MAGNOLIA coach Chito Victolero doesn’t see any problem adding Chris Banchero to an already crowded backcourt, saying the new recruit will only strengthen the team's lineup in their final push to the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.
Victolero said he is aware of the concern that the Banchero trade for Rodney Brondial and Rob Herndon only adds another player to a loaded backcourt that counts on Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Jio Jalalon, and Justin Melton.
But Victolero insisted it's not a problem.
“We are very excited and happy kasi nagkaroon kami ng energy guy, experience, and leadership,” Victolero said on Monday after practice. “He is a two-way player, he can play offense, he can play defense so malaking bagay ‘yun.”
“Laging sinasabi nila, it’s a problem kasi we have a lot of guards. But it’s a good problem. I don’t care kung meron kaming ganung lineup pero ‘yung talent naman, sobrang ganda, sobrang maayos. We just try to maximize everything na meron kami."
Victolero said his fast-paced system also allows three guards to play at the same time.
“On my system naman, it’s always having two guards on the floor. Sometimes nga, we have three guards pa na nagpi-finish pa sa amin. I think okay naman ‘yun. ‘Yun ‘yung system namin.
"It’s a high-octane offense and defense, especially on defense. Naka-pressure kami. Masaya and at the same time, excited lahat lalo na ‘yung mga locals namin, even RT (Romeo Travis),” said Victolero.
Victolero said team chemistry is the biggest asset of Magnolia. So the earlier Banchero can blend in, the better.
“I explained to him na kung ano ‘yung itatakbo namin, ‘yung system namin, at ‘yung strength ng team which is chemistry. I told him na ‘yun ‘yung kailangan mabuo. I know he can play on both ends of the floor but the most important thing here is chemistry. I know he is new. Kailangan lang niya mabilis na makilala kung sinong mga players ang kasama niya,” said Victolero.
“Ako naman, every time na sinasabi ko, that’s our strength. We don’t have any big guy that can dominate the floor or the game. We don’t have much talent compared to the other teams. But I always give emphasis to chemistry,” said Victolero.