PBA: Hindi kami yun -- Victolero on Magnolia's second straight loss
Mark Escarlote on Jul 08, 2019 01:28 PM
Medyo we had a bad start sa third quarter. I think they scored more than 30 points in the third quarter -- Magnolia coach Chito Victolero
Magnolia’s third quarter collapse was the story of the game for the Hotshots.
What started out to be a good first half for Magnolia turned sour in a nightmarish third quarter showing that saw the Hotshots allow Barangay Ginebra to rack up 32 points in the frame.
That was enough for the Gin Kings to pull away and cop a 102-81 win Sunday in the 20109 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Big Dome.
“Medyo we had a bad start sa third quarter. I think they scored more than 30 points in the third quarter,” admitted Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.
The Hotshots started off with a 10-0 lead and held a slim 47-46 lead at the half.
Then the Gin Kings steamrolled their way to a comfortable cushion behind workhorse import Justin Brownlee, who played a career night with personal-best 49 points coupled by 20 rebounds and seven assists for an almost triple-double performance.
“May kaunting problem yung depensa namin. Unang una ‘yung transition defense namin noong third and then nahirapan kami maka-adjust doon sa depensa kay Brownlee – he scored 49 points,” said Victolero.
Overall, Magnolia allowed Ginebra to tally 56 points in the second half and even went down to a 102-79 hole in the fourth. The last four minutes of the game became a jam session for the Gin Kings’ Japeth Aguilar, stuffing three slam dunks.
“Hindi kami yun,” said Victolero of Magnolia’s uncharacteristic defensive lapses. “Hindi kami mananalo on any team if they scored 100 plus points. We have to limit our opponents under 90 points.”
The Hotshots suffered their second straight defeat to fall to 5-4 win-loss slate.
“Medyo mabigat kasi coming from a five-game winning streak and then we have a two-game losing streak naman,” the mentor said. “I don’t want to make an excuse kasi maganda naman ang nilalaro ng mga kalaban namin. Siguro they are more prepared than us. It’s my job now to motivate and push my players.”
Magnolia will take on Rain or Shine on Wednesday, hoping to clinch its sixth win to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.
“Mas gusto ko ito kasi at least yung chances namin, nandoon pa sa kamay namin. We don’t want na aasa kami sa ibang teams,” said Victolero. “Yun ang maganda lang na we have another chance on Wednesday against Rain or Shine. Ita-try ulit namin. Dalawang try kami, medyo minalas kami, but hopefully on the next time, maging swerte naman.”
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