PBA 2018:

Magnolia secures top-seed, mangles TNT, 116-103

October 26, 2018 – Ynares Center

by Rock Punzalan

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.

Notes:

➤ 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.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 33-30, 62-48, 89-78, 116-103.

magnolia: 116

Sangalang 28, Barroca 21, Lee 19, Travis 18, Jalalon 9, Melton 9, Reavis 4, Brondial 4, Herndon 2, Dela Rosa 2.

talk 'n text: 103

Romeo 23, Rosario 21, Blakely 17, Castro 13, Cruz 8, Trollano 7, Pogoy 6, Williams 4, Carey 4, Reyes 0, Garcia 0, Golla 0.

Posted on October 27, 2018 - Ynares Center - Pasay

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

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