Magnolia notched its third straight win with ease, clobbering a Columbian Dyip team that seemed to have already lost its heart to play, 113-95, in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Playing their fourth game in 10 days, the Hotshots still played with much focus on both ends to score their fifth victory in six outings and gain a share of the lead with Barangay Ginebra in the season-ending conference.
The Hotshots dominated the game from start to finish, erecting a 92-68 lead late in the third, and kept a 104-83 as the game reached its last five minutes.
Romeo Travis spewed steady fires for the Hotshots, knocking in a game-high 32 points, hauling down 14 rebounds and dishing off seven assists, while Marc Barroca, Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang were easily the most consistent among the locals after finishing with 16, 13, and 11 points, respectively.
The Dyip succumbed to their seventh straight setback as they remained stranded at the bottom of the standings, and are practically out of contention already in the playoff race.
Akeem Wright led the Dyip with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Jackson Corpuz added 20 points and nine rebounds, JR Reyes 15 points and five rebounds and Rashawn McCarthy 12 points, six rebounds and seven assists. However, the Dyip simply could not match the intensity of the Hotshots.
The win also primed the Hotshots up for a tough outing on Wednesday against Blackwater.
The Hotshots were able to minimize their turnovers in the face of the Dyip’s seemingly lackluster defense, committing just four errors while coming away with 19 assists.
That nice ball movement resulted into 60-48 lead at the half for the Hotshots, who also scored 16 points on Columbian Dyip’s 10 errors.
Travis pumped in 15 points in the first half, including nine in the opening period when the Hotshots ripped the game early, 20-8.
The hardworking Travis also had five rebounds and same number of assists. Barroca also made significant contributions in the Hotshots’ early surge.
Magnolia (113) - Travis 32, Barroca 16, Lee 13, Sangalang 11, Herndon 8, Dela Rosa 7, Jalalon 6, Reavis 5, Mendoza 3, Melton 3, Simon 3, Gamalinda 2, Ramos 2, Brondial 2, Pascual 0, Abundo 0.
Columbian (95) - Corpuz 20, Wright 19, Reyes 15, King 12, McCarthy 12, Sara 7, Khobuntin 6, Escoto 2, Gabriel 2, Celda 0, Ababou 0, Tubid 0, Cabrera 0.
Quarters: 31-20, 60-46, 92-70, 113-95.