Magnolia paraded its fourth import for the conference in Wayne Chism and the former Rain or Shine and NLEX reinforcement didn’t disappoint, coming up with 27 points spiked by 5 triples to lead the Hotshots to a 116-89 rout of the NLEX Road Warriors, Wednesday night at the MOA Arena.
The 31-year old Chism played for the first time against Yeng Guiao, the only coach he has ever had in the PBA, and gave him a rude send-off.
While the Hotshots moved up to 5-5 and improved its chances of barging into the playoffs, the Road Warriors lost their 5th straight contest and finished its 2018 Commissioner’s Cup campaign with a woeful 2-9 record.
NLEX thus joins Blackwater and Columbian as the teams already out of contention in the mid-season conference.
Chism added 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks for the Hotshots who will face defending champion San Miguel in its final assignment.
Paul Lee ably supported his former Rain or Shine teammate with 21 points, 15 coming from 3-point country.
Mark Barroca also had a remarkable game with 15 points while Aldrech Ramos, Jio Jalalon and Rodney Brondial finished in double figures with 11, 10 and 10 points respectively.
New import Oluseyi Ashaolu led the Road Warriors with a game-high 31 points while new recruit Mark Tallo had an impressive 19-point, 6-rebound performance.
Magnolia 116 – Chism 27, Lee 21, Barroca 15, Ramos 11, Jalalon 10, Brondial 10, Sangalang 9, Mendoza 5, Melton 3, Reavis 2, Dela Rosa 2, Herndon 1, Simon 0, Abundo 0.
NLEX 89 – Ashaolu 31, Tallo 19, Buenafe 12, Quinahan 9, Soyud 6, Ighalo 6, Uyloan 3, Tiongson 2, Baguio 1, Monfort 0, Rios 0, Marcelo 0, Gotladera 0, Taulava 0.
Quarterscores: 34-18, 54-40, 85-77, 116-89.