Game 5

December 13, 2018

AFTER splitting the first four games of the PBA Governors’ Cup title series, Magnolia Pambansang Manok and Alaska Milk are ready to bring the action to the next level  --  a best-of-three showdown.

The  Hotshots, who swept the first two games, and the Aces, who took the next two matches,  return to  the  floor today for an all-important Game 5 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The  winner in today’s 7 p.m. encounter will move one win closer to the coveted title, while sending the loser to the brink  in this season-ending conference.

Despite winning 90-76 in Game 4 last Sunday to send the series back to where it started, Alaska coach Alex Compton lamented the highly-physical nature of the series.

“Somebody punched Mike (Harris) in the testicles and somebody hit Chris Banchero on the male part. Those are literally low blows and I’m  not happy one bit,” said Compton.

“At what point will the refs make the calls. I hope it would in the next game and we could start playing  basketball,” added Compton.

However, Harris, who was voted as “Best Import” of the conference, did not let the physicality affect  his game.

Harris, the sixth player in franchise  history to win the award, struck for 34 points  and 22 rebounds to lead the Aces’ decisive breakaway against the Hotshots.

Banchero added  17 points on top of six  rebounds and five assists for the  Aces, who  led  by as many as 17 points, 71-54, midway in  the  fourth   quarter and never looked  back.

Interestingly, it  was   Magnolia import  Romeo Travis,  who  sustained a  cut on a  wayward elbow by Harris.

Despite the cut,  Travis still finished with  29 points and 13 rebounds for the  Hotshots.

The  rest of the Hotshots, however, failed  to deliver.

Best Player of  the Conference winner  Paul Lee struggled from the field with  only   4-of-12 shooting clip to  end up with 14 points.

He also  had eight  rebounds and two  assists in the losing effort.