PBA Finals: Hotshots overcome June Mar Fajardo, Beermen for 1-0 lead
MANILA, Philippines–Magnolia held off San Miguel Beer, 99-94, for a 1-0 lead in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee came up big down the stretch for the Hotshots, who also won the finals opener last year but ended up dropping the next four games to lose in the series.
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“I talked to my players at halftime and I told them we can’t beat San Miguel on the offensive end and I’m very happy because they responded to the challenge by playing defense in the second half to limit San Miguel to under 100 points and that’s the key,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero.
Sangalang posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Lee had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists.
The Hotshots overcame June Mar Fajardo’s herculean effort of 35 points and 21 rebounds.
Game 2 is on Friday, 7 p.m., still at Araneta Coliseum.
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