Sangalang stars as Magnolia steals Game 1 from San Miguel

Paul Lintag on Mar 23, 2018 10:06 PM
Sangalang stars as Magnolia steals Game 1 from San Miguel
Bullied for three quarters, the Hotshots mounted a huge rally in the fourth to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 titular showdown.

Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals needed three and a half quarters to really get going.

But once it was on, boy oh boy, it was on.

Magnolia erased a 20-point deficit to steal Game 1 away from San Miguel Beer, scoring a wild 105-103 decision Friday at the Big Dome.

Bullied for three quarters, the Hotshots mounted a huge rally in the fourth to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 titular showdown.

In the final play of the game, Rafi Reavis ended up blocking Arwind Santos' game-tying jumper and Magnolia walked away with the victory.

But before Reavis' defensive brilliance, it was Ian Sangalang that starred for the Hotshots. Sangalang scored the team's last four points, including two crucial free throws with 16 seconds to go to break a 103-all tie.

Sangalang finished with a new career-high of 29 points, 14 in the fourth quarter, on top nine rebounds.

Magnolia had the chance to ice the game with four seconds to go but Jio Jalalon missed two free throws to set up San Miguel's final possession where Rafi's defensive gem of a play happened.

"It’s all credit to the players kasi down 20, ‘di sila nag give up eh. That’s the character na nabuo ko sa insistence sa past experiences namin," head coach Chito Victolero said.

"Hopefully ma-sustain namin tong energy na ito with the one-day prep for Sunday’s game. Sana yung hinabol naming malaki, di napagod players namin doon," he added.

The Hotshots were down by as many as 20, 52-72, as San Miguel relied on a top-heavy rotation to pound Magnolia.

June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Arwind took turns punishing the Hotshots for about three and a half quarters before Magnolia finally pushed back.

With Sangalang at the lead and rookie Herndon seving as spark, the Hotshots slowly chipped away at San Miguel's lead. The Hotshots finally tied things up at 97 after Paul Lee scored on the break with 3:34 to go.

After Ian, Aldrech Ramos scored 15 points for Magnolia while Mark Barroca dropped 14 to go along with six rebounds and five assists,

Rome dela Rosa added another 11 and Herndon finished with eight points, all in the fourth.

For the Beermen, Fajardo scored a game-high 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. However, he also had 11 turnovers.

Cabagnot finished with 27 while Lassiter had 21. Arwind clocked in with 19 points but the Beermen pretty much got nothing else from the rest of the team. San Miguel had a grand total of one point from its bench while Magnolia's reserves scored 47.

Game 2 will be on Sunday at the MOA Arena.

 

The Scores:

Magnolia (105): Sangalang 29, Ramos 15, Barroca 14, dela Rosa 11, Herndon 8, Jalalon 7, Reavis 6, Pascual 5, Lee 4, Melton 3, Simon 3, Brondial 0

San Miguel (103): Fajardo 31, Cabagnot 27, Lassiter 21, Santos 19, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, Ross 1, Heruela 0, de Ocampo 0, Pessumal 0, Espinas 0

Quarter scores: 25-33, 47-63, 75-89, 105-103

 


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