KIA scores upset win over defending champs Purefoods
MANILA, Philippines – KIA scores another upset.
After stopping a 12-game skid in their win against 2015 Philippine Cup champions San Miguel, the KIA Carnival takes down another champion team as they hand the Purefoods Star Hotshots their second-consecutive loss, 95-84, on Wednesday, February 18 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
KIA improved their record to 2-4 while Purefoods dropped their second game in a row but remain third in the standings, 4-2.
Point guard LA Revilla was the hero once again for the Carnival scoring and getting fouled on a baseline drive off a Mark Yee hand off at the 1:41 mark of the final quarter. He completed the three-point play to give KIA a 5-point lead, 87-82. A few plays later, he hit a triple at the top of the key to put the game away for good, 93-84, with 41.7 seconds left to play.
Revilla finished the game with 18 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Import PJ Ramos led KIA with 32 points, 25 rebounds, and 3 assists.
KIA ended the first quarter on top 21-19 but didn't get it back until 2:26 mark of the final period following back-to-back baskets by Ramos.
The game also marked the first time KIA playing-coach Manny Pacquiao scored in a PBA game when he sank 1/2 free throws at the 11:24 mark of the second quarter.
Mark Barroca led the charge for Purefoods with 18 points and 8 rebounds. After a 20-20 game in their loss against Rain or Shine, import Daniel Orton was limited to just 6 points on 1-of-7 shooting from the field due to foul trouble.
KIA (95) - Ramos 32, Revilla 18, Poligrates 15, Pascual 8, Avenido 8, Thiele 4, Yee 4, Cawaling 3, Buensuceso 2, Pacquiao 1, Dehesa 0, Alvarez 0, Bagatsing 0.
Purefoods (84) - Barroca 18, Devance 12, Pennisi 12, Pingris 10, Melton 8, Simon 7, Maliksi 7, Orton 6, Taha 2, Mallari 2.
Quarter scores: 21-19, 44-50, 68-75, 95-84