MANILA, Philippines-Magnolia returned to the track on Sunday night, at the Asia Arena in the town mall near the barangay in the Gulf of Ginebra, 89-84.
Ian Sanglang and Geo Jalalon helped the Hotshots in the fourth quarter to help Calvin Abuja eject and get a much-needed second win to go halfway through the Philippine Cup, where they were last year’s finalists.
“I salute my players. We talked about adversity and challenges. We have been playing three games in the elite team in the last five days. Our goal is to win two of the three and that’s what we did, “said coach Chito Victoloro.
Sangalang finished with 24 points and nine rebounds, with Jalalon having 19 points and six assists as Magnolia handed Ginebra its first rate since starting 2-0 at the conference.
Jean Kings scored 15 points from LA Tenorio, 13 from Most Valuable Player Scotty Thompson and then at least 10 points from Christian Standhardinger, Prince Caprell and Irwin Talentino, but their juices ran out when it was the most important.
Magnolia hopes to hold on to their winning streak if they play Phoenix (2-2) next.
Ginebra, meanwhile, is shooting for a rebound win against NLEX (2-1).
Magnolia 89 – Sangalang 24, Jalal 19, Abueva 9, Corpus 9, Ong 7, Della Rosa 7, Baroka 6, Laput 6, Dionicio 2, Escoto 0, Ahanmisi
Geneva 84 – Tenorio 15, Thompson 13, Standhardinger 12, Caprell 11, Tolentino 10, Aguilar 9, Pringle 6, Chan 4, Pinto 4, Mariano
Quarters: 26-21, 47-40, 70-61, 89-84.
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