#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Playoffs Roundup: December 11, 2014

The 2014 PBA Philippine Cup Playoffs opened last night and saw the dethronement of the Purefoods Star Hotshots at the hands of the Meralco Bolts. In the other game, the Alaska Aces survived a gritty stand by the NLEX Road Warriors to advance to the next round.

Vic Manuel led Alaska's win over NLEX, while Jared Dillinger made sure Meralco would dethrone the Hotshots.

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

The Alaska Aces advanced to the second phase of the quarterfinal round after surviving a tough challenge from 10th seed NLEX, 82-78, in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. The No. 3-ranked Aces didn’t even need their twice-to-beat advantage as they closed out their series in a single game, moving one step away from the semifinals. Vic Manuel led the way with 13 points for Alaska, while Cyrus Baguio and JVee Casio each added 11. Dondon Hontiveros added 10 from off the bench. Alaska led by double-figures at the half, but had to stave off an NLEX comeback in the last two periods before escaping with the win. Aldrech Ramos hit 2 triples and finished with 17 points to pace the Road Warriors, who also got 10 markers and 14 boards from Asi Taulava.
Line of the Game: Asi Taulava - 10pts, 14rebs, 4asts, 1blk, 4/7 FGs.

Asi Taulava tries to wrestle the ball away from an Alaska player.

JV Casio pops the cap from long range.

Vic Manuel played big for the Aces.

The Meralco Bolts put an end to Purefoods streak of four consecutive championships after dismantling the Grand Slam champions, 77-65, in their quarterfinal clashat the Cuneta Astrodome. Meralco entered the matchup with a twice-to-beat advantage but didn’t even need it after putting away Purefoods in just one game. Jared Dillinger led the way with 14 points and Cliff Hodge added 12 to lead a balanced effort for the Bolts. JR Sena scored 11 points, several of those at crucial points for Meralco, and Mike Cortez added 11 points, including three three-pointers. As for Purefoods, Joe Devance scored a team-high 21 points on 9/13 FG shooting, while James Yap and Mark Barroca added 14 and 12 points respectively.

Line of the Game: Joe Devance - 21pts, 6rebs, 3asts, 2stls, 2 triples, 9/13 FGs.

JR Sena was solid in the middle for Meralco.

Jared Dillinger tries to get past Yousef Taha.

Not even JDV's great game could save the Hotshots.

Images by Paul Ryan Tan/Sports5.

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