Injury-riddled Magnolia asserts mastery over Alaska

MANILA, Philippines – Paul Lee scorched hot for 30 points to provide the much-needed firepower for the injury-plagued Magnolia Hotshots in their 108-95 drubbing of the Alaska Aces in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Arena in San Juan on Wednesday, December 20.

Lee scored 10 in the 3rd quarter alone where the Hotshots led by as much as 16 points, 87-76. 

The Aces worked their way to close the gap late to single digits in the 4th period following Simon Enciso's layup, 94-103.

But Calvin Abueva missed 3 of his last 4 free throws, which could have put Alaska within 5, as Robbie Herndon banked a shot in with 1:05 left in the game that put the game beyond the Hotshots' reach. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.