PBA: Rakocevic, Magnolia hurdle gritty Converge


Posted at Oct 01 2022 10:34 PM | Updated as of Oct 02 2022 12:25 AM

(UPDATED) Magnolia hacked out an 109-105 win against Converge in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

Nick Rakocevic had 21 points and 24 big rebounds for the Hotshots.

He also got plenty of help from the locals, with five of them churning out double-digit outputs.
Trailing by 74-87 early in the fourth period, Magnolia used a 13-0 blitz as Paul Lee and Aris Dionisio knocked down their triples and Jio Jalalon, Mark Barroca, and Rakocevic connected their baskets for a 92-90 advantage.

The cushion increased to 105-96, but the FiberXers managed to fight to within 105-107.

Fortunately for Magnolia, Calvin Abueva buried bout of his freebies to seal the deal.

Lee finished with 20 points, while Barroca and Jalalon chipped in 19 and 15 markers, respectively.

Abueva and Ian Sangalang each added 10 points for Magnolia's second win.

They ruined Quincy Miller's 38-point, 16-rebound effort for Converge, which also got 14 markers from Justin Arana.

Coach Aldin Ayo and the FiberXers dropped to 1-1.

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