Magnolia Hotshots’ Defense Shuts Down San Miguel Beermen in PBA Finals

The Magnolia Chicken Timplados Hotshots showcased their defensive prowess in Game 3 of the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup Finals, securing an 88-80 victory over the San Miguel Beermen and narrowing the series lead to 2-1. After surrendering an average of 106 points in the first two games, the Hotshots tightened up their defense, limiting the Beermen to just 34.1% field goal shooting.

Hotshots coach Chito Victolero attributed the improved defensive performance to the two-day rest his team had before Game 3. He highlighted the importance of keeping the Beermen’s scoring under 90 points, recognizing that it gives the Hotshots a greater chance of winning the game.

In addition to their defensive efforts, the Hotshots received a boost when Jericho Cruz of the San Miguel Beermen was unable to play due to a technical foul. The remaining Beermen found it difficult to score, with CJ Perez shooting 10-of-28 and Marcio Lassiter contributing only four points. Even June Mar Fajardo was limited to just 11 points. On the Hotshots’ end, Mark Barroca led the team with 20 points, supported by five other players who scored in double figures.

Although import Tyler Bey struggled with his shot, he prioritized his defensive assignment of guarding Bennie Boatwright. Despite Boatwright’s high-scoring performance of 27 points, Bey’s defensive pressure caused Boatwright to shoot only 10-of-28 and commit eight turnovers.

The Hotshots’ victory overshadowed the off-court drama involving Calvin Abueva, who faced disciplinary actions for his behavior during and after Game 2. However, the team chose to focus solely on their game preparation and mental focus, leaving distractions behind.

Looking ahead to Game 4, the Hotshots remain focused on their defensive identity and expect a tough challenge from the Beermen. They aim to continue their strong defensive performance and use it as their primary weapon to secure a crucial victory in the series.







1. PBA:菲律宾篮球协会(Philippine Basketball Association)
2. Commissioner’s Cup:总决赛
3. Hotshots:马尼拉雏菊队
4. Beermen:圣米格尔瓶子队
5. Field goal shooting:投篮命中率
6. Import:外援
7. Defensive pressure:防守压制
8. Turnovers:失误
9. Disciplinary actions:纪律处分