MAGNOLIA import Romeo Travis made a crucial stop in Friday’s win over Alaska that led to the Hotshots picking up the Game Two win and a 2-0 lead in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals series.
Travis had four steals on Friday but none bigger than the one he had with a minute and four seconds left in the fourth. With Magnolia up 73-71, Travis he intercepted an inbound pass by Simon Enciso to help the Hotshots maintain the lead. They eventually won, 77-71, as Magnolia grabbed a 2-0 lead in the series.
“I just saw the gap. He was far away. It was a soft pass. It wasn’t a direct pass so I shot the gap. Luckily, I had a hand on it and save it to my teammate,” said Travis.
“I wasn’t really happy at the time. I was just trying to get stops whatever way I could,” Travis said.
Travis is glad Magnolia came out as winners despite a horrible offensive performance by both teams in which they combined for 61 of 149 from the field.
“I’m happy that we won. We only held the lead for five to six minutes. Our defense just stepped up. We played great defense because our offense was terrible. Too many errors, unforced turnovers, and rushed shots,” said Travis.
Travis said he also had his faults during the Game Two win.
“Sometimes we confused being aggressive with kinda being in a hurry. And that what we did especially me. I was in a rush especially early on and just force a lot. Luckily, our defense stepped up in the fourth,” said Travis.
Travis said the close victory will guard Magnolia against complacency as the Hotshots go for a commanding 3-0 lead on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
“I think this is better. I rather win like this so you know you can’t come out and play any kind of way. You win by 16 points, you kinda get overconfident. It’s hard not to be. We are just human. This is perfect for us to bring us back to earth, humble us, and let us know that we have to work and know that it’s going to be tough the next game,” Travis said.