Magnolia remains in twice-to-beat race after crushing Phoenix, 97-81


Magnolia Hotshots earned its second straight win after tearing apart the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters, 97-81, in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome Wednesday night.

As a result, The Hotshots firmed up their hold of sixth place with a 5-4 card, but just a game behind fourth-ranked San Miguel (6-3). The top four teams at the end of the eliminations will get twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

Import Romeo Travis provided a near triple-double of 20 points, 16 rebounds, and eight assists to lead the defending champions, who zoomed to an early lead and never looked back on the way to the wire-to-wire victory.

Ian Sangalang was the top local for the Hotshots with 17 points while Paul Lee addded 15 points. Chris Banchero debuted for Magnolia with 10 points.

Meanwhile, Alonzo Gee’s 24 points weren’t enough to save the Fuel Masters from slumping to 2-7 and tying Rain or Shine for 10th place in the standings.

The scores:

MAGNOLIA 97 – Travis 20, Sangalang 17, Lee 15, Banchero 10, Jalalon 9, Dela Rosa 8, Barroca 7, Melton 6, Pingris 4, Reavis 1.

PHOENIX 81 – Gee 24, Wright 19, Mallari 13, Perkins 8, Napoles 7, Jazul 4, Garcia 3, Chua 2, Marcelo 1, Intal 0, Dennison 0, Kramer 0.

Quarter scores: 21-12, 41-31, 69-60, 97-81.