Magnolia survives San Miguel in thrilling finish

The Magnolia blanked San Miguel Beer in the home stretch and turned to Justin Melton and Paul Lee for the key baskets as the Hotshots squeezed out a 109-108 victory to gain a piece of second place in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.

Melton fired a trey then Lee scored on a short jumper inside the last 51 seconds as the Beermen came from behind to nail the crucial win and thus catch up with the Blackwater Elite at second spot at 4-1.

The Beermen suffered a second straight loss and dropped deeper in the lower half of chart at 2-3 despite an explosive 37-point debut by new import Kevin Murphy.

Magnolia preserved the win in the end as San Miguel couldn’t convert in the last 33 seconds with Kelly Nabong missing a three-pointer, Christian Standhardinger flubbing a follow-up then Ian Sangalang deflecting a go-for-broke runner by Alex Cabagnot.

Murphy made a good impression in his PBA debut as a sub import to Arizona Reid, narrowly missing a triple-double job with 37 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

The scores:

Magnolia 109 – Lee 28, Travis 18, Sangalang 16, Melton 12, Dela Rosa 10, Barroca 8, Jalalon 5, Ramos 3, Simon 3, Gamalinda 2, Reavis 2, Brondial 2.

San Miguel 108 – Murphy 37, Standhardinger 27, Lassiter 14, Santos 8, Nabong 6, Ross 6, Cabagnot 4, Heruela 3, Pessumal 3, De Ocampo 0.

Quarters: 29-36, 57-61, 84-88, 109-108.




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