PBA: Magnolia banks on defense vs TNT in Game 6


Posted at Aug 13 2022 10:13 PM

Magnolia will again bank on defense as it tries to keep its PBA Philippine Cup finals bid alive against defending champion Talk 'N Text in Game 6 of their semifinals duel.

It was defense that kept Hotshots afloat in Game 5 where they successfully foiled the Texters and cut the series deficit to 3-2.

"We did a good job on defense," said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. "Sabi ko nga, wala kaming babaguhin sa depensa namin. We're here because of our defense. We did a good job sustaining that defense for 48 minutes."

This allowed the Hotshots to outscore TNT in the second quarter, 31-19, while holding the Texters to just an 8-for-19 field shooting.

Magnolia also foiled TNT's comeback in the second half, holding Mikey Williams to just 6 points and 13 overall on 5-for-16 shooting.

Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy tried to step up their attack but only produced 21 points in the last 2 quarters.

"Ang maganda lang doon, hindi sila sabay-sabay na pumutok kasi kung sabay-sabay mahirap," said Mark Barroca, who finished with 25 points.

Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang also managed to stay away from foul trouble which hobbled them in back-to-back losses in Games 3 and 4.

"We limited the fouls and we played physical, and we still played within our game. Credit to all the players," stated Victolero. 


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