PBA: Magnolia demolishes Columbian to boost playoff push

Paul Lintag on Mar 13, 2019 06:42 PM
PBA: Magnolia demolishes Columbian to boost playoff push
Back-to-back wins for the Hotshots after crushing Columbian.

Here comes Magnolia.

The Hotshots’ playoff chase in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup continued Wednesday, pulling away late to demolish Columbian at the Big Dome, 109-83.

Magnolia got its first winning streak of the year at two games, improving to 3-4 in the All-Filipino.

“I think it’s all about our desire and will to win the game. Pinagusapan kasi nami before this game yung importance ng game na to. Columbian kasi they’re also gunning for a playoff. Kasi kami ganoon din,” head coach Chito Victolero said.

“Importante yung effort and yung aggressiveness na ibibigay namin for this game. I’m very happy kasi at least, kung di lang namin na match, na surpass namin yung effort at aggressiveness ng Columbian,” he added.

While the Hotshots never trailed for the entire game, the Dyip were sticking around for most of it, keeping the game relatively close.

That all changed late in the third as Magnolia started to flip the switch, ending the period with a huge run to take a 75-57 lead into the final quarter.

The Hotshots cruised to the victory, at one point even taking a commanding 28-point lead before Columbian scored one final basket to make it a 26-point decision.

Ian Sangalang was the high man for Magnolia, posting 16 points. Mark Barroca and Rome dela Rosa followed suit, adding 14 and 12 points respectively.

Columbian’s playoff spot is now is serios danger as they drop to 4-6 with the loss. Rashawn McCarthy led the Dyip offense with 19 points while top rookie CJ Perez was good for 14.

The Scores:

Magnolia 109 - Sangalang 16, Barroca 14, Dela Rosa 12, Ramos 10, Jalalon 9, Brondial 9, Pascual 8, Reavis 7, Melton 6, Lee 6, Simon 5, Gamalinda 4, Herndon 3, Abundo 0, Calisaan 0.

Columbian 83 - McCarthy 19, Perez 14, Corpuz 12, Camson 9, Khobuntin 6, Faundo 5, Calvo 5, Reyes 4, Gabriel 4, Cahilig 4, Agovida 1, Escoto 0, Cabrera 0, Celda 0.

Quarters: 22-12, 48-38, 75-57, 109-83.


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