Magnolia stalls TNT’s playoff bonus bid in Davao City win

Delfin Dioquino
Magnolia stalls TNT’s playoff bonus bid in Davao City win
Led by import Romeo Travis, Magnolia deals TNT its third straight loss and marches to the quarterfinals on a winning note

MANILA, Philippines – Magnolia stalled TNT from nailing the playoff bonus in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 100-93 win at the University of Southeastern Philippines Gym in Davao City on Saturday, November 16. 

Import Romeo Travis led the attack with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 steals for the Hotshots, who will head into the quarterfinals with a 6-5 record after handing the KaTropa their third straight loss. 

Travis proved to be the stabilizer in the win, giving Magnolia its biggest lead at 92-69 with a three-point play – an enough advantage to survive an inspired comeback attempt from KJ McDaniels and TNT. 

A fiery 22-6 run capped by a McDaniels and-one put the KaTropa within 7 points, 91-98, with 53 seconds left, but time was not on their side as Paul Lee sealed the win for the Hotshots with a pair of free throws. 

Lee finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds, Chris Banchero had 13 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds, Mark Barroca added 9 points and 4 steals, while Aldrech Ramos fired 8 points in 8 minutes in the win.

Magnolia, the reigning Governors’ Cup champion, finished the elimination round at 6th place and will face a twice-to-beat disadvantage against the No. 3 team. 

On the other side, TNT saw its chances of securing a top 4 finish and the twice-to-beat bonus get complicated as it dropped to 7-3, meaning it needs to win its final game against San Miguel, which carries a 6-4 card. 

If the KaTropa lose, the Beermen will instead clinch the quarterfinals incentive despite finishing with identical 7-4 slates due to their head-to-head matchup. 

McDaniels paced TNT with 33 points and 15 rebounds, Ray Parks had 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Roger Pogoy racked up 13 points and 2 steals in the loss. 

The Scores

Magnolia 100 – Travis 21, Banchero 13, Lee 13, Barroca 9, Jalalon 9, Ramos 8, Reavis 7, Pingris 6, Dela Rosa 6, Sangalang 5, Simon 3, Abundo 0.

TNT 93 – McDaniels 33, Parks 21, Pogoy 13, Vosotros 7, Rosario 6, Reyes 4, Digregorio 3, De Leon 2, Williams 2, Washington 2, Taha 0, Semerad 0, Magat 0.

Quarters: 27-22, 56-41, 79-62, 100-93.

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.