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    Magnolia fights back from 20 points down to frustrate GlobalPort, advance to semis

    Mar 6, 2018
    Paul Lee led the fight early for Magnolia. Marlo Cueto

    MAGNOLIA gave GlobalPort false hopes of dragging their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal matchup to a deciding game as the Hotshots frustrated the Batang Pier, 86-79, on Tuesday night to move on to the semifinals of  the all-Filipino tournament.

    The twice-to-beat Hotshots climbed out of a deep 20-point hole early on, turning the game around in the third quarter where they outscored the Batang Pier, 27-14, to restore order and eliminate the Batang Pier.

    Mark Barroca and Ian Sangalang provided the spark off the bench, while Paul Lee and Marc Pingris also delivered for the Hotshots, who clinched a Final Four berth for the fourth straight conference.

    “We expected their (GlobalPort) aggressiveness; they outplayed us, but good thing we had a second half to recover,”  Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said. “It was a total team effort.”

    The Hotshots are now waiting for the survivor of the NLEX-Alaska best-of-three series that the Road Warriors are currently on top of, 1-0.

    Barroca paced the balanced attack scored seven of his 17 points in the final frame where the Hotshots led, 78-66, and never allowed the Batang Pier to come closer than four points.

    Lee showed he’s not just a scorer as he chipped in 14 points, 13 rebounds, and one assist in 35 minutes, while Pingris added 13 points, nine boards, two blocks, one assist, and one steal in 33 minutes.

    Sangalang contributed 11 points, eight caroms, and one assist in 23 minutes off the bench.

    Stanley Pringle led the Batang Pier with 31 points, built around five treys, 10 boards, four assists, and one block against six turnovers in almost 41 minutes of play, but his supporting cast left much to be desired as Terrence Romeo contributed just 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting in almost 30 minutes.

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    Romeo also had a shouting match with GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio, a commotion that was quickly resolved, but still could’ve affected the team’s play the rest of the way.

    It also didn’t help that the Batang Pier lost workhorse Sean Anthony for the most part of the game after spraining his ankle late in the first quarter.

     

    The Scores:

    MAGNOLIA 86 — Barroca 17, Lee 14, Pingris 13, Sangalang 11, Melton 7, Simon 7, Ramos 6, Jalalon 5, Brondial 4, Reavis 2, Dela Rosa 0

    GLOBALPORT 79 — Pringle 31, Romeo 14, Grey 9, Sargent 7, Nabong 5, Elorde 4, Taha 3, Teng 3, Gabayni 2, Araña 1, Anthony 0, Guinto 0

    Quarterscores: 12-26, 34-45, 61-59, 86-79

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