Magnolia wins the Governor’s Cup crown to end four-year drought

Magnolia Hotshots 102 – Alaska Aces 86 (Hotshots win 4-2)

The Magnolia Hotshots made sure that they would be celebrating early. They clobbered the Alaska Aces in the first three quarters and built enough of a cushion to weather a fourth quarter storm. Romeo Travis was a beast for the Hotshots. He led the way with 32 points, 17 rebounds and six assists. Travis got ample support as Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee scored 16 points each while Mark Barroca scored 13 with four assists.

The Hotshots set the tone early in the game. Travis scored five points, including one trey to power a 12-0 Magnolia run. He got help from Barroca, Sangalang and Lee during that blast. Travis stayed on fire as he nailed two more three-pointers in the first quarter to keep the Hotshots up big.

In the second quarter, it was the Magnolia locals that took over the scoring load. Sangalang, along with Herndon and Barroca countered every Alaska run to keep the lead at double-digits. Travis capped the first quarter blitz with another three-pointer to push the Hotshots lead up to 18. The Hotshot import had 18 points and four treys in the first half.

Magnolia was in full control of the game in the second half. Travis continued to lead the way as the locals pitched. A three-pointer by Lee to open the final period put the Hotshots up by 20, their biggest lead of the game.

Simon Enciso, Chris Banchero and Mike Harris tried to make one last push in the fourth quarter. The three teamed up to go on a 12-3 run to cut the lead down to just 10 points with a minute left in the game. But their run came too late. Paul Lee iced the game with consecutive free throws to secure the championship.

Barroca was named as the Finals MVP. He averaged 11.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals in the six-game run.