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    Magnolia overcomes Ginebra to grab share of PBA lead

    Jul 25, 2021
    PHOTO: PBA Images

    MAGNOLIA Pambansang Manok kept its strong start going, defeating Barangay Ginebra, 89-79, on Sunday in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

    Paul Lee kept the Hotshots undefeated in three games, thwarting a Stanley Pringle-led Gin Kings comeback bid with baskets late in the fourth on his way to a team-high 22 points.

    The Hotshots are now 3-0, tying Rain or Shine for the lead in the team standings.

    Using an 11-2 run to start the third, the Hotshots padded their lead that eventually reached 65-49, the biggest in the game.

    “We started on our defense. We have a goal and we achieved that goal on defense. We had a good start. ‘Yun ang gusto naman namin. Credit to the players, they gave their best effort,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.

    “We had a good start the third quarter. Credit kay Paul at sa mga teammates niya, lahat ginawa namin para makuha ang game na ‘to,” Victolero said.

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    Pringle finished with 22 points, leading the way as Ginebra cut Magnolia’s lead to two points, 79-77. But Lee countered with four straight points, before Ian Sangalang practically sealed the win with a short stab, 85-79, with 1:40 left in the game.

    Lee set the tone early by scoring 11 points in the first quarter as Magnolia held a 46-42 halftime lead.

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    Sangalang had 17 points, while Calvin Abueva, playing his first match against Barangay Ginebra in a Magnolia uniform, had 15 points including eight in the third, while also grabbing nine rebounds.

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      The reigning champion fell to 1-2 as the slow start continued for the Gin Kings. Scottie Thompson had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Christian Standhardinger also had a double-double with 13 and 11.

      The scores:

      Magnolia Pambansang Manok 89 – Lee 22, Sangalang 17, Abueva 15, Barroca 15, Corpuz 9, Jalalon 5, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 2, Ahanmisi 0, Pascual 0, Dionisio 0.

      Barangay Ginebra 79 – Pringle 22, Tenorio 13, Thompson 13, Standhardinger 13, Chan 9, J. Aguilar 9, Dillinger 0, Caperal 0, R. Aguilar 0, Devance 0, Ayaay 0.

      Quarterscores: 22-22; 46-52; 67-56; 89-79.

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