PBA: Magnolia lost not because of late-game technical foul, says coach Chito

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 06, 2018 08:13 PM
PBA: Magnolia lost not because of late-game tech
Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero made it clear that his late-game technical foul was not the reason they lost to Phoenix

Magnolia lost a 16-point lead and ultimately lost by two to hard-charging Phoenix on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

In command for majority of the match-up, the Fuel Masters battled back little by little until Matthew Wright’s stepback triple over the outstretched arms of Rafi Reavis boosted them ahead once and for all.

Still, the Hotshots had 3.2 seconds for a game-winner and head coach Chito Victolero called a timeout.

Only, Magnolia no longer had any timeouts left.

And so, Victolero was called for a technical foul and Wright was awarded the technical free throw that put up the final margin of victory as PJ Simon’s hail mary would fall short.

Post-game, the Hotshots mentor took full responsibility. “I think it’s my fault. During the huddle, I know naman na there’s no more timeout e, pero siguro nga, ‘di kami nagkaintindihan nung (officials’ table),” he told reporters.

He then continued, “Siguro, it’s my mannerism lang. Wala namang problema dun kasi ‘di naman yun yung nag-decide ng game.”

Victolero then went on to point out how they lost a lead of as high as 16 in the middle of the third quarter and still in double-digits early in the final frame. “Sabi ko nga (sa kanila), hindi dun nagsimula yung talo namin. We controlled the game, but kumbaga, binigyan namin ng chance yung Phoenix makabalik,” he said.

He then continued, “We controlled the game up to 46 minutes and then yung last two minutes, dun kami bumitaw.”

Nonetheless, the Hotshots head coach remains upbeat that his boys, fresh off a runner-up finish in the last conference, will do nothing but bounce back. As he put it, “Mga beterano naman ‘tong mga ‘to and alam nila kung anong kailangang gawin. Kailangan lang naming mag-bounce back.”

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