The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok finally pulled a victory against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their Game 3 battle yesterday, 85-74.
Ian Sangalang who struggled the entire first half revived himself in the following half by blasting 16 points performance.
Most of his damage came in the final quarter where he went unstoppable inside the post. He delivered 12 markers in that final canto.
“I just stayed positive. Nag-respond ako sa mga teammates ko na patuloy na naniwala sa akin. Thankful ako especially kay Kuya Ping (Marc Pingris) na talagang tinulak ako at nagbigay ng guidance,” said Sangalang.
Not only Sangalang who found his old self but also Paul Lee.
In Game 1 and Game 2 each time the match enters the third and fourth quarter, Lee’s scoring ability diminished but in Game 3 he changed that trend.
“Ang Angas ng Tondo” scored seven points compared to his semis average of only two points.
RoS rookie Javee Mocon paced the Elasto Painters with his 18 points. Mocon got an ample amount of playing time as James Yap got in foul trouble early in the game.
Game 4 is scheduled on April 22, 2019 at the Big Dome.
Magnolia vs Rain or Shine Box Score
Quarters: 15-17 | 35-42 | 57-63 | 85-74
Hotshots (85) – Lee 16, Sangalang 16, Melton 9, Jalalon 8, Dela Rosa 7, Reavis 7, Barroca 6, Reavis 6, Brondial 5, Simon 3, Ramos 2
Elasto Painters (74) – Mocon 18, Belga 12, Torres 10, Daquioag 7, Yap 6, Nambatac 6, Norwood 6, Alejandro 3, Rosales 2, Borboran 2, Ponferada 2