PBA Finals By the Numbers: Defense wins championships

By Paul Lintag on May 06, 2019 02:52 PM

Before moving to Game 4 of the best-of-7, a By the Numbers look from Game 3 as per usual.

We have a series.

Magnolia has regained control of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals against defending champion San Miguel Beer, using a defensive masterclass in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead.

That’s significant in a lot of ways but mainly because the Hotshots finally got that elusive second win that they never got in last year’s Finals.

Also, the Beermen are getting pushed, a rare sight in the All-Filipino at this stage of the tournament.

Before moving to Game 4 of the best-of-7, a By the Numbers look from Game 3 as per usual.



Total wins for the Hotshots in these Finals so far.

In the 2018, Magnolia won the first game against San Miguel in the Finals and went on to lose four straight. Now, the Hotshots get their second win and actually lead the Beermen, halfway to dethroning mighty San Miguel in the All-Filipino.


Total losses for San Miguel in these Finals so far.

The last time the Beermen lost two games in the Philippine Cup Finals was in 2016 and they lost three to Alaska. San Miguel still won that series, 4-3.

San Miguel has won the last two Finals against Ginebra and Magnolia in just five games each. In fact, the last time the Beermen lost two games in an All-Filipino best-of-7 series was in the 2017 semifinals against TNT where they lost three games.


Total free throws for San Miguel in Game 3.

After giving up a combined 65 free throws in the first two games, Magnolia has controlled the Beermen’s attempts from the line in Game 3.

More importantly, the Hotshots have managed to get to the line themselves, attempting 18 free throws of their own. 20-18 is the closes the free throw battle has gone so far in this series.


Total rebounds for Magnolia in Game 3, 25 more than San Miguel.

The Hotshots are making the Beermen work for all their points and as San Miguel once again shot in the low 30s, Magnolia gobbled up all those rebounds.

71 of them in fact.

Three players for Magnolia got double-digit boards with Rafi Reavis, Ian Sangalang, and Rome dela Rosa combining for 40 rebounds. That’s just six less than the entire San Miguel team.


Total points for Mark Barroca in Game 3.

Barroca was easily the best player on the floor Sunday, commanding the Hotshots on both ends of the floor. He picked his spots and scored efficiently all while being a pest on defense as usual.

Magnolia’s guard play has dipped from Game 1 in terms of total production from all key members but Barroca is making sure the Hotshots can fight in the backcourt.

Game 4 of the Finals is on Wednesday.


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