MANILA, Philippines–Magnolia bucked a sluggish begin and dominated NorthPort with a 129-109 victory that sealed its place within the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup on Thursday at Good Araneta Coliseum.
Import Antonio Hester led a giant turnaround whereas Rome dela Rosa and Aris Dionisio had been amongst those that stepped up because the Hotshots bounced again from Sunday’s loss to the Meralco Bolts.
The win put Magnolia at 5-4 whereas permitting Barangay Ginebra (5-2) and Meralco (5-4) to additionally attain the quarters following NorthPort’s defeat.
“Good factor we had been capable of recuperate and play good basketball,” mentioned Magnolia coach Chito Victolero after NorthPort raced to a 22-12 lead within the opening interval.
Hester had 28 factors and 14 rebounds as he performed a serious function within the Hotshots turnaround whereas Dela Rosa scored 19 after making seven of 10 pictures.
Dionisio got here off the bench to provide 15 factors and 7 rebounds at the same time as Mark Barroca (21 factors and eight assists), Calvin Abueva (18 factors, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and three steals) and Paul Lee (16 factors ) additionally produced very important numbers.
The Hotshots stored a slim probability on the twice-to-beat benefit with two video games left within the eliminations, all towards lowly sides.
Terrafirma will likely be Magnolia’s subsequent opponent on Saturday at Philsports Area in Pasig Metropolis earlier than tackling Blackwater on Wednesday at Ynares Middle in Antipolo Metropolis.
Import Kevin Murphy scored 31 factors whereas Robert Bolick had 30, however had simply two within the first half, as NorthPort noticed its streak of back-to-back victories snapped and fell to 2-7.
NorthPort stays in competition for the final quarters berth, however might want to sweep its final two video games and for eighth-ranked Phoenix, at 4-5, to drop the identical variety of matches to drive a playoff.
MAGNOLIA 129 — Hester 28, Barroca 21, Dela Rosa 19, Abueva 18, Lee 16, Dionisio 15, Escoto 7, Jalalon 3, Mendoza 2, Reavis 0, Ahanmisi 0, Wong 0, Zaldivar 0, Corpuz 0.
NORTHPORT 109 — Murphy 31, Bolick 30, Munzon 11, Calma 9, Chan 8, Taha 6, Tolentino 4, Salado 4, Zamar 3, Sumang 2, Santos 0, Caperal 0, Balagasay 0.
Quarters: 31-31, 73-47, 98-84, 129-109.
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