PBA 2018:

Ginebra secures twice-to-beat, ravages Magnolia, 93-86

October 28, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

by Rock Punzalan

PBA News 2018Barangay Ginebra secured the twice-to-beat advantage, as they ravaged Magnolia Hotshots, 93-86 this Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum as a primer for their 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs campaign. Justin Brownlee powered the Gin Kings with his 29 buckets, 12 boards, and 7 dimes, while Japeth Aguilar added 17 markers and 6 rebounds.

Notes:

➤ Big man Greg Slaughter also made his presence felt for Barangay as he chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds, while veterans Sol Mercado and LA Tenorio made 9 points each respectively.

➤ Ginebra almost lost the ballgame in clutch time as Magnolia engineered a 9-0 unanswered run to trim an 89-75 Gins lead to only 5 points with 34 ticks remaining. A late Jio Jalalon turnover, however, resulted in a Brownlee easy bucket which sealed the Ginebra win.

➤ Barangay Ginebra mastered the paint to stifle Magnolia, as they hauled 49 rebounds compared to Hotshots 47, and registered 8 swats to Magnolia’s 2 blocks total.

➤ Import Romeo Travis paced the losing Magnolia with 30 points and 7 rebounds, while clutch guard Paul Lee added 21 buckets.

➤ Ginebra is now at the top of the Governors’ Cup heap with an 8-2 record, while Magnolia went down to an 8-3 win-loss slate.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 24-15, 46-31, 69-53, 93-86.

ginebra: 93

Brownlee 29, Aguilar 17, Slaughter 11, Mercado 9, Tenorio 9, Thompson 6, Mariano 6, Ferrer 3, Chan 3, Caperal 0.

magnolia: 86

Travis 30, Lee 21, Jalalon 12, Barroca 10, Herndon 5, Melton 3, Dela Rosa 2, Simon 2, Reavis 1, Ramos 0, Sangalang 0, Brondial 0.

Posted on October 29, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum - Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Magnolia secures top-seed, mangles TNT, 116-103

October 26, 2018 – Ynares Center

by Rock Punzalan

PBA News 2018: Magnolia Hotshots secured the top-seed as it cracked Talk ‘N Text KaTropa, 116-103, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Low-post operator Ian Sangalang paced the Hotshots with his 28 markers and 6 boards while Mark Barroca chipped-in 21 points.

Notes:

➤ Ace guard Paul Lee also added 19 points, 8 dimes and 8 caroms for Magnolia, while import Romeo Travis made 18 buckets.

Magnolia outmuscled TNT in the paint as they hauled 62 rebounds against TNT’s 38, and also shot better from the trey territory making 11 of 24 (45%) three points to KaTropa’s 12 of 35 (34%).

Terrence Romeo starred for the losing KaTropa as he dropped 23 markers, while Troy Rosario contributed 21 points. Reinforcement and former Hotshots import Marcus Blakely had a triple-double as he registered 17 goals, 18 rebounds, and 11 dishes.

➤ National mainstay Jayson Castro who returned from bone spurs foot injury managed to add 13 points for Talk ‘N Text.

➤ League leader Magnolia (8-2) just booked a twice-to-beat advantage as they enter the conference quarterfinals. Meanwhile, TNT who dropped to 4-6, is now in a must-win situation as they battle Ginebra on Sunday, November 4 for a possible entry into Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 33-30, 62-48, 89-78, 116-103.

magnolia: 116

Sangalang 28, Barroca 21, Lee 19, Travis 18, Jalalon 9, Melton 9, Reavis 4, Brondial 4, Herndon 2, Dela Rosa 2.

talk 'n text: 103

Romeo 23, Rosario 21, Blakely 17, Castro 13, Cruz 8, Trollano 7, Pogoy 6, Williams 4, Carey 4, Reyes 0, Garcia 0, Golla 0.

Posted on October 27, 2018 - Ynares Center - Pasay

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Magnolia pierces Columbian, 113-95

October 3, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

by Rock Punzalan

PBA News 2018: Magnolia Hotshots pierced hapless Columbian Dyip, 113-95, courtesy of Romeo Travis‘ monster performance in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Travis finished with 32 points, 14 boards, and 7 dimes, while Mark Barroca and Paul Lee added in 17 and 13 buckets respectively.

