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‘Keep going Lucky Lefty’: LeBron James gives Romeo Travis another shoutout for 50-point night

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqP4D8Zh9jW/ Different time zones won't stop friends from having each other's backs and NBA superstar LeBron James continued to show his appreciation for longtime buddy Romeo Travis, who is having quite a performance in the PBA. Travis carried Magnolia on his back, putting up 50 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Hotshots to their 112-108 Game 4 win over Barangay Ginebra to advance to the Governors' Cup finals. James took to Instagram against to show his love for his high school teammate in St. Vincent St. Mary, where they were part of the group called the Fab Five. READ:Travis gets shoutout from 'brother' LeBron after big game for Magnolia "Hea...Keep on reading: ‘Keep going Lucky Lefty’: LeBron James gives Romeo Travis another shoutout for 50-point night.....»»

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Ben Mbala almost played for Magnolia vs Ginebra

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Ben Mbala almost debuted in the PBA for the Magnolia Hotshots. The former two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player served as a backup for Hotshots import Romeo Travis in case Barangay Ginebra forced a do-or-die Game 5 in their semifinals clash.  Travis has been nursing a left hamstring ........»»

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A day to remember for Romeo Travis

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – November 16, 2018 is a date Magnolia import Romeo Travis would probably never forget. Not only did Travis help the Hotshots return to the PBA Governors' Cup finals for the first time since 2014, he did so by dropping a personal career-high in points despite dealing ........»»

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PBA: Ginebra can t win it all says Justin Brownlee

ANTIPOLO CITY, RIZAL -- For the first time in the Justin Brownlee era, Ginebra won't be making the Governors' Cup Finals. However, his team still got a title in Brownlee's third season with the team, a much tougher hill to climb in the Commissioner's Cup, where imports are taller by two inches than this conference. Brownlee was his usual self, tallying 32 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the season-ending 112-108 loss to rivals Magnolia Hotshots at the Ynares Center here. The agreeable import knows they had targets behind their backs this conference, and their opponents had found the key that ended their two-year reign. "You definitely can't win it all. The two championships, the Governors' Cup that we won two in a row was great. A great one. But we understand that trying to win another one, it was going to be very tough," Brownlee shared.   "And like I said, we lost to a really tough team. Magnolia showed why they previously won championships. They showed like they're going to win another one." It was a great season for the 6'5” forward, winning titles in the Asean Basketball League as a member of Alab Pilipinas along with Renaldo Balkman, then defeating his former teammate in the Commissioner's Cup in six games. So what's next? Will he rejoin Balkman and towering 7'2 import PJ Ramos to the fold? "Not sure. Probably just rest and have my body checked out. See if a few nicks and a few pains here and there. Just trying to make sure that my body's healthy and go from there." Brownlee also tipped his hat off to opposing reinforcement Romeo Travis, who scored a career-high 50 points on virtually one leg, carrying himself, and his squad through a Grade 2 hamstring strain. "I had played against him before a couple of years ago in France. He was a great player. He can definitely shoot the ball. His mid-range. Definitely gave us a lot of problems the whole series." "He's an incredible player. He could do many things. He showed why he's an import in this league tonight." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

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Hotshots march to finals, end Kings’ reign

Forty-eight hours from his worst game, Romeo Travis turned in his best, exploding for 50 big points before Jio Jalalon and Paul Lee helped with key charities at the finish as Magnolia repulsed Barangay Ginebra, 112-108, to advance to the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo last night......»»

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Romeo Travis drops 50 as Magnolia ousts Ginebra to enter PBA Finals

ANTIPOLO---Magnolia silenced the crowd and eliminated Barangay Ginebra, 112-108, in Game 4 to advance to the finals of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Friday at Ynares Center here. Import Romeo Travis unleashed 50 points, 21 in the fourth, and 13 rebounds to help Magnolia dethrone the Gin Kings, who have ruled the third conference for two straight years. The Hotshots recovered from their 107-103 loss in Game 3 and will face the winner in the other semifinals matchup between Alaska and Meralco. READ:Magnolia nears finals, overcomes Ginebra It took several pulsating moments for the Hotshots to finally oust the Gin Kings and it featured an irate Chito Victolero getting called fo...Keep on reading: Romeo Travis drops 50 as Magnolia ousts Ginebra to enter PBA Finals.....»»

