PBA: Lee powers Magnolia to win, sets up Manila Clasico quarters
Paul Lintag on Apr 03, 2019 06:17 PM
Waiting in the quarterfinals is no. 3 Brgy. Ginebra and Manila Clasico will be a best-of-3 series with a semifinals slot on the line. (PBA)
Bring on Barangay Ginebra.
Magnolia has finished the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup elimination round on a tear, with the latest win a dominant 102-74 decision over NLEX Wednesday at the Big Dome.
Stumbling to a 0-3 start, the Hotshots finished 6-5, winning five of their last six to claim the no. 6 seed in the playoffs.
Waiting in the quarterfinals is no. 3 Brgy. Ginebra and Manila Clasico will be a best-of-3 series with a semifinals slot on the line.
“We achieved our goal and that is to get the no. 6 spot,” head coach Chito Victolero said.
“We will now focus on the quarterfinals. Happy ako na napunta kami sa equal opportunity although medyo mahirap because we will be facing a tough team in Ginebra,” he added as the Hotshots gain a best-of-3 series as a no. 6 seed as opposed to a playoff disadvantage in the 7th-8th slots.
Against NLEX, Magnolia clamped down on defense in the second quarter to open the game wide open, taking a 16-point lead at the break.
The Hotshots kept their foot on the gas and eventually led by 31 in the fourth, completing taking the fight out of the Road Warrios.
Paul Lee continued his hot shooting from the All-Star Game, firing 6/9 from deep to lead all scorers with 26 points.
Aldrech Ramos had 15 for Magnolia while Mark Barroca was good for 14 points. Ian Sangalang added 10 for good measure.
NLEX has at least a playoff to make it to the quarterfinals. Only one Road Warrior cracked double figures and that was Bong Galanza with 10 points.
MAGNOLIA 102 — Lee 26, Ramos 15, Barroca 14, Sangalang 10, Jalalon 8, Herndon 6, Melton 5, Simon 5, Brondial 5, Reavis 2, Gamalinda 2, Dela Rosa 2, Pascual 2, Calisaan 0, Abundo 0.
NLEX 74 — Galanza 10, Ighalo 9, Tallo 8, Quinahan 8, Erram 7, Rios 6, Paniamogan 6, Varilla 6, Magat 6, Soyud 4, Baguio 2, Lao 2, Tiongson 0, Taulava 0, Paredes 0.
Quarters: 20-16; 46-30; 77-54; 102-74.
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