PBA: Magnolia lost on wayward defensive sequences, says Chito Victolero
Philip Matel on Jun 17, 2018 11:00 PM
Despite their seventh straight loss against Ginebra, Chito Victolero brought some good news for Magnolia fans. (FILE PHOTO)
Magnolia Hotshots Chito Victolero says the game started to turn around for the worst when they failed to capitalize on defensive schemes, leading to easy baskets inside the paint.
The Hotshots, who had lost their seventh straight game in the Manila Clasico, 104-84, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Sunday evening, had fallen to a 4-5 slate, good for seventh, while Ginebra is slowly knocking on Columbian's door for eighth with a 3-5 record.
Victolero rued that the defensive-minded team lost their way, along with their identity. With a 4-5 record and teetering towards the seventh seed and a twice-to-beat disadvantage if they don't clean up their act, his team will need to approach every game moving forward as a do-or-die game.
However, if they want to treat such games as such, the team would have to make up their minds and make up for the task at hand, with a very long break until their next game, 17 days to be exact.
"So 'yung effort naman, and'yan lahat eh. I think 'yung discipline lang namin. Iko-correct namin 'yun. Ang maganda, we have a chance pa naman. It's still in our hands, so we just try to prepare hard for our next game."
The mentor brought good news to the table, as Ian Sangalang may return on their next game against the NLEX Road Warriors on July 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
"Malaking bagay 'yun, kasi nakita niyo naman, we don't have any inside presence with the loss of Ian and Ping eh. But with Ian, at least we have a post presence. Lalaki din kami. Nawala kasi sa amin is 15 points, eight rebounds a game, so talagang mahirap palitan 'yun."
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