Hotshots prevail

JAMES Farr is getting better each game and so is Magnolia.

Farr cut loose with 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and got enough support from three locals as the Hotshots upended Columbian Dyip, 110-103, for their second straight win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Farr replaced John Fields right after the Hotshots lost in their initial outing in the midseason conference. He still had jetlag as he debuted with the Hotshots last Wednesday against NorthPort whom they defeated also.

Farr was at his best as he led a furious Magnolia attack in the third period, and Victolero was visibly happy as the Hotshots survived their tough schedule, thanks to the entry of Farr.

“Medyo mabigat sa amin. We have back-to-back-to-back games. Happy kasi kahit papaano, naka two out of three kami sa mahirap na schedule,” said Victolero.

Ian Sangalang finished with 22 points and eight rebounds, Paul Lee added 21 points and six assists, with Jio Jalalon easily the brightest among the locals after coming away with 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

The Hotshots outrebounded the Dyip, 52-46, and had more assists, 24-16. However, they were dragged into a tough contest in the first two quarters and got to pull away for good only in the third period.

The Hotshots were still trailing, 62-58, in the third quarter when they unloaded a telling 18-to-nothing run behind the efforts of Sangalang, Lee and Farr to seize control of the game.

The Dyip tumbled to their fourth loss in five games despite getting double-digit numbers from Lester Prosper, Glenn Khobuntin, CJPerez, Rawhawn McCarthy and J. corpus.

Prosper  scored 26 points and hauled down 14 rebounds, Perez added 18 points, Khobuntin tallied 14 points, McCarthy and Corpuz added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, Calvin Abueva is set to submit a letter of apology to the PBA today, according to Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas.

Alas said that Abueva has been regretful about the two incidents that led to his indefinite suspension issued by PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.

“I guess sumulat na siya… Remorseful naman ‘yug tao. Alam niya na mali siya. ‘Yun lang ata hinihintay ni Comm. We will see on Monday dahil sa Monday ata dadalhin ‘yung sulat,” said Alas.

The scores:

Magnolia (110) - Farr 22, Sangalang 22, Lee 21, Jalalon 17, Barroca 9, Brondial 8, Melton 3, Herndon 2, Dela Rosa 2, Ramos 2, Pascual 0.

Columbian (103) - Prosper 26, Perez 18, McCarthy 11, Corpuz 10, Calvo 6, Escoto 4, Celda 4, Cahilig 3, Camson 3, Reyes 2, King 2, Faundo 0.

Quarterscores: 34-28, 52-52, 85-74, 110-103