Magnolia, Meralco rise up to get their second wins, San Miguel stays unbeaten

The Magnolia Hotshots won their second game on the strength of their defense. The escape the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 69-68 to rise up to 2-1. Rain or Shine drops to 1-3 for the conference.

Romeo Travis led the way with 26 points and 14 rebounds. He was backed up by Mark Barroca and Ian Sangalang who scored eight points each. The Elasto Painters got 14 points from Javee Mocon and 13 points from new import Kayel Locke.

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The Hotshots were able to build a 10-point lead in the final period but the Elasto Painters came roaring back in the game. They went on a 10-0 run to tie the count at 68 heading into the final minute. Because their offense went cold, Magnolia focused on their defense to stop Rain or Shine.

The Hotshots stymied the Elasto Painters in the final two minutes of the contest, keeping the game tied at 68. Barroca finally got the game-winning point from the line in the final 10 seconds of the game. Magnolia came up with one final defensive stop in the end to get the win.

In the first game of the day, the Meralco Bolts piled on another loss to the Alaska Aces. The Bolts used a second-half surge to pull away from the Aces, 101-75. Meralco jumpes up to 2-1 while Alaska stays winless in four games.

Baser Amer led Meralco with 27 points built on six shots from beyond the arc. Allen Durham backed up his point guard with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Raymond Almazan added 15 for Meralco. The Aces got 12 points each from Chris Banchero and Simon Enciso.

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The Aces were within striking distance entering the third period. They were only down by six after the half. But Amer came alive and delivered big buckets in the third period. He exploded for 14 points, dropping three big triples in the period to help Meralco seize control of the game.

Meralco built a double-digit lead heading to the fourth period and continued to pound on Alaska after that. The Bolts built an insurmountable lead in the final period, going as high as 30 points away from the Aces to cruise to the win.

The final game of the day was a battle of undefeated teams in Dubai. The San Miguel Beermen and the NLEX Road Warriors clashed, each looking to keep their winning run alive. But in the end, the Beermen’s firepower was just too much for the Road Warriors as San Miguel won, 98-94. San Miguel rises up to 3-0 while NLEX gets their first loss in four games.

Dez Wells led the way for San Miguel with 32 points, 14 rebounds and four assists. Alex Cabagnot had 20 while June Mar Fajardo scored 16 and grabbed 18 rebounds. Kiefer Ravena led the way for NLEX with 20 points and eight assists.

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The Road Warriors looked like they were heading to their fourth straight win when they built a three-point lead in the closing moments of the game. Unfortunately for them, they went cold and couldn’t hold back the Beermen’s attack. Fajardo put San Miguel to within one points after two makes from the foul line. Wells scored on a put back to put the Beermen ahead by one.

From there, San Miguel sealed the win with free throws as NLEX couldn’t buy a bucket. The Road Warriors missed their last three attempts, allowing the Beermen to escape with the win.