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Travis prefers close Game 2 win than Game 1 rout

Romeo Travis wants a close win more than a rout. PBA Media Group

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--If Romeo Travis is to be asked, he would prefer a close win in a finals game than a blowout.

“I think this is better. I [would] rather win like this, so you know you can’t come out and play any kind of way,” the Magnolia import said after his team repulsed a more game Alaska squad in Game 2 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.

The win came two nights after the Hotshots mauled the Aces in their series opener, and Travis, who despite an error-prone performance still put up 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and four steals, sees the down-the-wire victory a lesson learned.

“You win by 16 points, you kinda get overconfident. It’s hard not to be. We are just human. This is perfect for us to bring us back to earth, humble us, and let us know that we have to work and know that it’s going to be tough the next game,” Travis continued.

However, his biggest moment came with 1:05 to go in the game, when he easily stole an inbound pass from Simon Enciso that helped preserve Magnolia's victory.

“I just saw the gap. He was far away. It was a soft pass. It wasn’t a direct pass, so I shot the gap. Luckily, I had a hand on it and save it to my teammate,” relayed how he picked the pass.

The Hotshots will try to build a commanding 3-0 lead when they meet again on Sunday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

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