PBA 44 review: Missed chance for Magnolia

Paul Lintag on Feb 06, 2020 05:26 PM
PBA 44 review: Missed chance for Magnolia
Magnolia's Philippine Cup title loss was the team's defining moment from 2019.

You thought the PBA's 43rd season was a long one? 

Yeah, the PBA's 44th season had it beat.

The 2019 PBA season started at the Philippine Arena on January 13, 2019. It officially ended January 17, 2020 when Barangay Ginebra won the Governors' Cup Finals.

Ironically, the Gin Kings won the first and last games of the 2019 season.

Anyway, the point is the PBA's 44th season was a marathon. And before a new one starts, it's time to take a look at how all 12 teams fared in the past year.

Today, we look at the Magnolia Hotshots.



Magnolia was one basket away from history.

That was it, just one basket. One basket goes the other way and it's the Hotshots that possess the crown jewel from last year.

Magnolia lost Game 7 of the 2019 Philippine Cup Finals by just one point to San Miguel Beer. In a game that they led by 17 points, the Hotshots took a demoralizing 71-72 loss.

Instead of starting a new dynasty, Magnolia missed out as the Beermen celebrated a 5th straight All-Filipino title, which set up a Grand Slam chase that ultimately failed.

Magnolia's Philippine Cup title loss was the team's defining moment from 2019.

Come the Commissioner's Cup, the Hotshots had a losing record and got swept out of round 1.

In the Governors' Cup as the defending champions, Magnolia went one-and-done in the quarterfinals, once again losing by one point in a game they led by 18 points in the second half.

One basket was all it took to separate Magnolia from an emerging dynasty to now struggling in the playoffs.

It was a missed chance that could haunt the Hotshots for a while.


Magnolia HOTSHOTS in the PBA's 44th season

Philippine Cup: 6-5 (6th place, lost in Finals)

Commissioner's Cup: 5-6 (5th place, lost in Quarterfinals)

Governors' Cup: 6-5 (6th place, lost in Quarterfinals)

Overall: 17 wins and 16 losses. Three playoff appearances, one Finals appearance.



Last season can just be a down year for Magnolia.

Under head coach Chito Victolero, the Hotshots have proven that they won't go away.

With arguably the most talented backcourt in the league, Magnolia will remain a contender. Returning to the title picture will most definitely be a priority especially after both sister teams won championships last year.


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