Magnolia wrecks Ginebra to tie up Manila Clasico quarterfinals
MANILA, Philippines – Magnolia forced a deciding Game 3 in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals after a 106-77 demolition of Barangay Ginebra at the Araneta Coliseum on Monday, April 8.
The 29-point drubbing marked Magnolia's biggest Clasico win over Ginebra, breaking a record 27-point victory in the 2008 Philippine Cup.
Six Hotshots breached double digit scoring, led by Ian Sangalang's 21 points paired with 9 rebounds. Jio Jalalon had his usual all-around production off 17 markers, 6 assists, and 5 boards, while Paul Lee led the bench mob with 13 points.
"Good thing kasi best-of-three. Sabi ko last time, maganda na 'yung mga players ko, na-challenge sila," Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said.
(It's a good thing that it's best-of-three. I said last time, it's good that my players were challenged.)
"That's what we talked about, our spirit, aura, and passion in Game 1 was not Magnolia Hotshots basketball."
Already on the brink of elimination in the Manila Clasico quarters, Magnolia used a blazing 11-0 start to set the tempo before settling for a 25-18 lead after the opening quarter.
The Hotshots proved their hot start wasn't a one-off after piling 10 more unanswered points late in the 2nd, ending with a Paul Lee and-one for the 49-36 lead.
The game turned to a no-contest by the 3rd frame, as Magnolia clinched a 30-point gap, 78-48, after a Rodney Brondial layup capped a 12-4 run.
Ginebra never got closer than 23 points in the 4th as Magnolia coasted to the series-tying win. Sol Mercado led the team with 13 points in the sorry loss.
The Clasico quarters will culminate on Wednesday, April 10, at the same venue.
Magnolia 106 - Sangalang 21, Herndon 18, Jalalon 17, Barroca 13, Lee 13, Dela Rosa 11, Ramos 6, Abundo 3, Reavis 2, Brondial 2, Gamalinda 0, Melton 0, Pascual 0.
Ginebra 77 - Mercado 13, Thompson 8, Ferrer 8, Dela Cruz 7, Caperal 6, Teodoro 6, Slaughter 5, Tenorio 5, Aguilar 5, Chan 4, Cruz 4, Devance 4, Mariano 2.
Quarters: 25-18, 51-38, 81-54, 106-77.