Magnolia secures top-seed, mangles TNT, 116-103
October 26, 2018 – Ynares Center
PBA News 2018: Magnolia Hotshots secured the top-seed as it cracked Talk ‘N Text KaTropa, 116-103, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Low-post operator Ian Sangalang paced the Hotshots with his 28 markers and 6 boards while Mark Barroca chipped-in 21 points.
➤ Ace guard Paul Lee also added 19 points, 8 dimes and 8 caroms for Magnolia, while import Romeo Travis made 18 buckets.
➤ Magnolia outmuscled TNT in the paint as they hauled 62 rebounds against TNT’s 38, and also shot better from the trey territory making 11 of 24 (45%) three points to KaTropa’s 12 of 35 (34%).
➤ Terrence Romeo starred for the losing KaTropa as he dropped 23 markers, while Troy Rosario contributed 21 points. Reinforcement and former Hotshots import Marcus Blakely had a triple-double as he registered 17 goals, 18 rebounds, and 11 dishes.
➤ National mainstay Jayson Castro who returned from bone spurs foot injury managed to add 13 points for Talk ‘N Text.
➤ League leader Magnolia (8-2) just booked a twice-to-beat advantage as they enter the conference quarterfinals. Meanwhile, TNT who dropped to 4-6, is now in a must-win situation as they battle Ginebra on Sunday, November 4 for a possible entry into Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.