Romeo Travis went unstoppable Wednesday night against the Columbian Dyip and delivered another victory for Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok, 113-95.
It was a game where most of the key players from the Hotshots squad were given a limited minutes as coach Chito Victolero decided to give them more rest.
Yet, Magnolia’s dominance in the court continues as they’re now back in the top of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup standings. Currently, they shared the top spot with the defending champion Barangay Ginebra San Miguel also having 5-1 slate.
The Hotshots import led the offense as Travis notched 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists enough to give his team a three-game winning streak.
After their four-game schedule within ten days, the Pambansang Manok will have its seven days rest. Once they’re back in action they will be greeted by surprising Blackwater Elite on October 10 followed by another hot team, the Alaska Aces (October 14) then last year’s runner-up the Meralco Bolts (October 19).
Defense played a major factor for their latest success according to coach Chito Victolero.
“This is a very important game for us,” said Victolero. “I told my players na kung anuman iyung mindset namin against San Miguel, kung anuman mindset namin against Rain or Shine, we need to do it against Columbian. Kasi we cannot afford to relax.”
“We needed to finish (the eliminations) strong. This is a testament to our defensive mindset. We need to have that best effort kahit sino pa kalaban namin. Kaya nga very proud ako sa mga players ko dahil for 48 minutes ginawa nila. Iyung desire nandoon.”
This conference, the top four teams will have a twice-to-beat advantage going to the playoffs. Magnolia’s three wins during their ten days stretch helped them improve their chances on having that quarterfinals incentive.
For the Columbian Dyip on the other hand, their losing streak in the Governors’ Cup now reached to 23.
Although they lost the game but perhaps this might be the best game of JR Reyes in Dyip’s jersey. Reyes logged 15 points along with his five rebounds.
Columbian import Akeem Wright added 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists while Jackson Corpuz’s led his squad with 20 points with nine boards.
The usual marksmen of Columbian were shutdown as Rashawn McCarthy and Jerramy King only delivered 12 points each.
Magnolia vs Columbian Box Score
Quarters: 31-20, 60-46, 92-70, 113-95
Hotshots (113) – Travis 32, Barroca 16, Lee 13, Sangalang 11, Herndon 8, Dela Rosa 7, Jalalon 6, Reavis 5, Mendoza 3, Melton 3, Simon 3, Gamalinda 2, Ramos 2, Brondial 2
Dyip (95) – Corpuz 20, Wright 19, Reyes 15, King 12, McCarthy 12, Sara 7, Khobuntin 6, Escoto 2, Gabriel 2