Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

Basketball

Magnolia eliminates Meralco, advances to PBA Finals


Magnolia became the first team to enter the 2021 PBA Honda Philippine Cup Finals by finishing off Meralco, 93-85, in Game Six of the semis, Friday evening at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

The Hotshots bucked a sluggish start and a couple of misfortunes on the way to booking their third trip to the all-Filipino conference finale in four seasons. This is now the storied franchise’s 31st time overall to vie for a title.

They now await the winner between San Miguel and TNT, which plays in the deciding Game Seven on Sunday, October 17.

“Credit to all of them kasi grabe talaga ‘yung tinrabaho nila,” said head coach Chito Victolero. “Alam namin na sobrang mahihirapan kami. We faced the no. 2 team, talagang grabe yung effort din ni Meralco na binigay. Thank God talaga.”

Ian Sangalang was at the forefront of the victory with his 19 points and 14 rebounds for his 10th double-double performance of the conference. He also collected six assists, three blocks, and two steals in over 41 minutes.2021-PBA-Philippine-Cup-semis-meralco-vs-magnolia-ian-sangalang-2 Magnolia eliminates Meralco, advances to PBA Finals Basketball News PBA  - philippine sports news

But it wasn’t just him who delivered the victory as Rome Dela Rosa showed again that he has embraced being a two-way player by firing 16 points on a 62-percent clip, including an impressive 5-of-8 from deep.

One of his three-pointers gave Magnolia a 36-35 advantage with four minutes remaining in the second quarter, their first lead of the game after allowing the Bolts to open up the match with 11 unanswered points.

And when the opposition came to within just four after trailing by as much as 11, the second-generation cager sank his last shot from the outside to push the Hotshots’ lead back to nine, 83-74, with 8:10 to go in the game.

#ReadMore  1-Pacman's Romero requests for cycling-friendly infra come 'New Normal'

“We trained Rome to become a two-way player. That’s what we trained in the offseason. We give Rome the confidence to shoot outside and he delivered,” said Victolero as Dela Rosa also hauled down five rebounds.

Mark Barroca finished with 16 points as well, none bigger than the lay-up he made with 1:44 left that gave them an 89-80 to strike the dagger.

Calvin Abueva had 11 points and six rebounds although he fouled out of the match with 4:36 to go. Jio Jalalon also chimed in 11 as a total of five Hotshots finished in double figures on a night Paul Lee was off.

The former BPC, who’s playing through a hurt shoulder, only finished with four points as he missed all of his nine shots from the floor.

“Nagtulong-tulong lang kami,” said Victolero. “‘Yun lang naman sinabi ko sa kanila, no pressure, no expectations, just play hard, give their multiple effort on defense and offense, and the results will come.

Meanwhile, Raymond Almazan had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Meralco, who once again exited the Philippine Cup semis.

Chris Newsome made 14 points, Allein Maliksi supplied 13 points despite nursing a fractured cheekbone, as Nards Pinto chimed in 10 although he never returned after suffering cramps during the third quarter.

This is now the end of the line for the Bolts, who finished the eliminations as the second seed with a 9-2 card — their best in franchise history.

The Scores:

Magnolia 93 – Sangalang 19, Barroca 16, Dela Rosa 16, Jalalon 11, Abueva 11, Melton 6, Reavis 6, Corpuz 4, Lee 4, Ahanmisi 0, Dionisio 0.

#ReadMore  Chiefs achieve longest win streak in school history

Meralco 85 – Almazan 16, Newsome 14, Maliksi 13, Pinto 10, Hodge 9, Quinto 7, Caram 7, Hugnatan 6, Belo 3, Black 0, Pasaol 0, Jamito 0.

Quarterscores: 20-27, 44-40, 72-68, 93-85.

Written By

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

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

3x3 Basketball

There is an additional twist to the already curious case of Maurice Shaw. The second overall pick in the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft is...

Basketball

PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR — Globalport-MisOr overcame a gritty home team Pagadian, 67-62, to notch its fourth straight win in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin...

3x3 Basketball

Joseph Eriobu of Purefoods and Almond Vosotros of TNT are neck and neck in a tight PBA 3×3 scoring race. After four legs, Eriobu,...

Basketball

PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR — BYB Kapatagan rolled past MFT Iligan, 87-69, in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Challenge, Monday at the...

Basketball

PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR—Pagadian had a late-game collapse against Zamboanga Sibugay on Friday night. Ahead by nine inside the last three minutes of the...

Basketball

PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR—Young Shaq Imperial has proven to be one of the most consistent scorers for Zamboanga Sibugay in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin...

Basketball

PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR — Home squad Pagadian extended Basilan BRT’s woes to six games, 77-65, in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao...

Basketball

PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR — Shaq Imperial saved the day as Zamboanga Sibugay escaped Roxas in overtime, 91-89, in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super...

Advertisement