PBA: Victolero, Hotshots can finally join Christmas parties after winning title

Paul Lintag on Dec 20, 2018 03:38 PM
PBA: Victolero, Hotshots can finally join Christmas parties
"Hindi ko alam yung feeling eh, but sobrang natutuwa ako dahil yung pinaghirapan namin, sabi ko nga sa kanila, yung sacrifice namin, yung hindi namin pag-tulog, yung hindi namin, minsan sa mga pamilya namin hindi kami nakakapunta, wala pa kaming pinupuntahang Christmas Party. Ayan, talaga, it boils down to this game, and sobrang happy ako, sobrang saya," --- Chito Victolero.

As a basketball player, Chito Victolero is a winner no doubt about it.

But as a head coach, Victolero still needed to prove himself.

After Wednesday's Game 6 win however, Victolero finally got his trophy after leading the Magnolia Hotshots to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup title.

It took him two full seasons to deliver a championship to the Purefoods franchise.

"Iba eh, iba as a coach eh," Victolero said on his first title.

"Nag-champion ako as a player before, sa MBA, sa Mapua, but you know iba ang feeling ng coach. Kasi parang kami ditong barkada. Isa sa pinaka-gusto ko dito sa team na to na nabuo namin, yung core na to, yung chemistry. Talagang grabe, halos magkakapatid kami dito. Isa sa pinakamasaya at pinaka-grabeng samahan na nasamahan ko, even noong player pa ako.  Isa na to siguro sa best na team na nasamahan ko, in terms of chemistry," he added, marveling at his own team.

In Victolero's first season with the Hotshots, they made the semis three times, but never the Finals.

Their first Finals ended in just five games and after a down performance in the Commissioner's Cup, Magnolia rebounded to win the Governors' Cup, beating two-time champion Ginebra along the way.

"Sobrang saya ko. Kasi lahat ng pinagpaguran namin from last year, na talagang natuto kami from the semifinals, three semifinals last year, and then this year, sa Finals, sa first conference. It boils down to this game," Victolero said after Game 6.

"Talagang sobrang proud ako sa mga players ko. Hindi ko alam yung feeling eh, but sobrang natutuwa ako dahil yung pinaghirapan namin, sabi ko nga sa kanila, yung sacrifice namin, yung hindi namin pag-tulog, yung hindi namin, minsan sa mga pamilya namin hindi kami nakakapunta, wala pa kaming pinupuntahang Christmas Party. Ayan, talaga, it boils down to this game, and sobrang happy ako, sobrang saya," he added.

 


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