Magnolia cracks winning column against struggling NLEX

Delfin Dioquino
Magnolia cracks winning column against struggling NLEX
Jericho Cruz debuts as Yeng Guiao returns for the Road Warriors, but the Hotshots still prevail

MANILA, Philippines – James Farr put up a 20-20 performance as Magnolia notched its first win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 98-88 victory over NLEX at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, June 14. 

Farr, who had a subpar outing in his PBA debut, bounced back with 24 points, 21 rebounds, and 3 steals to help the Hotshots crack the winning column after losing their first two games. 

Ian Sangalang was just as stellar in the triumph with 21 points and 7 rebounds off the bench as he sank crucial baskets down the stretch to keep the reeling Road Warriors without a win in 6 games.

NLEX trailed by just 3 points with less than 3 minutes left, 87-90, until Sangalang drained a floater to spark a win-clinching 8-1 run capped off by a Paul Lee three-pointer. 

Lee delivered 11 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds, while Jio Jalalon added 10 points and 2 steals for the Hotshots. 

Although the Road Warriors acquired serviceable guard Jericho Cruz and saw the return of head coach Yeng Guiao at the sidelines, they still could not get a win as they failed to protect a 10-point lead.

Tony Mitchell chalked up 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks, while Kenneth Ighalo and JR Quinahan added 14 and 12 points, respectively, in the loss.

Cruz, meanwhile, debuted for NLEX with 6 points and 8 assists in his first PBA game in two months. 

The Scores

Magnolia 98 – Farr 24, Sangalang 21, Lee 11, Jalalon 10, Barroca 7, Ramos 6, Melton 5, Dela Rosa 5, Brondial 4, Herndon 3, Simon 2, Pascual 0, 

NLEX 88 – Mitchell 22, Ighalo 14, Quinahan 12, Lao 8, Erram 7, Cruz 6, Galanza 5, Paredes 4, Paniamogan 3, Monfort 3, Tiongson 2, Rios 2, Baguio 0.

Quarters: 27-29, 45-49, 73-71, 98-88.

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.