2021 PBA PHILIPPINE CUP SEMIFINALS Magnolia rallies to beat Meralco in Game 1

Posted by watchmen
October 4, 2021
Posted in SPORTS

By Adrian Stewart Co

Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots erased an early deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Meralco Bolts, 88-79, in Game 1 of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals yesterday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots’ Ian Sangalang attempts an inside basket in front of the defense of Meralco Bolts’ Rey Mark Belo. (PBA Media Bureau photo)

Down 63-69 with 10 minutes in the fourth quarter, Calvin Abueva split his free throws and drilled a triple to trim the deficit to 67-69. Two free throws by Paul Lee and an inside hit by Ian Sangalang gave the Hotshots a 71-69 advantage.

Following misses from both teams, Magnolia widened the lead to 75-70 on back-to-back inside hits by Rafael Reavis and Sangalang but a two-pointer by Meralco’s Kier John Quinto cut the deficit to 72-75.

The Hotshots then went for the kill with Andy Mark Barroca connecting a triple, Abueva drilling back-to-back inside hits and Jiovani Jalalon with a layup for its biggest lead of 88-74.

Sangalang finished the match with 18 points and eight rebounds and Lee contributed 17 markers, including three outside conversions, as the Hotshots drew first blood in the best-of-seven series.

Abueva battled foul trouble to end up with 13 points, Jalalon and Barroca finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively, as Reavis hauled 10 rebounds to go with nine points for the Hotshots.

Quinto tallied double-double 14 points and 10 assists, Ilonggo Antonio Jose Caram and Rey Mark Belo added 11 markers apiece, while Bacolodnon Reynel Hugnatan had 10 points for the Bolts.



MAGNOLIA 88 – Sangalang 18, Lee 17, Abueva 13, Jalalon 12, Barroca 11, Reavis 9, Dela Rosa 6, Dionisio 2, Corpuz 0, Ahanmisi 0, Pascual 0.

MERALCO 79 – Quinto 14, Caram 11, Belo 11, Hugnatan 10, Almazan 9, Newsome 8, Hodge 7, Pinto 6, Maliksi 3, Pasaol 0.

Quarterscores: 22-17, 47-40, 61-64, 88-79./ASC, WDJ

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