STAR dealt GlobalPort a record 126-73 beating on Friday to send their PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinal matchup to a deciding game at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots unleashed what coach Tim Cone described was a “big punch” right from the get-go and never let up as they rolled to the most lopsided playoff win in the league’s 40-year history.
The 53-point gap was also just two points shy of the all-time record set more than three decades ago when UTex crushed Great Taste, 154-99, in a regular-season game last July 12, 1980.
More importantly, the Hotshots forced a do-or-die against the twice-to-beat Batang Pier set on Sunday, also at the Big Dome.
“We just came out with a big punch right from the beginning and we just kept pummeling them,” Hotshots coach Tim Cone said. “I think Manny Pacquiao would’ve proud of that game.”
Marqus Blakely spearheaded the onslaught, tallying 24 points, making all but one of his 11 shots, nine boards, five assists, two steals, and two blocks in just 24 minutes.
The do-it-all import enjoyed the entire fourth quarter resting on the bench with the game already having a foregone conclusion.
Everyone else chipped in as eight other Hotshots scored at least six points, shooting 53.8 percent (50-of-93) from the field, while limiting the listless Batang Pier to just 37.2 percent (29-of-78) shooting.
The game was so lopsided Star's starters missed out on matching GlobalPort's entire output by a point. On the other hand, the Batang Pier's final points total only matched the Hotshots' halftime output.
Proving their two-point loss to the Batang Pier in the regular season was just a fluke, the Hotshots zoomed to 19-point lead at the end of the first quarter and maintained an insurmountable cushion.
The Hotshots were even poised to surpass the record as their cushion ballooned to 63 points midway through the fourth when a Lester Alvarez triple made it 121-58.
Terrence Romeo delivered, but Jarrid Famous could only contribute 16 points and 15 boards, while the rest of the locals offered little support for GlobalPort.
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, Caperal 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, 126-73