Magnolia Triumphs, Advances to PBA Finals

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In a resounding victory, Magnolia secured its spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals after overcoming the spirited challenge of Phoenix with an 89-79 win in Game 4 of their semifinal clash at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Barroca played a pivotal role, contributing a conference-high 21 points, guiding the Hotshots to a 3-1 series triumph.

Magnolia’s Dominance

The Hotshots, determined to avoid any collapse, set the tone early with a robust first quarter led by the exceptional performance of Barroca. Magnolia’s solid defense thwarted Phoenix’s attempts at a comeback in the second half, sealing their victory and advancing to the much-anticipated PBA Finals.

PBA Finals Bound

Magnolia’s triumph sets the stage for a captivating PBA Finals showdown against sister team San Miguel Beer. The Beermen, having recently swept Barangay Ginebra in the semis, present a formidable challenge for the Hotshots. Game 1 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Friday at the same venue, promising an exciting clash between two San Miguel Corporation teams competing for the coveted crown.

READ ALSO: San Miguel’s Dynamic Duo Are Ready for PBA Finals Showdown

Coach Victolero’s Reflection

Coach Chito Victolero expressed his respect for Phoenix, acknowledging their unexpected journey to the Final Four. He commended Fuel Masters’ coach Jamike Jarin for presenting a tough fight and making the series challenging for Magnolia. Despite not anticipating Phoenix’s presence in the semis, Victolero recognized their commendable efforts.

Phoenix’s Campaign

Phoenix, led by import Johnathan Williams and a promising lineup including Jason Perkins, Tyler Tio, Javee Mocon, and rookie Kenneth Tuffin, showcased resilience throughout the series. While the Fuel Masters managed to avoid a sweep in Game 3, erasing a significant deficit for a 103-85 win, they ultimately succumbed to Magnolia’s dominance in Game 4.

Finals Preview

The upcoming PBA Finals between Magnolia and San Miguel Beer holds special significance as the two San Miguel Corporation teams vie for the championship. This face-off recalls their 2019 Philippine Cup clash, where the Beermen emerged victorious in a seven-game battle.

Stay tuned for the electrifying PBA Finals as Magnolia faces off against San Miguel Beer for the championship.

 

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