PBA: Travis left super frustrated as Hotshots fumble title defense
Paul Lintag on Nov 26, 2019 11:14 AM
“Frustrating is me not being able to curse right now. I’m beyond frustrated. I’m very, very, very, very upset and that’s me saying it the best way I can.” — Romeo Travis after Magnolia lost its championship. (PBA)
Magnolia’s year didn’t exactly end well.
The Hotshots lost their championship in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup and their title defense included a mid-conference losing skid and a game where they blew a 26-point lead.
Monday against TNT was the final nail in the coffin as Magnolia let an 18-point lead in the second half slip away, allowing the KaTropa to escape with a one-point win to advance to the semifinals.
“It’s been ongoing all year, we get a big lead and mysteriously, it disappears. I don’t know how it happens but it always seems to happen to us very frequently. In the same kid of ways, no defense, turnovers they lead directly to points,” import Romeo Travis said.
“It’s very… I don’t know the right words. So I’mma just leave it alone. It’s just ironic that it happens the same way, often,” he added.
As Magnolia built itself into a strong contender under reigning Coach of the Year Chito Victolero, the team has prided itself on its top defense.
And so as the Hotshots squandered their title with “no defense” as Travis says, it’s pretty frustrating for Magnolia to not even properly defend their championship.
“Of course it’s frustrating. How do you… I go out there and play my heart out? And the same things keep, continue happening to me?” Travis said.
“Frustrating is me not being able to curse right now. I’m beyond frustrated. I’m very, very, very, very upset and that’s me saying it the best way I can,” he added.
In the loss to TNT, Travis played his best game of the conference, going for a monster effort of 32 points and 26 rebounds.
The only thing he could have done more was to make one more free throw late to put Magnolia up two. Tied at 96, Travis split his charities to push the Hotshots up by just one point.
In the next play, TNT finally took the lead with seven seconds left with two Ray Parks free throws.
“Yeah, I missed the free throw. But we should’ve never been in that position. We’re up 17, 16, 18? I don’t know. We were winning by a lot. And we let the lead slip away,” Travis said.
“The free throws are gonna be... It’s gonna be hard for me to sleep tonight because of that free throw. But we should’ve never been in that position,” he added.
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