THE Manila Stars stamped their class on the Cebu City Sharks, 107-76, in an utter mismatch in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup on Tuesday night at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The Stars shackled the Sharks in a record 27-0 first period that marked the first time a team was held scoreless in a quarter in the fledgling league.
Manila's lead reached 29-0 before Cebu could score early in the second quarter.
No team has also gone scoreless in a quarter in the 43 years of the PBA, where the lowest output in a quarter stands at two points, which happened in two occasions, according to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
Aris Dionisio set the tone for the blowout, firing a team-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting in just 19 minutes, and finishing with six boards, three assists, and two blocks, without a single turnover.
Reil Cervantes also contributed 19 points after making all but one of his nine shots, along with five rebounds, and four assists in 19 minutes for the Stars, who improved to 3-1 to gain a share of second spot in the north division behind the unbeaten San Juan Knights.
Patrick Cabahug flashed his individual brilliance with 28 points, four caroms, and one steal in 31 minutes, but found little help outside Cesar Catli and Garciano Puerto Jr. as the Sharks stayed winless in four games and at the bottom of the south division.
The Stars sustained the huge lead throughout and after the Sharks pulled to within 20 points, 88-68, Manila turned it up a notch, scoring 10 unanswered points and finishing the game on a 19-8 run.
Kyles Lao scored eight of his 13 points in that finishing kick – all on fastbreak layups, while Vence Laude and Adran Celada also put on the finishing touches for the Robust Energy Capsule-sponsored Stars.