Magnolia def. TNT, 106-98 (PBA) Finals Game 3 | October 24

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Magnolia Hotshots defeated TNT Tropang GIGA, 106-98 to trim their deficit at 2-1 in their best-of-7 series in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University (DHVSU) Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Paul Lee led the Hotshots in scoring with 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting along with 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal in 28 minutes of play. Ian Sangalang with a solid game of 20 points (7/20 FG, 6/6 FT), 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Mark Barroca finished with 16 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds while Calvin Abueva with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.

The Hotshots spoiled TNT rookie Miley Williams s' huge performance of 39 points (14/25 FG, 10/18 3PT, 1/3 FT) including 10 three-pointers with 2 assists and 1 rebound while RR Pogoy added 14 points (4/11 FG, 2/6 3PT), 2 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist and 1 steal. According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, Mikey Williams now has the highest output in a PBA Finals game by a rookie in more than 2 decades, or since Erik Menk had 42 in Game 3 of 1999 PBA All-Filipino title series for Tanduay. Williams' 10 3-pt made is also a new PBA Finals record by a rookie and by any player, and also equal the 3rd all-time most in a game shared by 5 players.

Magnolia shot 37/73 or 49% from the field including a 5-of-13 shooting from downtown and went 27-of-29 from the free throw line and committed 15 turnovers in the contest (TNT - 32/79 FG, 16/45 3PT, 18/27 FT, 17TO).

Finals Game 4 is on Wednesday, October 27 at 6:00pm.



The Scores:

MAGNOLIA 106 - Lee 21, Sangalang 20, Barroca 16, Abueva 14, Jalalon 11, Dela Rosa 9, Corpuz 7, Reavis 5, Ahanmisi 3, Melton 0.

TNT 98 - M. Williams 39, Pogoy 14, Erram 10, Castro 9, Heruela 8, Marcelo 7, K. Williams 4, Reyes 3, Rosario 2, Khobuntin 2, Exciminiano 0, Mendoza 0, Montalbo 0.

Quarters: 26-20, 52-46, 82-77, 106-98 . [FULL GAME STATS]

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