Magnolia trounces Columbian to arrest three-game slump


Magnolia Hotshots regained its winning ways as it defeated the Columbian Dyip, 118-103, in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Sunday.

As a result, the Hotshots laid to rest a three-game losing streak, returning back to the .500 mark with a 4-4 card to move up to sixth place in the team standings.

On the other hand, the Dyip dropped to seventh with a 4-5 win-loss record.

The defending champions steadily pulled away in the second quarter before fending off a huge Columbian comeback in the final quarter to keep their hopes of inclusion in the top four alive.

Romeo Travis played his best game since sustaining an injury a few weeks ago, piling up 28 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and as many blocks to lead Magnolia.

Ian Sangalang led the way for the Hotshots’ local crew, finishing with 24 points on 73 percent shooting. Jio Jalalon was good for 19 markers, while Rome dela Rosa added 16 points as a starter.

Pacing the Columbian side was CJ Perez who had 28 points on top of eight rebounds, while Khapri Alston added 26 points and 14 boards.

The scores:

MAGNOLIA 118 – Travis 28, Sangalang 24, Jalalon 19, Dela Rosa 16, Barroca 10, Pingris 8, Herndon 6, Lee 5, Pascual 2, Melton 0.

COLUMBIAN 103 – Perez 28, Alston 26, McCarthy 18, Tiongson 13, Cahilig 6, Corpuz 5, Khobuntin 5, Calvo 2, Faundo 0.

Quarter scores: 27-29, 61-52, 88-76, 118-103.