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    Lee's 24 points, Abueva double-double help Magnolia sweep ROS

    Sep 30, 2021
    Magnolia guard Paul Lee driving against Rain or Shine.
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    PAUL Lee scored 24 points, Calvin Abueva added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and Magnolia swept Rain or Shine, 96-86, on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

    The Hotshots seized control early and never trailed, ousting the Elastopainters in Game Two of their best-of-three quarterfinals series to advance against the winner of the rubber match between Meralco and NLEX on Friday.

    Lee began the game with a three-pointer as Magnolia opened with an 8-0 start and was never seriously threatened from there. The Hotshots even led by as many as 16 points at one point in the match.

    Jio Jalalon also stood out with 16 points, six assists, and two steals off the bench while Ian Sangalang added 13 points and 11 rebounds for third-seeded Magnolia.

    “It’s very hard na kalaban ‘yung Rain or Shine,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. “Well-coached and at the same time, they have the system. I think they are the number one defensive team sa liga natin.

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    Rain or Shine guard James Yap guarded by Calvin Abueva of Magnolia.

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    "I told my players that it’s going to be a defensive battle from start to finish. We need to execute on both ends of the floor. Kailangan lang namin na mag-grind ng grind for 48 minutes.”

    James Yap topscored with 16 points and Rey Nambatac added 13 points for Rain or Shine, but Lee and Abueva proved too much as coach Chris Gavina's first conference in charge ended in a quarterfinal exit.

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    The Elastopainters trailed, 26-10, the biggest deficit early on - a hole too deep for them to overcome.

    Barroca finishes off ROS

    The closest Rain or Shine got was at two points, but Magnolia responded with an 11-0 run spearheaded by Lee and Abueva, who scored the final seven points of that juncture to bring the lead back to 84-71.

    With Magnolia's lead at six points, Mark Barroca also finished off Rain or Shine with back-to-back floaters to settle the final score.

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      The scores:

      Magnolia 96 – Lee 24, Abueva 20, Jalalon 16, Sangalang 13, Barroca 8, Corpuz 5, Ahanmisi 3, Dela Rosa 3, Reavis 2, Pascual 1, Dionisio 1.

      Rain or Shine 86 – Yap 16, Nambatac 13, Mocon 9, Caracut 9, Wong 8, Santillan 8, Belga 8, Asistio 7, Norwood 3, Borboran 3, Ponferada 2, Guinto 0, Tolentino 0, Torres 0.

      Quarters: 28-17; 49-41; 71-69; 96-86.

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