PBA: Hotshots end NLEX's perfect start

Paul Lintag on Aug 22, 2018 09:40 PM
PBA: Hotshots end NLEX's perfect start
Magnolia dominated all game, opening up a 31-12 lead in the first quarter and never let go.

NLEX's perfect start is no more.

Magnolia demolished the Road Warriors in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, taking a convincing 102-72 win Wednesday at the Big Dome.

An undermanned NLEX crew entered the game with a 2-0 mark despite missing several key pieces including its head coach and the Hotshots fully took advantage of that fact.

Magnolia dominated all game, opening up a 31-12 lead in the first quarter and never let go. 

"We prepared hard for NLEX's offense," head coach Chito Victolero said.

"In their last two games, they averaged 113 points. We want to limit them under 90 and I'm proud of my players, they did a good job on defense," he added.

Former Best Import Romeo Travis played his first PBA game in three years and scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds for the Hotshots. Mark Barroca was the top local for the Hotshots with 13 markers.

For the Road Warriors, Olu Ashaolu finished with 21 points. The burly import will have to conced his roster spot to Aaron Fuller for now as he deals with a knee injury.

Despite the loss, NLEX keeps first place for the moment with a 2-1 record.

 

The Scores:

Magnolia 102 - Travis 21, Barroca 13, Simon 12, Gamalinda 10, dela Rosa 10 Reavis 8, Melton 7, Jalalon 6, Sangalang 5, Mendoza 4, Ramos 4, Herndon 2, Pascual 0, Brondial 0, Abundo 0.

NLEX 72 - Ashaolu 21, Tiongson 8, Fonacier 6, Ighalo 6, Mallari 5, Quinahan 5, Rios 5, Paniamogan 4, Monfort 2, Baguio 2, Miranda 2, Galanza 2, Gotladera 2, Tallo 2, Marcelo 0, Soyud 0. 

Quarters: 31-12, 55-30, 76-52, 102-72

 

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