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Paul Lee shoots Magnolia past Meralco for 2-0 lead

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 08:39 PM October 06, 2021
Magnolia guard Paul Lee.

Magnolia guard Paul Lee. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—Magnolia pounced on a depleted Meralco side, 92-78, to take a 2-0 lead in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Wednesday night at DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Paul Lee scored 17 of his game-high 28 points the first half including 12 in a key stretch in the second quarter where the Hotshots climbed back from a 12-point hole.

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Magnolia, which won the semis opener, 88-79, on Sunday, shoots for a commanding 3-0 series advantage on Friday.

Determined to level the series, Meralco was in the thick of the fight.

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The Bolts, however, were dealt with a huge blow in the third quarter when their star center and captain Raymond Almazan went down with an injury.

Almazan hurt his left foot during a rebound battle with Magnolia big man Ian Sangalang at the eight-minute mark.

Meralco’s woes piled up after another key cog in Cliff Hodge was hit with a disqualifying foul seven minutes later.

Sangalang notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Chris Newsome had 18 points for the Bolts, who shot just 35 percent from the field including 5-of-25 from long range.

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