Magnolia put up a balanced attack to drub Blackwater, 133-99, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Romeo Travis led Magnolia with 22 points on top of 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Hotshots, who claimed solo second with a 6-1 record.
Paul Lee fired 19 points, while Mark Barroca and Ian Sangalang chipped in 16 and 15 points, respectively, for the Hotshots.
Jio Jalalon, meanwhile, reached a career milestone after recording his first triple double in a regular PBA game with 13 points, 12rebounds, and 13 assists in almost 24 minutes of play.
"I'm happy with our record but we cannot be satisfied. That's what I remind the players: look at the big picture, prepare one game at a time," said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.
Blackwater showed signs of life in the third period, trimming a 20-point gap to 12, 64-76.
But the Hotshots restored order, exploiting their advantage in terms of personnel when Blackwater import Henry Walker was assessed with a technical foul with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter. Walker got the boot for getting his second technical foul.
It was all Magnolia from there. The Hotshtos even built a 38-point buffer in the fourth period 118-80 before handing Blackwater its second loss in eight matches.
"Before this game we were worried about Blackwater. We know they're playing at a high level now and we needed to match up their intensity. I'm proud of my players for taking on the challenge and delivering. They followed our game plan," Victolero said.
Unlike in his previous games, Walker tried to do everything for his team, whose local players have played a big part in their resurgence. He finished with only two assists to go with 27 points and 18 rebounds.
Poy Erram and Allein Maliksi had 13 and 12 points, respectively.
MAGNOLIA (133) - Travis 22, Lee 19, Barroca 16, Sangalang 15, Jalalon 13, Dela Rosa 9, Simon 8, Melton 7, Mendoza 7, Abundo 5, Gamalinda 4, Pascual 4, Ramos 2, Brondial 2, Reavis 0, Herndon 0.
BLACKWATER (99) - Walker 27, Erram 13, Maliksi 12, DuGregorio 9, Banal 7, Jose 6, Pinto 5, Belo 5, Al-Hussaini 4, Sumang 3, Zamar 3, Cruz 3, Sena 2, Cortez 0, Palma 0, Javier 0.
Quarterscores: 35-19, 64-43, 98-73, 133-99.
- Magnolia made 13 triples, four of which came from Lee. The "Lethal Weapon" also didn't make a single turnover in 20 minutes.
- Blackwater committed 17 turnovers. Magnolia converted 27 points off of them.
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