Hotshots eliminate NLEX in six to set Finals date with SMB

Paul Lintag on Mar 20, 2018 09:17 PM
Hotshots eliminate NLEX in six to set Finals date with SMB
Magnolia took the series, 4-2, to finally get over its semis hump. The Hotshots made it to four straight semifinals since last season and this will be the first time they'll advance to the championship round.

Magnolia is moving on.

The Hotshots advanced to the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Tuesday, beating NLEX, 96-89, in Game 6 of their semifinals series at the Big Dome.

Magnolia took the series, 4-2, to finally get over its semis hump. The Hotshots made it to four straight semifinals since last season and this will be the first time they'll advance to the championship round.

This is also their first time back in the Finals since the team's Grand Slam season in 2014.

"So thankful and siguro, di ko alam kung paano kami magpa-pahinga," head coach Chito Victolero said as his team now prepare for Game 1 of the Finals on Friday vs. the Beermen, the reigning three-time champions.

"Yung NLEX ni-ready kami diyan. Talagang binigyan nila kami ng magandang laban. Mentally and physically we're ready for San Miguel. Kailangan lang siguro namin na makapag-pahinga," he added.

Magnolia's defense once again shine as the Hotshots forced two key turnovers on Kiefer Ravena and Larry Fonacier late to help seal the win.

Mark Barroca first intercepted Ravena with 1:36 to go that led to his crucial and-one play, giving Magnolia a 94-89 lead.

A possession later, it was Rafi Reavis that stole a pass from Fonacier that ended up with a score from Jio Jalalon to seal the final tally.

Ian Sangalang led the Hotshots with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Barroca and Jalalon scored 14 and 11 points respectively. Jio also finished with 13 assists.

For the Road Warriors, it was Mike Miranda that paced the team on offense, scoring 20.

 

The Scores:

MAGNOLIA 96 — Sangalang 15, Barroca 14, Jalalon 11, Pascual 10, Ramos 10, Dela Rosa 9, Lee 9, Reavis 6, Simon 6, Herndon 4, Brondial 2.

NLEX 89 — Miranda 20, Fonacier 17, Baguio 10, Ravena 9, Mallari 8, Taulava 7, Soyud 6, Tiongson 5, Quiñahan 4, Ighalo 3.

Quarters: 20-29, 49-46, 71-68, 96-89.

 

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