PBA Finals: Magnolia grinds out crucial Game 3 win over SMB

Paul Lintag on May 05, 2019 08:58 PM
PBA Finals: Magnolia grinds out crucial Game 3 win
Magnolia takes a two games to one lead in the Philippine Cup Finals after a masterful performance against San Miguel Beer in Game 3.

It’s time to forget about the 2018 All-Filipino Finals now.

Magnolia is charting its own path in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, regaining the series lead after grinding out an impressive 86-82 Game 3 win over four-time champion San Miguel Beer Sunday at the Big Dome.

The Hotshots won the first game of the 2018 Finals before losing four straight Beermen. That will not happen now as Magnolia got that elusive second win for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7.

Going back to its signature defense, Magnolia stymied the San Miguel from the second quarter onwards.

Some much-needed offense then came from Ian Sangalang, Mark Barroca, and Rafi Reavis as the Hosthots picked up this crucial victory.

“We’re more aggressive. We dictated the tempo, we dictated the defense and I think that has been the key,” said head coach Chito Victolero.

“If we limit them under 100 points, paulit-ulit pero yun talaga yun. If we go to our game, which is defensive, we have a big chance,” he added.

The Hotshots shut down the San Miguel offense to just 12 points in the second quarter as they started to take control.

Then, when the inevitable Beermen runs happened in the second half, Magnolia was strong in its resolve with Mark Barroca at the lead.

Barroca led all scorers with 22 points in an efficient performance on both ends. He was backed up by his frontline of Ian Sangalang and Rafi Reavis.

Sangalang scored 17 points on top of 15 rebounds while Reavis was good for 16 points and 17 boards.

Arwind Santos needed 22 shots to score 19 points for San Miguel, which perfectly highlighted the Beermen’s struggles from the field anew.

Five Beermen scored in double figures but the team only shot 32 percent from the field.


The Scores:

Magnolia 86 - Barroca 22, Sangalang 17, Reavis 16, Lee 8, Jalalon 7, Dela Rosa 7, Pascual 6, Ramos 3, Brondial 0, Simon 0, Melton 0.

San Miguel 82 - Santos 19, Fajardo 17, Romeo 15, Cabagnot 11, Lassiter 6, Ross 7, Standhardinger 7, Rosser 0, Nabong 0, Pessumal 0.

Quarters: 21-24, 36-45, 66-58, 86-82.


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