#PBA2015 Govs Cup Roundup: July 1, 2015

The 2015 PBA Govs’ Cup semis opened hostilities tonight with a doozy. The Alaska Aces stormed back from as many as 18 points down to pull the rug from under the Purefoods Star Hotshots to erect a 1-0 series lead.

JV Casio and the Aces succeeded in drawing first blood in this pivotal semis duel.
(image by Josh Albelda/Rappler)

Game recap (adapted from Interaksyon):

Box scores.
The Alaska Aces were down but never out as they came back from deficits as high as 18 points to beat the Star Hotshots, 97-91, and grab a 1-0 lead in their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Alaska wiped out Star’s double-digit lead with a huge 34-19 third quarter and played steady in the fourth quarter to escape with a hard-fought victory.

Import Romeo Travis finished with 28 points on 10-for-13 shooting alongside 10 rebounds. JVee Casio stepped up for the Aces as well, scoring 18 points.

Chris Banchero chipped in with 10 and Calvin Abueva added 8 points and 7 boards for the No. 1 team.

Star’s James Yap started hot, hitting his first four shots, but he hit a cold spell and finished with a 5/10 clip, which was good for 13 points. Marqus Blakely paced the Hotshots with 23 points and 9 rebounds, while PJ Simon tallied 16 points off the bench. Mark Barroca had a splendid game, putting up 15 markers and 10 boards in the losing cause.

Line of the Game: Romeo Travis (ALA) - 28pts, 10rebs, 3asts, 2stls, 2blks, 10/13 FGs.

Mark Barroca and the Hotshots squandered an 18-point first half lead in the face of Alaska's relentless assault.
(image by Paul Ryan Tan/Sports5)

Romeo Travis and the Aces are now two wins away from breaking into the Govs' Cup Finals.
(image by Paul Ryan Tan/Sports5)

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