Magnolia Hotshots 104 – NorthPort Batang Pier 87
Magnolia Hotshots leaned on their back court to get their second straight win over the NorthPort Batang Pier. Mark Barroca showcased his skills on both ends of the floor with 20 points and five steals. Jio Jalalon added 13 points and eight assists off the bench.
The Hotshots pounced on a slow start by the Batang Pier to build an early lead. Justin Melton, Romeo Travis and Rome Dela Rosa combined to go on an 8-0 run to open the game and take momentum away from their opponents. The Batang Pier got close several times in the period, but back-to-back hits from Rafi Reavis and an and-one from Jalalon gave Magnolia a 13-point lead.
The Batang Pier tried to fight back in the second period, even taking a two-point lead as their import Rashad Woods powered a run. Romeo Travis answered with eight straight points to close the first half and give the Hotshots the lead back. Magnolia rebuilt their double-digit lead in the second half as Jalalon and Barroca came alive. Barroca scored on a layup and a trey to give Magnolia a 12-point lead. Jalalon scored six points to end the quarter to keep that lead up. The Hotshots cruised to a win from that point.
San Miguel Beermen 125 – NLEX Road Warriors 112
Fresh off his stint with Team Pilipinas, Christian Standhardinger flew straight in from Jakarta and rushed to the first game of the San Miguel Beermen. He proceeded to score a career-high 36 points to lead his team to their first win over the NLEX Road Warriors.
Playing without their injured MVP, the Beermen needed all the help they could get. Standhardinger checked in late in the first quarter but really made his impact when things got rolling in the second quarter. He scored nine straight points in an incredible two-minute stretch to give San Miguel a seven-point lead. Standhardinger’s jumper was on point and he was nearly unstoppable in the paint. He added four straight free throws midway through the period to give the Beermen a double-digit lead.
The Road Warriors were still within striking distance heading into the break. But in the second half, the dam broke for the Beermen as the points poured in. Standhardinger scored five straight points sandwiched between a Chris Ross and an Alex Cabagnot three. That gave the Beermen an 18-point lead. A floater by Standhardinger gave San Miguel a 20-point lead, their biggest of the game. That cushion was enough to win their first game comfortably. Standhardinger missed only three shots, shooting 14/17. He added 11 rebounds and three steals. AZ Reid led the starters with 30 points and 13 boards.