MANILA, Philippines—Magnolia is conserving a optimistic mentality regardless of going through a commanding deficit towards San Miguel Beer within the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
The Hotshots got blown out 109-85 by the Beermen in Game 2 however coach Chito Victolero believes the collection is way from over.
“We’re down however we’re not out. This has occurred loads of occasions already anyway however we’ll attempt to discover a technique to cease this offensive juggernaut,” mentioned Victolero.
“We’re not giving up. That’s my message to my gamers. This isn’t the time to stop as a result of we ready and dreamt of this eight months in the past. The one factor we have to do is rise and put together for Wednesday.”
Regardless of being the most effective staff on the finish of the elimination spherical, the Hotshots have been overpowered by the Beermen led by their import Bennie Boatwright.
However it’s not simply Boatwright who’s doing the injury for the Beermen, who boast a deep roster from high to backside.
San Miguel’s operating recreation has been Magnolia’s largest concern, as per Victolero.
“Our important drawback is their transition offense so we have to repair our transition protection. There have been loads of transition threes, particularly within the first quarter. I believe that’s the very first thing we’ll repair.”
The Beermen fired on all cylinders in Recreation 2 with 16 3-pointers, 9 greater than the Hotshots.
And whereas that they had it going from the surface, their frontcourt of Boatwright and June Mar Fajardo additionally did loads of injury within the paint with a pair of double-double performances.
Boatwright scored 34 with 10 rebounds whereas Fajardo recorded 19 factors, 14 rebounds and two blocks.
Tyler Bey appeared to be the Hotshots’ lone vivid spot in Recreation 2 with 22 factors and 16 rebounds however even he had a troublesome time from the sphere going 8-of-22.
Happily for Victolero and Magnolia, they’ve a few days to determine issues out earlier than Wednesday’s Recreation 3 at Araneta Coliseum.
“No less than, we’ve got two days now. We’ll attempt to discuss tomorrow (Monday) concerning our defensive schemes and offense, additionally we have to do a greater job discovering higher pictures and open pictures.”