PBA: Travis stays the course and finally ends up with title
Paul Lintag on Dec 19, 2018 11:09 PM
"In my life, I've noticed that if you stay positive, and you stay upbeat through the bad times, then good things are gonna happen, and that's what I tried to do. Just stay positive, stay upbeat through the bad times, and I knew good times where on their way," --- Romeo Travis.
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Romeo Travis finally finished the job he couldn't three years ago.
Following Magnolia's decisive Game 6 victory over Alaska Wednesday at the Ynares Center here, Travis is finally a PBA champion, beating his former team in the process.
Travis captured his first Governors' Cup title, three years after he got swept in the same tournament finals, and he capped his season with a strong 32 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists for the win.
"I'm very happy. My face might not show it, but I'm very happy. It's just a great feeling to win it with this group of guys," Travis said.
"We have a great group of guys. Like I said before, they accepted me as one of their own, and I'm just thankful. I can't say anything else but I'm thankful. I'm thankful for the guys, I'm thankful for Coach Chito, for the coaching staff, everybody who just kept talking to me, kept coaching me up, and kept keeping me calm and all the other things. So I can't say anything but I'm just thankful," he added.
While Magnolia ends the PBA season on a high, the journey to the top was filled with a lot of downs.
Travis himself had to deal with a handful of obstacles including a hamstring injury after Manila Clasico and a bum ankle in the middle of these Finals.
Still, the former Best Import just stayed the course like he always says and he eventually ended up in his preferred destination.
"It was up and down. A lot of good things happen but some bad things happened, too," he said.
"In my life, I've noticed that if you stay positive, and you stay upbeat through the bad times, then good things are gonna happen, and that's what I tried to do. Just stay positive, stay upbeat through the bad times, and I knew good times where on their way," Travis added.
In Game 6, Travis says they just wanted to finish things off. No more Game 7 out of town.
Travis certainly did his part, scoring 15 points in the opening period as Magnolia established dominance early and never let go.
"I mean, we just didn't wanna play a Game 7. I know I didn't wanna play a Game 7. I wanna go home," he said.
"I wanna be home for Christmas. I didn't wanna drive two hours, I just wanted to finish it now, and we all had the mindset. We just came out, we played aggressive, we played together, and we got a win," Travis added.
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