(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
4:30 p.m.-- Blackwater vs. Meralco
7 p.m.--- Ginebra vs. NLEX
MAGNOLIA may be playing its fourth game in 10 days.
But against a Columbian Dyip that could not do anything right, Magnolia did not have to worry.
The Hotshots went full throttle behind import Travis Romeo and came away with a lopsided 113-95 win over the winless Dyip in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Romeo scattered a game-highs of 32 points and 14 rebounds in less than 38 minutes of action to power the Hotshots to their third straight win and fifth in six games overall.
That put the Magnolia in a two-way tie for the top spot with defending champion Barangay Ginebra in this season-ending, import-flavored conference.
“This is a very important game for us,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. “Kung ano man ‘yung mindset namin sa San Miguel and Rain or Shine, we have to do it against Columbian. We cannot afford to relax.”
“This is our fourth game in 10 days so we have to finish strong. That is why ‘yung proper mindset namin for this game is very important. It’s a testament to our defensive mindset. Yun naman lagi ang pina-paalala ko sa kanila” added Victolero.
Marc Barroca, Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang ably supported Travis with double-digit scores for the Hotshots.
Barroca had 16 points, Lee added 13 and Sangalang had 11. Import Akeem Wright finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Jackson Corpuz added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Dyip, who remained winless in seven outings.
Meanwhile, Meralco finished fourth in the FIBA Asia Champion’s Cup 2018 held in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
The Bolts dropped an 87-91 decision to SK Knights despite strong efforts by imports Diamond Stone and Allen Durham.
The loss also extended the so-called “Korean Curse” for the PBA-backed Filipinos.
Petrochimi-Iran brought down Alvark Tokyo of Japan, 69-64, to capture the title.
Meisam Mirzaeitalarposhti finished with 28 points for Petrochimi, which became the fourth Iranian team to win the championship.
Magnolia (113) --Travis 32, Barroca 16, Lee 13, Sangalang 11, Herndon 8, Dela Rosa 7, Jalalon 6, Reavis 5, Mendoza 3, Melton 3, Simon 3, Gamalinda 2, Ramos 2, Brondial 2, Pascual 0, Abundo 0.
Columbian (95) -- Corpuz 20, Wright 19, Reyes 15, King 12, McCarthy 12, Sara 7, Khobuntin 6, Escoto 2, Gabriel 2, Celda 0, Ababou 0, Tubid 0, Cabrera 0.
Quarterscores: 31-20, 60-46, 92-70, 113-95.