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Magnolia extends winning streak to 4 games by defeating Rain or Shine

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FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK. Magnolia Hotshots secure a 108-102 victory over Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the PBA Philippine Cup on April 20 in Tiaong, Quezon, to extend their winning streak to four games. PBA PHOTO

Magnolia Hotshots extend their winning streak to four games, repelling a strong challenge from the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to secure a crucial 108-102 victory on the road in Tiaong, Quezon, on April 20. 

The win propelled the Hotshots to third place in the PBA Philippine Cup standings with a 5-2 record, positioning themselves behind the undefeated San Miguel Beermen and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

The game was highlighted by the impressive performance of Ian Sangalang, who notched a double-double and led the charge for Magnolia with dominant play in the paint. Sangalang’s return from injury was nothing short of spectacular, as he controlled the interior and finished with a commanding presence.

Mark Barroca continued his scorching form, contributing significantly with 18 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds. His leadership on the court was instrumental in guiding the Hotshots to victory, showcasing his ability to impact the game in multiple facets.

Magnolia displayed remarkable depth as six players reached double figures in scoring, demonstrating their balanced offensive attack. Aris Dionisio, Paul Lee, Jed Mendoza, and Joseph Eriobu each made significant contributions to secure the win, with Mendoza’s clutch three-pointer proving pivotal in repelling Rain or Shine’s late surge.

Despite Rain or Shine’s spirited effort, led by Adrian Nocum’s team-high 19 points, they couldn’t overcome the Hotshots’ determined performance. Santi Santillan, Beau Belga, Gian Mamuyac, and Andrei Caracut also made substantial contributions to the Elasto Painters, but it wasn’t enough to halt Magnolia’s momentum.

Paul Lee achieved a notable milestone during the game, joining the exclusive club of players with over 1,000 three-pointers made. His accomplishment further underscored his status as one of the league’s premier sharpshooters.

The victory not only solidified Magnolia’s position in the standings but also underscored their resilience and cohesion as a team. With their sights set on securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the upcoming quarterfinals, the Hotshots are poised to continue their impressive run.

Looking ahead, Magnolia’s focus will shift to maintaining their momentum and further improving their playoff positioning. With the San Miguel Beermen and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel looming large, the race for playoff seeding promises to intensify as the Philippine Cup elimination round unfolds.

For Rain or Shine, the setback serves as motivation to regroup and bounce back stronger in their quest for postseason success. With key contributors stepping up, they remain a formidable force in the league.

As the PBA season progresses, the battle for supremacy continues to heat up, setting the stage for more thrilling matchups and defining moments on the hardwood. 

The Magnolia Hotshots’ victory over Rain or Shine is a testament to their determination and collective effort, propelling them closer to their championship aspirations in the Philippine Cup.

The boxscores:

Magnolia 108 – Sangalang 25, Barroca 18, Dionisio 13, Mendoza 12, Lee 11, Eriobu 10, Abueva 8, Balanza 5, Tratter 4, Jalalon 2, Reavis 0, Escoto 0, Laput 0.

Rain or Shine 102 – Nocum 19, Santillan 17, Belga 16, Mamuyac 13, Caracut 12, Aistio 9, Borboran 6, Clarito 4, Demusis 3, Belo 2, Ildefonso 0.

Quarters: 16-21, 54-43, 78-74, 108-102.

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