ANTIPOLO—Barangay Ginebra’s reign in the PBA Governors’ Cup has ended.
Romeo Travis played the game of his life as Magnolia finished off the two-time champions with a gritty 112-108 victory in Game Four on Friday night before a jampacked crowd at the Ynares Center.
Travis scored a PBA career-high 50 points and grabbed 13 rebounds just a game after hitting his career low in a Game Three loss as Magnolia wrapped up the best-of-five series, 3-1, to reach the finals for the first time in two years.
The series looked headed for a do-or-die Game Five when Ginebra razed a Magnolia lead to post a 106-101 lead with under two minutes left.
But Travis carried Magnolia on his back in the homestretch, converting a three-point play with 44.1 seconds left to give Magnolia a 108-106 lead that held to the end.
Travis willed his team to the victory despite playing through a hamstring injury, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero revealed after the game.
Paul Lee was also suffering from a knee injury, according to Victolero.
Both were game-time decisions.
“Hats off to Ginebra and coach Tim (Cone). They gave us a very, very good fight. Hindi ko na alam kung ilang araw na kami halos hindi natutulog. I don’t know if we can beat Ginebra because of the experience, talent, coach," Victolero said.
“To my players, credit sa kanila lahat. We were down with injuries. We didn’t know if Romeo and Paul (Lee) can play today until this morning na na-clear sila. Kahapon hindi namin alam ‘yung gagawin namin. I give credit to them because they stood together.”
Ian Sangalang added 14 points, six rebounds, and six assists, while Lee had 11 points for the Hotshots, who now await the winner of the Alaska-Meralco series.
Justin Brownlee had 32 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks in a gallant stand by the Ginebra import. Japeth Aguilar added 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings.
Magnolia 112 - Travis 50, Sangalang 14, Lee 11, Jalalon 9, Herndon 8, Barroca 8, Simon 6, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 2, Brondial 0, Melton 0.
Ginebra 108 - Brownlee 32, Aguilar 25, Tenorio 12, Thompson 12, Devance 11, Slaughter 7, Mercado 5, Chan 2, Mariano 2, Ferrer 0.
Quarters: 20-27, 51-53, 81-79, 112-108.