Notes:

Ian Sangalang also contributed 11 points for the Hotshots.

Jackson Corpuz led the losing Dyip with his 20 markers and 9 caroms, while reinforcement Akeem Wright made 19 points and 8 boards.

Columbian is now practically eliminated from contention after succumbing to their 7th loss. They are now 0-7 in the Governors’ Cup. The Hotshots, on the other hand, are now at the top of the standings together league-leader Barangay Ginebra with an identical 5-1 record.

➤ Magnolia will next battle Blackwater Elite on Wednesday, October 10 at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 31-20, 60-46, 92-70, 113-95

magnolia: 113

Travis 32, Barroca 16, Lee 13, Sangalang 11, Herndon 8, dela Rosa 7, Jalalon 6, Reavis 5, Melton 3, Mendoza 3, Simon 3, Brondial 2, Gamalinda 2, Ramos 2, Abundo 0, Pascual 0.

columbian: 95

Corpuz 20, Wright 19, King 12, McCarthy 12, Sara 7, Khobuntin 6, Gabriel 2, Escoto 2, Tubid 0, Ababou 0, Cabrera 0, Celda 0.

Posted on October 4, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum - Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Phoenix cracks Magnolia Hotshots, 95-82

September 23, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

by Rock Punzalan

PBA News 2018: Phoenix Fuel Masters cracked the Magnolia Hotshots, 95-82, in the ongoing in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Import Eugene Phelps led the Fuel Masters with his double-double 36 markers and 20 boards, while gunner Matthew Wright added 13 points.

Notes:

Phoenix imposed a towering defensive umbrella as they made 11 block shots compared to the Hotshots’ 2 swats. They also shot better from the field with 33 of 71 field goals made (46%), while Magnolia had 29 of 90 (32%) clip.

➤ Reinforcement Romeo Travis paced the losing Magnolia with 28 points and 19 rebounds, while Ian Sangalang, Jio Jalalon, and Mark Barroca all finished with identical 11 points.

➤ Phoenix is now 2nd in the Governors’ Cup standings at 5-1, while Magnolia suffered it’s lone loss and dropped to a 2-1 slate.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 30-19, 48-48, 71-67, 95-82.

phoenix: 95

Travis 28, Jalalon 11, Barroca 11, Sangalang 11, Lee 8, Ramos 6, Dela Rosa 3, Gamalinda 2, Melton 2, Herndon 0, Pascual 0, Reavis 0, Brondial 0.

magnolia: 82

Phelps 36, Wright 13, Chua 12, Jazul 9, Revilla 9, Abueva 9, Perkins 7, Wilson 0, Intal 0.

Posted on September 24, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Magnolia Hotshots torches NLEX Road Warriors, 102-72

August 22, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

By Rock Punzalan

PBA News 2018: Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok torched the NLEX Road Warriors, 102-72, to start its 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations campaign with a big win this Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Import Romeo Travis led the Pambansang Manok with 21 points, 13 boards and 3 assists, while guard Mark Barroca added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.

Notes:

➤ The Hotshots built a huge margin of 19 points in the first canto, and soared to an insurmountable 25 points lead by the end of the half.

➤ Semi-injured reinforcement Olu Ashaoulu backstopped NLEX with near double-double of 21 buckets, 9 caroms and 3 dimes, while Juami Tiongson made 8 markers.

Magnolia is missing the services of explosive guard Paul Lee Dalistan who is in the thick of 2018 Asian Games basketball tournament.

Travis last played for the Alaska Aces in 2015.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 31-12, 55-30, 76-52, 102-72.

magnolia: 102

Travis 21, Barroca 13, Simon 12, Gamalinda 10, dela Rosa 10, Reavis 8, Melton 7, Jalalon 6, Sangalang 5, Mendoza 4, Ramos 4, Herndon 2, Pascual 0, Brondial 0, Abundo 0.

nlex: 72

Ashaolu 21, Tiongson 8, Fonacier 6, Ighalo 6, Mallari 5, Quinahan 5, Rios 5, Paniamogan 4, Monfort 2, Baguio 2, Miranda 2, Galanza 2, Gotladera 2, Tallo 2, Marcelo 0, Soyud 0.

Posted on August 23, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team