PBA Governors' Cup

Wong sizzles as mighty Magnolia thwarts Phoenix

Delfin Dioquino
Wong sizzles as mighty Magnolia thwarts Phoenix

FLAWLESS. Adrian Wong and Magnolia have yet to taste defeat in the PBA Governors' Cup.

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Acquired just this month from free agency, Adrian Wong makes it rain from deep to help Magnolia keep its unbeaten record intact

MANILA, Philippines – Adrian Wong proved to be valuable pickup for Magnolia as he starred in a 103-93 romp of Phoenix in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, February 19.

Acquired just this month from free agency, Wong delivered 18 points on a sizzling 6-of-7 clip from three-point land to help the league-leading Hotshots keep their unbeaten record intact at 6-0.

It was a fairly low-scoring affair at halftime with Magnolia leading by just 5 points, 39-34, before the Hotshots pulled away in the third period by dropping a 30-11 bomb sparked by Wong.

Wong buried 3 straight triples to give Magnolia a 57-41 advantage and his veteran teammates picked up where he left off, with Jackson Corpuz capping the run with 4 consecutive points for a 69-45 cushion.

By the time the quarter ended, the Fuel Masters’ confidence already looked shattered with the Hotshots enjoying a 75-54 lead.

Mike Harris churned out 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 steals for Magnolia, Paul Lee had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals, while Mark Barroca put up 13 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Seeing action for just five minutes, Russel Escoto made the most of his limited playing time with 9 points, while Corpuz and Ian Sangalang combined for 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Matthew Wright tallied 18 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds for Phoenix, which saw its two-game winning streak snapped and slipped to 4-3.

In a game when the Fuel Masters’ locals struggled offensively, import Dominique Sutton hardly made his presence felt after tallying just 9 points and 8 rebounds in 30 minutes.

The Scores

Magnolia 103 – Harris 20, Wong 18, Lee 14, Barroca 13, Escoto 9, Corpuz 8, Reavis 6, Sangalang 6, Ahanmisi 5, Jalalon 4, Brill 0, Dionisio 0. 

Phoenix 83 – Wright 18, Robles 15, Manganti 9, Sutton 9, Garcia 8, Demusis 8, Perkins 6, Melecio 5, Jazul 3, Chua 2, Pascual 0, Camacho 0, Rios 0.

Quarters: 21-20, 39-34, 75-54, 103-83.

– Rappler.com

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.