PBA: Travis scores 50 as Magnolia ends Ginebra's title reign

Paul Lintag on Nov 16, 2018 09:22 PM
PBA: Travis scores 50 as Magnolia ends Ginebra's title reign
After scoring a career-low 12 points in their Game 3 loss, Travis was a man on a mission right from the start, carrying the Hotshots all the way to a 3-1 series win and becoming only the second team in the PBA to beat the Gin Kings with Justin Brownlee.

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- This was the Romeo Travis bounce back game.

Travis scored a career-high 50 points to push Magnolia to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals, beating two-time champion Brgy Ginebra, 112-108, in Game 4 of the semifinals Friday at the Ynares Center here.

After scoring a career-low 12 points in their Game 3 loss, Travis was a man on a mission right from the start, carrying the Hotshots all the way to a 3-1 series win and becoming only the second team in the PBA to beat the Gin Kings with Justin Brownlee.

Down 101-106, Magnolia ended the game and the series with an 11-2 run. Travis completed an and-one play with 44 seconds left to give the Hotshots the lead for good, 108-106.

Steady hands from Jio Jalalon and Paul Lee at the foul line, plus a couple more stops, helped Magnolia seal the win.

"Ang battle cry namin for this series is believe and my players' courage, the determination, the hardwork, it paid off lahat," head coach Chito Victolero said.

"Ang sabi ko sa kanila if we stay together, we will survive and yun ang nagawa namin ngayon," he added.

Looking to force a decicing Game 5, the Gin Kings were red-hot to start, leading by as many as 10 points in the opening period.

The only one keeping the Hotshots afloat in that first quarter was Travis, who was already up to 11 points up to the point, one short of his total output in Game 3.

Magnolia would engage Ginebra in a back-and-forth all game long, exchanging runs with the Gin Kings as both powerhouses tried to land a decisive blow.

But as Ginebra prepared to take over the game in the fourth quarter, it was Travis one again that came to Magnolia's rescue.

Travis fired 21 points in the final 12 minutes, refusing to let go even as the Gin Kings took that late five-point lead.

On top of his 50-ball, Travis added 13 rebounds and three steals. He also shot an insane 20-of-26 from the field.

Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee were the other Magnolia players in double figures with 14 and 11 points respectively.

For Ginebra, it was Justin Brownlee that led the way with 32 points. Japeth Aguilar added 25 for the Gin Kings, whose two-year reign ends in the semifinals.

Magnolia will face either Alaska or Meralco for the title.

 

The Scores:


Magnolia 112 - Travis 50, Sangalang 14, Lee 11, Jalalon 9, Herndon 8, Barroca 8, Simon 6, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 2, Melton 0, Brondial 0.

Ginebra 108 - Brownlee 32, Aguilar 25, Thompson 12, Tenorio 12, Devance 11, Slaughter 7, Mercado 5, Chan 2, Mariano 2, Ferrer 0.

Quarters: 20-27, 51-53, 81-79, 112-108.

 

 

 

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