Magnolia Pambansang Manok snapped a three-game losing skein and stopped TNT KaTropa’s three-game charge with a 111-89 victory behind a stirring final half in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday night.
The Hotshots pounded the Texters, 36-25, in the third quarter and punished TNT even a lot more, 32-16, in the fourth period on the way to a fourth win in eight games in the midseason tourney.
Paul Lee scored 17 of his 25 points in the third, leading their amazing charge from 43-48 down at halftime.
Justin Jackson took a bad fall but rose up and continued to play to help the Hotshots get back on track. The second import sub of Magnolia collected a near triple-double performance with 18 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists against five turnovers.
Rodney Brondial, Aldrech Ramos, Mark Barroca, Rome dela Rosa and Justin Melton also played key roles as they regained their winning ways, ahead of another key match with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Sunday.
Magnolia 111 — Lee 25, Jackson 18, Brondial 16, Jalalon 13, Barroca 9, Ramos 9, Melton 7, Dela Rosa 5, Simon 3, Herndon 2, Pascual 2, Reavis 2.
TNT 89 — Romeo 17, Pogoy 16, Smith 12, Castro 9, Reyes 9, Semerad 7, Williams 6, Rosario 5, Cruz 4, Taha 2, Trollano 2, Carey 0.
Quarters: 18-25, 43-48, 79-73, 111-89.