OKBET | The Score is 94–92 in Favor of Magnolia.

Magnolia Hotshots prevailed over TNT Tropang Giga in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City by a score of 94-92 thanks to a strong performance from Calvin Abueva in the fourth quarter and some timely free throws from Paul Lee.

The Magnolia were able to exact some measure of revenge on the Tropang Giga for the loss they suffered in the semifinals of the Philippine Cup, but the match was not without its share of excitement.

After Nico Rakocevic suffered a knee injury and another player from the Magnolia side accidentally ran into it after scoring a shot, the remainder of the game was played with an all-Filipino lineup.

However, at that time, Abueva, who was already burdened with five fouls, had already begun to take control of the club. He finally gave the team the lead, 92-90, with a floater that was made with 32 seconds remaining to play.

Cameron Oliver responded with a putback after his own miss to force a tie at 92 points with 26.4 seconds left in the game.

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The game was ultimately decided by Lee sinking two free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining on the clock after a foul committed by Calvin Oftana of the Magnolia.

The Tropang Giga attempted to steal the game, but the Magnolia’ swarming defense on Kib Montalbo forced him to throw the ball while it was in the air. Unfortunately for them, the clock had already run out by the time he completed the pass.

For the game, Abueva ended with a total of 25 points for Magnolia, including 15 in the last period, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block. Magnolia’s record improved to 3-0.

Additionally, Rakocevic contributed 22 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, a block, and a steal.

Reyes became furious

However, after the game was over, coach Chot Reyes went into the room where the technical committee was meeting to demand an explanation for the Oftana foul.

It was believed that Oftana had committed a foul on Lee as he attempted to take the ball away from Lee when he was shooting a floater; however, Reyes argues that there was no foul committed in that situation.

Deputy Commissioner Eric Castro instantly pacified Reyes and took him back to the Tropang Giga’s bench; nevertheless, following their post-game huddle, Reyes hurriedly made his way for the doors. Deputy Commissioner Eric Castro.

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