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Magnolia routs NLEX, sets up Quarterfinal showdown vs Ginebra


Miles Morales

Magnolia Hotshots manhandled the NLEX Road Warriors, 102-74, in the final day of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations on Wednesday evening at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Hotshots seized control from the get-go, scoring 9 straight points to turn a 7-point lead to a commanding 46-30 edge, which would balloon to as big as 31, 94-63, with six minutes left in the game.

With the win, Magnolia will face Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in a best-of-three quarterfinal series which will start this Saturday.

Paul Lee led the Hotshots with a game-high 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Aldrech Ramos, who’s celebrating his 31st birthday, supplied 15 points, four rebounds, and two blocks.

Mark Barroca had 14 points, three boards, and three assists as Ian Sangalang chimed in 10 in the win.

Bong Galanza was the lone double-digit scorer for NLEX with 10 points.

The Road Warriors ended the eliminations with a 4-7 card. They need Barangay Ginebra to win against NorthPort Batang Pier to secure the seventh spot.

If Ginebra loses, they will be relegated to a playoff for the eighth and final playoff spot versus the Alaska Aces on Friday.