Magnolia extended its winning streak to 4 by running over sister team and Philippine Cup Finals tormentor San Miguel, 118-82, in the elimination round of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Wednesday evening at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots’ dreaded backcourt tandem of Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon totally dominated their counterparts as the recent Governor’s Cup champs never gave the Beermen a chance to recover by burying the powerhouse team with leads which reached as much 38 on their way to the lopsided victory.
Barroca finished with 17 points built on a remarkable 5 of 6 shooting from 3-point country. The 33-year old native of Zamboanga City also contributed 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals to his team’s cause.
Jalalon, who was adjudged as the best player of the game, came 3 rebounds short of a triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists and 7 boards.
“Coming from that Game Seven loss last conference, ginamit talaga namin na motivation. I challenged the guys sana makabawi tayo kahit elims game lang,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.
“Yun, they played with extra motivation, extra energy. Kung mayroong 101 percent, yun na yon, especially on defense. We talked about San Miguel’s offense. At naging offense versus defense uli ang laban. And I think nagawa namin ang gusto naming gawin sa depensa,” added the one-time PBA champion mentor.
James Farr paced the Hotshots with 19 points and 18 boards while Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang added 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Charles Rhodes had 20 points and 15 rebounds for San Miguel while Christian Standhardinger, who started in place of June Mar Fajardo, added 16. The 5-time PBA MVP was only good for 5 points and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes of play.
Magnolia 118 – Farr 19, Barroca 17, Jalalon 16, Lee 14, Sangalang 10, Dela Rosa 8, Ramos 7, Pingris 6, Brondial 6, Melton 5, Gamalinda 4, Herndon 4, Abundo 2, Pascual 0.
San Miguel 82 – Rhodes 20, Standhardinger 16, Lassiter 11, Cabagnot 6, Pessumal 6, Tubid 5, Fajardo 5, Nabong 4, Lanete 3, Ross 3, Vigil 2, Santos 1, Rosser 0, Zamar 0.
Quarterscores: 24-17, 52-38, 85-56, 118-82