Ginebra and Magnolia advance to the Govs Cup Semis

Magnolia Hotshots 103 – Blackwater Elite 99 (Magnolia advances to the Semifinals)

The Magnolia Hotshots needed clutch efforts from everyone on the team to overcome the tough Blackwater Elite. The Hotshots used a fourth quarter rally and a key baskets in the final minutes of the game to get past the Elite. Romeo Travis tallied a triple-double with 18 points, 20 rebounds and 12 asssits. Paul Lee led the team with 22 points. Ian Sangalang added 18 off the bench.

The Hotshots were leading comfortably in the first two quarters. The entire team was in a groove as their offense looked smooth and free flowing. They took an early double-digit lead after the first period and still held an eight-point lead heading into the half.

Unfortunately for Magnolia, their offense started to sputter in the third period. They managed only 21 points in the third period allowing Blackwater to get back in the game. Henry Walker and Allein Maliksi led the Elite ahead at the end of the third period. The Elite took a seven-point lead midway through the final quarter.

That was when the Hotshots made their run. Justin Melton, Sangalang and Travis teamed up to go on an 11-2 run that gave them the lead back. Sangalang then scored on an and-one hoop to increase the lead. Jio Jalalon added to their lead with a scoop layup, giving the Hotshots a four-point lead. Paul Zamar’s trey cut the deficit down to one but that was their last stand. The Hotshots sank crucial freebies to put the game away.

Barangay Ginebra 111 – NLEX Road Warriors 75 (Ginebra advances to the Semifinals)

Barangay Ginebra absolutely dominated the NLEX Road Warriors to advance to the semifinals of the Governor’s Cup. Ginebra took over the game in the second quarter and then ran roughshod over NLEX in the final quarter to cruise to an easy win.

After taking only a six-point lead after the first period, Ginebra went to their strength in the post to dominate the second period. They inserted the twin towers Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter along with Justin Brownlee to shut down the Road Warriors.

Ginebra went on a 14-0 run to open the second period with Aguilar and Slaughter combining for eight points during that stretch. The two big men also shaded the lane, preventing any inside points from the Road Warriors. Kenneth Ighalo and Aaron Fuller finally broke the dry spell with back-to-back drives but by that time, Ginebra had already taken a huge lead.

In the final period, it was the Barangay shooters that found their range. Jeff Chan and Sol Mercado shot Ginebra to a 36-point lead, their biggest of the game.

Ginebra shot 51% from the field and 44% from beyond the arc. They made 13 treys in the game. The Barangay shared the ball well with 34 assists on 41 made shots. Five players scored in double figures with Aguilar leading the way. He had 18 points and 10 boards. Slaughter tallied 16 and seven off the bench. Brownlee had a rough shooting night but managed to help in other ways. He had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

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