Magnolia dismantles Ginebra on Christmas Day

Posted by watchmen
December 27, 2021
Posted in SPORTS

By Adrian Stewart Co

Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots dominated Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings from start to finish for a 117-94 win in the 2021 PBA Governors’ Cup on Christmas Day at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots’ Mike Harris goes for an inside hit as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings’ Brian Enriquez tries to give chase. (PBA Media Bureau photo)

Reinforcement Mike Harris tallied double-double 29 points and 15 rebounds, while Paul Lee added 20 points, including four three-point conversions, as the Hotshots remained undefeated in three games.

Calvin Abueva also made his presence felt with 13 points, while Jiovani Jalalon, Andy Mark Barroca and rookie Jerrick Ahanmisi also hit double figures with 12, 11 and 10, respectively, for Magnolia.

The Hotshots surged to a 29-20 first quarter lead and went on to widen the gap further in the second quarter for a 61-42 halftime advantage over their rivals.

The Magnolia onslaught continued in the second half as the lead reached its largest at 31 points before Barangay Ginebra garnered some garbage points in the fourth period.

Justin Brownlee had double-double 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Arvin Tolentino and Japeth Aguilar had 15 and 14 points, respectively, as the Kings dropped to 3-1.

Meanwhile, Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters (3-2) handed NLEX Road Warriors (4-1) its first defeat despite playing almost the entire game without injured import Paul Harris.

Matthew Wright, Bacolodnon Justin Chua, Jason Perkins and Chris Banchero played a huge role on offense for the Fuel Masters as they snapped a two-game losing skid.

Wright led the Fuel Masters with 23 points, Chua chipped in 19 markers, while Banchero and Aljun Melecio ended up with 17 and 12 points, respectively for Phoenix.

Harris logged in only 2:38 for the Fuel Masters before exiting with just two points, one rebound and one assist after hurting his leg early in the opening round./ASC, WDJ


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