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Defense Triumphs in Semifinal Clash: Magnolia’s Gritty Victory Over Phoenix

Magnolia Overcomes Rocky Start to Edge Phoenix in Semifinal Opener
In a nail-biting PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal clash, Magnolia Hotshots showed resilience, overcoming a shaky start to edge out Phoenix Fuel Masters with an 82-79 victory. The intense game set a prevailing tone for mental strength as both teams grappled with offensive woes, yet never let up defensively. Coach Chito Victolero lauded this grit, maintaining that every possession counts, while also conceding that the Hotshots must refine their strategy, particularly against Phoenix’s sharp-shooter Jason Perkins, who racked up 25 points. Though victorious, Magnolia’s path to improvement is clear: stronger defenses to ensure success in upcoming contests.

Defense Reigns Supreme in Semifinal Showdown, Magnolia Takes Series Lead
The Magnolia Hotshots have taken a pivotal step forward in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals by securing a crucial 82-79 win against a gritty Phoenix Fuel Masters squad. In a game where seamless scoring seemed elusive, Magnolia leveraged a steadfast defensive performance, a plan underscored by coach Chito Victolero. While Tyler Bey’s 23 points and double-double performance stood out, the collective effort reflected a strategy to outlast an opponent that faltered at the three-point line. With Game 2 looming, Magnolia aims to tighten their defensive grip, especially around pivotal Phoenix player Jason Perkins, eyeing a powerful 2-0 series lead at Mall of Asia Arena.

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