Magnolia draws first blood vs Ginebra in Clasico semis

JR Isaga
Magnolia draws first blood vs Ginebra in Clasico semis
Romeo Travis and Paul Lee take charge as the Hotshots take a 1-0 semis lead over the Gin Kings





ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – The Magnolia Hotshots held off Barangay Ginebra’s late charge, 106-98, to take the opener of their best-of-five Manila Clasico semifinals in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Center here on Saturday, November 10. 

Romeo Travis powered the Hotshots with 37 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists and Paul Lee also came through the clutch to finish with 27 points – including 9 in the payoff period – on an 11-of-19 shooting clip. 

The Hotshots were in control for much of the 2nd half, leading by 10, 86-76, heading into the 4th frame.

However, after a series of free throws and technicals, defending champion Ginebra got within two, 91-93, off a fastbreak layup from a streaking Kevin Ferrer with 4:48 left in regulation.

Magnolia calmly charged back and took an eight-point lead at the 1:57 mark, 101-93, ending with a really tough Lee spin move.

Lee then drove home the dagger with an and-one layup, 106-56, with 56 ticks left in the game. 

Fan favorite Justin Brownlee paced Ginebra with 37 points plus 14 rebounds and 8 assists while Japeth Aguilar chipped in 18 points and 6 boards. 

The Scores

Magnolia 106 – Travis 37, Lee 27, Melton 11, Sangalang 7, Barroca 6, Dela Rosa 6, Jalalon 5, Pascual 4, Herndon 3, Brondial 0, Reavis 0.

Barangay Ginebra 98 – Brownlee 37, Aguilar 18, Tenorio 13, Slaughter 8, Thompson 7, Chan 5, Mariano 4, Ferrer 4, Mercado 2.

Quarters: 31-39, 63-55, 86-76, 106-98.


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