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Player of the Week: Maliksi leads Star’s playoff push

05:21 PM January 30, 2017
Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

The departure of James Yap in the offseason gave athletic wingman Allen Maliksi an opportunity to blossom into a legitimate superstar under new Star coach Chito Victolero.

Getting the green light to shoot, the 6-foot-3 Maliksi didn’t disappoint, delivering for a Star quintet that has learned to win big games in the post-James Yap era.

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In fact, Maliksi stood at the forefront of Star’s two-game win streak this past week after averaging 25.5 points and 5.0 rebounds to help his team secure a quarterfinal spot in the Philippine Cup.

Maliksi’s leadership and growing confidence earned him his first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award for the period of Jan. 22-28.  He beat former Star teammate and now Mahindra’s go-to-guy Alex Mallari, Alaska’s young forward Kevin Racal, three-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo, GlobalPort gunner Terrence Romeo and TNT’s rookie Roger Pogoy.

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The former University of Santo Tomas slotman went scoreless during the first period, before finding his stroke in the last three quarters in Star’s 111-95 rout of Blackwater last Wednesday.

He went on to finish with a personal season-high 26 points, built around five triples.

Three days later, the eighth overall pick of Barako Bull in the 2011 PBA Draft, presided over Star’s merciless 120-73 annihilation of Meralco.

The 29-year-old Maliksi knocked in 17 of his 25 points in the Hotshots’ whirlwind first-half scoring attack on the way to the Star’s second lopsided victory for the conference.

With the all-Filipino conference heading to the final week of the single-round eliminations phase, Star has a chance to snare the no. 2 seed and the twice-to-beat incentive if it beats Mahindra coupled by a Rain or Shine victory over Alaska on Wednesday. (RD)

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