PBA Finals: Victolero: We'll practice on Good Friday

Philip Matel on Mar 25, 2018 10:34 PM
PBA Finals: Victolero: We'll practice on Good Friday
Given a seven-day reprieve to commemorate the Holy Week, the team, Victolero said, will rest for the next 48 hours, before commencing their practice sessions on Wednesday.

Magnolia Hotshots coach Chito Victolero says that the team will hold practices for this week, including a session on Good Friday, in preparation for their Game 3 tussle against the San Miguel Beermen at the Big Dome on Sunday.

Given a seven-day reprieve to commemorate the Holy Week, the team, Victolero said, will rest for the next 48 hours, before commencing their practice sessions on Wednesday.

The coach, who has been always known to sport a crucifix lamented that not holding practice on Friday would be too close to his comfort, and needs to hold them two days before the crucial game.

"[May training on Friday] kasi medyo dikit na kasi sa Sunday so wala kaming magagawa doon. We need to practice on Good Friday," Victolero said after the game.

The Magnolia tactician pointed the reason for the practice, saying that the two-day rest was necessary, since the team had not seen a rest day since before the start of their semifinals matchup against the NLEX Road Warriors.

As the team again fell to a big hole, this time a 21-point one, the former San Juan Knight rued that his team should not fall into such a big hole, only to attempt a comeback in the late stages of the game.

"Kapag lagi na maghahabol kami, hindi namin ma-susustain talaga. So, just try to maging ma-control yung pace ng laro. Kung ano man ang lalaruin sa fourth quarter, dapat start to finish, ganoon ang tema ng lalaruin namin," the coach mentioned. 

"So I hope we learn from these last two games na ito, the good thing lang is tied yung series."

In their loss, Victolero pointed out that despite their aggressive style of play, his wards only managed to attempt seven foul shot attempts the whole game, and merely hit four.

He also lamented his key players' foul woes, which saw Jio Jalalon, Mark Barroca, then Ian Sanggalang rack up two fouls in the first period, which ultimately help them send down the 21-point deficit.

As for adjustments, Victolero said that they'll look at the replay of the game and know why such a thing happened to them, and adjust on Sunday.

"Basta we’ll try kung anuman yung ginagawa namin from start ng conference, which is yung larong Pinoy, yun pa rin naman yung gagawin namin. Yun lang, sabi ko nga we just try to be aggressive pa para kahit papaano madagdagan din yung pagkakataon namin sa free throws kasi medyo ngayon, talo kami talaga."

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