PBA: Hotshots shut down TNT to break 3-game slide
Paul Lintag on Jun 13, 2018 09:25 PM
The Hotshots dominate TNT in the second half to snap out of their three-game slide.
Magnolia was absolutely in the zone in the second half to crush TNT.
The Hotshots were on fire on both ends Wednesday, beating the KaTropa, 111-89, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena.
Magnolia exploded for 36 points in the third period to turn the game around and then they just shut down TNT in the fourth, 32-16, to break the game wide open.
The win finally got the Hotshots back on the winning track, breaking out of a three-game slump to improve to 4-4 in the standings. TNT dropped to 6-2, giving up its hold of the top-2 spot.
"For the last two weeks we had different imports so we have a problem with chemistry," head coach Chito Victolero said.
"But I told my players to find ways how to win games and I'm very proud and very happy that they responded to my challenge," he added.
Magnolia appeared to be in trouble early as TNT opened up a 12-point lead late in the second quarter, 48-36.
The Hotshots managed to close the gap before the first half ended, 43-48, setting up their huge rally in the next two quarters.
A 12-0 run for Magnolia in the fourth to take a 99-76 lead pretty much ended things.
Paul Lee led the way for the Hotshots with 25 points, 17 in the blistering third period as Magnolia started to take control of the game.
Import Justin Jackson played his first game for the Hotshots and added 18 points and 19 rebounds. He also had seven assists.
Terrence Romeo paced the KaTropa with 17 points and seven assists.
MAGNOLIA 111 — Lee 25, Jackson 18, Brondial 16, Jalalon 13, Barroca 9, Ramos 9, Melton 7, Dela Rosa 5, Simon 3, Herndon 2, Pascual 2, Reavis 2.
TNT 89 — Romeo 17, Pogoy 16, Smith 12, Castro 9, Reyes 9, Semerad 7, Williams 6, Rosario 5, Cruz 4, Taha 2, Trollano 2, Carey 0.
Quarters: 18-25, 43-48, 79-73, 111-89.
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