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Travis hits 50 as Magnolia dethrones Ginebra to reach finals

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Magnolia needed every bit of Romeo Travis' 50 points to dethrone Barangay Ginebra with a 112-108 win and reach the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals at the Ynares Center here on Friday, November 16. After firing a PBA career-low 12 points in their Game 3 loss, ........»»

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Romeo Travis channels LeBron James as Magnolia edges Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines – Romeo Travis pulled off a LeBron James as Magnolia moved towards the cusp of clinching a finals berth in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.  The American import almost cost the Hotshots their 101-97 Game 2 semis win  over Barangay Ginebra after missing two crucial freebies before making up for them ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 13th, 2018Related News

PBA: Hotshots take commanding 2-0 lead in Manila Clasico

Two-time champion Brgy. Ginebra is officially down for the count. No. 4 Magnolia landed another haymaker Monday, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals following a 101-97 win over the Gin Kings in Game 2 at the Big Dome. Surviving a late flurry from the Gin Kings, the Hotshots are now one win away from the Finals and ending Ginebra's two-year reign in the Governors' Cup. Similar to Game 1, the Hotshots were in control for most of the game, frustrating the Gin Kings and making them play their game. Magnolia took multiple double-digit leads and had an answer for Ginebra anytime the champs tried to mount a rally. The Gin Kings only really had it going in the fourth after head coach Tim Cone was ejected for a pair of technical fouls. Ginebra cut the deficit down to just three points with 24 seconds to go but LA Tenorio and Justin Brownlee each missed game-tying triples. Romeo Travis then scored one free throw on the other end to seal the final tally.   The Scores: Magnolia 101 - Travis 25, Sangalang 17, Lee 14, Dela Rosa 11, Barroca 9, Jalalon 8, Reavis 6, Melton 5, Simon 5, Herndon 1. Ginebra 97 - Brownlee 31, Tenorio 15, Aguilar 15, Slaughter 14, Thompson 7, Mercado 7, Mariano 4, Chan 2, Caguioa 2, Ferrer 0. Quarters: 21-18, 47-46, 75-68, 101-97.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 12th, 2018Related News

PBA: Just like old pal LeBron, Travis thankful for second chance after botched clutch free throws

Late in the Lakers' home game against the Atlanta Hawks Monday morning in Manila, LeBron James found himself at the foul line to shoot two clutch free throws. If the King makes two, the Lakers take the lead. If he makes one, game is tied. James missed both. Fortunately, Kyle Kuzma ended up with the offensive rebound and while the second-year forward also ended up missing his go-ahead floater, LeBron slammed the follow up to finally put the Lakers up one. [Related: James' dunk lifts Lakers to 107-106 win over Hawks] Los Angeles ended up winning the game to be above .500 for the first time in the current NBA season. Later that day in Manila, LeBron's old buddy Romeo Travis found himself at the foul line late in Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals against Ginebra. Romeo makes two and the Magnolia Hotshots take a five-point lead to ice the game. If he makes one, his team is still up by two possessions with four seconds to go. Travis missed both. Fortunately, the former Best Import somehow found himself grabbing the offensive rebound and he was fouled again. Travis missed the first free throw anew but made sure to make the second one. Magnolia ended up winning the game and the Hotshots are now up 2-0 in the best-of-5 semis against the reigning two-time champions. "Yeah, I actually watched the game. I may have jinxed myself. He [LeBron] had a second chance, I had a second chance. He made the most of it and I made the second free throw and we ended up winning the game," Travis said of his trips to the foul line. "I just missed them you know? I thank God for second chances. I missed three and luckily they came in pairs and I'm thankful to make the last one to seal the game. I'm just thankful for second chances. Everybody don't get them so I'm thankful for the second opportunity to seal the game," he added. Save for some spotty moments late in Game 2, Magnolia's composure has been incredible so far in this series. The Hotshots have weathered multiple storms from the Gin Kings and now they find themselves on the brink of the Finals. As long as Magnolia keeps playing to win, there should be no reason why they can't advance, especially after putting up back-to-back masterful performances against Ginebra. "They're just a resilient team and they have great players so they'll always make a run. We just have to stay composed," Travis said of the Gin Kings. "Late in the game we got out of our sets, I believe we were trying to not lose instead of winning the game. When you start playing to not lose, you get a little tight. We didn't run our offense the way we should and so that's how they were able to make a run," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: Game 3 of Manila Clasico is 'most important of the year' says Travis

