We just tied the series -- Magnolia coach Victolero

Mark Escarlote on Mar 13, 2018 06:11 AM
We just tied the series -- Magnolia coach Victolero
We adjusted a little bit on our defense, and on offense, we just tried to move the ball, and looked for the good shots which is hindi namin nagawa noong Game 1 -- Magnolia coach Chito Victolero

Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero wanted his wards to enjoy their win Monday night and have a good night’s rest.

After a quick recharge, the Hotshots will back in the gym Tuesday preparing for another battle.  

“We just only tied the series,” said Victolero shortly after Magolia defeated NLEX, 99-84, in Game 2 to even the best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at the MOA Arena.   

“Credit to my players, because of the team effort on both ends,” he added.

Paul Lee, who was limited to only eight points in the series opener, exploded with 27 points on a 9-of-19 field goal shooting and had plenty of help from the Hotshots.

Ian Sangalang had 18 points, Mark Barroca had 11 while Rome Dela Rosa and Aldrech Ramos chipped in with 10 markers each for Magnolia, which handed the Road Warriors their first loss in the playoffs.      

“We adjusted a little bit on our defense, and on offense, we just tried to move the ball, and looked for the good shots which is hindi namin nagawa noong Game 1,” said Victoleto recalling the Hotshots 87-88 loss in the series opener last Saturday.

Aside from the balances production from his wards, Victolero praised his team’s great effort on defense especially on NLEX rookie sensation Kiefer Ravena.

Jio Jalalon played his role well as he hounded his national team teammate the whole match, limiting Ravena to only nine points in a dry 3-of-7 field goal clip.

“We did a good job on defense on their guards, especially sa mga guards nila na nagke-create,” said Victolero.

Ravena, who had 16 points in Game 1, handed seven assist but committed five of the Road Warriors 17 turnovers.

Game 3 of the series is on Wednesday at the Big Dome.

 

 

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