MANILA – Magnolia Hotshots gave Blackwater Elite a tough reality check with a 133-99 beat-down in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Romeo Travis led the way with 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, while Paul Lee and Andy Mark Barroca added 19 and 16 points, respectively, for the Hotshots, which surged to solo second place with a 6-1 win-loss slate.
Jio Jalalon was also all over the floor as he tallied his first career triple-double of 13 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists for the Hotshots, which were on a four-game winning run.
In the first game, Eugene Phelps waxed hot with double-double 51 points and 20 rebounds as Phoenix Fuel Masters scored a wire-to-wire 123-97 victory over NLEX Road Warriors.
From a seesaw battle early in the first quarter, the Hotshots suddenly pulled away with conversions from Travis, Barroca Ian Sangalang and Peter June Simon for a 35-19 advantage.
The Elite attempted to come close early in the second quarter but the Hotshots pulled away anew with Lee, Sangalang, Travis and Jalalon contributing on the offense to build a 64-43 halftime lead.
In the third period the Elite mounted a huge fight-back and came to as close as 12 markers but the Hotshots regained their shooting touch en route to building their largest lead 120-118 on hits from Gryann Mendoza and Riego Gamalinda.
Henry Walker finished with double-double 27 points and 12 rebounds while John Paul Erram and Allein Maliksi added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Elite (6-2).
A game prior, Phelps dominated the scoring since the start as the Fuel Masters made it a lopsided affair – surging to a 34-18 advantage in the opening quarter before building a 71-33 halftime lead.
The Fuel Masters pulled away for good in the second half, making their largest advantage at 41 points with Calvin Abueva, Matthew Wright and Jason Perkins also contributing on the offense.
Abueva finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Wright also contributed 10 markers for the Fuel Masters (6-2). Aaron Fuller topped the scoring for the Road Warriors (4-4) with 38 points and 14 boards./PN