Ping on Magnolia: Gutom na ang team na ito

Paul Lintag on Nov 30, 2017 08:01 AM
Ping on Magnolia: Gutom na ang team na ito
"Alam namin na mabibigat 'yung mga makakalaban, but andoon 'yung puso namin talaga na gusto talaga naming mag-Finals. Sobrang gutom na itong team na ito." --- Marc Pingris.

New name, new goals for the Hotshots.

After a "Grand Slam" last season, making it to three straight semifinals, the rebranded Magnolia Hotshots are now looking to advance even further.

"Target talaga namin is sana, sana, hopefully, sana maka-Finals naman kami," forward Marc Pingris said.

"Alam namin na mabibigat 'yung mga makakalaban, but andoon 'yung puso namin talaga na gusto talaga naming mag-Finals. Sobrang gutom na itong team na ito," he added.

After almost hitting rock bottom two season ago, the Hotshots had themselves a fine bounce back effort last year.

However, the team never managed to get over the playoff hump, something that is rather frustrating for a franchise that won the Grand Slam in 2014.

"'Yun ngang sinabi rin ni coach kanina, siyempre nape-pressure kami 'di ba, but 'yun naman ang talagang ano eh. Kumbaga, kaya kami andito sa team na 'to, 'yun ang gusto namin, 'yung challenge talaga," Pingris said.

"Kahit nga sa mga tune-up games namin, ang laging sinasabi ni coach, habit na 'yan eh. Kung kaya niyo manalo sa tune-up games, kaya niyo rin manalo games, so habit lang 'yan. Hopefully," he added.

Finally 100 percent after dealing with nagging injuries last season, Ping is ready to go again.

"Lalaban 'yan. Tingin ko sa mga big guys namin is parang ano talaga, mga role player din, like me. So lahat sila, willing matuto, talagang wala silang sinasanto, ganoon," he said.

"Katulad din ng sinabi ko, gutom talaga 'yang mga 'yan, katulad ko, so alam kong makakatulong talaga sila sa team na ito," Ping added.

 


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