Magnolia wins Governors' Cup title with Game 6 rout of Aces

Hotshots celebrate title win (6:34)

The Magnolia Hotshots celebrate winning the PBA Governor's Cup. (6:34)

ANTIPOLO -- The Magnolia Hotshots closed out the Alaska Aces 102-86 in Game 6 to win the PBA Governors' Cup title Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Center.

What was expected to be a tight contest turned out to be an easy win as Hotshots led from start to finish on the way to their first championship under coach Chito Victolero.

"So this is how it feels to win a championship here in the PBA," Victolero said.

Import Romeo Travis, who failed to win a championship while playing for Alaska in 2015, dropped 15 in a first-quarter outburst that saw the Hotshots take a 32-18 lead. Magnolia cruised from there.

Alaska did pull to within 96-86 on Simon Enciso's late layup but Jio Jalalon restored order with a basket with 50 seconds remaining.

Paul Lee, the Game 5 hero, finished off the Aces with four free throws. It was his first championship for the Hotshots since being traded from Rain or Shine.

"I think it all started during our preparation the last four days. I saw it in their eyes that they wanted to win this today. They're really focused. In the first minutes of the game it was evident," Victolero said.

Travis bounced back from a quiet Game 5 to lead Magnolia with 32 points and 17 rebounds.

Lee finished with 16 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Mark Barroca chimed in 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Jalalon added 11 markers, four boards, and five dimes.

Barroca, whose brilliance in the opener set the tone for the series, won the Finals MVP. It was the second time he won the award.

Winner of the Best Import award, Harris had a monstrous outing for Alaska with 26 points and 24 rebounds to go with four assists and two steals.

Chris Banchero, who lost the Best Player of the Conference plum, had 20 points while Jeron Teng chipped in 14.


Magnolia 102 - Travis 32, Sangalang 16, Lee 16, Barroca 13, Jalalon 11, Dela Rosa 7, Herndon 5, Brondial 2, Melton 0, Reavis 0.

Alaska 86 - Harris 26, Banchero 20, Teng 14, Enciso 9, Cruz 6, Racal 5, Baclao 4, Thoss 2, Pascual 0, Casio 0, Galliguez 0, Magat 0.

Quarterscores: 32-18, 60-42, 80-63, 102-86.


-- Alaska coach Alex Compton is now 0-5 in the PBA Finals.

-- The San Miguel Corporation teams -- San Miguel, Ginebra, and Magnolia -- completed a sweep this season. The Beermen won the All-Filipino Cup, Ginebra the Commissioner's Cup, and Magnolia took the Governors' Cup.

-- It was the first PBA championship won at this venue.