PBA: Magnolia dominates Alaska to take Game 1 of Finals
Paul Lintag on Dec 05, 2018 10:02 PM
Mark Barroca came through in the fourth quarter to complete Magnolia's Game 1 win over Alaska in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals.
Magnolia strikes first.
The Hotshots dominated Alaska Wednesday at the MOA Arena, taking a 100-84 win in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals.
The Hotshots took a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter but Alaska would have one last push in them, coming to within eight points, 76-84.
However, Mark Barroca scored five straight for the Hotshots to stop the Aces' momentum. Barroca first scored on a scoop shot to save a broken Magnolia play.
Barroca then stole the ball from Chris Banchero six seconds later and hit a booming triple for an 89-76 lead with 3:49 to go.
Despite coming off a two-week break, Magnolia proved to be the sharper team and the Hotshots get an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 showdown for the title.
"We're happy to win this game," head coach Chito Victolero said.
"But it's only the start and after tonight, we need to prepare hard again tomorrow," he added.
Import Romeo Travis picked up where he left off from the semifinals, scoring 29 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the win. Barroca added 16 points, 10 in the fourth period.
Paul Lee was good for 14 points for Magnolia while Jio Jalalon flirted with a triple-double with seven points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists.
Down 12 at the break, Alaska would make a play to start the second half, cutting its deficit to seven points with Chris Banchero and Simon Enciso coming alive.
However, Jio Jalalon's all-around brilliance would help Magnolia recover and the Hotshots would restore a 15-point spread, 66-51.
The Hotshots were red-hot to start these Finals, opening Game 1 with a 15-0 blast.
After finally taking their first points from the free throw line, the Aces would come back with a quick 10-0 run of their own but Magnolia would maintain a double-digit lead through one quarter, 24-14.
Magnolia would continue its hot streak into the second period, and led by as many as 18 points. Alaska cut that in half towards the end but Paul Lee drilled a triple to give the Hotshots a 52-40 advantage heading to the dugout.
Mike Harris led the Aces with 20 points but he only scored three in the second half. Chris Banchero was Alaska's top local with 12 points.
Game 2 is set Friday at the Big Dome.
Magnolia 100 - Travis 29, Barroca 16, Lee 14, Sangalang 10, Herndon 9, Melton 7, Reavis 4, Simon 4, Brondial 0, Dela Rosa 0, Pascual 0, Mendoza 0.
Alaska 84 - Harris 20, Banchero 12, Teng 10, Enciso 9, Casio 7, Racal 6, Manuel 6, Pascual 5, Thoss 3, Galliguez 3, Cruz 3, Baclao 0, Exciminiano 0, Andrada 0.
Quarters: 24-14, 52-40, 77-58, 100-84.
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