Allein Maliksi scored 26 points and Justin Melton added 15, both coming off the bench, to lead Star to a 111-95 victory over Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on Wednesday.
Star outscored Blackwater 36-16 in the second quarter and made 16 3-pointers overall for the Hotshots' 5th win in 9 games.
"I told my players this is the start of our playoffs," Star coach Chito Victolero said.
"I know the boys are mentally tough. They're veterans. Even during practice, they have a sense of urgency."...
MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater rookie Mac Belo struggled in the worst game of his young PBA career last Friday, as he was held to a career-low four points by the San Miguel Beermen in what turned out to be a 93-118 loss for the Elite.
Belo took only five field goals – his lowest so far in the 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup – and made only one of them. He did have seven rebounds, but also committed four of Blackwater's 22 turnovers, which helped the Beermen score 25 easy points.
"Isa lang ang ibig sabihin nito – kailangan pa namin mag-improve as a team, and individually," Belo said after the loss....
Belo was limited to just four points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field and Santos feels Blackwater was unable to get the most out of its forward on Friday.
“Ok naman si Mac pero kanina, parang di siya pinapasahan ng nga kasama niya eh. Parang mabibilang mo lang kung ilang beses sya pinasahan ng mga kakampi nya,” Santos observed. “Dapat tingnan din nila yun kasi sayang yung talent ng bata. Si coach Leo (Isaac) ang makakapagdikta ng ganun, more plays pa para kay Mac Belo.”...
MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Beer tries to bolster its front-running position while Blackwater looks to keep a Top Four spot as they figure in an interesting game to mark the resumption of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at the MOA Arena in Pasay City tonight.
With a 5-1 win-loss record halfway through the elims, San Miguel is leading the pack in the fight for the Top Two with a reward of a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. And SMB coach Leo Austria feels they’re not yet in peak form.
Against Blackwater, the Beermen hope to pick up from where they left off in their 101-86 demolition of the Meralco Bolts last Dec. 28 as they try to widen their distance over joint second placers TNT KaTropa (4-2) and Rain or Shine (4-2), and the rest of the field....
MANILA, Philippines – The 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup showdown between the San Miguel Beermen and the Blackwater Elite on Friday will feature the highly-anticipated match-up between former Far Eastern University stars Mac Belo and Arwind Santos.
Santos led the Tamaraws to three UAAP championships in the early 2000s and has since gone on to a glittering professional career, winning an MVP trophy in 2013 and four championships with San Miguel.
Belo is the FEU player who looks to follow in Santos' footsteps. The Finals MVP in the Tamaraws' run to the UAAP Season 78 title, Belo has since established himself as the face of the Blackwater franchise that has already racked up more wins than it has in any other conference....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||5||7||0.417||9th|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||1||10||0.091||12th|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||3||8||0.273||10th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||3||9||0.250||10th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||1||10||0.091||12th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||3||8||0.273||12th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||0||11||0.000||12th|