Magnolia Hotshots 77 – Alaska Aces 71 (Hotshots lead 2-0)
Game 2 wasn’t as easy, but the Magnolia Hotshots came up with the necessary stops and baskets in the end game to beat the Alaska Aces.
Alaska came out stronger in Game 2. They made sure not to let Magnolia get out to a fast start. Mike Harris opened the game with back-to-back hoops. He was backed up by the locals as they jumped out to a slim lead early in the game.
The Aces were able to keep the Hotshots at bay for most of the game. They were able to hold on to the lead in the first half as Harris and Vic Manuel hit shots to slow down any growing Magnolia runs.
Alaska was able to build a nine-point lead in the third quarter with hits from Harris and Jeron Teng.
But the Hotshots refused to be blown out. Ian Sangalang, Rome Dela Rosa and Jalalon all teamed up to get Magnolia back in the game.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair with both teams trading baskets and leads. With less thannfive minutes left in the game. Harris gave Alaska a one-point lead on two free throws.
Jalalon answered back with a free throw of his own to tie the game. A few possessions later, Jalalon struck again with a midrange jumper to give the Hotshots the lead back.
The Aces tried to get the lead back but they just couldn’t find the bottom of the net. Jalalon iced the game with two free throws in the final moments of the game.
Jalalon nearly had a triple-double. He had seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists with three steals. Romeo Travis led the Hotshots with 24 points and nine boards. Ian Sangalang added 11 off the bench.