Victolero confident Hotshots will overcome fatigue, rough patch

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP NorthPort punished Magnolia, a 14-time league champion, underneath with a 50-36 advantage in points in the paint and the Batang Pier’s bench also had a better outing than their counterparts with a 47-28 edge.Magnolia also allowed seven Batang Pier to score at least double-digits with Garvo Lanete being the lone player from NorthPort to not break the 10-point barrier with three points.“The important thing is we don’t get lower, because once we get to 0-3 then it’ll be harder,” said Victolero. “It’s not the time to panic but we also have to start winning.”Magnolia’s fatigue factor, however, won’t be remedied any time soon as it will play two more games on Friday and Sunday.The Hotshots will take on NLEX, which has a 0-5 record, on Friday and face 1-3 Columbian on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ll try again on Friday, we have a tough schedule because we play on Friday and Sunday,” said Victolero. “Hopefully the players recover.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Magnolia, always considered as one of the top teams in the league, is in a bit of a rough patch at the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img The reigning Governors’ Cup winners are down 0-2 at the start of the second conference after losing to NorthPort, 102-99, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Head coach Chito Victolero said their early struggle may be attributed to the players’ overall fatigue after figuring in three of the past four title series with the last one being the Philippine Cup finals against five-time champion San Miguel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You can see that our energy isn’t really there yet,” said Victolero in Filipino. “We have a problem with our one-on-one defense, with our team defense, but as everyone always says, we will get better every day.”Although the three-point margin seems to suggest that the Hotshots and the Batang Pier figured in an intense dogfight, there was one area that Magnolia got beaten down to a pulp. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Best yet to come, vows Magnolia import Farr Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img

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