Star adds more woes to Abueva-less Alaska as new import shines

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Star put up a strong second half to extend Alaska's miseries in the PBA Governors' Cup through a 101-92 win at the Ynares Center in Antipolo on Friday night.

The Hotshots opened the third quarter with a 14-6 run to take a 62-57 lead.

While the Aces would recover midway through the period, the Hotshots ended it with four quick points to take a 74-71 advantage. They would try to pull away early in the fourth canto, taking a 93-85 lead with 3:27 to go.

Alaska still tried to steal the win, coming to within four, 91-95, with 2:19 left, but back-to-back baskets from Malcolm Hill sealed the deal for Star.

The Hotshots' new import finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists, while Paul Lee added 18 points, four rebounds, five assists, and one block.

Ian Sangalang put up impressive numbers off the bench, contributing 16 points and eight rebounds.

LaDontae Henton tallied 34 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block, while Chris Banchero chipped in 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals for Alaska in a game where Calvin Abueva was curiously absent. The team has now lost its last 11 games dating back to the Commissioner's Cup.

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