All agreeing to shift back into playoff mode, the Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots didn’t go wrong, reasserting their mastery of the Alaska Milk Aces, 103-86, in a Petron Blaze Saturday showdown in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center here.
Ian Sangalang, Paul Lee and Mark Barroca assumed their roles as the team’s lead guys, each scoring at least 19 points as the Hotshots gained some relief in nailing a second win against four losses.
The Hotshots imposed themselves on the injury-hit Aces from the second quarter onwards, and went on to hand Alaska a third loss against the same number of wins.
Despite the win, the Hotshots still have a lot of catching up to do. At 2-4, Magnolia just caught up with NorthPort at ninth place, a full-game behind eighth-running Meralco (3-5).
Alaska is at joint fifth with Ginebra at 3-3.