Magnolia again leaned on their defense en route to their fourth straight win.
Hotshots set tone on defense
The Magnolia Chicken Timplados Hotshots banked on another great defensive stand, extending their winning streak to four with a 112-97 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Jio Jalalon, Paul Lee, and Mark Barroco all scored 19 apiece in the win, while import Antonio Hester hauled a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Magnolia couldn’t ask for a better opening quarter, building a 14-point lead after the first period. During that stretch, it was a balanced performance for the Hotshots, as they poured 33 points and used their defense to set the tone for the whole game.
Magnolia climbs to a 4-3 record, while Rain or Shine drops to 2-5.
NorthPort finally tallies a win
The NorthPort Batang Pier finally broke through the win column, defeating the Terrafirma Dyip, 115-100. Batang Pier import Kevin Murphy led all scorers with his 28 markers, while Robert Bolick came off the bench to tally 26 points, nine boards, and six assists.
NorthPort now holds a 1-6 slate with four games left on their schedule, while Terrafirma drops to 2-6.