PBA Finals: Magnolia frustrates Alaska anew, takes 2-0 lead

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Hotshots, who took game 1 100-84, can take a step closer to a sweep on Sunday, but head coach Chito Victolero and his team are not looking that far ahead.“We’re not thinking that we’re up right now. We’re staying in the present. Right now, we’re looking at Game 3 because that’s what’s important,” said Victolero. “We can’t celebrate. This is a seven-game series.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Aces were still holding off Magnolia at the start of the fourth quarter before a back-and-forth ensued in the middle part of the period with in a fast-paced and physical game.Jio Jalalon made a gutsy leaner off the glass with 2:40 left that gave the Hotshots a 73-71 lead and that line lasted for more almost two minutes as two teams got into a slugfest with neither getting a decent shot up. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Alaska had a total of 26 turnovers that led to 15 Magnolia points.Magnolia is on the hunt for its 14th championship after its last one in the 2014 Governors’ Cup, which was part of the league’s last Grand Slam.The Aces, meanwhile, are attempting to end their five-year title drought and add one more title to their collection that already has 14 trophies making them the second winningest franchise in PBA history behind San Miguel that has 25.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Magnolia followed up its strong Game 1 win and took a 2-0 series lead after taking down Alaska, 77-71, in Game 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ONE: Jeremy Miado looks to sustain winning ways in 2019 ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “In the first half, we weren’t able to match them it’s like we were a step late,” added Victolero whose team trailed 41-36 after the second quarter. “I talked to them that if we can’t match up with them, we need to exert more effort.”Jalalon iced the game from the free throw line for Magnolia’s 75-71 lead with 15.9 ticks remaining.Romeo Travis paced the Hotshots with 24 points and nine rebounds while Ian Sangalang added 11 points and five boards.Jalalon struggled offensively for seven points, on 2-of-9 shooting, but made up for it with seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.Mike Harris led the Aces with 22 points and 12 rebounds but he turned the ball over seven times.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img

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