PBA: Hotshots strike first in Manila Clasico
Paul Lintag on Nov 10, 2018 08:45 PM
Paul Lee and the Hotshots take a 1-0 lead over defending champion Ginebra in Manila Clasico semis.
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- The Hotshots strike first.
Magnolia takes an early lead in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals after stopping two-time champion Ginebra, 106-98, Saturday at the Ynares Center here.
The no. 4 Hotshots withstood a sizzling start from the Gin Kings and Justin Brownlee to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 semis.
After Brownlee dropped 20 points for a 39-31 Ginebra lead in the opening period, the Hotshots went with their signature defense to turn the game around.
Magnolia limited the Gin Kings to only 16 points in the second quarter and slowly pulled away in the second half, leading by as many as 14 points, 79-55.
And when Ginebra tried to close in during the fourth period, Romeo Travis and Paul Lee stood their ground for the Hotshots, comibing for 18 points to hold off the Gin Kings for the win.
"When we started preparing, I told my players it's a grinding game because of the emotion, the hype of this game," head coach Tim Cone said.
"We just try to control everything, emotions, yung mental toughness namin. It's very important in this series," he added.
Import Romeo Travis scored a career-high 37 points to lead Magnolia, The former Best import also had 16 rebounds and five assists. Paul Lee added another 27 points as the top local for the Hotshots.
The Gin Kings also got 37 from Justin Brownlee but he obviously slow down after a sizzling opening quarter.
Game 2 is set for Monday at the Big Dome.
Magnolia 106 - Travis 37, Lee 27, Melton 11, Sangalang 7, Barroca 6, Dela Rosa 6, Jalalon 5, Pascual 4, Herndon 3, Brondial 0, Reavis 0.
Ginebra 98 - Brownlee 37, Aguilar 18, Tenorio 13, Slaughter 8, Thompson 7, Chan 5, Mariano 4, Ferrer 4, Mercado 2.
Quarters: 31-39, 63-55, 86-76, 106-98.
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