Magnolia rolled to a third straight win and kept hard-luck Alaska Milk winless as the Hotshots thwarted the Aces, 95-90, in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.
The Hotshots blew away a 15-point spread but stayed intact and went on to repulse the Aces to stay in the top four with a 3-1 win-loss record.
Franko House showed improvement from his eight-point PBA debut but not enough to help the Aces stop their free fall as Alaska fell deeper down the cellar at 0-5.
The Aces stayed right behind the Hotshots at 90-94 before eventually losing the game as they went scoreless in the Iast 62 seconds of the game.
“Good thing we’re able to recover and showed composure at endgame,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero, acknowledging the fight put up by the Aces in the rematch of their title showdown last year.
Magnolia competed with a well-balanced offense that saw no less than eight players score at least seven points each, led by Ian Sangalang and Romeo Travis with 19 and 17 points, respectively.
Magnolia 95 – Sangalang 19, Travis 17, Barroca 13, Lee 11, Herndon 8, Dela Rosa 8, Jalalon 7, Pingris 7, Melton 3, Reavis 2, Pascual 0, Simon 0.
Alaska 90 – Manuel 22, House 20, Banchero 17, Casio 9, Enciso 6, Tratter 6, Thoss 6, Ayaay 4, Galliguez 0, Pascual 0, Andrada 0.
Quarterscores: 20-20, 49-40, 71-70, 95-90.