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    Victolero not stressing himself out over prospect of Magnolia-Ginebra face-off

    Apr 2, 2019
    Chito Victolero says Magnolia is taking it one game at a time, focusing on Yeng Guiao's Road Warriors as Tim Cone's Kings wait.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    CHITO Victolero isn't stressing himself just yet on the prospects of a quarterfinal clash between Magnolia and Ginebra in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.

    The soft-spoken mentor is keeping his focus on the Hotshots' final elimination game against NLEX on Wednesday.

    "We need to focus first against NLEX to secure the No. 6 spot," he told Spin.ph on Tuesday.

    Regardless of the result of its duel against NorthPort, Ginebra is already locked in as the No. 3 seed as it owns a superior quotient over TNT and San Miguel, both of which carry identical 7-4 win-loss slates.

    Magnolia, on the other hand, holds an even 5-5 card and only needs to vanquish NLEX in its 4:30 p.m. battle to be the No. 6 seed in the playoffs.

    Such scenario would see the fabled rivals square up in a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals.

    The Hotshots won the last series between the two, besting the Gin Kings in the 2018 Governors' Cup semifinals, 3-1, but Ginebra posted a 97-93 squeaker over Magnolia in their eliminations clash last March 17 at Ynares Center in Antipolo.

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    That, however, is still far from Victolero's concerns.

    "We need to win to secure the No. 6 spot first," he said.

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    "The NLEX game is very crucial for both teams. We need to match the effort and desire ng NLEX because I know they will come up very strong, and most importantly, yung execution namin defense."

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    Chito Victolero says Magnolia is taking it one game at a time, focusing on Yeng Guiao's Road Warriors as Tim Cone's Kings wait.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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