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HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia – PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 4

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HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia – PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 4
Magnolia delivers another defensive masterclass as the Hotshots outclass the San Miguel Beermen to knot the finals series at 2-2

Tyler Bey got going early as Magnolia overpowered the once seemingly unstoppable San Miguel, 96-85, in Game 4 to level the PBA  Commissioner’s Cup finals at 2-2 on Friday, February 9, at the Araneta Coliseum.

Bey dropped a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds on top of 6 steals for the Hotshots, who suddenly made the series unpredictable after climbing back from 0-2.

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Fourth quarter
  • FINAL: Magnolia equalizes the best-of-seven finals series at 2-2 with a dominant 96-85 win over San Miguel
  • MAGNOLIA 96-85: Ian Sangalang and Don Trollano trade twos
  • MAGNOLIA 94-83: Paul Lee beats the shot clock buzzer with a cold-blooded trey. Timeout San Miguel with 1:51 to play
  • MAGNOLIA 91-83: Paul Lee drills two free throws with 2:40 left on the clock
  • MAGNOLIA 89-83: Bennie Boatwright drives strong and scores
  • MAGNOLIA 89-81: Ian Sangalang finishes again inside
  • MAGNOLIA 87-81: Don Trollano with a quick basket after the timeout
  • MAGNOLIA 87-79: Ian Sangalang takes advantage of the mismatch and scores. Timeout San Miguel with 4:38 remaining
  • MAGNOLIA 85-79: Calvin Abueva gets one to go from the foul line
  • MAGNOLIA 84-79: Tyler Bey sinks two more free throws
  • MAGNOLIA 82-79: Tyler Bey completes an and-one
  • 79-79: Jericho Cruz scores off a tough layup
  • MAGNOLIA 79-77: Tyler Bey splits his charities
  • MAGNOLIA 78-77: CJ Perez attacks Calvin Abueva’s defense and scores
  • MAGNOLIA 78-75: Paul Lee checks back in and quickly hits a bank shot
  • MAGNOLIA 76-75: Bennie Boatwright converts off Don Trollano’s miss
  • MAGNOLIA 76-73: Ian Sangalang posts up and scores
  • MAGNOLIA 74-73: Tyler Bey 2/2 from the line
Third quarter
  • END OF 3Q: San Miguel overtakes Magnolia in a high-octane battle, 73-72
  • SAN MIGUEL 73-72: Marcio Lassiter gets it to go from long distance
  • MAGNOLIA 72-70: Calvin Abueva putback is good
  • 70-70: Mark Barroca ties it up with a booming triple over Bennie Boatwright
  • SAN MIGUEL 70-67: Bennie Boatwright adds two more from the foul line
  • SAN MIGUEL 68-67: Bennie Boatwright gives the Beermen the lead with a three-point play
  • MAGNOLIA 67-65: Jericho Cruz finds the wide-open CJ Perez for a layup in transition
  • MAGNOLIA 67-63: Don Trollano finishes on the break
  • MAGNOLIA 67-61: Aris Dionisio hits from downtown, CJ Perez answers with a deuce
  • MAGNOLIA 64-59: CJ Perez skies for a crafty layup
  • MAGNOLIA 64-57: Bennie Boatwright splits his freebies
  • MAGNOLIA 64-56: Jio Jalalon hits again, this time off a short stab
  • MAGNOLIA 62-56: Jio Jalalon answers with own trey, but Don Trollano swishes again from deep
  • MAGNOLIA 59-53: Don Trollano for three
  • MAGNOLIA 59-50: Tyler Bey cleans up Calvin Abueva’s miss
  • MAGNOLIA 57-50: Jio Jalalon drops it off to Tyler Bey for an uncontested jam
  • MAGNOLIA 55-50: Marcio Lassiter cans a corner trey
  • MAGNOLIA 55-47: Ian Sangalang with an easy layup
  • MAGNOLIA 53-47: Calvin Abueva scores off an undergoal stab
  • MAGNOLIA 51-47: Jio Jalalon opens the second half with a tough floater, June Mar Fajardo counters with a hook shot
First-half performers
  • Tyler Bey (MAGNOLIA) – 14 points, 5/5 FG, 7 rebounds
  • Mark Barroca (MAGNOLIA) – 11 points
  • Paul Lee (MAGNOLIA) – 7 points
  • June Mar Fajardo (SAN MIGUEL) – 16 points, 12 rebounds
  • CJ Perez (SAN MIGUEL) – 9 points
  • Jericho Cruz (SAN MIGUEL) – 9 points
Second quarter
  • HALFTIME: Magnolia hangs on to a 49-45 edge over the surging San Miguel
  • MAGNOLIA 49-45: Aris Dionisio fires from deep
  • MAGNOLIA 46-45: June Mar Fajardo cuts the deficit to just one point after swishing two freebies
  • MAGNOLIA 46-43: Marcio Lassiter step back three is good
  • MAGNOLIA 46-40: Paul Lee makes two foul shots
  • MAGNOLIA 44-40: Bennie Boatwright converts inside the paint
  • MAGNOLIA 44-38: CJ Perez connects on two free throws, Mark Barroca responds with a deuce
  • MAGNOLIA 42-36: Bennie Boatwright finally hits from beyond the arc
  • MAGNOLIA 42-33: June Mar Fajardo splits his free throws, Tyler Bey lays it in
  • MAGNOLIA 40-32: Mark Barroca jumper is good
  • MAGNOLIA 38-32: Jericho Cruz stops San Miguel’s drought with a trey
  • MAGNOLIA 38-29: Quick 7-0 run by the Hotshots after a Tyler Bey triple
  • MAGNOLIA 35-29: Tyler Bey with a two-handed jam off a feed by Calvin Abueva
  • MAGNOLIA 33-29: Ian Sangalang fakes and scores down low
  • MAGNOLIA 31-29: June Mar Fajardo keeps it going with two more free throws
  • MAGNOLIA 31-27: Jeron Teng gets two free throws to go
  • MAGNOLIA 31-25: Jio Jalalon lets it fly from downtown
  • MAGNOLIA 28-25: June Mar Fajardo with his sixth point early in the second quarter
  • MAGNOLIA 28-23: Ian Sangalang misses his first free throw and makes the second one
  • MAGNOLIA 27-23: Back-to-back buckets by June Mar Fajardo
  • MAGNOLIA 27-21: June Mar Fajardo sinks a turnaround jumper
First quarter
  • END OF 1Q: Magnolia clamps down San Miguel for a 27-19 lead
  • MAGNOLIA 27-19: Jericho Cruz with a much-needed hit for San Miguel
  • MAGNOLIA 27-17: Paul Lee steps back for a tough triple
  • MAGNOLIA 24-17: Bennie Boatwright goes 1/2 from the line
  • MAGNOLIA 24-16: Calvin Abueva scores again, this time off a transition layup
  • MAGNOLIA 22-16: Calvin Abueva nails two charities
  • MAGNOLIA 20-16: Paul Lee banks it in off the timeout
  • MAGNOLIA 18-16: Jericho Cruz slashes inside and converts
  • MAGNOLIA 18-14: Mark Barroca drills two foul shots
  • MAGNOLIA 16-14: Jericho Cruz drives hard and scores
  • MAGNOLIA 16-12: Mark Barroca banks in a runner
  • MAGNOLIA 14-12: Tyler Bey 2/2 from the stripe
  • 12-12: CJ Perez steals and slams it home
  • MAGNOLIA 12-10: James Laput checks in and scores immediately
  • 10-10: June Mar Fajardo splits from the line
  • MAGNOLIA 10-9: Tyler Bey hits a three-pointer
  • SAN MIGUEL 9-7: June Mar Fajardo scores again
  • 7-7: June Mar Fajardo knocks down two free throws
  • MAGNOLIA 7-5: Mark Barroca swishes his own long bomb
  • SAN MIGUEL 5-4: Rome Dela Rosa floats one in, CJ Perez answers with a trey
  • 2-2: Newly crowned Best Player of the Conference CJ Perez cleans up his own miss
  • MAGNOLIA 2-0: Tyler Bey putback, plus the foul
Starting lineup
  • MAGNOLIA: Jio Jalalon, Mark Barroca, Rome Dela Rosa, Tyler Bey, Ian Sangalang
  • SAN MIGUEL: Chris Ross, CJ Perez, Marcio Lassiter, Bennie Boatwright, June Mar Fajardo
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Game preview

