PBA: Magnolia defeats Meralco, force decider for berth in final

Magnolia imports Mike Harris.

Magnolia imports Mike Harris. PBA picture

MANILA, Philippines েলে Playing with command for most of the night, Magnolia thwarted Meralco’s plan to retake the PBA Governors Cup title against Barangay Geneva.

The Hotshots softened their defensive muscles in the second frame, tying the Bolts to just 11 points on their way to a 94-73 win at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday that led to a decisive Game 5 in this semifinal.

“Tomorrow is not the day,” said coach Chito Victoloro for a physical competition where the corporate siblings compete under the banner of San Miguel Corporation.

“We talked about occupation by occupation. Also, I feel like we’ve lost the enjoyment of playing the last few games, “he added.

Mike Harris dropped 34 points and 18 rebounds, while Paul Lee and Calvin Abuya chipped in at 17 and 11 points, respectively.

Meralco was able to go halfway through the final frame 73-67 but timely shots from Harris, Abueva and Lee who were playing in the left ankle destroyed the Bolts’ fightback, eventually creating the biggest lead of 92-70. , 1:47 game left.

Import Tony Bishop Jr. had 22 points and 16 rebounds. Chris Newsom was the only Bolt who scored 11 runs in double figures.

“We just tied the series. We haven’t achieved anything at the moment. So we look forward to seeing you next Friday, ”said Victoloro.


Magnolia 94 – Harris 34, Lee 17, Abueva 11, Jalalon 10, Corpus 9, Baroka 5, Sangalang 4, Revis 2, Brill 2, Ong 0, Della Rosa 0.

Meralco 73 – Bishop 22, Newsome 11, Almazan 8, Banchero 7, Maliksi 7, Quinto 6, Caram 4, Hodge 3, Black 3, Baclao 2, Canete 0, Pasaol 0.

Quarters: 20-19, 42-30, 62-52, 94-73.

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