Mark Barroca scored 17 points, and Magnolia rallied from 20 points down to beat GlobalPort 86-79 at Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday and advance to the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup.
Behind a hot start by Stanley Pringle, GlobalPort raced to a 26-6 lead and managed to hold on to the upper hand until the third quarter.
Barroca scored 8 points in a 16-4 run in the third that swung an 11-point deficit to a 54-53 lead for Magnolia 3:20 left in the quarter.
With Magnolia ahead 80-69 late in the fourth quarter, GlobalPort went on a 9-2 run to make it 82-78 with 70 seconds remaining.
But GlobalPort's chance to make it a one-possession game blew up in its face when Terrence Romeo committed a turnover, forcing the Batang Pier to foul, stop the clock and hope Magnolia missed.
Magnolia responded by making 4 free throws to ice the game.
"We expected 'yung aggressiveness at energy ng GlobalPort, pero 'yung ganung aggressiveness nila, grabe 'yung atake sa first quarter. Na-outpace nila kami sa first half," said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero, whose squad awaits the winner of the NLEX-Alaska series.
"Thankful kami sa mga experience namin, nagpapasalamat kami dahil 'yung experience namin lumabas sa game na ito."
Paul Lee, who suffered a mild-injury scare in the first half but played on, finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Marc Pingris added 13 and 9.
Pringle, who scored 13 points in the first quarter, registered 31 points and 10 rebounds for GlobalPort, which saw key scorer Sean Anthony leave the game for good after suffering an ankle sprain in the first half.
Romeo chipped in 14 points and 6 assists, but shot only 6 of 18 from the floor (33%), including missing all 6 3-point attempts.
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