Magnolia kept its finals bid alive by fending off a late charge by Talk 'N Text in Game 5 of the best-of-7 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Friday at Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots had it 105-97 against the Texters.
Magnolia drew big numbers from Mark Barroca, Calvin Abueva, Paul Lee, and Ian Sangalang to beat the Texters.
Barroca scored 25 points to go with his 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Abueva added 16 markers, 10 boards, and 5 assists. Sangalang and Lee each scored 16.
They also managed the numbers of TNT's main scorers Mikey Williams and Jayson Castro to assure Magnolia its second win in the series.
The Hotshots led by as much as 16 points, but TNT managed to battle to within 82-85 early in the payoff period following Castro.
But Magnolia weathered the storm to win its second game in the race-to-4 affair.
Castro finished with 18 points for the Texters.
Magnolia coach Chito Victolero was pleased with the way the Hotshots fought it out against the Texters.
"Just credit to all the players. Backs against the wall, do-or-die, but our mental toughness nandoon," said Victolero.
"Talagang trinabaho namin ito from our preparations yesterday until today," added Victolero. "We lived another day so wala kaming dapat i-celebrate because down pa rin kami sa series."
MAGNOLIA 105 – Barroca 25, Abueva 16, Lee 16, Sangalang 16, Jalalon 15, Dionisio 10, Dela Rosa 3, Reavis 2, Escoto 2, Wong 0
TNT 97 – Castro 18, Rosario 17, Erram 16, M.Williams 13, Pogoy 13, Khobuntin 12, K.Williams 6, Montalbo 2, Reyes 0, Ganuelas-Rosser
QUARTERS: 28-26, 59-45, 81-73, 105-97
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