Ian Sangalang pulled-off a near double-double peformance as Magnolia rolled to a 88-79 victory over the Meralco Bolts, Sunday afternoon in Game 1 of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at the Don Honorio Ventura State University in Bacolor, Pampanga.
The 2nd overall pick of the 2013 PBA Draft finished with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
Paul Lee registered 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting spiked by 3 three-pointers while Calvin Abueva posted 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Jio Jalalon contributed 12 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
Mark Barroca came through with 11 points, 3 boards and 6 dimes.
“Regarding sa pag-focus namin, we talked about 48 minutes eh. We learned a lot from our game last time. Yung eliminations, we only played 46 minutes. Dito kung makikita niyo, even if we’re up by 12, we keep on pressuring the ball because we know that they can comeback,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.
“We want to finish the game hard. And also regarding the emotions, sasabihin naman natin talagang emotional yung game because it’s a series and it’s a semifinals. So, kailangan lang namin i-control yung emotions namin,” he added.
The Bolts failed to secure their second consecutive win in the playoffs after losing to the 2014 PBA Grand Slam champs.
Bong Quinto paced the Norman Black-mentored squad with 14 points on 42% shooting from the field to go along with 4 rebounds and 10 assists while Mac Belo and Anjo Caram racked up 11 points apiece. Reynel Hugnatan added 10 points and 6 rebounds
The scores :
Magnolia 88 – Sangalang 18, Lee 17, Abueva 13, Jalalon 12, Barroca 11, Reavis 9, Dela Rosa 6, Dionisio 2, Corpuz 0, Ahanmisi 0, Pascual 0.Cl
Meralco 79 – Quinto 14, Belo 11, Caram 11, Hugnatan 10, Almazan 9, Newsome 8, Pinto 6, Hodge 7, Maliksi 3, Pasaol 0.
Quarterscores: 22-17, 47-40, 61-64, 88-79.