Magnolia Hotshots 112 – Barangay Ginebra 108 (Magnolia wins 3-1)
After scoring a season low 12 points in their Game 3 loss, Romeo Travis made sure there wouldn’t be a repeat performance. Instead, Travis bucked a hamstring injury to explode for a career-high 50 points, leading the Magnolia Hotshots to a Game 4 win. The Hotshots eliminate the defending champions, Barangay Ginebra and move on to the Finals.
Early in the game, Ginebra looked determined to extend the series to a do-or-die Game 5. Japeth Aguilar came out strong scoring 11 points in the first quarter alone. He repeatedly found his way inside for easy buckets. He was joined by LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson and Justin Brownlee who complimented him with outside shots. Brownlee’s two free throws gave Ginebra a 10-point lead late in the first period.
The Hotshots refused to let Ginebra pull away. Their locals answered Ginebra’s first quarter blast with one of their own. Mark Barroca, Iang Sangalang and Robbie Herndon chipped away at Ginebra’s lead to get back to the driver’s seat. Travis then took over scoring nine of the team’s final 17 points to keep in step with Ginebra.
The game stayed tight between both teams all the way to the final minutes.
With less than two minutes left in the game, Ginebra looked like they finally seized momentum in the game. From a tied game at 99, they went on a 7-2 run to take a five-point lead behind four points from the line from Brownlee.
Travis refused to go to another game. He scored inside to stop the bleeding. He added an and-one layup after Jio Jalalon free throws to give Magnolia a two-point lead with 44 seconds left on the clock. Jalalon nailed another pair of freebies to extend Magnolia’s lead to four.
Brownlee tried to get Ginebra back in the game, cutting the deficit down to just two with 15 seconds left. But that was the closest they’d get. Paul Lee made up for his mistakes in Game 3 by icing the game with two free throws to seal the win.
Travis his 20 of his 26 attempts and nailed 10 of 11 from the line. He also had 13 rebounds and six assists on top of his career-high output.