The Rundown from Saturday’s PBA: Gutsy Rakocevic Powers Magnolia to 2-0 Start

If you missed Bay Area Dragons’ late-game composure against the Phoenix Super LPG or the Magnolia Chicken Timplados Hotshots’ thrilling comeback against the Converge FiberXers, here is a quick recap from Saturday’s 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup doubleheader. 

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Rakocevic battles through pain to lead Magnolia’s comeback victory

Nick Rakocevic played through hip issue but was still able to lead Magnolia to a 109-105 comeback win over  Converge.

The Serbian import lodged another monstrous double-double performance of 21 points and 24 rebounds, while Mark Barroca provided 19 markers.

After struggling in their previous game, Paul Lee produced 20 points on 50% shooting, while backcourt partner Jio Jalalon recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang scored 10 apiece in the win. 

Quincy Miller led the FiberXers anew with 38 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 blocks. However, the former NBA standout’s performance was not enough to keep the Hotshots at bay. 

Rookie Justin Arana feasted in the paint with 14 points on 70% shooting, along with 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. RK Ilagan and Jeron Teng scored 12 and 11, respectively. 

The FiberXers had a 13-point lead, 84-71, entering the final canto. However, Magnolia burst into a 38-21 run in the final frame to steal the game from Converge. 

Myles Powell
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Dragons turn around early double-digit deficit

Bay Area crawled back from an early 16-point deficit in the first half to beat Phoenix, 101-91. 

Myles Powell was off to a rough start, but was unleashed in the second half and ended the game with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 steals to earn their third straight win of the conference. 

Hayden Blankley added 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals, while Duncan Reid and Glen Yang scored 14 apiece. 

Javee Mocon led the Fuel Masters with 22 points on a highly-efficient 63% shooting. Rookie guard Tyler Tio also had a solid contribution offensively, scoring 21 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three-point territory. 

Unfortunately for the Fuel Masters, import Kaleb Wesson struggled to put up big numbers offensively after coming up with 17 points on a lowly 30% shooting. The 23-year-old big man, however, grabbed 18 boards and 3 blocks. 

Down by as much as 19 points, the Fuel Masters had a comeback attempt off a Tyler Tio three-pointer in the 2:04 mark of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to eight, 94-86. 

However, Phoenix failed to ride the momentum late in the game.

Upcoming 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Games

October 2 – Smart Araneta Coliseum

  • Rain or Shine Elasto Painters vs. Terrafirma Dyip (4:30PM)
  • Meralco Bolts vs. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (6:45PM)

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