Hotshots show signs of life, clip Tropang Giga to trim series deficit


Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang powers his way to an all-around game. —PBA IMAGES

TNT had a two-game cushion and Mikey Williams. Magnolia made sure the Tropang Giga had little else.

The Hotshots showed some signs of life in a 106-98 victory over TNT in Game 3 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals at Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Very few people knew what to expect from Magnolia, which was mired in a 0-2 deficit in the best-of-seven series for the league’s crown jewel. They responded well, bucking a record-setting performance from TNT super rookie Williams, who hit 10 triples in a 39-point effort.

“We played better defense than we did in the first two games,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. “We reminded ourselves that it was our defense that brought us here. So we played good defense.”

“We just got back to basics, thought of what happened in…

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