Romeo Travis the right import for Magnolia, says coach Chito Victolero

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The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok can’t ask for more from import Romeo Travis.

So far, coach Chito Victolero is pleased with Travis’ overall effort in the ongoing PBA Governors’ Cup.

Travis is averaging 20.8 points, 16.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.4 blocks per game to help the Hotshots race to a 4-1 start in second-ending conference — a complete turnaround from their Commissioner’s Cup campaign that saw the team worked with four different imports.

Magnolia never recovered after Vernon Macklin left four games into the second conference as Curtis Kelly, Justin Jackson and Wayne Chism have a tough time blending with the locals and the Hotshots eventually missed the semi-finals for the first time under coach Chito Victolero.

Fast forward. Magnolia looks every inch a title contender once again with the do-it-all Travis making his presence felt each game.

“Yun naman ang storya every import-laden conference. Ma-settle ka sa import mo then you have a chance,” Victolero said after Magnolia’s 109-108 win over San Miguel at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.