CHITO Victolero still came away satisfied with how Magnolia’s eliminations campaign in the PBA Governors Cup went despite losing to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night, 93-86.
The Hotshots mentor found solace in the team securing a twice-to-beat spot in the quarterfinals even if it fell short of clinching the No. 1 seed after ending up with an 8-3 record.
Victolero is looking at the bigger picture.
“Although we lost this game, yung goal namin for this elimination ay nakuha namin, which is to make it sa Top Four,” he said.
“Yun nga lang medyo mahirap lang pumunta sa playoffs ng galing sa talo,” he said. “But I’m very happy pa rin and proud of my players.”
Victolero admitted the Hotshots focused more on their game against TnT Katropa last Friday, which they won, 116-103, to assyre themselves of a twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs.
“I know they are tired also kaya ang pinag-usapan lang namin for this game was best effort,” he said. “This is just a bonus kung makalusot kami sa Ginebra for the No. 1 spot.”
Still, the Hotshots gave the Kings all they could take, rallying from as much as 22-points down to make the game close until the end.
“But yun nga lang masyadong malaki yung hinabol namin” said Victolero.
Magnolia, he said, will have a two-day rest and then begin preparing for the playoffs.