MANILA, Philippines—Magnolia coach Chito Victolero requested his fees to deal with Sunday evening’s battle with San Miguel as their first playoff recreation, and he bought favorable outcomes.
The Hotshots used a fiery fourth quarter to roll previous the Beermen, 100-90, ending their PBA Philippine Cup eliminations marketing campaign on word whereas preserving the No. 2 seed inside attain.
“That is the beginning of our playoffs,” Victolero stated throughout the customary post-game chat at Don Honorio Ventura State College in Bacolor, Pampanga.
“I’m actually grateful that the fellows dedicated, that they gave all the things they might and labored collectively,” he went on.
Paul Lee took uncorked 18 of his 32 factors within the remaining interval to grease Magnolia’s breakaway en path to a 8-3 document.
Calvin Abueva, who scored simply eight factors, took care of all the things else after tallying 10 rebounds, 4 assists and a block.
Ian Sanggalang turned in his typical double-double, ending with 15 factors and 12 rebounds. Jerrick Ahanmisi supplied the extra punch with 11 constructed on a pinpoint capturing from deep.
And whereas his crew’s displaying was commendable, it’s probably the most Victolero may do now as they await the outcomes Meralco’s final two elimination video games, the place the Bolts will want only a cut up of NLEX and final 12 months’s finals tormentor Barangay Ginebra to clinch the coveted No. 2 spot that dangles a playoff armor.
“We had been 7-4 final bubble however we had been No. 7. Now at 8-3, we’ve discovered loads,” stated Victolero. “This time … we could have misplaced some video games, however we performed constant basketball.”
CJ Perez starred as soon as once more for San Miguel, which is already assured of a spot within the subsequent spherical. The spitfire guard had 20 factors, seven boards, three assists and a steal for the Beermen who dropped to 6-4 with a battle towards Alaska left.
One other loss for the perennial powerhouse may set off a number of problems within the race amongst groups within the center, and even backside of the pack.
However there’s no crew in a worse scenario than the Gin Kings, who may additionally determine in a three-way tie at 4-7 with Alaska and Phoenix, however may nonetheless be eradicated following the league’s quotient system.
Magnolia 100 – Lee 32, Sangalang 15, Ahanmisi 11, Barroca 9, Dionisio 8, Abueva 8, Pascual 7, Reavis 4, Corpuz 4, Jalalon 2, Dela Rosa 0, Brill 0, De Leon 0.
San Miguel 90 – Perez 20, Santos 18, Pessumal 13, Lassiter 13, Zamar 9, Fajardo 8, Tautuaa 5, Ross 4, Gotladera 0, Comboy 0, Gamalinda 0, Sena 0.
Quarters: 25-14, 47-39, 66-65, 100-90.
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