Six Hotshots power Magnolia past Columbian Dyip

MAGNOLIA’S hardworking import Vernon Macklin goes for a hook shot as Columbian Dyip defenders watch in vain during their PBA Commissioner’s Cup tussle on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA Images

MAGNOLIA notched its second win with ease on Wednesday, whipping Columbian Dyip, 126-101, behind an awesome offensive anchored on six Hotshots at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Hotshots had come into the game expecting a tough outing against a Columbian Dyip team that has gained some measure of respects for being in the thick of things this early in the mid-season conference.

More than that, the Hotshots knew full well they were to tackle a team that was sporting high confidence following their upset win over Rain or Shine last May 9.

What the Hotshots found instead a Columbian Dyip that sputtered all game-long and seemingly out of shape in both ends of the court.

The Hotshots started strong and went stronger as the game wore on as they moved up to solo fifth place at 2-1 in the provisional standings.

By the end of the third, the Hotshots were already safely ahead, 97-71.

Six Hotshots scored in double figures, with Vernon Macklin finishing with 19 points in an inspired game, while Ian Sangalang, Paul Lee and Marc Barroca chipped in 17 points each in a game they reduced to mere workout in preparation for tough outing versus Meralco on Friday.

Columbian drew 22 points from John Fields, 19 points from Jerramy King and 12 from Rashawn McCarthy, while the rest failed to contribute significantly.

Already enjoying a 37-18 lead after the opening period, the Hotshots waxed even hotter, stretching their lead to 54-26 after a 17-8 scoring run anchored on Aldrech Ramos, Ian Sangalang, Vernon Macklin and Jio Jalalon.

As if that was not enough, the Hotshots unloaded another dizzying blast that increased their advantage over the sputtering Dyip at the turn, 72-43.

The Hotshots opened up a 17-9 lead which they padded to as many as 30-16 late in the first quarter, as the Dyip were unable to flash the same intensity they showed when they pulled the rungs from under Rain or Shine last May 9.

The scores:

Magnolia (126) – Macklin 19, Sangalang 17, Lee 17, Barroca 17, Ramos 12, Jalalon 11, Dela Rosa 8, Abundo 7, Pascual 6, Herndon 5, Simon 2, Mendoza 2, Brondial 2, Reavis 0, Gamalinda 0.

Columbian Dyip (101) – Fields 22, King 19, McCarthy 12, Khobuntin 9, Tubid 9, Corpuz 8, Celda 7, Cabrera 6, Lastimosa 5, Cahilig 4, Gabriel 0, Yee 0, Ababou 0, Escoto 0.

Quarterscores: 37-18, 72-43, 97-71, 126-101.