PBA Finals: Magnolia guards outshine Alaska counterparts in Game 1

first_imgSpry guard Jio Jalalon also gave Magnolia a lift with an all-around effort of seven points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and four steals while Paul Lee added 14 points. Jalalon was a game-high plus-29.“I thought their guards just took it at us. They handled us,” Alaska head coach Alex Compton said.Alaska’s guards on the other hand, couldn’t get anything going in the first half where Magnolia took control of the game. Guards Chris Banchero, Jvee Casio and Simon Enciso scored just two points each in the first two quarters.Banchero, who is playing his best basketball this conference and leads all locals in assists per game, finished with 12 points, six assists and six turnovers while Enciso and Casio had nine and seven points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Running and music go together for 12,000 Filipinos who joined this year’s The Music Run by Philam Vitality Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA IMAGESOne of Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero’s concerns heading into the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series against Alaska was the Aces’ bevy of guards led by Chris Banchero.Magnolia’s guards, however, had something to say about that in the Hotshots’ 100-84 ripping of the Aces in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We talked about the imports are a given that they would cancel each other out and it would boil down to the guards. That’s their strength and it’s also our strength so we need to match their effort,” said Hotshots guard Mark Barroca.Barroca played a vital role in the finals opener, finishing with 16 points and five steals. He had 10 points alone in the fourth quarter, including seven in a telling 9-0 run that sealed the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“He’s a veteran and he knows how to play in the championship series,” Victolero said of Barroca, a five-time champion and one-time Finals MVP.“He did a good job on both ends of the floor and i expect my guards to at least matchup with Alaska’s guards. I’m happy because our guards really stepped up.” No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more