Streaking Hotshots frustrate TNT
Paul Lintag on Jan 27, 2018 09:10 PM
Magnolia's defense shined anew, holding the KaTropa to only 38 percent shooting from the field to move to 5-1 in the standings.
Magnolia just won another ugly game.
The Hotshots stretched their current winning streak to four games, prevailing against TNT with a tough 91-83 win Saturday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
Magnolia's defense shined anew, holding the KaTropa to only 38 percent shooting from the field.
The Hotshots also moved to 5-1 in the standings, half a game behind defending champion San Miguel for first place.
"It's all about being disciplined on defense. We tried to talk about yung disiplina namin sa depensa, sa transition and on our halfcourt defense. So we did a good job dun sa halfcourt, especially against Castro and their shooters," head coach Chito Victolero said.
"I give credit sa lahat ng players because dun sa effort na binigay nila," he added.
With Paul Lee exiting early in the second half with an ankle injury, the Hotshots turned to their other guards for some scoring punch against the KaTropa.
Mark Barroca led the way with 20 points on top of eight rebounds and five assists. He did all that while also serving as the primary defender of Jayson Castro on the other end.
Justin Melton added 14 points, 12 in the third quarter alone, while Ian Sangalang and Marc Pingris finished with 13 points apiece.
After a close first half, Magnolia created separation thanks to an 8-0 run that gave them a 62-53 lead. The Hotshots would extend to 12, 74-62, entering the fourth period.
For TNT, who dropped to 3-3, Mo Tautuaa fired 16 points while Troy Rosario was good for 15 points and 12 boards. Castro dropped 14 but struggled mightily on the floor, connecting on only 31 percent of his shots.
Magnolia (91): Barroca 20, Melton 14, Pingris 13, Sangalang 13, Jalalon 8, Ramos 7, Lee 5, Reavis 5, Simon 3, dela Rosa 3, Herndon 0, Brondial 0
TNT (83): Tautuaa 16, Rosario 15, Castro 14, Pogoy 11, Torres 7, Williams 7, Semerad 6, Reyes 5, Garcia 2, Carey 0
Quarter scores: 26-20, 47-45, 74-62, 91-83
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