PBA: Hotshots clinch 2x-to-beat after dominating TNT
Paul Lintag on Oct 26, 2018 09:49 PM
Magnolia scores win no. 8 to clinch a playoff incentive.
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Magnolia gets its playoff bonus.
The Hotshots are the first to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs after a sensational 116-103 win over TNT Friday at the Ynares Center here.
Breaking away from a triple-time with Ginebra and Alaska, Magnolia took over solo first with an 8-2 mark.
More importantly, win no. 8 formally clinched the coveted playoff bonus for the Hotshots.
"Thankful because we’re commited to our game plan, we’re commited to our defense and we are committed to our execution on offense," head coach Chito Victolero said.
"I just told to my players that we need to surpass the energy and aggresiveness of TNT. We know that they will go hard for this game. Kailangan din nila itong game na ito, itong panalo na ito. Yun lang, siguro medyo sinuwerte kami," he added.
Magnolia started to pull away in the second period, turning to its signature defense after allowing 30 points in a high-scoring first quarter.
While the KaTropa would recover to start the second half, the Hotshots landed the finishing blow in the fourth, leading by as many as 18 points to knock out TNT.
Ian Sangalang led the way with 28 points while Mark Barroca added 21.
Paul Lee flirted with a triple-double with 19 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Import Romeo Travis also had a solid all-around performance, going for 18 points, 15 rebounds, and seven dimes.
For the KaTropa, Terrence Romeo fired 23 points anD Troy Rosario added 21. Import Marqus Blakely had 17 points, 18 rebounds, and 11 assists in losing effort.
TNT dropped to 4-6 with their back-to-back losses and are officially on the brink of elimination.
Magnolia 116 – Sangalang 28, Barroca 21, Lee 19, Travis 18, Melton 9, Jalalon 9, Reavis 4, Brondial 4, Dela Rosa 2, Herndon 2.
TNT 103 – Romeo 23, Rosario 21, Blakely 17, Castro 13, Cruz 8, Trollano 7, Pogoy 6, Carey 4, Williams 4, Golla 0, Garcia 0, Reyes 0.
Quarters: 33-30; 62-48; 89-78; 116-103.
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