Magnolia ousts Phoenix to set up PBA Finals duel vs San Miguel

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FILE – The Magnolia Hotshots will be in the PBA Finals. –Marlo Cueto/

MANILA, Philippines – Magnolia has the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title on the line after snapping Phoenix’s fairytale winning streak 89-79 in Game 4 of their semifinal series at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday. A showdown with sister team San Miguel Beer was arranged.

The Hotshots relied on a strong first quarter anchored by Mark Barroca to make sure they didn’t crumble this time, but they were held back by their defense and the Fuel Masters were unable to get a come-from-behind try in the second half. There wasn’t.

Barocca finished with a conference-high 21 points, and Magnolia won the best-of-five series 3-1, advancing to the PBA Finals against the Beermen. The Beermen defeated last season’s Commissioner’s Cup champion Barangay Ginebra in a landslide a few days ago. Semi-final pairings.

Game 1 of the best-of-seven series begins Friday at the same venue. This will be the first time the San Miguel Corporation teams will compete for the crown since the 2019 Philippine Cup, where the Beermen won in seven games full-time.

“We didn’t expect Phoenix to make it to the Final Four, but Phoenix put up a very good fight,” coach Tito Victorello said, adding that the Fuel Masters opponent made things difficult for the Hotshots. Jay Mike Jarrin also praised him.

Phoenix is ​​coming off a season in which Jarrin and a young-heavy team defied preseason expectations and advanced to the semifinals for the third time in franchise history, but the first in conference play against an import team.

Jonathan Williams, Jason Perkins, Tyler Tio, Javy Mocon and rookie Kenneth Tuffin all had chances to win either of the first two games, but Magnolia ended up winning the series by two. This resulted in a lead with 0 losses.

Last Sunday, the Fuel Masters avoided a sweep in Game 3, erasing a 21-point deficit and winning 103-85.

Williams had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and Phoenix finished out of the conference.

Magnolia vs. Phoenix score

Magnolia 89—Barroca 21, Bey 20, Sangalan 12, Dionisio 8, Dela Rosa 7, Lee 6, Trutter 6, Jalalon 5, Laput 4, Reavis 0, Ahammisi 0, Abueva 0.

Phoenix 79—Williams 17, Garcia 15, Jazul 11, Manganti 10, Perkins 6, Alejandro 5, Tio 5, Muyang 4, Tuffin 3, Libero 3, Soyud 0, Mocon 0, Verano 0, Camacho 0.

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Quarters: 29-16, 49-38, 70-53, 89-79.

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