The back-against-the-wall Magnolia Hotshots started the game like a house on fire and never took their foot off the gas pedal to cruise to a 106-77 rout of Manila Clasico rival Brgy. Ginebra in Game 2 of their quarterfinal series, Monday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots dropped an 11-0 bomb to open the game and it set the tone for the entire match as they were never threatened on their way to avenging a lopsided Game 1 loss at the hands of the Gin Kings.
Ian Sangalang led Magnolia’s bounceback win with 21 points to go along with 9 rebounds. Robbie Herndon likewise had a big game as he finished with 18 points.
The dreaded backcourt trio of Paul Lee, Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon combined for 43 points as they time and again delivered for the Hotshots when the team most needed it.
Magnolia coach Chito Victolero was extremely pleased with the way Jalalon and Barroca kept their promise.
“They told me yesterday they will go all out in this game. Thankful and proud of these two guys,” said Victolero.
The 43-year old mentor however reminded his team that they haven’t accomplished anything yet.
“We only tied the series. Na-challenge yung mga players ko. Pinagusapan namin yung spirit namin at passion namin nung Game One, it’s not the Magnolia Hotshots basketball. Nakita naman nila sa film.”
The deciding game is set on April 10, Wednesday at Smart Araneta with the winner advancing to the semifinals against Rain or Shine.
Magnolia 106 – Sangalang 21, Herndon 18, Jalalon 17, Barroca 13, Lee 13, Dela Rosa 11, Ramos 6, Abundo 3, Reavis 2, Brondial 2, Gamalinda 0, Melton 0, Pascual 0.
Brgy. Ginebra 77 – Mercado 13, Thompson 8, Ferrer 8, Dela Cruz 7, Caperal 6, Teodoro 6, Tenorio 5, Aguilar J. 5, Slaughter 5, Chan 4, Devance 4, Mariano 2.
Quarterscores: 25-18, 51-38, 81-54, 106-77.