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Magnolia prevails over Ginebra in bubble 'Clasico'

Jack Corpuz played his best game with the Purefoods franchise. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--All it took was a closed door battle for Magnolia to finally get past Ginebra after four consecutive failed tries.

In a rare Pampanga edition of the "Manila Clasico" inside the PBA bubble, the Hotshots snapped a long head-to-head skid against the Barangay with a 102-92 victory on Sunday night at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.

Two nights after blowing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter and eventually losing against Phoenix, it was Magnolia's turn to stifle Ginebra in the final frame, holding its rival to just 15 points while pulling away for good with a 16-3 run within the last 4:24 of the game.

Jack Corpuz played his best outing as a Hotshot, posting a season-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and six rebounds as his team snapped a three-game slide overall.

Paul Lee and Mark Barroca each added 15 points, while Jio Jalalon flirted with a double-double after contributing 10 assists and nine points with four caroms.

Stanley Pringle put up 24 points, six boards, three dimes, and one steal for the Barangay, who saw their best start in 34 years come to an end, losing for the first time after going 4-0.

Scottie Thompson came close to a triple-double after posting 14 rebounds, 10 markers, and seven dimes with one interception.

Box Scores:

Magnolia 102-Corpuz 20, Lee 15, Barroca 15, Sangalang 14, Dela Rosa 13, Banchero 10, Jalalon 9, Reavis 6, Calisaan 0, Melton 0, Dionisio 0, Pascual 0

Ginebra 92-Pringle 24, J. Aguilar 13, Thompson 10, Dillinger 9, Chan 9, Caperal 8, Tenorio 6, Tolentino 6, Mariano 4, Devance 3

Quarterscores: 25-25, 52-54, 78-77, 102-92

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