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Magnolia snaps San Miguel Beer’s 11-game winning streak, takes Game 3

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HOTSHOTS’ COMEBACK. The Magnolia Hotshots staged a huge comeback by beating San Miguel Beermen, 88-80, in Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven title series held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night, February 7, 2024. PBA PHOTO

Magnolia Hotshots made a stunning comeback, halting San Miguel Beer’s impressive 11-game winning streak with a resolute 88-80 victory in Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night, February 7, 2024.

After a two-day break, Magnolia displayed a defensive prowess that had eluded them in the initial two games, disrupting San Miguel’s rhythm and limiting them to their lowest-scoring output of the conference. 

Coach Chito Victolero credited the short rest period for rejuvenating his team, allowing them to play with renewed energy.

Victolero said the two-day rest gave them a good chance to win as the players recovered and played with energy in Game 3 of the seven-game title series.

While avoiding making excuses, Victolero acknowledged the challenges they faced in executing their defensive strategy in the initial games. 

The importance of the break became evident as the Hotshots successfully implemented their defensive mentality, a key factor in their victory.

The series now stands at 1-2, with Victolero urging his team to remain focused on the task at hand. He, however, said it was just one win and that they haven’t achieved anything yet.

Tyler Bey played a pivotal role in the victory, spearheading a defensive effort that stifled San Miguel Beer’s offensive juggernaut. 

The Beermen’s 11-game winning streak had previously been broken by the Hotshots during the eliminations, underlining Magnolia’s ability to challenge the league’s top teams.

Mark Barroca emerged as the leading scorer for Magnolia, contributing 20 points along with six assists and four rebounds. 

Bey’s defensive contributions were crucial, despite his modest 11 points and six rebounds.

 Four other Hotshots players scored double digits, showcasing a balanced offensive attack.

San Miguel Beer faced additional challenges with the absence of Jericho Cruz, serving a team-imposed suspension. 

Bennie Boatwright showcased an impressive performance with 27 points and 13 rebounds but struggled to control turnovers, committing eight of SMB’s 20.

The game reached a critical juncture when Barroca, Dionisio, and Lee orchestrated a decisive 11-0 run, establishing a 76-62 lead for the Hotshots. Dionisio’s consecutive three-pointers and Lee’s long-range shot highlighted this pivotal stretch, securing Magnolia’s control of the game.

With Game 4 looming, Magnolia looks to build on this crucial victory, seeking to level the series in their quest for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship.

The boxscores:

Magnolia 88 – Barroca 20, Lee 12, Bey 11, Sangalang 11, Dionisio 11, Jalalon 10, Dela Rosa 7, Abueva 6, Reavis 0, Laput 0, Escoto 0.

San Miguel 80 – Boatwright 27, Perez 16, Fajardo 11, Teng 10, Trollano 7, Lassiter 4, Brondial 3, Ross 2, Enciso 0, Tautuaa 0.

Quarterscores: 24-15; 42-39; 63-58; 88-80.

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