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ANTIPOLO CITY — Magnolia finally put an end to its four-year title thirst for a crown by winning the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup after a 102-86 Game 6 win over rival Alaska Wednesday night at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.

Determined to dodge a winner-take-all Game 7, the Hotshots ran away early with a 12-0 opening salvo and never looked back en route to a dominating victory to close out the best-of-seven series, 4-2.

It was the Hotshots’ first title since completing a grandslam in 2014. They now have 14 PBA championships, tying Alaska for second in most titles won in the 43-year league history behind San Miguel Beer’s 25.

Moreoever, this Magnolia win also served as head coach Chito Victolero’s first title since taking over the squad back in 2016.

Romeo Travis finished with 32 points including 15 in the first quarter for the Hotshots who capped off an epic San Miguel Corporation (SMC) title sweep of the season after San Miguel and Ginebra ruled the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup, respectively.

Meanwhile, Mike Harris and Chris Banchero had 26 and 20 points, respectively, for Alaska which failed to end its own title drought in five years.

This championship loss also dragged mentor Alex Compton’s Finals to 0-5 since being appointed as Alaska head coach in 2014.

Shifting away from usual championship venues, Magnolia also became the first team to win a PBA crown here in Ynares in Antipolo.

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