Magnolia now has the opportunity to become only the second PBA team to win a series against Justin Brownlee and Brgy. Ginebra. After Monday's win, the Hotshots have taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the Manila Clasico semifinals of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. On the brink of a second Finals appearance this season, Magnolia is going for it in Game 3 set for Wednesday. "It's of utmost importance [to win Game 3]. That team is amazing, that's a great team, perennial champions. You don't wanna keep playing them," Hotshots import Romeo Travis said of the Gin Kings, the reigning two-time champions of the Governors' Cup. "You don't wanna keep giving them opportunities so this is the most important game of the year for us. That's just what we wanna do, you don't wanna give this team chances," he added. Since Justin Brownlee entered the scene, Ginebra has won three PBA titles in four conferences. The only miss was in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup when the TNT KaTropa used a 2-0 lead to win their semifinal series against the Gin Kings, 3-1. The Hotshots are looking to do the same now, but preferably they win this series in three. You don't necessarily want Ginebra to go on one of those "Never Say Die" runs. "We just don't want to give them opportunities to beat you. They're a really good team and if we have a chance to beat them, to move on, that's what we're trying to do," Travis said. "We're not going to a game and say we're going to lose. We're going to try and close out the series the best way we know how and just keep playing Hotshots basketball, which is team. Team above all. Our new mantra is believe, and that's what we're trying to do, just believe," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Magnolia draws first blood vs Ginebra in Clasico semis

        ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – The Magnolia Hotshots held off Barangay Ginebra's late charge, 106-98, to take the opener of their best-of-five Manila Clasico semifinals in the PBA Governors' Cup at the Ynares Center here on Saturday, November 10.  Romeo Travis powered the Hotshots with 37 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists and Paul Lee ........»»

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Hotshots too hot for sluggish Kings

Magnolia sprang out of a rut in its head-on matches with fierce rival Barangay Ginebra, banking heavily on the big games of Romeo Travis and Paul Lee to carve out a 106-98 win in Game One of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinal series at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo last night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsNov 10th, 2018Related News

At least 9 dead as fire incinerates Northern California town

PARADISE, California --- A fierce wildfire in Northern California incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people with flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do, authorities said Friday. Nine people died in what quickly grew into the state's most destructive fire in at least a century. Only a day after it began, the blaze near the town of Paradise had grown to nearly 362 square kilometers (140 square miles), had destroyed more than 6,700 structures --- almost all of them homes --- and was burning completely out of control. READ:Deadly fire leveled a California town in less than a day "There was really no firefight involved," Capt. Scott McLean of the Ca...Keep on reading: At least 9 dead as fire incinerates Northern California town.....»»

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Barry Levinson to direct ‘Harry Haft’ movie starring Ben Foster

After recent small-screen projects, Barry Levinson is returning to the movies with a historical drama starring Ben Foster. The forthcoming film from Levinson ("Good Morning, Vietnam", "Rain Man") is based on the biography "Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano", written by Haft's son, Alan Scott Haft, as per Deadline. The movie will tell the true story of Harry Haft, a boxer forced to fight other concentration campprisoners in order to survive the hellish Auschwitz camp. Each victory won the boxer food and ensured he would stay alive long enough for his next fight while losing adversaries were led off to their deaths. Haunted by the guilt ...Keep on reading: Barry Levinson to direct ‘Harry Haft’ movie starring Ben Foster.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 7th, 2018Related News

Hot Stuff: Calum Scott Finally Makes Music On His Own—And We re Lovin It!

Here's how he tugged his Pinoy fans' heartstrings!.....»»

