The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Meralco Bolts at 6:45 P.M. on September 21, 2019 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
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The Hotshots will start to defend their crown this evening while the Bolts wanted to make a good start by making a win. All of these when the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup resumes this evening in Quezon City.
Romeo Travis is coming back to help Magnolia retain its crown and make back to back titles.
Magnolia still has an intact roster plus the addition of a healthy Marc Pingris it will only make the squad of coach Chito Victolero more dangerous.
While waiting for his return to the PBA, Travis joined the Thailand Mono Vampire in the ASEAN Basketball League.
In there he averaged 15.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.1 blocks but he was unable to lead them to the Finals.
For Meralco on the other hand, Allen Durham is coming back for another Bolts’ duty.
The two-time Best Import keeps himself busy playing in Japan’s B.League while waiting for the third conference to start.
In that tournament, Durham averaged 22.3 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists while playing along with Shiga Lakestars.
This time around, Durham will see a new addition to Meralco and that’s Raymond Almazan who will be his help protecting the paint.
Likewise, the old dependables from Meralco like Ranidel de Ocampo, Reynel Hugnatan, Chris Newsome, Cliff Hodge, and others will still be there.