PBA Quarterfinals: Hotshots assert mastery of GlobalPort with 53-point win

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Import Marqus Blakely spearheaded the Hotshots' charge with 23 points to go with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Star Hotshots simply did everything right from start to finish to fashion out a 126-73 victory over the GlobalPort Batang Pier in their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup quarterfinals match at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Friday (June 26).

The 53-point victory was the most lopsided winning margin in playoff history, but more importantly, it gave the Hotshots a new lease on life as it forced a do-or-die match on Sunday at the same venue.

Despite the one-sided win, Star coach Tim Cone said his team should not let up.

"The real battle starts on Sunday," he said after the match.

Import Marqus Blakely spearheaded the Hotshots' charge with 23 points to go with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks.

But he got plenty of help from his teammates as four other Hotshots finished in double figures.

Mark Barroca had 16, James Yap and Alex Mallari chipped in 15 apiece, while Alex Mallari added 14 points.

It was a shootout in the opening minutes, until the Hotshots went in overdrive and took a 37-18 cushion heading into the second period.

From there, things went downhill for the Batang Pier as they succumbed to Star's barrage in the succeeding periods.

Terrence Romeo was the lone bright spot among the GlobalPort locals.

He shot four three-pointers on his way to team-high 18 points.

Import Jarrid Famous added 16 points and 15 rebounds.

The scores:

STAR (126) — Blakely 23, Barroca 16, Mallari 15, Yap 15, Melton 14, Taha 8, Simon 8, Maliksi 7, Devance 6, Alvarez 3, Gaco 3, Pingris 3, Pennisi 3, Allado 2, REavis 0.

GLOBALPORT (73) — Romeo 18, Famous 16, Caoperal 8, Semerad 5, Miranda 5, Krayem 4, Pringle 4, Isip 4, Pinto 2, Hayes 2, Jensen 2, Mamaril 2, Buenafe 1, Taha 0, Kramer 0, Ponferrada 0.

Quarterscores: 37-18; 73-35; 103-54; 16-73.