MANILA, Philippines—An undermanned Magnolia squad secured a twice-to-beat benefit within the quarterfinals after holding off Meralco, 88-85, within the 2021-22 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Good Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots, who performed with out Ian Sangalang, Calvin Abueva, and Rome Dela Rosa, maintained their maintain of the highest seed at 8-1 whereas the Bolts dropped to 3rd and tied Alaska with a 6-3 file.
It took a pair of defensive stops for Magnolia to clinch the victory as Mark Barroca first tipped Allein Maliksi’s go to the open Chris Banchero within the nook then stopping the Meralco ahead to get a clear look from past the arc.
The Bolts obtained to inside one, 86-85, after Maliksi’s three-pointer with 42.1 seconds to play within the fourth however Mike Harris made a three-point sport, 88-85, for the Hotshots as he drove to the cup towards the protection of Tony Bishop.
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“Fourth quarter we had the momentum, and it’s an excellent factor we executed within the last quarter particularly on protection,” stated Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero. “We executed on our half and we had been in a position to disrupt them.”
“Despite the fact that we don’t have an entire lineup as a result of accidents, there have been no excuses, everyone stepped up from our second group to the third group. I’m very grateful to those gamers.”
Harris completed with a game-high 30 factors with 22 rebounds and two blocks to guide the Hotshots whereas Paul Lee added 16 factors and three steals.
Bishop had 19 factors and 14 rebounds for Meralco.
Abueva is affected by a calf muscle pressure because the center of February whereas Sangalang is nursing a sore knee that he obtained after Magnolia’s sport towards San Miguel on Sunday.
Dela Rosa, in the meantime, is nursing a hamstring harm that has stored him out of the lineup since mid-February.
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