Magnolia Hotshots survived a late scare as it got away with a 94-91 decision over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, in the Game Four of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Monday night.
The Hotshots were comfortably ahead by 21 points when they saw the E-Painters make a huge comeback, heaving a sigh of relief after the rally fell just short.
As a result, Magnolia has successfully pulled themselves out of a 0-2 hole in their best-of-seven semifinal showdown, tying the series at two games apiece.
Ian Sangalang tallied a team-high 19 points alongside 10 rebounds for a double-double performance. Paul Lee made 15 points and five boards, while Jio Jalalon ended up with 12 points, four boards, and four assists as four more Magnolia players scored in double figures for a well-distributed offense.
James Yap, who finished with 24 points, led the late fightback for the Elasto Painters, hitting a clutch three-pointer in the final one-minute mark that trimmed the lead to just 92-89, before Maverick Ahanmisi’s layup pulled them to within just one, 91-92.
Jalalon though converted two charities with 3.1 ticks to go to preserve the win for the Hotshots as Yap missed a potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer.
Rookie Javee Mocon produced 14 points for Rain or Shine, while Gabe Norwood contributed 10 markers, eight boards, three steals, and a block in the loss.
Game Five of the series will be on Wednesday, April 24, at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
MAGNOLIA 94 – Sangalang 19, Lee 15, Jalalon 12, Melton 11, Barroca 11, Reavis 10, Dela Rosa 10, Brondial 4, Ramos 2, Herndon 0, Simon 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 91 – Yap 24, Mocon 14, Norwood 10, Nambatac 9, Borboran 9, Belga 7, Ahanmisi 7, Daquioag 5, Ponferada 4, Rosales 2, Torres 0.
Quarter scores: 28-20, 56-37, 80-64, 94-91.