FOILING San Miguel’s Grand Slam bid will be added motivation for Magnolia as the Hotshots look to defend the Governors’ Cup crown later this month.
The Hotshots, determined to retain the title in the season-ending conference, brought back import Romeo Travis well ahead of the tournament.
Magnolia won over Alaska in six games in last year’s finals, while San Miguel fell at the quarterfinal stage.
“Nandoon ‘yung added pressure. Pero added confidence and added motivation din sa amin. We are the defending champion. We are looking forward to this conference,” said Victolero.
The Hotshots have been preparing for the Governors’ Cup since Aug. 19, but the team was able to take a month-long rest after grueling campaigns over the past three conferences.
Victolero it will be a tough task stopping a San Miguel squad that is raring to complete the sweep of the season’s titles after winning the Philippine Cup and Governors’ Cup.
San Miguel won the finals of the season-opening tournament in seven games against Magnolia, then stopped the TNT Katropa in six games in the second conference finals.
“Alam naman namin na San Miguel is also looking for a Grand Slam. Kailangan lang namin mag-prepare ng maayos,” said Victolero.
Victolero also said the mere bid of winning the Governors’ Cup crown will also be a tough road with teams bringing in quality imports such as Justin Brownlee of Barangay Ginebra, KJ McDaniels of TNT, and Dez Wells of San Miguel.
“Hindi lang naman kami. Lahat ng teams are looking for a great conference like TNT, Ginebra, and the other teams. I think magaganda ‘yung batch ng imports ngayon. We discussed that na napakahirap ng competition ngayon. Lahat ng import na dumating, very quality. Magandang labanan ito,” said Victolero.