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    Magnolia looks to make it three in a row, but wary of ROS fightback in Game 5

    Apr 24, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    MAGNOLIA tries to make it three in a row against Rain or Shine in a bid to move closer to a coveted place in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup finals.

    The Hotshots go to the 7 p.m. Game Five armed with back-to-back wins that allowed them to tie the best-of-seven series against the Elasto Painters at 2-2.

    Coach Chito Victolero though, is expecting a big Rain or Shine comeback especially in the wake of the Elasto Painters’ big fourth-quarter comeback the last time that only fell short in a 94-91 loss.

    “It’s a series,” declared Victolero after the team overhauled a 0-2 deficit. “It’s one seat for the finals, so we just have to be ready again for a physical game (on Wednesday).”

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      The Elasto Painters will have coach Caloy Garcia back after he got ejected in the second half of Game Four following what he deemed was ‘spotty officiating.’

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      He was later fined a total of P22,500 for remarks deemed 'detrimental to the league.'

      Garcia did commend the huge effort of the Elasto Painters in rallying from as much as a 21-point deficit and nearly dragging the Hotshots into overtime.

      At the same time, he doesn’t think momentum has now shifted to Magnolia’s side.

      “I told the players that they (Hotshots) just tied the series. It’s not like they gained any momentum, it’s not about anybody being tired, kasi hindi naman ako naniniwala doon,” he said.

      “Ang paniniwala ko lang talaga is that in basketball, you have the next day, its’ a different day, you got a new 48 minutes.”

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