PBA: Magnolia beats SMB but Hotshots still stuck with 7th seed

Paul Lintag on Jul 07, 2018 09:08 PM
Magnolia beats SMB but Hotshots still stuck with 7th seed
In order to avoid a playoff disadvantage, Magnolia needed to win by at least 14 points. They were 10 points short.

At least the Hotshots are on a winning streak heading into the playoffs.

Magnolia beat defending champion San Miguel Saturday at the Big Dome, 101-97, but the Hotshots are still stuck with the no. 7 seed in the 2018 PBA Commissioner' Cup.

In order to avoid a playoff disadvantage, Magnolia needed to win by at least 14 points. They were 10 points short.

Thus, Magnolia (6-5) will have Alaska (8-3) for the quarterfinals starting Monday with the Aces holding a twice-to-beat advantage.

The Beermen (6-5) are relegated to the no. 6 seed and will face no. 3 TNT (8-3) in a best-of-3 quarterfinals. 

SMB-TNT of course, is a rematch from the 2017 Finals.

"Very happy pa rin ako because it affords us momentum going to the playoffs," head coach Chito Victolero said.

"Pag nanalo ka naman laging masaya eh. Di mo naman pwedeng sabihin na nanalo kami, di pa kami masaya," he added.

Magnolia recovered from an early 11-point deficit to frustrate the champs.

The Hotshots took an eight-point lead in the middle of the fourth, which was enough of a cushion to hold on for the win in the end.

Wayne Chism led the way with 21 points as he moves to 2-0 in his short Magnolia stint so far. Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang added 14 points each for the Hotshots.

San Miguel got 31 points from Renaldo Balkman but it was not enough.

 

The Scores:

Magnolia (101): Chism 21, Lee 14, Sangalang 14, Barroca 11, Herndon 10, Jalalon 9, Melton 8, Brondial 5, Dela Rosa 4, Simon 3, Gamalinda 2, Reavis 0, Ramos 0

San Miguel (97): Balkman 31, Fajardo 18, Santos 13, Lassiter 12, Ross 9, Cabagnot 9, Nabong 5, Rosser 0, Heruela 0

Quarter scores: 29-27, 45-44, 78-76, 101-97

 

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