Magnolia was looking for another upper to add steam to its drive to the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.
Along came a familiar customer in Columbian.
Pity the Dyip, who got ran over by the Hotshots 109-83 Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the latter’s second straight win that gave them a clearer view of a cherished objective.
Ian Sangalang led a balanced attack with 16 points while the defensive intensity coach Chito Victolero wanted was on full display as Magnolia scored a more emphatic follow-up to its 103-87 drubbing of Alaska last Saturday.
After improving to a 3-4 record, the Hotshots now have a brighter chances of gaining inclusion among the eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Not bad at all for the same team that lost its first three games and was at 1-4 just last week.
“I think it’s all about our desire and will to win,” said Victolero.
In marked the fifth straight time Columbian absorbed a shellacking from the former Purefoods franchise in the season-opening tournament. Last season alone, Magnolia won all their three meetings by an average margin of 30 points.
Magnolia 109 – Sangalang 16, Barroca 14, Dela Rosa 12, Ramos 10 Jalalon 9 Brondial 9, Pascual 8 Reavis 7 Melton 6, Lee 6, Simon 5, Gamalinda 4, Herndon 3 Abundo 0, Calisaan 0.
Columbian 83 – McCarthy 19, Perez 14, Corpuz 12 Camson 9 Khobuntin 6 Faundo 5, Calvo 5, Kings 4, Gabriel 4 Cahilig 4 Agovida 1 Escoto 0, Cabrera 0, Cell 0 ,.
Quarterscores: 22-12, 48-38, 75-57, 109-83.