Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup between the Magnolia Hotshots and the Terrafirma Dyip, scheduled on July 30, 2021, at 12:30 PM.
A win by Magnolia in this match will solidify the Hotshot’s grasp on the number one spot with a 4-0 win-loss record.
Against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Paul Lee led the way for Magnolia with 23 points, three rebounds, and three assists to keep the Hotshots unbeaten in three games.
The Hotshots embarked on a tremendous 19-7 run early in the third period to lead by as much as 16 points, 65-49, after leading by only 4 points at halftime, 46-42.
With less than four minutes remaining, the Gin Kings cut the lead to a single possession, 79-77, but the Hotshots went on another tremendous 10-4 run late in the game to pull away for good.
Ian Sangalang had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Hotshots in their inaugural Manila Clasico, while newly signed forward Calvin Abueva contributed 15 points and nine boards for the Hotshots.
Terrafirma, on the other hand, is itching to break into the win column after failing to do so against TNT and NLEX.
The young Dyip showed signs of their potential against the Road Warriors, even taking a nine-point lead in the second quarter. However, the former’s shooting touch deteriorated about the same time as their opponents’, and NLEX went on to win 108-94.
Joshua Munzon, the top pick in the 2021 PBA Draft, erupted for a game-high 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting, while Aldrech Ramos chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds for the Dyip, who dropped to 0-2 in the standings.
The All-Filipino Cup will proceed to the quarterfinals in its customary format, with the top eight teams advancing. Against the eighth and seventh seeds, the top two seeds will have a twice-to-beat advantage. Meanwhile, in a best-of-three series, No. 3 will face No. 6, and No. 4 will face No. 5. Best-of-seven matches will be played in the semifinals and finals.
Unlike last season’s setup, the league will have a closed-circuit system for the Philippine Cup this time, with teams, league employees, and the media encouraged to keep a venue-home pattern to limit COVID-19 exposure.
The games will be held four times a week. The conference is also scheduled to go through the end of October.