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    Magnolia tightens hold on PBA lead after weathering Alaska fightback

    Oct 14, 2018
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    MAGNOLIA solidified its hold of first place in the PBA Governors Cup after weathering a late Alaska fightback, 83-73, on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Romeo Travis had 19 points and 18 rebounds while Jio Jalalon added 18 points and nine rebounds for Magnolia, which won its fifth straight game to improve to 7-1 (win-loss).

    The Hotshots led for the most part but needed a jumper on the run by Paul Lee to hold on to the win after the Aces pulled within 75-73 in the endgame.

    “Maganda pero malayo pa,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. “May three games pa kami and it’s very tough against Meralco, TNT, and Ginebra. Habulin namin kung saan kami puwedeng manalo in preparation for the playoffs.”

    The Hotshots made their move in the second quarter, going on an 8-0 run en route to a 45-31 halftime lead. Magnolia led by as many as 20 points, 51-31, but saw its lead drop to two points after a run of 12 unanswered points by the Aces.

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    Alaska, however, never scored another field goal field goal after that.

    Lee contributed 14 points for Magnolia while Mark Barroca added 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the win that snapped Alaska’s two-game win run.

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    At 5-2, the Aces are now in fourth place in the standings.

    Mike Harris had 24 points and 25 rebounds while Chris Banchero added 13 points and seven assists for the Aces, who slipped to fourth place with a 5-2 card.

    The scores:

    Magnolia 83 – Travis 19, Jalalon 18, Lee 14, Barroca 12, Brondial 7, Sangalang 5, Reavis 4, Dela Rosa 4, Melton 0, Herndon 0, Pascual 0.

    Alaska 73 – Harris 24, Banchero 13, Manuel 12, Enciso 6, Casio 6, Baclao 3, Pascual 3, Thoss 2, Teng 2, Exciminiano 2, Racal 0.

    Quarters: 11-15; 45-31; 65-56; 83-73.

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