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Magnolia spoils Sonny Thoss' jersey retirement, denies Alaska outright QF bonus

Mike Harris was almost unstoppable against his former team. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—On a night when Alaska held what could be its final jersey retirement ceremony as a club, Magnolia spoiled the party.

Despite already securing the top seed in the PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals since the previous night, the Hotshots still came out to work on a Sunday evening, dealing the Aces a 118-91 beating at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Magnolia stomped its dominance early on, opening a 37-18 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looking back, even upping its lead to as high as 31 points.

Mike Harris issued a statement against his former team, scoring 38 points on 15-of-20 shooting, 10 rebounds, two steals, and one block for the now 9-1 Hotshots.

Ian Sangalang added 14 points on 6-for-9 field goals, six rebounds, and one steal in his return to action, while Jio Jalalon chipped in 12 markers, 11 dimes, two boards, and one steal.

Jack Corpuz made 12 points too, going 5-for-6 from the field and making both his three-point shots, alongside two rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal.

RK Ilagan led the Aces, who ended their elimination round campaign at 6-5, with 14 points, two rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Olu Ashaolu added 12 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists, while Maverick Ahanmisi also made 12 markers with one board and three dimes.

With the defeat which dropped the club to sixth place, Alaska missed out on an outright chance to claim a twice-to-beat advantage in the next round and will now await the results of the remaining games to find out if it will still finish in the Top 4.

During halftime, the Aces formally retired the #7 jersey of Sonny Thoss, who played with the team all throughout his PBA career.

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