Ratliffe returns to lift Star past TNT

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY—Ricardo Ratliffe made a comeback on Wednesday night and helped Star bury TNT, 107-97, in the main game of the PBA Commissioner's Cup doubleheader at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Ratliffe sizzled for 37 points, 22 rebounds, two assists, and three blocks for the Hotshots, who jumped out of a first quarter slump to move to a tie for third place with the Meralco Bolts.

TNT scored 35 points in the first quarter, but Star dropped 38 in the second quarter to go up, 60-59, at halftime.

The Hotshots stretched their lead to as high as 12 points, 84-72, late in the third quarter.

The KaTropa still put up a fight in the fourth, cutting the lead to three, 100-97, but the Hotshots scored the game's last seven points to seal the win.

Paul Lee added 17 points, including two booming triples late in the game, five rebounds, five assists, and one steal for Star.

Donte Greene had 29 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and one block for TNT.

Anthony Semerad did not play for TNT in his supposed debut following a four-team trade, but Coach Nash Racela said that he will likely play in the team's next game.

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