PBA: Magnolia boosts playoff bid, holds down NorthPort

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jalen Green, FilAm Sports dominate Ateneo en route to NBTC Final 8 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “We limited [Stanley] Pringle, [Mo] Tautuaa and [Jonathan] Grey. The defense of our small guys on Pringle really worked. It was tiring, but at least we got the W and boosted our playoff chances,” said Victolero, whose wards rebounded from a tough 97-93 overtime defeat to Barangay Ginebra last Sunday.Grey led NorthPort’s first half assault with 14 points. He was scoreless in the second half. Pringle had 11 in the first two periods but scored just four in the final half.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Hotshots turned up the defensive intensity in the second half, limiting the Batang Pier to just 31 points after surrendering 59 in the first two quarters of the match.“It was all about our defense in the second half,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. “We gave up 59 in the first half. That’s the most, I think, that we gave up this conference in the first half.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAnd so Victolero sent his wards out of the halftime break with a simple message: “If we don’t play defense in the second half, we will lose this game.”The Hotshots responded. And the numbers showed it. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Bumping off cutters and funneling drives to crammed, uncomfortable spaces in the middle, Magnolia limited NorthPort to just 24 percent shooting in the second half after the Batang Pier shot 58 percent in the first two periods anchored on 26 points off transition.“We gave up too many fastbreak points. Usually, if we give up 59 points, that’s already the third quarter for us,” Victolero said.The Hotshots were so disruptive defensively that NorthPort could only manage eight points in the last quarter—a franchise-low for a team that is currently on a six-game slide after a promising 2-0 start to the conference. The Hotshots thus climbed to 4-5 on a night Paul Lee fired 24 points and attracted a lot of NorthPort’s defensive focus.Lee hit a triple to bite into NorthPort’s lead and then Rodney Brondial, benefitting from the defensive attention Magnolia’s star guard was getting, found open spots and hit four straight points to give the Hotshots the lead, 83-82, early in the fourth.It was all Magnolia from thereon as NorthPort couldn’t dust off the scrappy, bruising pressure applied by the Hotshots on defense.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ MANILA, Philippines–How does one bounce back from a strength-sapping, deflating defeat to a fierce rival? Play another scrappy, bruising game that would have further drained more energy—and morale—had it ended in another loss.This time, however, Magnolia came out with a win as it played in total grind-out fashion in the second half to subdue NorthPort, 103-90, and boost its playoff hopes on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View commentslast_img read more