Magnolia stalls Columbian

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RODNEY Rondal of Magnolia beats the defense by JayR Reyes of Dyip during their PBA Philippine Cup match last night at the Araneta Coliseum. ROMAN PROSPERO

Magnolia thumped Columbian, 109-83, to claim its second straight win and keep its playoffs bid alive in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Hotshots jumped to a 22-12 start and never looked back as they even stretched the gap to as many as 28 points en route to the big win.

With this, Magnolia improved to 3-4 for eighth place in the team standings with still four games remaining in their All-Fiipino conference campaign.

“It’s all about our desire to win. We talked about the importance of this game for our playoff chance and I’m very happy that at least we took care of business,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said.

“It’s all about playoff mentality now and I’m happy my players displayed that tonight.”

Thirteen players scored for the Hotshots led by big man Ian Sangalang with 16 points, six rebounds and a block in just 24 minutes of action.

Mark Barroca also added 14 points and six assists while Rome de la Rosa tallied 12 points and seven rebounds as only rookie Michael Calisaan and Mon Abundo failed to score for the Hotshots who made it to the Philippine Cup Finals last year.

Meanwhile, team skipper RaShawn McCarthy had 19 points, three rebounds and three assists while rookie CJ Perez racked up 14 points for the Dyip who slid to 4-6 record with only a game left in their schedule.

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