Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup Quarterfinals between the Magnolia Chicken Timplados Hotshots and the NLEX Road Warriors scheduled on July 24, 2022, at 4:30 PM.
The Magnolia Chicken Timplados Hotshots and the NLEX Road Warriors are going to face each other in their best-of-three series in the quarterfinals. In the elimination round, Magnolia finished with eight wins and three losses in third place while the Road Warriors ended that round with six and five losses as they are in the sixth spot of the standings category.
The Hotshots are looking to bounce back for they got defeated by the TNT Tropang Giga 4-1 in the Finals in the same conference last season.
Magnolia is a dominating team despite their standings in the elimination round. They had a handful of games where they had a winning margin by as much as 30 or more points. Not only that, but the Hotshots also led the league with 10.3 steals per game, proving that they are an elite defensive team in the conference.
Ian Sangalang has been superb for Magnolia all throughout the Philippine Cup, ending the conference with 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as he played all contests that the squad had. Even though Paul Lee attended only six games for the Hotshots, he still managed to deliver 14.5 points and stayed consistent on his three-pointers, converting 51% of his shots from the three-point country.
Just like Sangalang and a few players from Magnolia, Jalalon also played all 11 matchups. “The Cyclone” maintained his versatility on the court for Magnolia when he plays defensively and offensively, chalking up 13.1 points, 6.4 boards, and 6.9 dishes per game while also averaging 2.5 steals on the other end. In addition, Jalalon is one of two players to record a triple-double in the elimination round alongside San Miguel’s CJ Perez.
Meanwhile, NLEX had an up and down run in the eliminations, having a winning streak and a losing streak every now and then. Despite this, they still finished it with a two-game winning streak as they enter the quarterfinals.
NLEX had decent amounts of firepower in terms of tallying scores in their matches in the eliminations. They had the developing Oftana, who had a lot of playing time thanks to coach Guiao, racking up 30.9 minutes, 16.6 points, and 7.9 rebounds for NLEX. Trollano had 16.2 points while Alas, who played nine games for the group, had 16.1 points per game.
In the previous post-season, the Road Warriors faced Meralco in the quarterfinals as they had the twice-to-beat disadvantage. Even though they were not having the upper hand, NLEX took the first contest and forced game two in their series with the Bolts. However, they were cut short in the following match against Meralco and got eliminated.