From a runaway Game One win, Magnolia Pambansang Manok went through a tough defensive game in Game Two but pulled through just the same.
The Hotshots overcame the Aces in a tough, tough grind Friday night, squeezing out a 77-71 win for a commanding 2-0 lead in the PBA Governors Cup best-of-seven finale at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“From practice yesterday, we expected a dogfight. We expected a different Alaska team na malakas ang energy at matindi ang effort,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.
“First half, hindi kami makasabay, lagi kaming a step late. Talo sa lahat. Sabi ko sa halftime, kung hindi tayo makakasabay sa second half, di tayo mananalo. It’s on the players, they responded in the second half,” Victolero added.
Jio Jalalon scored five of his seven points in the last three minutes and helped the Hotshots through at the finish.