Magnolia bumps Columbian off winning track with 25-point romp
MANILA, Philippines – The Magnolia Hotshots cruised to their second straight win by annihilating the Columbian Dyip, 126-101, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, May 16.
Import Vernon Macklin, who played his penultimate game for the Hotshots after securing a guaranteed contract in China's National Basketball League, churned out 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead 5 other Magnolia players in double figures.
The Hotshots caught fire from the get-go for a comfortable 37-18 cushion after the first quarter and kept their foot on the gas to lead by as much 38 in the payoff period.
"Pinag-usapan namin na we have to respect this Columbian Dyip dahil maganda tinatakbo nila. It's a battle of our defense against their offense, buti na lang maganda mindset ng mga bata right from the start," said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero.
(We talked about playing the Columbian Dyip with respect because they are having a good start this conference. It's a battle of our defense against their offense and luckily, the boys had a good mindset from the start.)
Ian Sangalang continued his impressive play for Magnolia, which improved to 2-1, with 18 points and 4 rebounds while Paul Lee added 17 points, 8 assists and two steals and Mark Barroca chipped in another 17 points to go with 6 assists.
Jio Jalalon had an all-around performance of 11 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals and Aldrech Ramos chalked up 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in the win.
Only 3 Columbian players breached double figures as the Dyip showed no signs of a comeback.
John Bailey Fields III had a herculean effort of 22 points and 19 boards but that did not prevent Columbian from falling to a 3-3 card.
Columbian (101): Fields 22, King 19, McCarthy 12, Khobuntin 9, Tubid 9, Corpuz 8, Celda 7, Cabrera 6, Lastimosa 5, Cahilig 4, Ababou 0, Escoto 0, Gabriel 0, Yee 0
Quarter scores: 37-18, 72-43, 97-71, 126-101