The Magnolia Hotshots stretched their winning streak to 5 games after taking down the NorthPort Batang Pier, 83-76, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga on Sunday, November 8.
Ian Sangalang finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds for the Hotshots, who improved to 6-4 and tied the Meralco Bolts and the Alaska Aces for 4th place in the standings.
Leading by only 4 points, 58-54, midway through the 3rd period, the Hotshots went on a scorching 12-2 run to expand their lead to 14, 70-56, going into the payoff period.
The Hotshots then went on a 6-0 rally at the start of the final frame to further widen their lead to as many as 20 points, 76-56.
NorthPort managed to cut the deficit to just 76-80 after a Kevin Ferrer three-pointer with 3 minutes left to play, but Sangalang answered with 3 crucial points to put the Batang Pier away for good.
Paul Lee tallied 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists, while Jackson Corpuz, Rome dela Rosa, and Aris Dioniso each added 10 points in the victory.
Christian Standhardinger dropped a huge double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.
Ferrer also finished with 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting from downtown for the Batang Pier, who lost their fourth straight outing and moved down to 1-8 – tied with the Terrafirma Dyip at the bottom of the standings.
Magnolia 83 – Sangalang 23, Lee 14, Corpuz 10, Del Rosa 10, Dionisio 10, Jalalon 6, Calisaan 4, Barroca 4, Banchero 2, Reavis 0, Melton 0.
Northport 76 – Standhardinger 18, Ferrer 18, Cruz 8, Nabong 8, Elorde 7, Manganti 6, Subido 5, Taha 3, Revilla 3, Lanete 0, Guinto 0.
Quarters: 24-15, 42-36, 70-56, 83-76.
– Martin Mendoza/Rappler.com