Magnolia was so close to ending the greatest All-Filipino dynasty of all-time.
The Hotshots were up 17 points against San Miguel Beer in Game 7 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday.
Unfortunately, Magnolia failed to close things out and ended up losing by a point to the now five-time champion Beermen.
They gave up the marginal basket with 57 seconds to go and the Hotshots never got to answer back.
“Of course sa start medyo malungkot kami, syempre kahit papaano sayang,” head coach Chito Victolero said.
“But you know after that, I explained and they understand na di binigay samin ngayon, maybe next conference, sa third conference, or next Philippine Cup. Basta we stay positive,” he added.
After a five-game debacle in the 2018 Finals, the Hotshots recovered to take the Beermen to Game 7 in 2019.
Magnolia wanted that chance and they got it. The team really just couldn’t finish it off this time.
“It’s just breaks of the game. When we started the series, it’s our goal to go to Game 7, do-or-die game,” Victolero said.
“We had a chance. We had opportunities to win the game but you know, it’s the breaks of the game,” he added.
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