CHITO Victolero had one good take in Magnolia’s 108-101 loss to San Miguel in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup finals.
The Hotshots mentor credited the effort made by his team of trying to fight back even though down by as many as 21 points.
While the comeback fell short, it’s a good sign for Magnolia’s campaign the rest of the best-of-seven title series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Medyo late na pero I love the effort,” said Victolero following the Hotshots’ attempt of bringing down the deficit at its lowest at endgame. “Madadala namin yun sa next game.”
Unlike in the series opener, Victolero said San Miguel dictated the tempo this time, eventually leading to a 13-0 blast at one point in the third quarter that totally changed the complexion of the game.
“Na-control naman nila yung tempo ngayon,” he said. “And sabi ko nga, once na maka-100 points yung San Miguel, malaki ang chance na matalo kami.”
Victolero also said the Hotshots failed to play to their strength which is defense.
Although he’d rather not expound on the circumstances behind it, much less he gets fined by the Commissioner’s Office, Victolero nonetheless credited San Miguel’s great plays on the offensive end for Magnolia’s loss.
“I give credit to the guys, sa mga players ko kasi hindi sila nag-give up,” said last year’s Coach of the Year. “Maganda lang talaga yung laro ng San Miguel ngayon.”