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PBA Govs’ Cup: Magnolia blows by Elite for 4th straight win

Magnolia's Jio Jalalon issued a triple-double in the team's victory over Blackwater Wednesday night. PBA Media Bureau

By Ricky Manliguis

PASAY—Magnolia kept in step atop the leaderboard as it hammered out a 133-99 romp over Blackwater in the main game of the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.   

The Pambansang Manok had a dream start and negated repeated uprisings by the Elite to chalk up its fourth successive triumph and move to a 6-1 card.

Blackwater suffered only its second setback but fell to a tie with Phoenix Fuel in fourth with a 6-2 slate.

Magnolia jumped out of the gates playing inspired basketball, holding a commanding 64-43 at halftime. The lead even ballooned to 38 points at one point.

Import Henry Walker was then slapped with his second technical foul and was ejected at the tail-end of the third that sealed Blackwater’s demise.

Romeo Travis flirted with a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists, but got plenty of help from the local crew led by Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon.

Lee fired 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Jajalon issued a triple-double with 13 markers, 12 boards, and 13 assists off the bench.

Mark Barroca and Ian Sangalang also provided spark in reserve roles with 16 and 15 markers in that order.

“Before this game, we were worried about Blackwater. We know na ‘yung linalaro nila, sobrang taas. Kailangan naming i-surpass ‘yung effort at desire na binibigay ng Blackwater every game,” said winning coach Chito Victolero.

Despite his ejection, Walker still finished with 27 points and 18 rebounds. Poy Erram and Allein Maliksi were the only locals in twin figures with 13 and 12, respectively.

The scores:

Magnolia 133 - Travis 22, Lee 19, Barroca 16, Sangalang 15, Jalalon 13, Dela Rosa 9, Simon 8, Mendoza 7, Abundo 5, Pascual 4, Gamalinda 4, Ramos 2, Brondial 2, Herndon 0, Reavis 0.

Blackwater 99 - Walker 27, Erram 13, Maliksi 12, Digregorio 9, Banal 7, Jose 6, Belo 5, Pinto 5, Al-Hussaini 4, Zamar 3, Cruz 3, Sumang 3, Sena 2, Javier 0, Palma 0.

Quarters: 35-19, 64-43, 98-73, 133-99.

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