Huge second quarter propels Magnolia to 96-80 rout of NorthPort

Beaten in its conference debut, reigning champ Magnolia Pambansang Manok agonized through the opening quarter of its second game against NorthPort.

Then the Hotshots exploded with a 37-point second-quarter output and sustained the turnaround through the final half en route to a 96-80 rout of the NorthPort Batang Pier in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday.

Ian Sangalang matched his career-high 28 points, Romeo Travis flirted with a triple double with 17 markers, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and Mark Barroca provided tremendous defensive muscle on top of his 16-point game as the Hotshots rebounded from their 92-98 loss to the Bolts on Saturday.

Barroca threw a defensive net on Robert Bolick whom he held down to seven after a 20-point job in their 99-94 win over Rain or Shine on opening day.

The peppery Hotshot guard from Zamboanga also had a hand with admirable effort on both ends in their decisive 37-8 pummeling of the Batang Pier in the second quarter.

The scores:

Magnolia 96 – Sangalang 28, Travis 17, Barroca 16, Dela Rosa 10, Jalalon 6, Abundo 5, Reavis 5, Lee 3, Melton 3, Brondial 2, Pingris 1, Simon 0, Herndon 0.

NorthPort 80 – Ferrer 18, Ammons 18, Mercado 9, Tautuaa 9, Bolick 7, Elorde 6, King 5, Escoto 3, Taha 2, Cruz 2, Lanete 1.

Quarterscores: 16-23, 53-31, 82-52, 96-80.



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