Ginebra is Magnolia's "Final Boss"

Ginebra is Magnolia's
Since last season, Magnolia is 3-8 in Manila Clasico games and all of the team's wins came during the 2017 Philippine Cup semifinals.

If the Hotshots are to break out of their "Grand Slam" semis hump, they'll have to exorcise their basketball demon that goes by the name of Barangay Ginebra.

Since last season, Magnolia is 3-8 in Manila Clasico games and all of the team's wins came during the 2017 Philippine Cup semifinals.

Still under the banner of Star back then, the Hotshots took a 2-0 and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

They lost.

Despite the name change to Magnolia, the Hotshots still can't figure out the Gin Kings and took another beating last Christmas. It was Ginebra's third straight Christmas Day win over their fierce rivals.

"Yun yung dapat naming tignan sa video kung ano yung mga kulang namin para malaman namin kung saan talaga kami nag-kulang," star guard Paul Lee said.

"Kasi mahirap naman magsabi kung ano yung kulang namin, so mas maganda siguro na panoorin namin lahat para maimprove namin as a team," he added.

While the Hotshots are still one of the better teams in the PBA, they made it to three straight semis last season for a reason, and are competitive against the other heavy contenders, Magnolia seems to just stumble against Ginebra every single time.

And if the team is to win its first championship since the magical Grand Slam season in 2014, the Hotshots will have to figure Ginebra out. Think of the Gin Kings as the "final boss" Magnolia has to take down if this were a video game.

"Of course kailangan namin paghandaan -- strong teams yung tatlo [Ginebra, SMB, TNT]. So siguro yun nga one of the humps na kailangan namin lampasan para makapunta kami sa championship," Lee said.

"Of course kailangan every game ibigay namin best namin kahit sino kalaban namin. Kasi kung yun lang titignan namin, baka mabalewala namin yung iba," he added.

 

 

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