Dec 06, 2018

Travis says Hotshots need to play smart in Game 2

Romeo Travis urged the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok to continue their splendid team play as they seek a 2-0 lead over the Alaska Aces in their PBA Governors' Cup title series on Friday.

Travis delivered 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's 100-84 victory but it was Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon, who made the difference as the Hotshots' backcourt tandem outworked their counterpart to give Magnolia a headstart in the best-of-seven series.

"We don't need superheroes, we don't need anybody trying to save the team, we need everybody to do their jobs," Travis said.

Magnolia leaned on a 15-0 start to set the tone for the victory, with Barroca and Jalalon doing most of the damage.

Barroca finished with 16 points and six steals and Jalalon added seven points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and four steals for Magnolia, which dominated the Alaska the entire Game 1.

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Paul Lee and Justin Melton also had a big game Hotshots underscored their their depth at the guard position.

"We can go 4-5 guards deep and everybody plays a different type of basketball. But it all fits in a team flow," said Travis.

But Travis cautioned that Magnolia will have to play smart heading into Game 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum as Alaska tries to even the series.

"The turnovers and bad shots really hurt us. I think we got up and kinda get off the gas pedal and stopped doing what got us there," he said.

"Normally, that's when you get into trouble, we gotta change it up." (JT)

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