What could have been a likely San Miguel coronation in the 2023 PBA Commisioner’s Cup finals has now turned to a possible reset point for Magnolia.

Following an all-important 88-80 Game 3 win on Wednesday, February 7, the rejigged Hotshots now head to Game 4 on Friday, February 9, with a golden opportunity to force a 2-2 series tie against the mighty Beermen, who now find themselves at an unfamiliar place after winning 11 straight games.

Defense wins championships, they always say, and now, Magnolia has realized that it doesn’t need to outpace loaded San Miguel in a fastbreak track meet, nor hit more bullseyes in a shooting showdown.

Heading to Game 4, the Hotshots now need to keep the pressure consistent on Best Import frontrunner Bennie Boatwright, who still notched game-highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds in Game 3, albeit laboring his way to a 10-of-28 clip with 8 turnovers.

San Miguel, meanwhile, now needs to remember just how stacked of a support group it has around its top stars. Even without the likes of injured Terrence Romeo and Jericho Cruz, the Beermen still boast starting-caliber role players in Don Trollano and Jeron Teng who can catch fire at a moment’s notice.

Make no mistake, this is still San Miguel’s series to lose with a local core June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, and CJ Perez, but Magnolia’s star group of Mark Barroca, Jio Jalalon, and Paul Lee has shown that it can hang with the best as well.

Game 4 tips off 7:30 pm at the Araneta Coliseum, with the conference awarding ceremony happening right before. – Rappler.com

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