Magnolia punches QF ticket, frustrates TNT in Davao

Magnolia punches QF ticket, frustrates TNT in Davao

Romeo Travis issued a double-double in Magnolia's win in Davao. PBA Media Bureau.
By Ricky Manliguis

MANILA—Magnolia solidified its hold of one of the quarterfinal seats as it turned back TNT KaTropa, 100-93, in the PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) Gym in Davao.

Leading for much of the game, the Pambansang Manok took advantage of the Jayson Castro-less TNT to finish the eliminations with a 6-5 win-loss slate and the sixth seed in the playoffs. 

After a 27-22 first-quarter lead, Magnolia stepped on the gas and erected several double-digit spreads, the biggest at 23, 92-69, on a Romeo Travis three-point play with over seven minutes left in the game.

Travis led the way for Magnolia with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists, while Chris Banchero and Paul Lee both fired 13 markers.

It was a sorry loss for TNT, its third straight to drop to a 7-3 record, as it derailed its chance to join NLEX and Barangay Ginebra in the top four. They will face Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel in Antipolo on Wednesday for one final shot at a twice-to-beat advantage. 

KJ McDaniels paced the Tropa with 33 points, even as Bobby Ray Parks and RR Pogoy cashed in 21 and 13, respectively.  

The scores:

Magnolia 100 – Travis 21, Banchero 13, Lee 13, Barroca 9, Jalalon 9, Ramos 8, Reavis 7, Pingris 6, Dela Rosa 6, Sangalang 5, Simon 3, Abundo 0.

TNT 93 – McDaniels 33, Parks 21, Pogoy 13, Vosotros 7, Rosario 6, Reyes 4, DiGregorio 3, De Leon 2, Williams 2, Washington 2, Semerad 0, Magat 0, Taha 0.

Quarterscores: 27-22; 56-41; 79-62; 100-93.

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