PBA: Tough ROS game a nice test of character for Hotshots
Paul Lintag on Oct 04, 2019 10:10 PM
“Sabi ko nga it's a test of our character, being mentally tough in the end.” — Magnolia coach Chito Victolero after the Hotshots escaped ROS in the Governors’ Cup. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
Much like Game 7 of their semifinals showdown in the PBA Philippine Cup at the same venue, Magnolia and Rain or Shine were locked in a grueling defensive battle.
Both teams combined to score just 17 points in the opening period Friday, with Magnolia holding ROS to no field goals altogether.
In the end, the Hotshots and the Elasto Painters failed to score 70 points at the end of 48 minutes. Magnolia won, 69-68.
The final score was actually better than their Game 7 showdown a couple of months back, which the Hotshots also won but in overtime, 63-60.
“I told them sa dugout after the first half this is like Game 7 of our Philippine Cup semifinals,” Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero said.
“Halos ganun yung nangyari and then dogfight na sa fourth quarter. Parehas na parehas lang,” he added.
The reigning PBA Coach of the Year says games like this one are true tests of character for Magnolia.
He’s glad that the Hotshots were able to pass this test against a quality opponent in ROS.
“Sabi ko nga it's a test of our character, being mentally tough in the end,” Victolero said.
“That's our strength. Defensively, nakabalik na kami. That's our problem last conference. But we've been consistent there for the last two seasons. I'm very happy that we're bringing back that defensive mentality. Napaka-gandang tingnan,” he added.
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