Magnolia destroys Kia by 47 points

Paul Lintag on Jan 10, 2018 06:55 PM
Magnolia destroys Kia by 47 points
Magnolia was actually down at halftime but then the Hotshots went on to outscore the overmatched Picanto, 34-11, in the third to turn the game around.

The Magnolia-Kia game was close until it wasn't.

Well, story of the Picanto's season so far.

The Hotshots went berserk in the third quarter Wednesday in the Philippine Cup, returning to the winning column with an emphatic 124-77 beatdown of Kia at the Araneta Coliseum.

Magnolia was actually down at halftime but then the Hotshots went on to outscore the overmatched Picanto, 34-11, in the third to turn the game around.

For good measure, Magnolia dropped another 43 points in the fourth period to improve to 2-1 in the All-Filipino.

"This is the start of our new year and I told my players to start it right," hea coach Chito Victolero said following the big win.

"Talo kami nung first half, that's why we had a good adjustment in the second half. They only scored 11 points in the third. I think maganda ang depensa namin noong second half," he added.

Six players scored in double figures for the Hotshots led by Justin Melton's 23 points on top of six rebounds and eight assists.

Ian Sangalang also continued his fine start to the season, firing 21 points to go along with nine rebounds. Rookie Robbie Herndon added 14 points for Magnolia while Paul Lee scored 13, all in the third period.

For Kia, who tied its worst loss in franchise history, Jay-R Reyes led the way with 12 points.

The Picanto lost by 47 points before, also against the Hotshots back in the 2017 Governors' Cup. Kia is now 0-3 in the Philippine Cup and has lost 15 straight games dating back to last season's Commissioner's Cup.

 

The Scores:

Magnolia (124): Melton 23, Sangalang 21, Herndon 14, Lee 13, Jalalon 11, Simon 11, Ramos 7, Gamalinda 6, Pingris 6, Barroca 4, Pascual 4, dela Rosa 2, Brondial 2

Kia (77): Reyes 12, Celda 11, McCarthy 11, Tubid 11, Corpuz 9, Yee 6, Paniamogan 5, Khobuntin 5, Jamon 3, Caperal 2, Sara 2, Cabrera 0, Camson 0, Galanza 0, Ababou 0

Quarter scores: 22-22, 47-49, 81-60, 124-77

 


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