PBA: Travis tries to make sense of persistent Magnolia-ROS slump at MOA

Paul Lintag on Oct 05, 2019 05:06 PM
PBA: Travis tries to make sense of Magnolia slump at MOA
Travis scored 26 points to go along with 14 rebounds, leading the defending champions to a narrow 69-68 win over ROS in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup. (Photo by Arvin Lim)

In another defensive slugfest at the Mall of Asia Arena between Magnolia and Rain or Shine, Hotshots import Romeo Travis was the only person to play a great game Friday.

Travis scored 26 points to go along with 14 rebounds, leading the defending champions to a narrow 69-68 win in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.

“Almost don’t count,” Travis said with a laugh as Magnolia barely escaped ROS.

“But I’m just glad we were able to come out here with a win. We played defense all day and we got a stop when it counted. Big character win for us,” he added.

Friday’s game wasn’t the first time this year that Magnolia and ROS played an ugly game.

In Game 7 of the Philippine Cup semifinals a couple of months back, the Hotshots won a worse offensive outing, taking a 63-60 overtime decision to move on to the next round.

Travis, who’s in his second stint with Magnolia and third overall in the PBA, says basketball is just a little different in Pasay.

The Hotshots 32 percent while ROS shot 31 percent. Travis, despite being the only one with a good game, shot 42 percent only as well.

“You know, it’s different playing in MOA. It’s just... the arena is different from Araneta [Coliseum], it’s different from everywhere else,” Travis said.

“The depth perception is different, the crowd is different, the seating is different. It’s gonna take a little while to catch your rhythm here. I don’t play here a lot, this is only my third or fourth time here in total. For me personally, it was diifficult just to make shots today,” he addded.

 


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