Hotshots pound sluggish Aces in best-of-7 opener

Nelson Beltran - The Philippine Star
Hotshots pound sluggish Aces in best-of-7 opener
“We’re able to have a good rest then we had a good preparation. We really prepared well for this game,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.
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MANILA, Philippines — Magnolia pounded and pummeled an Alaska Milk team that came out sluggishly from a 17-day breather, and fashioned out a wire-to-wire 100-84 victory in Game One of the PBA Governors Cup best-of-seven finale last night at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.

Obviously doing a better job in the long break, the Hotshots seemed to be always a step ahead as they stormed off the starting block and refused to slow down in a dominant showing in what was expected to be a fierce series opener.

“We’re able to have a good rest then we had a good preparation. We really prepared well for this game,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.

Romeo Travis put in a game-high 29 points, Mark Barroca, Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang added double-digit outputs while Jio Jalalon came up with a superb all-around game with 12 rebounds, nine assists and seven markers to lead the Hotshots against the Alaska side that struggled all night to find a good rhythm.

The Hotshots exploded with a 15-to-nothing salvo to open the game and made the right responses each time the Aces threatened to wage a rally.

Magnolia drew tremendous effort from its guards that completely outplayed their Alaska counterparts.

“We’re able to execute and we’re able to bring the toughness that we need in this battle between two teams that press and run a lot. Kailangan talaga sa series na ito ang strength and power,” said Barroca, standing out among the locals with 16 points, including three three-pointers.

The former FEU stalwart scored on an attack to the basket then from the arc on a feed by Jalalon to spark a run that fended off the final stand of the Aces.

“Mahaba pa. Pero push and push lang kami,” said Victolero ahead of Game Two tomorrow over at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Actually, the Hotshots got a lift practically from all the players tapped to see action.

The scores:

Magnolia 100 – Travis 29, Barroca 16, Lee 14, Sangalang 10, Herndon 9, Melton 7, Reavis 4, Simon 4, Brondial 0, Dela Rosa 0, Pascual 0, Mendoza 0.

Alaska 84 – Harris 20, Banchero 12, Teng 10, Enciso 9, Casio 7, Racal 6, Manuel 6, Pascual 5, Thoss 3, Galliguez 3, Cruz 3, Baclao 0, Exciminiano 0, Andrada 0.

Quarterscores: 24-14, 52-40, 77-58, 100-84

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