PBA: Hotshots will win title for themselves, not to complete SMC Grand Slam

Paul Lintag on Nov 20, 2018 04:24 PM
PBA: Hotshots will win title for themselves
While the San Miguel, Ginebra, and Magnolia are all under one powerful group in the PBA, it's not the Hotshots' responsibility to complete a so-called "SMC sweep" this season.

A San Miguel Grand Slam is still in play for the 43rd PBA Season.

However, instead of the mighty San Miguel Beermen winning all three championships, the San Miguel Group as a whole can take home all of the hardware this year.

The Beermen won the Philippine Cup for the fourth straight season earlier this year followed by Barangay Ginebra completing a sensational run for the Commissioner's Cup title a couple of months back.

Now, the Magnolia Hotshots have a shot at their first Governors' Cup championship in four years as they take on the Alaska Aces in a best-of-7 showdown set to start in two weeks.

While the San Miguel, Ginebra, and Magnolia are all under one powerful group in the PBA, it's not the Hotshots' responsibility to complete a so-called "SMC sweep" this season.

If they're going to win a title, they're going to win it for themselves.

"Syempre yung sa akin, yung responsibilidad ko is my team eh," Magnolia head coach Chito Victoler said when asked about the possible SMC Grand Slam this season, with each San Miguel team winning one title each.

"Yung last Philippine Cup natalo kami sa San Miguel sa Finals, then now we have a chance again. Siguro we will try to bring our best and give our best effort [to win]," he added.

That loss to the Beermen in the All-Filipino probably absolved the Hotshots of any responsibility of completing an SMC Grand Slam.

Instead, that loss has fueled the team to try to complete the job now. Magnolia is ready to make the most of its second chance with this championship series.

"Magandang experience sa amin yung last Philippine Cup. Sabi ko nga, nag-start ito hindi lang ngayong season eh. Even the last season, yung mga nakuha naming experience doon sa lahat season, malaking bagay doon sa core ng team na ito," Victolero said.

"Siguro talagang dapat lang namin ibigay lahat  ang dapat namin ibigay para itong opportunity naman ay hindi masayang," he added.

 


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