As far as coach Chito Victoloro is concerned, Magnolia’s shaking start in the PBA Philippines Cup was not the result of not trying.
“I can’t question the efforts of my players in the last two games, I can’t say anything,” said Victro.
The difference between these two games and the 80-77 win over the previously undefeated Northport at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday afternoon is that the Timplados found a way to keep themselves steady by expanding.
“[W]e Performed better on both ends, especially the extended bottom. We had that discipline and character, “said Victoloro.
Rome del Rosa rewarded that execution — and his team’s faith in him despite the snowy performance from the floor — when he hit the game-winning triple with 10 seconds left in the game.
“I did not hesitate. I [was] Open wide, I couldn’t hesitate there, ”Della Rosa said, after missing her previous seven attempts. “I was really disappointed. Fortunately, the coaches were talking to me তারা they said, ‘If you get it, shoot again next time. Keep shooting. ‘ I have to give it to them. I’m glad I did. “
And Victoloro is happy that the team nailed it, if only for a tough expansion as the team is currently concerned with the schedule: a tough showdown against Batang Pier was just the beginning.
“It’s just the beginning for us,” he added. “Friday and Sunday [are] Against San Miguel and Geneva. We will have a very, very difficult week. “
Calvin Abueva played with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Paul Lee and Aris Dionysio scored 12 points for Magnolia.
The Barangay Geneva coach Tim Koon, whose wards beat Rain or Shine 90-85 in the second game, is also wary of their upcoming matchup against Timplados.
“[T]Hey, the ship is fixed, they’re going to be confident… and we want to keep going, we want to keep up the pace, “Shanku said after his team’s second straight win.
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