PBA: ROS strikes first in semis against Magnolia

Paul Lintag on Apr 12, 2019 09:23 PM
PBA: ROS strikes first in semis against Magnolia
Cooling down after a sizzling start, ROS recovered in the second half and hit timely shots in the fourth to keep the Hotshots down. (PBA)

Rain or Shine holds on to this one.

The Elasto Painters landed the first strike in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, stopping Magnolia Friday at the Big Dome in Game 1 of their best-of-7 series, 84-77.

Cooling down after a sizzling start, ROS recovered in the second half and hit timely shots in the fourth to keep the Hotshots down.

Securing multiple possession late, the Elasto Painters landed the knockout blow as Rey Nambatac found Gabe Norwood wide open for a layup that put ROS up 84-76 with 31 seconds to go.

“It’s great to win the first game but we just have to forget about this and think about Game 2 right away,” head coach Caloy Garcia said.

“I know we won but it was a hard battle. We know that they’re gonna do adjustments for the next game,” he added.

ROS got off to a sizzling start, opening the game with a 10-0 run. After they shook off some cobwebs though, the Hotshots matched that and Game 1 was truly on.

The Hotshots were actually on top at thhe break but the Elasto Painters relied on some good work by Javee Mocon, Rey Nambatac, and Ed Daquioag in the third to take control.

The three youngsters almost matched Magnolia’s entire output in the period and Rain or Shine regained the lead, 61-58.

Mocon was the one that stood out the most, scoring 15 points on top of 10 rebounds for a strong double-double.

Gabe Norwood (13 points), Beau Belga (12 points), and Daquioag (10 points) then all finished in double figures for ROS.

The Hotshots got 15 points from Paul Lee but it was a grind all night long as he shot 5/13 from the field. Ian Sangalang added 13 for Magnolia.

Game 2 will be on Sunday.


The scores:

Rain or Shine 84 - Mocon 15, Norwood 13, Belga 12, Daquioag 10, Rosales 9, Yap 8, Nambatac 7, Borboran 6, Ponefrada 2, Torres 2, Ahanmisi 0.

Magnolia 77 - Lee 15, Sangalang 13, Barroca 12, Jalalon 11, Reavis 9, Melton 7, Ramos 4, Brondial 4, Dela Rosa 2, Simon 0, Herndon 0.

Quarters: 19-16, 33-37, 61-58, 84-77.

 

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