|“We don’t want to be overconfident.We wanna know that we’re back to the drawing board and start 0-0, coming in with the same hunger and same tenacity." said Romeo Travis in Magnaolia's Game 1 win Saturday. PBA Media Bureau.|
By Dugout Philippines
ANTIPOLO-- Yes, Magnolia Hotshots import Romeo Travis may have shattered his PBA career-best in Game 1 of their semifinal series against Barangay Ginebra. But for him, it wasn't enough.
“I won individual awards and that doesn’t satisfy me,” said Travis, who led the charge in the team's 106-98 win over the two-time defending champs Saturday at the Ynares Center.
The 33-year old former HS teammate of NBA star Lebron James scattered 37 points and 16 rebounds in a brilliant shooting display as the Pambansang Manok put the brakes on the Gin Kings to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
His previous record was 34 points he set in the 2015 Governors' Cup for Alaska. He won the Best Import Award that same year.
But for Travis, winning individual honors in the PBA doesn't matter as long as he can guide the Hotshots to a championship.
"I’ve always been a team player. I’ve always been a role player,” he added. “So I don’t care about individual awards."
"I don’t care who wins it (Best Import Award), as long as we win the championship. That’s all that really matters now.”
The team may have the momentum, but Travis stressed that winning Game 1 is something, but it will be a tall order against a potent Ginebra offensive.
"It’s the best place we can be right now (1-0 edge)," he said. "But we don’t want to be overconfident. We wanna know that we’re back to the drawing board and start 0-0."
Game 2 is slated Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
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