PBA: Hotshots survive ROS in defensive slugfest
Paul Lintag on Oct 04, 2019 09:08 PM
The Hotshots improved to 2-1 for their title defense following back-to-back victories. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
It wasn't pretty but Magnolia will take the win that's for sure.
The Hotshots once again figured in a defensive showdown against Rain or Shine and the champs escaped with a narrow 69-68 win Friday at the MOA Arena in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup.
Holding on to a one-point lead, Magnolia stood firm in its final defensive possession, forcing Gabe Norwood to shoot a forced jumper for the win.
Norwood missed and the Hotshots improved to 2-1 for their title defense following back-to-back victories.
Magnolia shut down Rain or Shine to just six points in the opening period, allowing exactly zero field goals on the part of the Elasto Painters.
However, the Hotshots likewise struggled from the fiel and eventually lost a 68-58 lead inside the final five minutes of regulation.
Still, Magnolia dodged multiple bullets from the Elasto Painters in the endgame and a Mark Barroca free throw with 58 seconds to go served as the marginal basket.
Import Romeo Travis was the only double-digit scorer for the defending champions, finishing with 26 points to go along with 14 rebounds.
Barroca and Ian Sangalang scored eight points each as the top locals for the Hotshots.
ROS got 14 points from rookie Javee Mocon and another 13 points from debuting import Kayel Locke.
The Elasto Painters dropped to 1-3 after back-to-back losses.
Magnolia (69) -- Travis 26, Sangalang 8, Barroca 8, Lee 7, Reavis 6, Dela Rosa 5, Jalalon 4, Melton 3, Pingris 2, Herndon 0, Brondial 0.
Rain or Shine (68) -- Mocon 14, Locke 13, Belga 9, Borboran 7, Yap 6, Daquioag 5, Exciminano 5, Ponferada 3, Norwood 2, Nambatac 2, Torres 2, Onwubere 0, Rosales 0.
Quarters: 11-6, 32-25, 47-52, 69-68.
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