Hotshots up against favored Beermen anew

first_imgSports Briefs: April 30, 2019 Reavis dominated both boards to finish with 20 rebounds while joining forces with Ian Sangalang, who came alive in the last quarter to give Magnolia a 55-52 lead going into the last two minutes.Despite the heroics of Reavis and Sangalang, experts predict easy sailing for the defending champion Beermen in their quest for a fifth straight all-Filipino title and a 26th crown overall against their sister team in the SMC franchise.After scrambling past the TNT KaTropa in their best-of-three quarterfinal series, the Beermen leaned on their deeper and more experienced bench to oust the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters in five games of their semifinal showdown Thursday.Phoenix, the tournament’s revelation after topping the one-round eliminations with a 9-2 win-loss record, found SMB a different foe in the semis and managed to win just the third game after dropping the first two encounters of what turned out to be a bruising series.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES This was how the veteran Rafi Reavis summed up the incredible stand by the Magnolia Hotshots in turning back the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in a classic Game 7 duel to reach the Finals of the PBA Philippine Cup for the second straight season on Sunday.The Hotshots rallied from 17 points down at 39-22 midway in the third, blew a chance to win in regulation before ousteadying the Elasto Painters in the extension to prevail, 63-60, and forge another best-of-seven title showdown with heavily favored San Miguel Beer starting Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges We just put our heads down and kept fighting.ADVERTISEMENT SPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 6-foot-8 Reavis, at 41 among the few still reliable senior players in the league, was a key factor as Magnolia finally survived the No. 2 team in the eliminations.Rain or Shine won the first two games of the semifinal series with Magnolia visibly spent from its quarterfinal meeting with Barangay Ginebra. The Hotshots then bounced back to win the next three games, but the Elasto Painters forced a rubber match with a masterful conquest in Game 6. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img

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