PBA: New Manila Clasico chapter unfolds in All-Filipino playoffs

Paul Lintag on Apr 06, 2019 05:25 AM
PBA: New Clasico chapter unfolds in All-Filipino playoffs
Brgy. Ginebra and Magnolia highlight the first round of the All-Filipino playoffs, engaging in a best-of-3 affair.

PBA fans are getting spoiled with all these Manila Clasico games.

The league’s most famous are back at it again, this time meeting rather early in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.

Brgy. Ginebra and Magnolia highlight the first round of the All-Filipino playoffs, engaging in a best-of-3 affair.

Seeding will hardly matter as both teams are on a roll. The Hotshots won five of their last six games and are on a three-game run. The Gin Kings won four of their last five.

Both teams are ready to go and both of them are confident without discounting their rival’s abilities.

“We know Ginebra can beat us, but we also have a chance to beat Ginebra. So equal,” Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero said after his team made Manila Clasico quarters official.

“Kung maganda gameplan namin, bakit hindi? Ito, sobrang hirap din pero I like my chances,” he added.

Both rivals had a Manila Clasico semifinals in the 2018 Governors’ Cup. There, the no. 4 Hotshots took down no. 1 Brgy. Ginebra, 3-1.

The four-game loss meant that the Gin Kings’ two-year reign in the conference ended. Magnolia took over as champions after beating Alaska for the title.

Ginebra is well aware of that fact.

“Last series we played, they beat us up,” head coach Tim Cone said

“They beat us three games out of four. We gotta come out and be ready for them,” he added.

With such a short series on deck, the Hotshots and the Gin Kings are now ready to scramble for Game 1, with the series-opener being looked at as the most crucial.

Things will surely be intense right from the jump as this new Manila Clasico chapter unfolds.

“We’re sister teams but we’re not friendly,” Cone said.

Manila Clasico quarters will help open the All-Filipino playoffs Saturday at the MOA Arena.

 

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