Magnolia escapes Alaska, tightens hold on top spot

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The usual suspects delivered as the Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots sustained their hot streak and solidified their bid for the important incentive in the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals.

Alaska coach Alex Compton knew so well import Romeo Travis and the Magnolia guards were the men to watch in their showdown.

The Aces had the right anticipation but failed in execution, allowing Travis, Jio Jalalon, Paul Lee and Mark Barroca to do their stuffs in an 83-73 victory that firmed up the Hotshots’ place at the helm entering the homestretch of the single-round-robin tourney.

Travis came through with 19 points and the same number of rebounds while Jalalon, Lee and Barroca combined for 44 markers as the red-hot Hotshots chalked up a fifth straight win and seventh in eight games in all at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.

The scores:

Magnolia 83 – Travis 19, Jalalon 18, Lee 14, Barroca 12, Brondial 7, Sangalang 5, Reavis 4, Dela Rosa 4, Pascual 0, Herndon 0, Melton 0.

Alaska 73 – Harris 24, Banchero 13, Manuel 12, Enciso 6, Casio 6, Pascual 3, Baclao 3, Teng 2, Thoss 2, Exciminiano 2, Racal 0.

Quarters: 11-15, 45-31, 65-56, 83-73.