Magnolia re­cov­ers

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - /MUSONG CASTILLO OF THE IN­QUIRER

Play­ing with­out its in­jured star Marc Pin­gris for the first time, an in­spired Magnolia Hot­shots squad pulled off a 99-84 vic­tory over the NLEX Road War­riors in Game 2 of the PBA Philip­pine Cup semi­fi­nals at the Araneta Coli­seum yes­ter­day.

The vic­tory tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

Pin­gris, Magnolia’s vet­eran big man, is ex­pected to be out for the rest of the PBA sea­son be­cause of a rup­tured left ACL, which will re­quire at least six months to heal.

The ex­tent of Pin­gris’ in­jury was con­firmed yes­ter­day af­ter­noon by sev­eral Magnolia of­fi­cials af­ter Pin­gris un­der­went a series of tests ever since be­ing car­ried out of the floor last Satur­day in a close loss to the Road War­riors in their series opener.

The ab­sence of Pin­gris seemed to have mo­ti­vated the Hot­shots, who took off to a strong start and never looked back.

Step­ping up for Magnolia was Paul Lee, who bounced back from an eight-point Game 1 per­for­mance to score 27 points.

Mean­while, San Miguel Beer tries to all but wrap up its sep­a­rate best-of­seven series op­po­site crowd-dar­ling Barangay Gine­bra on Tues­day when the Beer­men gun for a 3-0 lead also at the mod­ern Pasay venue.

The Gin Kings have their backs to the wall and would need noth­ing less than a win in their 7 p.m. con­test.

And Gine­bra would have to do it with­out Greg Slaugh­ter for the third straight game.

The 7-foot corner­stone in­jured his right an­kle, and with the swelling yet to fully sub­side, has sat it out and left a gap­ing hole in the mid­dle for Gine­bra.

San Miguel is seek­ing to win this tour­na­ment for an un­prece­dented fourth straight time.

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Paul Lee scored 27 points to lead the Magnolia Hot­shots to a 99-84 win over NLEX in Game 2.

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