PBA: Magnolia overcomes Phoenix to clinch semis ticket


Posted at Dec 09 2022 08:20 PM | Updated as of Dec 09 2022 10:11 PM

(UPDATED) Magnolia had to grind it out in a 102-95 win against Phoenix at the PhilSports Arena on Friday to secure a trip to the PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals.

Calvin Abueva led the way for the Hotshots in the fourth quarter and finished with19 points and 5 rebounds.

Nick Rakocevic added 18 markers, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists to ensure Magnolia's march to the semifinal round despite sustaining a sprained ankle late in the game.

Mark Barroca fired 16, Paul Lee rifled in 15, and Adrian Wong added 11 as the twice-to-beat Hotshots outclassed the gritty Fuel Masters.

Topex Robinson's Phoenix squad gave Magnolia a huge fight with import Kaleb Wesson coming through with a near triple-double of 16 markers, 12 boards, and 9 assists.

Tyler Tio came off the bench and banged in three treys to finish with 18 points on their way out.

The Hotshots will face the victor in the Ginebra-NorthPort playoff series.

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