Magnolia Pambansang Manok 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.
A miss by Alex Cabagnot in the ensuing play paved the way for an important Magnolia offense where Lee sank a floater, allowing the Hotshots to move ahead to stay at 109-108.
Lee top scored with 28 points while Melton finished with 12 points that went with three rebounds, two steals and one assist against one turnover.