Magnolia looks to further its 1-0 series lead over Alaska on Friday in Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Pambansang Manok were sharp in the opener, jumping to a 15-0 start and never looking back en route to a lopsided 100-84 win in the first game of the best-of-seven series.
Magnolia dominated on both ends of the floor as it forced Alaska to make 25 turnovers and to miss 21 of 28 attempts from 3-point range.
The Hotshots' guards proved pivotal as Mark Barroca shined with 16 points and six steals while Jio Jalalon had seven points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Best Import candidate Romeo Travis had 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in Game 1.
Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said his team will not be complacent.
"Our mindset is that it would always be a dogfight and grind-out battle. We'll try to be ready physically and mentally," said Victolero.
Alaska coach Alex Compton hopes the short turnaround since the 16-point beating will be a wake-up call for the Aces.
"Maybe, we need that experience to know the truth, that we're up against the team that is at its best right now," said Compton.