MAGNOLIA tries to translate its winning formula in the metro on the road as it takes on Meralco in Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday for the second twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals of the PBA Philippine Cup.
The Hotshots are running second with seven wins in 10 games, but have found little success away from Manila recently, with one of their three losses happening in Pangasinan two weeks ago when they bowedto Rain or Shine.
“Four-game losing streak na ata kami sa out of town, so we need to do something siguro para ma get over the hump namin yung aming out of the town games na lagi kaming talo,” Hotshots coach Chito Victolero said.
“We’ll try to do something na kailangan naka-focus naman kami,” he added. “This is a very important game kasi it solidifies our chances dun sa Top Two.”
The Hotshots will actually clinch the second Top Two berth with a victory in the Petron Saturday Special that tips off at 5 p.m.
The Hotshots, though, will be missing the services of CDO native Jio Jalalon, who is with Gilas Pilipinas preparing for its Fiba World Cup qualifying match against Japan on Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Still, Magnolia has an abundance in the backcourt with Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, and Justin Melton leading the way and matching up against Chris Newsome, Baser Amer, and Anjo Caram of a Bolts’ squad that’s eager to grab its fifth win in 11 games to stay alive in the playoff race.