PBA Tuesday: Magnolia, Ginebra set up best-of-five ‘Manila Clasico’

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Sister teams Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok and Barangay Ginebra carried a twice-to-beat advantage in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Quarterfinals.

But neither team wanted to take their chances and made quick work of the Blackwater Elite, and NLEX Road Warriors, respectively, to set up a semi-finals clash.

With the elimination grind now a thing of the past, FOX Sports Philippines gives you the highlights from the first two games of the Govs’ Cup playoffs.

Who’s stopping Ginebra’s towers?

Coach Tim Cone’s wards displayed why they are the number one ranked team this conference by whipping a 36-point beat down to a hapless NLEX side, 111-75.

MVP candidate Japeth Aguilar led the way with 18 points and 10 boards, while his fellow Team Pilipinas stablemate Greg Slaughter produced 16 markers and 7 rebounds off the bench.

The towering pair conspired for 26 of Ginebra’s 42 points in the paint and help limit the other side to just 26 points in the interior.

Import Justin Brownlee didn’t have to score much due to the pair’s dominance, but still finished with a triple-double performance of 13 markers to go along with 10 dimes and 10 boards.

Chan reaches 5K

Following the footsteps of his teammate Mark Caguioa who reached the 10K scoring plateau last month, Jeff Chan set a personal achievement of his own by breaking into the 5,000-point club.

Entering the contest, the ‘Negros Sniper’ only needed three points to eclipse the feat, and he did so in the 10:13-mark of the second quarter.

He ended the game with 12 points, three rebounds and five assists in 18 minutes of action.

Bench mob looks pretty good

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Even without the ailing Joe Devance in the line-up, Ginebra’s reserves are starting to come to life, which couldn’t have come at a better time.

After averaging a measly 29.27 points in 11 games of the eliminations (11th in the league), the bench mob showed up last night and pitched in 59 points.

Slaughter, Chan, and Sol Mercado all scored in double-figures in reserve roles.

 NLEX needs a go-to-guy

Finding a consistent local scorer has been the bane for the Road Warriors all season long, and it haunted them again last night.

Aaron Fuller did most of the heavy lifting with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 4 dimes, and two steals, but none of his teammates managed to produce double figures in the scoring department.

The team shot a putrid 31 percent from the field (28-88) and 24 percent from deep (9-37).

#MidRangeRome is in playoff form

Romeo Travis’ has been Magnolia’s anchor all conference long, and he came through with his best all-around performance in yesterday’s 103-99 victory over Blackwater.

LeBron James’ high school teammate dropped 18 points, 20 rebounds, and 12 assists, to help the Hotshots overcome the Elite’s 84-91 deficit in the midway part of the final period.

Moving the ball to perfection

The Hotshots upped their elimination averages of 25 assists per contest by four last night, as they made sure to locate open shooters to a tune of 29 total dimes.

Travis’ 12 caroms set the tone for the team, while Mark Barroca added 6 of his own.

Paul Lee, Ian Sanggalang, and Peter June Simon made sure to reward their playmakers by pitching in 22, 18, and 16 points, respectively.

Still ways to go for Blackwater

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The Elite seemed poised to set up a winner-take-all match against the Hotshots, but ran out of steam in the dying minutes of regulation.

After shooting a league-best 36 percent from deep in the eliminations, Blackwater’s shooters couldn’t find the mark in their last game and shot 9-out-of-34 from distance for 26 percent.

Manila Clasico in full effect

By eliminating their oppositions early, Magnolia and Ginebra have set up another chapter to their ‘Manila Clasico’ rivalry.

Ginebra got the better of Magnolia in their elimination tiff, but coach Chito Victolero will have plenty of chances to make adjustments in their upcoming best-of-five semis affair.

(Images from PBA Media Group)

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