PBA Monday: Is ’NSD’ attitude enough to get Ginebra out of the hole?

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Much like his high school buddy LeBron James, Romeo Travis also had some trouble hitting crucial free throws on Monday.

Similar to what the Los Angeles Lakers did earlier the day against the Atlanta Hawks, the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok also managed to survive a furious late rally from the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

FOX Sports Philippines gives you a recap from Magnolia’s 101-97 victory over the top-seeded Ginebra in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.

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Thanks in large part to the marvellous showing of Players of the Game Ian Sangalang and Rome dela Rosa, the Hotshots are now one win away from advancing to the Finals.

With Paul Lee targeted as a marked man all game long,  the former NCAA rivals led Magnolia’s locals with their gritty and no-nonsense approach on both sides of the floor.

After going scoreless against Ginebra in the eliminations, Sangalang was again a smooth operator in the paint last night, banging his way to 17 points on 7-15 shooting from the field.

dela Rosa, meanwhile, was a defensive pest for 27 minutes, yet still managed to pitch in 11 points on an efficient 5-7 outing.


Travis, of course, was his usual productive self, filling the stat-sheet with 25 markers, 12 boards, and 7 dimes.

Methodical pace

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With speedy guards like Lee, Mark Barroca, Justin Melton, and Jio Jalalon, most would think that the Hotshots would push the tempo more often and utilize their speed advantage.

Th team averaged a respectable, but nothing out of the ordinary 13.54 fast break points in the eliminations.

Coach Chito Victolero chose to keep a more patient approach on offense and used Travis’ skills in the high-post to generate more shot opportunities — resulting into 26 dimes for Magnolia.

Travis and Marc Barroca finished with 7 caroms each.

Cone needs to keep emotions in check

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Coach Tim Cone is far too valuable for Ginebra — especially in yesterday’s high stakes affair — to be missing in action in the closing minutes of regulation.

The PBA’s winningest coach was disqualified early in the 4th quarter for excessive complaining to the refs, after what he deemed to be bad officiating on their part.

His ejection seemed to have lit a fire under his wards who went on a spirited run in the 4th canto, capped by LA Tenorio’s three-pointer which pulled the team within two with 24 seconds left.

Assistant coach Richard del Rosario did a fine job in his place, but the team failed on two chances to tie the game after misses from Tenorio and Justin Brownlee from deep.

Turnovers are killing Ginebra

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Ginebra’s 22 turnovers in Game 1 was a huge factor in their demise, and their inability to control the rock haunted them once more in Game 2.

Magnolia’s activity in clogging the passing lanes certainly took its toll, but plenty of those errors can be attributed to Ginebra’s indecisiveness on offense.

Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar had five miscues apiece.

Magnolia gladly pounced on those mistakes and converted it into 24 points off turnovers.

(Images from PBA Media Group)
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