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Doncic, Smith lead Mavs past Wizards 119-100 to stop skid

By Dave Jackson, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 23 points and Dennis Smith Jr. made three key plays down the stretch as the Dallas Mavericks ended a six-game losing streak by beating the Washington Wizards 119-100 Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). It was the Mavericks' 16th win in their last 17 meetings with the Wizards. Wesley Matthews added 22 points for Dallas, and Harrison Barnes had 19 points and 13 rebounds. John Wall led the Wizards with 24 points. Otto Porter Jr. and Bradley Beal had 19 each, but Beal was 1-for-9 on three-point attempts. Washington trailed by 24 in the first half and 21 at halftime, but forced 11 Dallas turnovers in the second half and climbed back into the game behind its top three players. The Wizards were within six when Smith scooted past Dwight Howard to grab an offensive rebound and fed a cutting DeAndre Jordan for a dunk that put the Mavs up 101-93 with 5:33 left. Just 30 seconds later, the pair collaborated again on a pretty alley-oop, then Smith stole the ball from Beal and got it to Barnes for a three-point play and a 13-point lead. Smith finished with 19 points and seven assists. The Mavericks won their third game considerably sooner than the previous two seasons — they started 2-14 last year and 2-13 in 2016-17. The Wizards took their only lead at 13-12 on Porter's three-pointer with 5:48 left in the first quarter. Doncic answered by scoring eight points in a 12-2 run that put the Mavericks up by nine. They led 35-24 after one. In the second quarter, Dallas made 9-of-14 triples, including four by Matthews and a rainbow by Doncic just before the halftime buzzer to give the Mavericks a 70-49 lead at the break. It was the Mavs' highest first-half output of the young season. Washington started the third quarter strong, with Beal scoring seven points in a 12-4 run to pull within 13. Porter had three triples in the quarter, the last in the final seconds to bring the Wizards within single digits for the first time since the first period. TIP-INS Wizards: Coach Scott Brooks reminisced about Dallas counterpart Rick Carlisle, his roommate in the CBA in 1987. "He doesn't get a lot of credit for being a great player," Brooks said. When pressed by skeptical reporters about his claim, Brooks drew laughter by arguing that he would recognize greatness because: "I WAS a great player. I was better than a lot of guys that you're asking me about and a lot of guys that tried to make it," he said. Mavericks: Devin Harris missed his ninth straight game with a left hamstring strain. Carlisle said Harris wouldn't play before the weekend at the earliest. ... Jordan had 12 rebounds and has been in double digits in all 10 games with the Mavs. UP NEXT Wizards: At Orlando on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), the middle game of a three-game road trip. Mavericks: At Utah on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Dallas is 0-5 on the road this season......»»

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Lee leads Hotshots to semis after gaining Gilas pool berth

Tuesday night couldn't have ended on a better note for Paul Lee. Magnolia, after some gritty moments, is in the semifinals of the PBA Governors' Cup and the gutsy point guard, who put away Blackwater with two game-cementing free throws, earned another shot at the national team. Romeo Travis' triple-double was the fuel in the Hotshots' 103-99 victory over the Elite but Lee had a hand in the victory as well: He led all scorers with 22 points and plucked a rebound off a missed game-winning triple attempt by Blackwater's Nards Pinto before knocking down the two free throws that put the game beyond reach. Magnolia will have its hands full in the semifinals, with No. 1 Barangay Ginebra, ...Keep on reading: Lee leads Hotshots to semis after gaining Gilas pool berth.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 6th, 2018Related News

Magnolia edges Blackwater, advances to the semis

MANILA, Philippines – The Magnolia Hotshots halted the Blackwater Elite comeback, 103-99, to gain a slot in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals on Tuesday, November 6, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  Paul Lee led Magnolia with a double-double of 22 points and 12 boards. Romeo Travis and Ian Sangalang ........»»

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Proudly gay Calum Scott at peace with himself

There was a tropical storm when British singer-composer Calum Scott performed on Oct.30 at the 2,500-seat Kia Theater.   Despite the bad weather, the 30-year-old British crooner didn't disappoint his Filipino fans, whom he described among the best in the world.   It's common for foreign musicians to flatter their local audience, but you can sense the honesty in the way Scott put it. "It takes a lot of emotional high and struggles to write songs," he told media people a day before his Kia gig. "For a lot of people, music is about the show, the lights and all that. With Filipino music fans, they genuinely listen to songs."   "They're so excitable, so ea...Keep on reading: Proudly gay Calum Scott at peace with himself.....»»

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