#PBA2015 Govs Cup Roundup: June 28, 2015

The defending champions of the PBA Govs’ Cup stayed alive after they defeated the GlobalPort Batang Pier in their do-or-die affair last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Consequently, the Star Hotshots also overcame a twice-to-win disadvantage for only the first time in franchise history.

Game recap (adapted from Interaksyon):

Box scores.
Reigning titlist Star Hotshots once again displayed their championship form as they turned back the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 101-94, for the second straight time to book a ticket to the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Import Marqus Blakely delivered a triple-double performance of 15 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists as the Hotshots overcame GlobalPort’s twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals to keep their title defense bid alive.

Stanley Pringle scored all of his 16 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough for GlobalPort, which was able to climb back from 21 points down. Jarrid Famous also had a monster game of 38 points and 21 rebounds.

BPC candidate Terrence Romeo struggled from the field here, making just 5 of his 21 attempts and finishing with 15 points. 

Purefoods, meanwhile, got a lot out of its balanced roster anew. Wingmen James Yap and Alex Mallari each tallied 17 points (Mallari also collared 13 boards), while back-ups PJ Simon and Joe Devance also caught fire, dropping 14 and 13 markers respectively. Purefoods will face old nemesis Alaska in the next round.

Line of the Game: Jarrid Famous (GLO) - 38pts, 21rebs, 2blks, 1stl, 12/23 FGs.

Alex Mallari stepped up big time for Purefoods.

Jarrid Famous was dominant, but still fell short of towing his club to victory.

Marqus Blakely put up a big triple-double.

Terrence Romeo ends his season with a bad shooting night against the Hotshots.

Images from the Pranz Kaeno Billones/Sports5.

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