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    A Star reborn after Yap departure, Allein Maliksi takes PBA Player of Week honor

    Jan 30, 2017
    Allein Maliksi has averaged 25.5 points in two Star victories. Jerome Ascano

    THE departure of James Yap in the offseason has given Allen Maliksi an opportunity to blossom into a top scoring option under new Star coach Chito Victolero.

    Getting the green light to shoot, the 6-foot-3 Maliksi didn’t disappoint, delivering for a Star quintet that is starting to learn to win big games in the post-James Yap era.

    Maliksi stood at the forefront of Star’s two-game win streak this past week, averaging 25.5 points and 5.0 rebounds to help his team secure a quarterfinal spot in the Philippine Cup.

    Maliksi earned him his first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award for the period of Jan. 22-28, beating former Star teammate and now Mahindra’s go-to-guy Alex Mallari, Alaska’s young forward Kevin Racal, three-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo, GlobalPort gunner Terrence Romeo and TNT’s rookie Roger Pogoy.

    The former University of Santo Tomas standout started his hot streak in Star’s 111-95 rout of Blackwater last Wednesday where he finished with a personal season-high 26 points, built around five triples.

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    Three days later, the eighth overall pick of Barako Bull in the 2011 PBA Rookie Draft presided over Star’s merciless 120-73 annihilation of Meralco by scoring 17 of his 25 points in the first half.

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    Allein Maliksi has averaged 25.5 points in two Star victories. Jerome Ascano
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