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    Magnolia looks to close out semifinal series against Meralco

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    MAGNOLIA looks to book a return trip to the finals on Wednesday as it faces Meralco in Game Five of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

    The Hotshots face the Bolts at 3 p.m., looking to make it back to the finals after runner-up finishes in 2018 and 2019.

    Despite holding a 3-1 series lead, the Hotshots know all too well that finishing off the Bolts will be difficult.

    “Based on my experience, mahirap mag-close ng series,” said Magnolia guard Mark Barroca. “’Yung effort na binigay namin, kailangan i-triple namin. Hindi ibibigay ‘yan. Kung kami nasa sitwasyon nila, ‘yun talaga ang gagawin namin.”

    Magnolia gained a two-game advantage after an 81-69 win over Meralco with Ian Sangalang, Calvin Abueva, and Barroca tallying 17 points apiece.

    “We need to do multiple effort. We have to be aggressive. We have to be consistent with our energy,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.

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    Paul Lee of Magnolia pulls up for a jumper against Meralco in Game Three.

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