Magnolia barely made it previous a gallant enemy on Sunday and the Hotshots moved inside a win of climbing to .500, however that didn’t hold coach Chito Victolero from celebrating the victory in a giant method.
“Truly, I salute my gamers a lot,” he stated on the heels of an 89-84 choice over Barangay Ginebra within the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Mall of Asia Area in Pasay Metropolis. “I imply, we talked about adversity, about challenges. We performed three video games within the final 5 days and performed elite groups. Our purpose was to win two out of three, and we did simply that.”
Ian Sangalang and Jio Jalalon starred within the Hotshots’ second win in 5 video games total, placing up 24 and 19 factors, respectively, to buck the absence of a recovering Paul Lee and the sudden exit of Calvin Abueva, who was ejected early within the fourth quarter.
Bridesmaids of final yr’s Philippine Cup, the Hotshots had been made to run the gauntlet final week. Earlier than taking over the group darlings, they performed harmful NorthPort and a San Miguel Beer crew raring to reclaim its lofty place within the match, prevailing solely towards the Batang Pier.
“All credit score to the gamers,” he stated. “I do know simply how drained they’re. I do know that they’ve been going by way of things mentally and bodily.”
But it surely’s not like that is the primary time it has occurred to this rugged crew.
“We’ve been right here earlier than, we’ve been collectively for some time,” stated Victolero.
Magnolia additionally misplaced 4 of its first 5 outings within the 2019 PH Cup earlier than profitable all however one among its next six matches to make the Finals and lose to the Beermen in seven video games.
“I do know these guys—they won’t again down from something,” stated Victolero. “They may carry on pushing.” INQ
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