PBA: Hotshots take commanding 2-0 lead in Manila Clasico
Paul Lintag on Nov 12, 2018 09:23 PM
2-0 lead for the Magnolia Hotshots in Manila Clasico.
Two-time champion Brgy. Ginebra is officially down for the count.
No. 4 Magnolia landed another haymaker Monday, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals following a 101-97 win over the Gin Kings in Game 2 at the Big Dome.
Surviving a late flurry from the Gin Kings, the Hotshots are now one win away from the Finals and ending Ginebra's two-year reign in the Governors' Cup.
Similar to Game 1, the Hotshots were in control for most of the game, frustrating the Gin Kings and making them play their game.
Magnolia took multiple double-digit leads and had an answer for Ginebra anytime the champs tried to mount a rally. The Gin Kings only really had it going in the fourth after head coach Tim Cone was ejected for a pair of technical fouls.
Ginebra cut the deficit down to just three points with 24 seconds to go but LA Tenorio and Justin Brownlee each missed game-tying triples. Romeo Travis then scored one free throw on the other end to seal the final tally.
"It's always a grinding game. We just try to prepare mentally because we know Ginebra will come back hard," head coach Chito Victolero said.
"Yung mga breaks ng game, at least kahit papaano napunta din samin yung iba. And then important din yung defense namin nung huli," he added.
Romeo Travis had another brilliant all-around game for Magnolia, finishing with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists.
Like in Game 1, local support was great in Game 2 for the Hotshots with Ian Sangalang adding another 17 points and Paul Lee good for 14.
Ginebra got 31 from Justin Brownlee but the Gin Kings still can't figure things out in this series. LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar scored 15 points each but that was not enough to save the champs from a 0-2 hole.
Game 3 is set for Wednesday still at the Big Dome.
Magnolia 101 - Travis 25, Sangalang 17, Lee 14, Dela Rosa 11, Barroca 9, Jalalon 8, Reavis 6, Melton 5, Simon 5, Herndon 1.
Ginebra 97 - Brownlee 31, Tenorio 15, Aguilar 15, Slaughter 14, Thompson 7, Mercado 7, Mariano 4, Chan 2, Caguioa 2, Ferrer 0.
Quarters: 21-18, 47-46, 75-68, 101-97.
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