of the Commissioners' Cup elimination round.

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....

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Purefoods takes on Alaska as Best-of-3 Quarterfinals start

March 27, 2015

James Yap of Purefoods Star tries to keep control of the ball against the tight defense of Alaska's Calvin Abueva. Sports5.Paul Ryan TanReigning 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....

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Alaska coach Compton ribs Purefoods import Bowles: 'You're allowed to miss shots'

March 27, 2015

Alaska head coach Alex Compton. Sports5/Paul Ryan TanWhen Alaska coach Alex Compton entered the media room following his team's victory against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, he seemed to be as spent up as the players who actually played in the game.

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....

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Team History (Last 10 Conferences)
Conference Win Loss PCT Placing
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