Hotshots overwhelm Elasto Painters

The Star Hotshots overpowered the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 118-82, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal game Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ricardo Ratliffe scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Hotshots. Allien Maliksi contributed 16 points while Aldrech Ramos added 15 points. Moreover, Ian Sangalang, Mark Barroca nd Jio Jalalon scored 11 points each to help the Hotshots in a one-sided game.

For the Elasto Painter, Duke Crews scored 19 points while Beau Belga added 1 points. Meanwhile, James Yap scored only five poitns in 2-for-10 shooting from the field.

“I think we have a proper mindset. We focused on our defense, we have a defensive scheme against their players, the important players like James (Yap) and their import (Duke Crews),” said Star head coach Chito Victolero. “The level of our game, that was our challenge to my players. This is the playoffs, let’s go to the next level.”

Star is just a game away to the semifinal round.

A BS Political Science from the Saint Louis University, Baguio City. Norvelyn shares her passion in writing Philippine Sports.