Hotshots survive dogfight against Phoenix

Paul Lintag on Jan 20, 2018 09:28 PM
Hotshots survive dogfight against Phoenix
Magnolia erased an eight-point fourth quarter deficit and relied on its veteran anchors in the clutch to frustrate Phoenix and win a third straight game this season.

The Hotshots still have Phoenix's number.

It was far from the blowouts from last season but Magnolia walked away from a dogfight against the Fuel Masters with a hard-earned 97-91 decision in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Magnolia erased an eight-point fourth quarter deficit and relied on its veteran anchors in the clutch to frustrate Phoenix and win a third straight game this season.

The Hotshots moved to 4-1 in the standings, half a game behind idle San Miguel for the lead.

Tied at 89, Ian Sangalang drilled the go-ahead basket for Magnolia with 1:08 to go in the game. Paul Lee was then cold as ice from the free throw line the rest of the way as the Hotshots pulled through.

Lee fired 20 points to lead Magnolia while Rome dela Rosa scored 17. Sangalang had 16 points and seven rebounds. Mark Barroca, also effective in the fourth, had 12 points.

Marc Pingris, despite scoring only four points, grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds for the Hotshots.

"It was all mental toughness in the end," head coach Chito Victolero said.

"It's about our perseverance and our desire to win and our chemistry sa dulo. We know in this game, medyo mabigat talaga to kasi I know Phoenix will bounce back coming from a tough loss sa last game nila. Credit sa players, hindi sila naggive up sa pressure," he added.

Phoenix, losers of two straight and dropped to 2-3, got 19 points from second-year guard Gelo Alolino.

Matthew Wright scored 17 points for the Fuel Masters and Jeff Chan added another 12 in a starting role.

 

The Scores:

Magnolia 97 - Lee 20, dela Rosa 17, Sangalang 16, Barroca 12, Reavis 11, Simon 6, Jalalon 5, Pingris 4, Ramos 3, Pascual 2, Herndon 1.

Phoenix 91 - Alolino 19, Wright 17, Chan 12, Jazul 9, Eriobu 8, Chua 7, Mendoza 6, Kramer 6, Intal 3, Revilla 2, Perkins 2

Quarters: 30-23, 47-45, 67-75, 97-91

 


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