PBA: Magnolia takes bittersweet win vs. SMB to the playoffs

Paul Lintag on Jul 07, 2018 10:16 PM
PBA: Magnolia takes bittersweet win vs. SMB to the playoffs
"Pag nanalo ka naman laging masaya eh. Di mo naman pwedeng sabihin na nanalo kami, di pa kami masaya," --- Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero.

Magnolia just beat defending champion San Miguel Beer and yet the Hotshots are stuck as the no. 7 seed in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Cup.

It was quite a bittersweet Saturday for Magnolia.

However, the sweetness of the win should overcome the bitterness of being a no. 7 seed as the Hotshots just did beat the reigning champions.

Head coach Chito Victolero will take that as he now turns to prepare his team for a quarterfinal series against Alaska where the Aces are basically already up 1-0 in a best-of-3 series.

"Very happy pa rin ako because it affords us momentum going to the playoffs," Victolero said.

"Pag nanalo ka naman laging masaya eh. Di mo naman pwedeng sabihin na nanalo kami, di pa kami masaya," he added.

Against the no. 2 Aces, Victolero says the Hotshots will just have to continue with their improving effort as they hope to avoid elimination.

A two-game winning streak going to the playoffs should help with their confidence a little bit.

"Against Alaska. They’re the No. 2 team. Obviously we’re the underdog. We just have to prepare hard. Good thing we have two days to prepare. Our game’s on Tuesday," Victlero said.

"I think it’s going to be a hard game for us. But we will try to give our best effort, our best game sa laro na yon," he added.

 

 

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