PBA: Magnolia thwarts TNT to tie series, 1-1

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Posted at Aug 05 2022 08:13 PM | Updated as of Aug 05 2022 09:56 PM

Mark Barroca scored 22 points for Magnolia. PBA Images
Mark Barroca scored 22 points for Magnolia. PBA Images

(UPDATED) Mark Barroca and Ian Sangalang combined for 42 points to help Magnolia fend off a comeback by defending champion Talk 'N Text, 92-88, in Game 2 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

With the win, the Hotshots are now tied with the Tropang GIGA, 1-1, in their race-to-4 series.

Barroca had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, while Sangalang added 20 20 markers and 8 boards.

The Hotshots, which got clobbered by the Texters in Game 1, was able to post a 19-point, 77-58 lead in the second half.

But Mikey Williams and Jayson Castro mounted a fightback for TNT that had Magnolia reeling.

In the fourth period, Kelly Williams triggered a booming 3 that pulled the Texters to within 88-90, forcing the Hotshots to lean on their vets to weather the storm.

"Hindi naman namin talaga ma-i-stop si Mikey, kumbaga ma-limit lang namin," said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. 

"'Yun lang ang goal namin, 'yung points niya, 'yung contributions niya. Once na nag-init talaga siya tuloy-tuloy."

Calvin Abueva added 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to ensure Magnolia's victory.

"It's all about team effort and team defense. It was a total team effort, I'm very proud of my players," said Victolero.

Mikey Williams still got 28 points for TNT, which will battle Magnolia again in Game 3 on Sunday.

The Scores:
Magnolia 92 - Barroca 22, Sangalang 20, Abueva 18, Lee 10, Reavis 9, Wong 5, Jalalon 4, Dela Rosa 2, Laput 2, Dionisio 0.

TNT 88 -M.Williams 28, Castro 17, Erram 13, Pogoy 11, Rosario 10, K.Williams 6, Montalbo 3, Khobuntin 0, Alejandro 0, Marcelo 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0.

Quarters: 18-12, 39-29, 69-58, 92-88

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