Magnolia Hotshots used a second-half explosion to take down the Barangay Ginebra, 85-72, in the Game 3 of their 2019 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals encounter Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Up by just 42-37 at the break, the Hotshots broke the game wide open in the third quarter with a 28-13 rampage for a 70-50 cushion that they never squandered.

Magnolia thus knocked out Ginebra to take the series, 2-1, and will head on to the semifinals round against the second-seeded Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for a best-of-seven showdown.

Paul Lee continued to be the thorn on the side of the Barangay as he drained a dagger three-pointer heading into the final two minutes that ended the comeback hopes of Ginebra, which managed to come to within nine, 69-78, after being down by as much as 22 points early in the payoff period.

The Hotshots guard led all scorers and erupted for 25 points on top of five rebounds and three assists. Mark Barroca put up 13 markers and three boards, while Aldrech Ramos and Ian Sangalang provided 11 and 10 points, respectively, with the latter also tallying 13 rebounds to complete a double-double performance.

Jeff Chan scored team-high 17 markers to lead Ginebra’s comeback attempt. Japeth Aguilar and Joe Devance made 16 and 12 points, respectively, while Scottie Thompson was held to just three points but grabbed career-high 19 boards in the loss.

The scores:

MAGNOLIA 85 – Lee 25, Barroca 13, Ramos 11, Sangalang 10, Reavis 6, Jalalon 6, Brondial 5, Dela Rosa 4, Melton 3, Herndon 2.

GINEBRA 72 – Chan 17, Aguilar 16, Devance 12, Slaughter 9, Mercado 8, Tenorio 5, Thompson 3, Dela Cruz 2, Ferrer 0.

Quarter scores: 20-23, 42-37, 70-50, 85-72.

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