Purefoods Star Hotshots Bowed To Alaska Aces, Failed To Defend Their Title From Last Season

Purefoods Star Hotshots, losses their final chance of defending the remaining title that they achieved last year “ the Governor’s cup”, after falling to Alaska Aces in Game 3, 82 – 77.

Alaska Aces  outlasted the Hotshots in game 3, in a closed game where the Hotshots lead on most of the game. But the Aces came strong  late in the 4th quarter and ousted the Hotshot and booking the first final seed.

The Hotshots had their chance of winning Game 3, but fail short in the last two minutes of the game, they started the game strong and tallied their biggest lead at double digit.

Purefoods who was then called San Mig Super Coffee Mixer, won  all the three conference last season and earn the rare Grand Slam Champion. But this season is very different, they were never able to go back in the finals in any conference this season.

Purefoods Star Hotshots position end by conference this season:

Philippine cup – loss to the Meralco Bolts in the Quarterfinals match

Commissioner’s cup – loss to Taln N’Text Tropang Texter In Semi Finals who eventually won the Championship.

Governor’s cup – loss to Alaska Aces in a sweep in semi finals

Power Forward Marc Pingris of Purefoods, admitted that Alaska Aces were the better team , they are more hunger than us and they deserve it! We will comeback next season and perhaps a much more better team to be able to reach another finals appearance and another title?

Marcus Blakely who played for Purefoods in the last three season in Governors Cup, was not able to reach the Finals for the first time. His record is 2-1 in the finals, before  a sorry loss from Alaska Aces in preventing him to reach the finals 4th time. He gives the Purefoods  2 championship in Governor’s cup. Hope that he will be back again as Purefoods next season.