Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

Basketball

Hotshots embarrass Picanto with another 47-point rout


The Magnolia Hotshots’ second half explosion completely destroyed the Kia Picanto, 124-77, and sent the struggling franchise to their 15th successive defeat, Wednesday evening at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

This equaled the Hotshots’ win over the Picanto last September 22 during the 2017 Governors’ Cup.

The Hotshots have perfectly bounced back from their Christmas Day 2017 loss to rivals Barangay Ginebra and have improved their card to 2-1. The Picanto, meanwhile, dropped to 0-3 and has yet to taste a win since May of 2017.

“This is the start of our first game of the year and I told my players to start it right,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero.

Six Hotshots finished in double figures in the win.

Justin Melton led the pack with 23 points on top of six rebounds and eight assists, Ian Sangalang supplied 21 points and nine boards, and rookie Robert Herndon chipped in 14.

Magnolia was still in a tight contest with Kia in the first 24 minutes, but the game changed come the third canto when the former, behind Paul Lee, uncorked a 10-0 run to post the game’s first double-digit lead, 62-51, with 4:46 on the clock.

The match was never in doubt for the Hotshots after that as they kept on pounding Picanto in a variety of ways, eventually leading up to the nearly 50-point demolition. Melton continued to go hard up until the final buzzer.

“We had a good adjustment in the second half — they only scored 11 points in the third. We limited them to under 80 points which is our goal. Maganda ang depensa noong second half,” added Victolero on the victory.

#ReadMore  PBA 3x3 to begin before Govs' Cup

Lee finished with 13 points — all in the third quarter — for Magnolia. The returning Jio Jalalon also made his presence felt with 11 markers, five rebounds, and three assists, while PJ Simon also scored 11.

JayR Reyes had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Kia. Ronald Tubid, Reden Celda, and Rashawn McCarthy all had 11 markers.

The loss have sent Kia into the history books for the wrong reason, as their skid has become the longest one in the league in the last 10 years. Moreover, three of their four franchise-worst losses came into the hands of Magnolia.

Both clubs will return to action this Sunday, January 14, still at the Big Dome. Kia will look to end their skid as they take on Alaska Aces at 4:30, while Magnolia will aim to make two in a row against NLEX Road Warriors at 6:45 PM.

The Scores:

Magnolia 124 – Melton 23, Sangalang 21, Herndon 14, Lee 13, Jalalon 11, Ramos 7, Gamalinda 6, Pingris 6, Pascual 4, Barroca 4, Dela Rosa 2, Brondial 2.

Kia 77 – Reyes 12, McCarthy 11, Celda 11, Tubid 11, Corpuz 9, Yee 6, Paniamogan 5, Khobuntin 5, Jamon 3, Sara 2, Caperal 2, Cabrera 0, Ababou 0, Camson 0, Cabrera 0, Galanza 0.

Quarterscores: 22-22, 47-49, 81-58, 124-77.

Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.


You May Also Like

3x3 Basketball

Ronald Tubid is set to see action in PBA 3×3’s biggest stage. The 40-year-old veteran is making a comeback in the halfcourt competitions, as...

3x3 Basketball

Ronald Tubid’s comeback proved to be short-lived as he will no longer play for Terrafirma in Leg 5 of the PBA 3×3 Second Conference...

News

Mike Harris’ horrifying exit turned things around for the worse for Magnolia in Game Five of its PBA Governors’ Cup semis clash against Meralco,...

Basketball

Meralco outlasted Magnolia in an emotional semis do-or-die, 94-81, to arrange yet another meeting with Ginebra San Miguel in the 2022 PBA Governors’ Cup...

Basketball

Regardless of the opponent, Ginebra San Miguel knows that a ‘great challenge’ lies ahead in defending its PBA Governors’ Cup championship. Gin Kings head...

Basketball

Paul Lee simply does not want to be bothered anymore by the left ankle injury he has been nursing prior to the 2022 PBA...

Basketball

Magnolia ensured that its season would not conclude too soon as it exacted vengeance on Meralco, 94-73, in Game Four of the 2022 PBA...

Basketball

Paul Lee is not one to make any excuses, but he bared that a left ankle injury has been bothering him in the 2021-22...

Advertisement