After dropping their first two games, the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok notched a 110-103 victory over the Columbian Dyip in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The three-point shooting of Paul Lee and the defense and effort plays coming from Jio Jalalon powered the Hotshots to a big third quarter explosion where they outscored Columbian 33 to 21 and that would prove to be the different in the game as the Dyip never got a clear shot at scoring a comeback victory.
Both teams were coming off their first wins of the conference but it was the Hotshots who picked up back-to-back victories.
"We didn't defend well in the first and second quarters so we got an earful from coach Chito (Victolero)," said Jalalon who was the Best Player of the Game with 17 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and a couple of steals.
Magnolia had three players scoring at least 20 points with Ian Sangalang and Lee scoring 22 and 21, respectively, while coming off the bench. James Farr, who was hobbled with foul troubles throughout the game, ended up playing 26 minutes but still managed 22 points and 11 rebounds.
"I just did my best, playing pesky defense, doing anything that my team needed."
Magnolia had three players scoring at least 20 points with Ian Sangalang and Lee scoring 22 and 21, respectively, while coming off the bench. James Farr, who was hobbled with foul trouble throughout the game, ended up playing 26 minutes but still managed 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Both squads were neck-and-neck in the first half, with nine lead changes. The score was tied at 52-all at halftime, which was the 12th tie in the first 24 minutes.
Magnolia established their biggest lead at the half, 36-29, early in the second off a signature jump shot from PJ Simon. The Dyip then went on a 9-2 run and Columbian led by as much as five points in the second period, 50-45, after a triple from Rashawn McCarty.
Paul Lee heated up early in the third quarter to give the Hotshots momentum. The ace guard connected with three straight triples with Sangalang, Jalalon, and Farr helping out to build a double-digit lead, 76-62. Magnolia led 85-73 heading into the final period.
The Hotshots had a minor inconvenience to open the fourth when their import committed his fifth personal foul with still 10:22 remaining. It would not be a problem for Magnolia, though, as Sangalang and Rodney Brondial did enough to hold down the fort. The two local bigs combined for 12 points when Farr was on the bench.
Magnolia was up 86-76 when the import stepped out and they were still comfortably ahead, 102-93, upon his return with 3:30 left in the game.
Columbian pinned their hopes on new import Lester Prosper who provided them with a solid presence inside, as compared to Kyle Barone who was more of an outside threat.
Prosper finished with a respectable 26 points and 14 rebounds on 11 of 20 shooting from the field but it was obvious that he was still trying to build chemistry with his new teammates.
CJ Perez had a huge drop in his performance with only 18 points after getting his career-high of 39 against the NLEX Road Warriors. Glenn Khobuntin added 14 off the bench while McCarthy finished with 14.
Magnolia 110 - Farr 22, Sangalang 22, Lee 21, Jalalon 17, Barroca 9, Brondial 8, Melton 3, Herndon 2, Dela Rosa 2, Ramos 2, Pascual 0.
Columbian 103 - Prosper 26, Perez 18, McCarthy 11, Corpuz 10, Calvo 6, Escoto 4, Celda 4, Cahilig 3, Camson 3, Reyes 2, King 2, Faundo 0.
Quarterscores: 34-28, 52-52, 85-74, 110-103
-- Jackson Corpuz dropped 10 points in the first quarter alone on a perfect 4-of-4 as he continued his hot shooting from their last game against NLEX where he scored 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field. However, he missed all of his four shots in the second half, failing to scoring a single point.
-- Jerramy King finally returned to action for Columbian after missing the past five months. He injured his posterior cruciate ligament in their first game of the Philippine Cup. He finished with two points and two turnovers.
-- Veterans Rafi Reavis and Marc Pingris have yet to see action in the Commissioner's Cup. Pingris has been practicing for the past two weeks but isn't ready to take the floor just yet from the ACL injury he suffered in last season's Philippine Cup. Reavis, on the other end, had dental surgery in between conferences.
Columbian: June 21 (Friday) vs TNT KaTropa at the Cuneta Astrodome
Magnolia: June 22 (Saturday) vs Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters at the Cuneta Astrodome