The Rundown From PBA Saturday: Defense Propels Bay Area To Solo First Place

Bay Area’s inspired defensive stand propelled them to the solo lead in the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings.

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Dragons snatch top spot from Hotshots

The Bay Area Dragons played inspired defense the whole game as they defeated the Magnolia Chicken Timplados Hotshots, 95-89. Myles Powell turned in 32 points for the Dragons and took over in the fourth quarter when he needed to. Combo guard Glen Yang logged just a shade under 47 minutes in the game, and tallied 19 points, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals.

But it was their defense that carried Bay Area to the win, as they held Magnolia to only 38% from the field, while also forcing them to commit 21 miscues. 

Import Nick Rakocevic led Magnolia with 26 points and 19 boards, while Jio Jalalon chipped in 19 points and three steals. The Hotshots drop to 8-2 in the standings, while the Dragons climb to a 9-2 record and the solo lead. 

SMB comes away with crucial victory

The San Miguel Beermen came away with a crucial boost to their playoff hopes, carving a 108-104 victory over the Phoenix Super LPG. The Beermen saw their five starters tally double digits in the scoring column, with Simon Enciso catching fire in the early goings and finishing with a team-high 20 points, including six hits from downtown.

Javee Mocon had 18 markers for the Fuel Masters. After a five-game winning streak midway through the conference, Phoenix has now lost their last three games. Meanwhile, SMB boosted their playoff chances, bumping their win-loss slate up to 4-5.

By the Numbers

  • 25

    With Myles Powell struggling to put a dent on the Magnolia defense in the early goings, Bay Area relied on their defense. They forced the Hotshots to commit 21 turnovers, which the Dragons turned to 25 points.

  • 19

    After committing 20 turnovers in their last game, San Miguel was almost burned down again by their own miscues. They turned the ball over 19 times yesterday, which Phoenix converted to 28 points off turnovers. Normally a team that takes good care of the ball, SMB has been hounded by turnovers as of late.

  • 10

    While it's true that Phoenix import Kaleb Wesson is more of a playmaking big than a scorer, he has to assert a bit more of himself. He only had 10 shots in the loss to SMB, with three other Phoenix players attempting more shots than him.

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