Magnolia made the plays that mattered in the endgame to hold off Barangay Ginebra 101-97 Monday and move within another win of wrapping up their PBA Governors Cup semifinal duel at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Much like in what he did in a 106-98 win in the best-of-five opener last Saturday, Romeo Travis once again played the starring role with 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists while Ian Sangalang, Paul Lee and Rome dela Rosa acted out the able supporting cast.
As a result, the Hotshots now have three cracks at sealing the deal, starting with Game 3 Wednesday also at the Big Dome.
Coach Chito Victolero said the most important thing right now is for his squad not to get too far ahead of itself, get refreshed and be mentally prepared for what is expected to be another grind-out affair.
“Again, winning two games is nothing, we have to win three games,” said Victolero. “Just prepare one game at a time. Sana, proper mindset pa rin pag-prepare namin para sa Game 3.”
Sangalang backstopped Travis with 17 points with Lee adding 14 and Dela Rosa finding time to contribute 11 points.
Magnolia 101 – Travis 25, Sangalang 17, Lee 14, Dela Rosa 11, Barroca 9, Jalalon 8, Reavis 6, Melton 5, Simon 5, Herndon 1.
Brgy. Ginebra 97 – Brownlee 31, Tenorio 15, Aguilar 15, Slaughter 14, Thompson 7, Mercado 7, Mariano 4, Chan 2, Caguioa 2, Ferrer 0.
Quarterscores: 21-18, 47-46, 75-68, 101-97.