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Romeo Travis still groping for form as Magnolia struggles against Ginebra

by Reynald Magallon, October 20, 2019 11:49pm

Romeo Travis may have returned for the Magnolia Hotshots but he was clearly still groping for form as he recovers from an ankle injury that sidelined him for a couple of days.

Travis' return couldn't even save the Hotshots from suffering a lopsided 105-83 defeat at the hands of rival Ginebra San Miguel in front of a jam packed crowd at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

"Just too many unforced errors, breakdowns on coverages, unforced turnovers. Nobody really played well," rued Travis who pumped in 17 points and 17 rebounds but committed five turnovers and was minus-15 in the plus-minus category.

Travis admitted that he struggled to find his rhythm all game long especially after sitting out the last 10 days to rest the injured ankle.

"I didn't played enough to give us the chance to win. The turnovers for me and I missed a lot of shots today that I normally make. It's just the overall rhythm of the game, I didn't have a good rhythm today I guess that's waht happens when you sit out 10 day and try to just play," explained the former Best Import.

It wasn't Travis though but the entire Hotshots team struggled to find their groove as they committed 22 turnovers as compared to Ginebra's 13 points. They were also sluggish defensively allowing Ginebra to score 60 points in the last two quarters.

The American reinforcement however refused to dwell on the injury and use it as an excuse for Magnolia's three game slide that saw the Hotshots fall to a 3-4 record enough for a tie with the Columbian Dyip in the sixth and seventh place of the standings.

"Injuries are part of the game, the San Miguel game we had the chance, Blackwater game we had the chance today we didn't really have the chance after the second half the turnovers really gave them the momentum and we never got it back we never got the stops," explained Travis who vowed to do better and continue to work on what he can control.

"I can only keep coming to work, keep trying, keep going and keep playing hard and live with the results. You leave it all out there and play hard and you just live with the results and todays we didn't have enough."


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