PBA: Just like old pal LeBron, Travis thankful for second chance after botched clutch free throws

Paul Lintag on Nov 12, 2018 10:44 PM
Just like old pal LeBron, Travis thankful for second chance
"Yeah, I actually watched the game. I may have jinxed myself. He [LeBron] had a second chance, I had a second chance. He made the most of it and I made the second free throw and we ended up winning the game," Travis said of his trips to the foul line.

Late in the Lakers' home game against the Atlanta Hawks Monday morning in Manila, LeBron James found himself at the foul line to shoot two clutch free throws.

If the King makes two, the Lakers take the lead. If he makes one, game is tied.

James missed both.

Fortunately, Kyle Kuzma ended up with the offensive rebound and while the second-year forward also ended up missing his go-ahead floater, LeBron slammed the follow up to finally put the Lakers up one.

[Related: James' dunk lifts Lakers to 107-106 win over Hawks]

Los Angeles ended up winning the game to be above .500 for the first time in the current NBA season.

Later that day in Manila, LeBron's old buddy Romeo Travis found himself at the foul line late in Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals against Ginebra.

Romeo makes two and the Magnolia Hotshots take a five-point lead to ice the game. If he makes one, his team is still up by two possessions with four seconds to go.

Travis missed both.

Fortunately, the former Best Import somehow found himself grabbing the offensive rebound and he was fouled again. Travis missed the first free throw anew but made sure to make the second one.

Magnolia ended up winning the game and the Hotshots are now up 2-0 in the best-of-5 semis against the reigning two-time champions.

"Yeah, I actually watched the game. I may have jinxed myself. He [LeBron] had a second chance, I had a second chance. He made the most of it and I made the second free throw and we ended up winning the game," Travis said of his trips to the foul line.

"I just missed them you know? I thank God for second chances. I missed three and luckily they came in pairs and I'm thankful to make the last one to seal the game. I'm just thankful for second chances. Everybody don't get them so I'm thankful for the second opportunity to seal the game," he added.

Save for some spotty moments late in Game 2, Magnolia's composure has been incredible so far in this series.

The Hotshots have weathered multiple storms from the Gin Kings and now they find themselves on the brink of the Finals.

As long as Magnolia keeps playing to win, there should be no reason why they can't advance, especially after putting up back-to-back masterful performances against Ginebra.

"They're just a resilient team and they have great players so they'll always make a run. We just have to stay composed," Travis said of the Gin Kings.

"Late in the game we got out of our sets, I believe we were trying to not lose instead of winning the game. When you start playing to not lose, you get a little tight. We didn't run our offense the way we should and so that's how they were able to make a run," he added.

 


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