PBA: Rome steps up for a Magnolia team running on fumes

Paul Lintag on Mar 22, 2019 10:49 PM
PBA: Rome steps up for a Magnolia team running on fumes
In the win against the Elite, Magnolia had six players in double figures. Leading the pack was dela Rosa who scored a game-high 17 points.

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — As Magnolia completed a grueling week in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, the Hotshots are certainly doing things by committee in order to keep their playoff drive alive.

Friday’s game at the Ynares Center here was Magnolia’s third game since Sunday.

After a win against Blackwater, the Hotshots finished the week at 2-1, hiking their overall record to an even 5-5 which is now good enough for solo 6th place in the All-Filipino standings.

“That was tough. We're just fighting it off. No excuses,” forward Rome dela Rosa said.

“That's the schedule given to us after last season so we just have to work and give our maximum effort,” he added.

In the win against the Elite, Magnolia had six players in double figures.

Leading the pack was dela Rosa who scored a game-high 17 points on 80 percent shooting for the field.

“It was a must-win, I just had to be aggressive. Offensively I had to be aggressive against those guys and make whoever's defending me work,” he said.

“It was a must-win for us, with the positioning for the playoffs,” dela Rosa added.

Finally getting to .500 for the first time all conference, Magnolia now looks forward to its final game against NLEX which could very much decide the no. 6 seed,

However, that showdown will not be until after the All-Star break, a down time the Hotshots would certainly appreciate for now.

“It’s a well-needed rest after this month,” dela Rosa said.

“Right now we'll just take the rest but mentally we have to prepare for NLEX. We wanna come out and win that game,” he added.

 

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