MAGNOLIA proved it’s still the better defensive team than Globalport as it held off the Batang Pier, 92-87, on Saturday night at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga to register in the win column of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Hotshots locked down on defense when it mattered most – forcing Stanley Pringle to three misses and a jumpball situation in the endgame to hack out the victory in the Petron Saturday Special that atoned for a heartbreaking two-point loss to Phoenix last Sunday.
On offense, the Hotshots turned to local stars Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang who hit the biggest shots down the stretch as they snapped the Batang Pier’s two-game win streak, dropping to an even 2-2 win-loss card.
Sangalang scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench, scattering five of his output inside the last four minutes, including the free throw that put the Hotshots up for good at 86-85 and a short stab that gave them a two-possession 90-85 lead with a minute and 46 seconds left.
Those baskets were sandwiched by Lee’s floater that put them up, 88-85, as The Lee-thal Weapon saved his best for last after an awful shooting night that saw make just three of his 10 shots for eight points.
Vernon Macklin registered 19 points, 13 boards, and one block in almost 42 minutes, while Mark Barroca anchored their stingy defense, forcing that jumpball on Pringle and finishing with seven points, seven assists, four steals, and two boards in 40 minutes.
Rome dela Rosa was the other Magnolia player who scored in twin digits with 14 markers on 6-of-8 shooting along with four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in in 39 minutes.
Pringle was held to just 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting, along with six rebounds, three assists, and one block, against two turnovers in 36 minutes, while Sean Anthony led the Batang Pier with 20 points, 11 caroms, two assists, and one steal, although the workhorse forward committed eight errors.
MAGNOLIA 92 – Sangalang 22, Macklin 19, Dela Rosa 14, Ramos 9, Lee 8, Barroca 7, Simon 6, Jalalon 5, Pascual 2, Herndon 0, Brondial 0
GLOBALPORT 87 – Anthony 20, White 17, Pringle 14, Tautuaa 12, Javelona 9, Grey 5, Araña 4, Elorde 2, Flores 2, Guinto 2, Teng 0, Gabayni 0, Juico 0
Quarterscores: 20-15, 37-37, 65-62, 92-87