Hotshots and Aces score blowout wins over respective opponents

Magnolia Hotshots 113 – Columbian Dyip 95

The Magnolia Hotshots manhandled the Columbian Dyip to claim a share of the top spot in the Governor’s Cup. The Hotshots won their fifth game in six tries while the Dyip stay winless in seven games. Romeo Travis led the Hotshots with an all-around effort. He finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Mark Barroca added 16 off the bench.

The locals got the ball rolling in the first period when Paul Lee, Rafi Reavis and Rob Herndon teamed up in a 12-2 run to open the game. Barroca and Ian Sangalang joined in near the end of the quarter to keep Magnolia’s lead in double-digits, 31-20, heading in the second quarter. Sangalang and Barroca continued their scoring ways in the second period as the Hotshots were able to extend their lead to 14 heading into the break.

In the third period, Travis took over to seal the win. The high-scoring import dropped 13 points in the quarter to extend the lead up to 22 points. Travis scored six points in a 13-1 run to open the third quarter as Magnolia jumped out to a 25-point lead. They wouldn’t look back from that point on. The Hotshots were true to their name in this game. They scored on 51% of their shots and issued 31 assists. They were able to force 16 turnovers and converted those into 25 points.

Alaska Aces 106 – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 89

The Alaska Aces got a big game from their import and a strong defensive effort from the rest of the team to earn their fourth win in five games. They downed the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters with a superb fourth period on both ends. Mike Harris erupted for 39 points and 25 rebounds in the win. Chris Banchero, Simon Enciso and Vic Manuel scored 16 points each to back up Harris.

It was a tight game for the first three quarters as Rain or Shine was able to fend off every Alaska rally. The Elasto Painters took a four-point lead after the first period and were able to still take a two-point lead heading into the final period. That’s when Alaska made their run. They limited Rain or Shine to just 12 points in the quarter while scoring 31 of their own to run away with the win.

After James Yap gave the Elasto Painters a four-point lead early in the final period, Harris led a 16-0 blast to not only take the lead but build an insurmountable lead of their own. Harris, Manuel and Enciso poured on the points as the Aces held the Elasto Painters scoreless for five minutes. After that run, Alaska was up by 12 and had complete control of the game. They wouldn’t relinquish their double-digit lead until the end.