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.