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    Travis enjoys playing against Alaska, says Aces 'still my guys'

    Oct 14, 2018
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    ROMEO Travis prefers to be critical of himself than be satisfied with the way he is performing in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

    Travis played another impressive game on Sunday marked by 19 points and 17 rebounds in Magnolia’s 83-73 win over Alaska. He is now averaging 22.13 points and 15.63 rebounds through eight games with the Hotshots.

    But instead of being happy with his numbers, Travis said he is thinking more about the mistakes he made in the game.

    “I’m very critical of myself,” Travis said. “I feel like I could have played a lot better today. I had a lot of stupid turnovers, a couple of forced shots, and a couple of defensive errors late in the game especially on Mike Harris when he made a three-pointer when they were making a run.”

    “I’m critical of myself. If I play well but I can also be better. Like coach always say, stay humble, stay hungry. You have to check yourself first.”

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    Travis’ game on Sunday was the first against his former teammates. The 33-year-old cager played for Alaska in 2015 before returning to the PBA to join Magnolia this conference.

    “It was fun facing guys that you know. It was fun. It was exciting. You go in there and you go hard. It’s just basketball. Sometimes, these guys out here are physical and they play dirty. But these guys, we will just play hard and have fun. Whatever happens, happens,” said Travis.

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    The Magnolia import added he stayed in touch with his former teammates even when he was no longer with team for three years.

    “That’s how you play with your teammates because I know Vic (Manuel) isn’t going to undercut me or hurt me in the head. Chris (Banchero) knows that if he is on a fastbreak, I’m not going to try and take his head off just because we have a really good relationship. I’ve been talking to them over the past three years when I wasn’t here. It’s been pretty cool. It’s pretty cool to play against my guys,” said Travis.

    Thanks to Travis’ play, the Hotshots continued their winning ways as they improved their slate to 7-1. The Magnolia import said it has been team basketball that is taking the Hotshots to the top so far this conference.

    “Just great team basketball. You can’t play ‘em for one guy on our team. We just continue to play great team basketball. That just what we have been doing and that’s were built. When I have an off-day or Paul have an off-day, Jio plays good, Mark plays good. We are a deep team. It’s hard to just focus on one guy,” said Travis.

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