Hard work paid off for Purefoods Star Hotshots wingman, Allein Maliksi, as he almost single handedly carries his team past Talk N Text Tropang Texters, in PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Araneta Coliseum.
Talk N Text Tropang Texters led as much as 18 points, before Allein Maliksi exploded to help Purefoods Star Hotshots grabbed the lead at half time. TNT was leading 33-15, when Maliksi came off the bench to score 10 points in an 18-0 run. That gave them a 51-49 lead coming in to the half.
Opening the third quarter, Hotshots scored the first five points. But the Tropang Texters, made a run for themselves and launched a 15-2 run, to grabbed the lead 73-66 coming into the final period.
Purefoods Star Hotshots was firing from all cylinders in the pay off period to keep Talk N Text from tying the game. The closest the Tropang Texters can come is 89-87, after a jumper made by Ranidel De Ocampo. Jayson Castro had the chance to tie the game, but missed two crucial free throws. Allein Maliksi shoots in a dagger three to keep the game away from the Tropang Texters.
The finals score was 96-88. Bowles’ replacement, Ricardo Ratliffe chipped in 23 points for the Star Hotshosts. While Jayson Castro and De Ocampo led the way for the Texters with 18 and 15 points apiece.