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Lee reaches three-point milestone; Phoenix shooters on fire against NLEX

PHOENIX stunned NLEX 112-77, while Magnolia outlasted Rain or Shine in a two-team match on winning streaks.

That’s how it went on Saturday in the PBA Philippine Cup in a doubleheader held at different locations.

After a blistering shot from three-point range, the Fuel Masters silenced the Road Warriors at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig, handing them a second straight defeat and keeping their playoff hopes alive.

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In Tiaong, Quezon, the Hotshots got huge numbers from Ian Sangalang with 25 points and 12 rebounds to turn back the Elasto Painters. The win extended Magnolia’s winning run to four and secured the No. 1 spot. 2nd position at 5-2. On the other hand, Rain or Shine’s five-match winning streak was snapped for an even 5-5 slate and solo fifth-place finish.

Below are some of the takeaways from Saturday’s doubleheader.

1. Paul Lee finally reached the 1,000 three-point milestone at the Tiaong Convention Center. Lee got the record on his sixth attempt from beyond the arc with 7:44 left in the match, giving the Hotshots an 84-91 lead. According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, Lee became the 10th member of the exclusive club to reach 1,000 three-point shots made, but the fifth fastest to reach the milestone in terms of number of games played.

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2. Phoenix found themselves in a zone at Ynares Arena and handed out a 35-point drubbing to NLEX, the franchise’s all-time largest margin of victory in the Philippine Cup. The Fuel Masters shot an impressive 17-of-33 from beyond the arc (51 percent), led by RJ Jazul’s 6-of-9 shooting from the same area. Rookie Ken Tuffin was 3-for-3 and Kent Salado was 2-for-2 from three-point range, helping the team keep its quarterfinal hopes alive with a 3-5 record.

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3. Unlike Phoenix, NLEX just came out and was a poor 29 percent from the field (26 of 88), including 11 of 50 from beyond the arc. Top gun Robert Bolick was held to just 11 points after averaging a league-best 28.6 points. The 35-point loss is the worst for the Road Warriors under current coach Frankie Lim and fell just one point short of the worst loss in franchise history, 111-75, in the 2018 Governors’ Cup against Barangay Ginebra.

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