The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok entered the win column in the 2018 Honda PBA Commissioner's Cup after defeating GlobalPort Batang Pier, 92-87, on Saturday at the AUF Sports and Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Magnolia, which bounced back from a loss in its conference debut, were led by Ian Sangalang, who produced 22 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Vernon Macklin added a double-double of 19 points and 13 boards.
Magnolia held a three-point lead at the end of the third period, but GlobalPort were able to go on top early in the fourth, 69-67, on a triple from Sean Anthony and a putback slam from Mo Tautuaa.
Midway through the last quarter with the Batang Pier up by two, Vernon Macklin was able to sneak in the lane for a layup, tying the score again at 78-all. On the next play, Stanley Pringle managed to get to the basket to give GlobalPort a two-point edge, 5:16 remaining. After a pair of free throws from Macklin, Tautuaa immediately responded with a deuce of his own.
Paul Lee drained a corner triple to push Magnolia in front by one, but Anthony completed a three-point play to put GlobalPort back in the driver's seat before Ian Sangalang tied the score again, 85-all, 3:44 left.
Sangalang made a free throw and Lee followed that up with a bucket as the Hotshots regained control, 88-85, 2:27 to go in the game. The Batang Pier failed to score on their next possession as Sangalang scored underneath for Magnolia to extend the lead to five. Stanley Pringle knocked down a pair of free throws to reduce the margin to three, 90-87, 58 seconds remaining.
Macklin got fouled and only made a split to keep Magnolia on top by four, 41 ticks left, but GlobalPort was unable to score on the other end. Nico Elorde was forced to send Jio Jalalon to the line, who made one freebie to make it a five-point lead, 92-87, 20 seconds remaining. The Batang Pier missed another opportunity to score after a timeout as the Hotshots went on to take the victory -- their first this conference.
Anthony had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Batang Pier, who now hold a 2-2 win-loss card.
Magnolia forced GlobalPort to 23 turnovers which they converted to 21 points on the other end. The Hotshots also dominated the Batang Pier in bench scoring, 42-20.
GlobalPort almost used all their players in the game against Magnolia. The only player who didn't register a single minute was Julian Sargeant.
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