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Magnolia stuns Ginebra with Tyler Bey’s heroics, secures 93-91 comeback victory

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UNDEFEATED. The Magnolia Hotshots outlast Ginebra Gin Kings, 93--91, in their PBA Season 48 Commissioner's Cup clash at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 19, 2023

Magnolia notched its fourth consecutive victory in the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup with a thrilling 93-91 triumph over Barangay Ginebra at the Big Dome. The win extends Magnolia’s undefeated streak to 14-0, dating back to the preseason On Tour.

Facing a daunting 26-point deficit at halftime, Magnolia orchestrated a massive turnaround led by Tyler Bey, the Hotshots’ prized find and former Dallas Maverick. Bey’s stellar performance was nothing short of a wrecking ball, demolishing Ginebra’s lead and securing the win in what turned out to be a Manila Clasico transformed into a true classic.

Bey showcased his prowess in the crucial moments, scoring 16 of his impressive 31 points in the fourth period. His late-game heroics included crucial free throws that propelled the Hotshots into the lead, completing what stands as the most significant comeback win in the tournament thus far.

At the halfway mark, Ginebra seemed poised for an easy victory with a commanding 60-35 lead. However, Magnolia mounted a fierce comeback in the next period, narrowing the gap to 64-72. The Hotshots continued their relentless pursuit, eventually tying the game at 83-all on a Bey floater.

Bey’s impactful jam not only gave the Hotshots their first lead but also marked a turning point, as Magnolia surged ahead, securing the steal and sealing the memorable victory.

Tyler Bey concluded the game with a remarkable stat line, contributing 31 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals. Jio Jalalon, a key contributor in the third quarter, provided valuable support with 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Mark Barroca was the only other Hotshot to finish in double figures, contributing 13 points, while Paul Lee added nine markers and seven assists.

Despite a strong start from Ginebra’s starting lineup, featuring Tony Bishop, Maverick Ahanmisi, Japeth Aguilar, Christian Standhardinger, and Scottie Thompson, who collectively outscored their Magnolia counterparts 57-17 in the first half, each player’s performance tapered off in the second half.

The Hotshots made crucial adjustments after halftime, thwarting Ginebra’s attempts to secure a 2-0 season start. Ginebra had previously launched its title defense with a 100-86 victory over Converge on Friday, but Magnolia’s resilient comeback halted the Kings’ momentum.

The boxscores:

Magnolia 93 – Bey 31, Jalalon 15, Barroca 13, Lee 9, Sangalang 8, Dela Rosa 6, J.Ahanmisi 5, Reavis 0, Tratter 0, Eriobu 0, Dionisio 0.

Ginebra 91 – M. Ahanmisi 21, Bishop 21, Standhardinger 13, J.Aguilar 12, Thompson 12, Pringle 9, Pinto 3, Cu 0, Pessumal 0.

Quarters: 16-34, 35-60, 64-72, 93-91

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