Magnolia came out energetic and active from an 18-day breather and smothered a rusty Alaska Milk side, 100-84, in the opener of the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday night.
The Hotshots clicked all night, starting strong and showing a great sustaining power in a dominant performance in Game One of the best-of-seven title playoff.
Game Two is at 7 p.m. Friday over at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Practically all the players fielded in by coach Chito Victolero responded to the call, led by Romeo Travis, Rafi Reavis, Mark Barroca, Jio Jalalon and Rob Herndon who got the team to a rousing start.
Then there were Paul Lee, Ian Sangalang, Justin Melton who made impact coming off the bench.
The Hotshots started the game with a 15-to-nothing run and led all the way to the finish against the Alaska squad that struggled to find shooting touch and rhythm.
Travis collected 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists and drew tremendous applause from the Magnolia fans as he headed to the bench with over two minutes left in the game.
Magnolia 100 – Travis 29, Barroca 16, Lee 14, Sangalang 10, Herndon 9, Melton 7, Jalalon 7, Reavis 4, Simon 4, Mendoza 0, Dela Rosa 0, Pascual 0, Brondial 0.
Alaska 84 – Harris 20, Banchero 12, Teng 10, Enciso 9, Casio 7, Racal 6, Manuel 6, Pasucal 5, Thoss 3, Cruz 3, Galliguez 3, Baclao 0, Exciminiano 0, Andrada 0.
Quarterscores: 24-14; 52-40; 77-58; 100-84.