The Magnolia Hotshots bounced back strong from three successive defeats and took down the unpredictable Columbian Dyip, 118-103, Sunday in the 2019 PBA Governos’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Romeo Travis scattered 28 points to go along with 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks to lead the defending champions to a much-needed victory after losing in succession to San Miguel, Blackwater and Manila Clasico rival Brgy. Ginebra.
The Hotshots, thus, improved to 4-4 which is good for solo 6th in the team standings while the Dyip absorbed their 5th defeat in 9 matches to settle one notch below their conquerors.
“I told my players this is the start of our playoff run. They know the importance of this game. Before the game, they are number six, we are number seven. Ngayon, palit na kami. It’s a must-win for us coming from a three-game losing streak. Kailangan namin makabawi,” said Magnolia mentor Chito Victolero.”
A good sign for Magnolia is the apparent return to form of Travis who suffered an ankle injury during their game against the Beermen and skipped the succeeding match against the Elite.
“Presence niya mas importante para sa amin because we want him to assert his leadership inside and nagawa naman niya,” said Victolero on the former Best Import awardee. “At least 85 to 90 percent na siya. Kaya nga we’re looking forward to this long break para tuluyan na siyang 100 percent. Hangin, rhythm, iyun na lang naman hinahanap niya.”
Ian Sangalang backstopped Travis with 24 and 8 boards while Jio Jalalon and Rome dela Rosa chipped in 19 and 16 points, respectively.
The Hotshots’ next game will be against Phoenix Pulse on Wednesday, November 6 at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Magnolia 118 – Travis 28, Sangalang 24, Jalalon 19, Dela Rosa 16, Barroca 10, Pingris 8, Herndon 6, Lee 5, Pascual 2, Melton 0.
Columbian 103 – Perez 28, Alston 26, McCarthy 18, Tiongson 13, Cahilig 6, Corpuz 5, Khobuntin 5, Calvo 2, Faundo 0.
Quarterscores: 27-29, 61-52, 88-76, 118-103.