Magnolia Hotshots 124 – Kia Picanto 77
The Magnolia Hotshots erupted for 77 points in the second half to blow the Kia Picanto out of the game by 47 points.
In the first half, Kia was able to match Magnolia’s tenacity. They attacked the paint just as hard as Magnolia and was able to take a slim lead heading into halftime. The second half was a totally different story. Magnolia not only executed their offense to perfection but they also shackled Kia in that span. Kia managed to score only 28 points in the second half and they finished the game shooting only 33% and with 25 turnovers.
Magnolia used a concentrated effort inside with Ian Sangalang leading the way. The big man dominated Kia’s frontline, scoring 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Paul Lee and PJ Simon got the run started with their outside shooting in the third period but it was Justin Melton that finished it out with a bang. Melton finished with 23 points on five three-pointers as the Hotshots just ran over the competition. They hit 50% from the field and hit 11 three-pointers at a 40% clip. Star also finished with 33 assists and scored 30 points off their fast break attacks.
Alaska Aces 103 – Meralco Bolts 98
The Alaska Aces dominated the paint against the Meralco Bolts to earn their first win in this year’s Philippine Cup.
The Aces attacked the paint early and often in the game. Vic Manuel and Calvin Abueva concentrated their attack inside. Manuel scored on a nifty spin move to hit the basket and the foul. He followed that up with a short hook shot inside off a nice play to give Alaska a 10-point lead heading into the second period. In the second quarter it was young guns Simon Enciso and Davon Potts turn to get into the scoring act. The two teamed up with Manuel to give Alaska their biggest lead of the game at 14 points.
Meralco didn’t allow Alaska to pull away any further. The Bolts found their range in the second half as Baser Amer, Reynel Hugnatan and Jared Dillinger teamed-up to get Meralco to within three points, 62-59. Abeuva and Manuel restored order for the Aces as they scored six points in a run to give Alaska the double-digit lead back. In the final period, the Bolts tried to get back in the game but with every basket they scored, the Aces had an answer. Alaska was able to keep Meralco at bay to eke out the win.
Manuel and Abueva scored 19 points apiece and combined for 13 rebounds. Alaska shot a clean 46% from the field and hit 90% of their 22 free throws in the game.