PBA; Magnolia vs. SMB will be Calvin Abueva’s first PBA on Tour game while, Paul Lee scores quickly to help Magnolia defeat Meralco

Jul 3, 2023

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When Magnolia plays San Miguel in their upcoming game, Calvin Abueva will play his debut game on the PBA on Tour.

On Sunday at the FilOil EcoOil Centre in San Juan, the Hotshots defeated the Meralco Bolts 121-101 to record their eighth victory in as many games.

As if their undefeated record were not impressive enough, the club will be receiving more firepower on Sunday when ‘The Beast’ finally dons a uniform against the Beermen.

Calvin is expected to join the team to play in the upcoming game, according to Coach Chito Victolero.

Abueva has not yet participated in preseason games due to a leg injury that the Magnolia coach did not clarify. The Coach also mentioned that Abueva has been practicing with the team.

Meanwhile, Magnolia defeated Meralco 121-101 in the PBA On Tour on Sunday as Paul Lee broke free in the first half.

The Hotshots’ seventh straight win in as many preseason games got off to a quick start with 22 points from Lee in the first half.

The seasoned shooting guard scored a game-high 28 points, including 7 of 9 three-point attempts.

James Laput recorded a second double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Jio Jalalon added 18 points and six assists.

In the fourth quarter, the Hotshots were in the lead by as much as 110-87.

Diego Dario, playing at the point because the squad had previously lost starting playmaker Anjo Caram to injury (hamstring), led the undermanned Meralco team.

Dario shot 6-of-11 from long range in the end.

Despite having a player shortage, the Bolts overcame a 44–26 hole in the second quarter to pull within 73–69 with three minutes remaining in the third.

However, the Hotshots put together a 15-1 run to end the period with a score of 88-70.

For the Bolts, who are now 4-3, Bong Quinto scored 14 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.

The Scores

Magnolia 121 – Lee 28, Jalalon 18, Laput 14, Barroca 12, Ahanmisi 11, Eriobu 11, Murell 6, Mendoza 6, Tratter 8, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 3. 

Meralco 101 – Dario 22, Quinto 14, Hodge 13, Johnson 13, Torres 12, Almazan 10, Pascual 7, Maliksi 8, Jose 2, Pasaol 0.

Quarter scores: 27-18: 59-45; 88-70; 121-101.

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