PBA: Magnolia returns when Ginebra suffers its first loss

Magnolia center Ian Sangalang is working inside against Barangai Ginebra’s defense at the PBA Philippine Cup 2022 at the Mall of Asia Arena. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines-Magnolia returned to the track on Sunday night, holding Barangay Ginebra at a distance, 89-84, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Passay City.

Ian Sanglang and Gio Jalalon rolled up their sleeves in the fourth quarter to help the Hotshots fight off Calvin Abueva’s expulsion and win a much-needed second victory in the middle of the Philippines Cup, where last year’s finalists were.

“I congratulate my players. We talked about difficulties and challenges. We have played three games in the last five days, playing with elite teams. Our goal is to win two out of three and we did just that, “said coach Chito Victolero.

Sangalang finished with 24 points and 9 rebounds, while Jalalon had 19 points and six assists, with Magnolia giving Ginebra their first loss since the start 2-0 in the conference.

Gene Kings drew 15 points from LA Tenorio, 13 from top scorer Scotty Thompson, and then at least 10 from Christian Standhardinger, Prince Caperal and Arvin Tolentino, but the audience favorites ran out when it mattered.

Magnolia hopes to hold on to her winning streak when she plays Phoenix (2-2).

Ginebra, meanwhile, shot for the rebound victory against NLEX (2-1).

The results

Magnolia 89 – Sangalang 24, Jalalon 19, Abueva 9, Corpus 9, Wong 7, Della Rosa 7, Baroque 6, Laput 6, Dionisio 2, Escoto 0, Ahanmisi 0.

Barangay Ginebra 84 – Tenorio 15, Thompson 13, Standhardinger 12, Caperal 11, Tolentino 10, Aguilar 9, Pringle 6, Chan 4, Pinto 4, Mariano 0.

Quarters: 26-21, 47-40, 70-61, 89-84.

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