PBA: Magnolia’s semifinals streak has come to an end
Santino Honasan on Jul 10, 2018 11:16 PM
“Medyo hindi kami pinalad ngayon. Of course, three semis and one finals? Not bad. Pero hanggang quarters lang ngayon so siguro medyo hindi kami pinalad.” - Head Coach Chito Victolero
The Magnolia Hotshots have made it to the semifinals in their last four tries, dating back to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.
Tuesday night at the Araneta Coliseum however, Magnolia’s streak of final four appearances ended at the hands of the twice-to-beat Alaska Aces.
The Hotshots kept it competitive, but ultimately fell, 89-78.
“Yun nga eh, sobrang hirap na ngayon hindi kami nakarating sa semis na gusto namin marating.” said Hotshots center Ian Sangalang.
Now that they’ll be having a longer vacation than they’ve been accustomed to, Sangalang says that the Hotshots will use their extended offseason as motivation.
“Siguro, next conference para ma-motivate kami na kailangan makabalik kami ng semis, hindi namin pwedeng, alam mo yun, yung mahulog ulit kami ng ganiito.”
Sangalang is confident that with a stable import for the upcoming Governor’s Cup, they can put together a better campaign than their recently-concluded one.
“So ‘yun, laro lang kami, next conference, basta makakuha kami ng magandang import, laban lang kami.”
Looking back at their recent string of deep playoff runs, head coach Chito Victorlero can hold his head high, but says that maybe it just wasn’t meant to be in this conference.
“Medyo hindi kami pinalad ngayon. Of course, three semis and one finals? Not bad. Pero hanggang quarters lang ngayon so siguro medyo hindi kami pinalad.”
Back when they were known as the Star Hotshots, Victolero and his crew made it to the 2016 Philippine Cup, the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup, and then the 2017 Governor’s Cup.
After re-branding to Magnolia, the Hotshots kicked off this current PBA season with a finals run in the 2017-2018 PBA Philippine Cup.
“But we will bounce back. We will bounce back next conference.” Victolero added.