MANILA, Philippines — Magnolia put on a superb display against Calvin Abueva in the fourth innings and won free throws from Paul Lee in thrilling seconds to overtake TNT, 94-92, on Wednesday at the Commissioner’s Cup. PBA member at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Abueva scored 15 of his 25 points in the bonus while Lee thrashed the winning error throw to just 4.3 seconds as the Hotshots lifted their unbeaten start to 3-0 at the mid-season run .
Coach Chito Victolero said: “Every time we face TNT, it’s always a physical and mental match. “But all we want is a tight game and I’m grateful for the players that we were able to play Magnolia basketball after we struggled in the first half.”
The result, on the other hand, left a bitter taste in the mouth of TNT coach Chot Reyes, who immediately went to the technical committee area and argued that whistle-blows foul with Calvin Oftana led to the organization from Lee’s kindness.
Reyes immediately left the locker room after the post-match vigil, then shouted angrily as he got into his car and exited the Big Dome.
TNT lost despite Magnolia having to play poorly in the final six minutes after Nick Rakocevic fell when teammate Jackson Corpuz fell on his leg.
Rakojevic, who had 22 points and 15 recoveries before the injury, will have an MRI on Thursday.
Tropang Giga was unable to come out with a win despite the absence of key players such as Jayson Castro, Mikey Williams and Glenn Khobuntin due to injuries.
Center Poy Erram also served a one-match suspension for hitting San Miguel Beer’s Mo Tautuaa in game 7 of the TNT Philippines Cup final.
Import Cameron Oliver had 43 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks on an impressive debut while Oftana, acquired from NLEX in a three-way trade, had 12 points and 7 rebounds for the team. his new ball.
MAGNOLIA 94 – Abueva 25, Rakocevic 22, Lee 16, Barroca 13, Dionisio 9, Corpuz 5, Mendoza 3, Wong 1, Zaldivar 0, Reavis 0, Jalalon 0.
TNT 92 – Oliver 43, Pogoy 23, Oftana 12, Montalbo 4, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, Marcelo 3, Alejandro 3, Cruz 0, Tungcab 0, K.Williams 0.
Regions: 26-29, 42-54, 62-73, 94-92.
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