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Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero reminds his wards that there’s still a lot of work to do heading into Game Three of their best-of-seven showdown against the Alaska Aces.

Magnolia is currently two wins away from securing their first title since the 2014 season after coming away with a 77-71 win against Alaska last Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Despite struggling mightily for the most part, the Hotshots were able to stymie the Aces on offense just enough to eke out the victory.

“Katulad nung sinabi ko nung last game namin, we prepare through one game at a time. And we don’t think that we’re up or down, but we stay in the present. We want to prepare for game three and ‘yun ‘yung pinaka importante sa lahat, ‘yung game na ‘yun,” said Victolero.

“Hindi kami pwede mag celebrate, hindi kami pwede mag-saya. It’s a best-of-seven series and hinihintay namin dito is kung sinong unang makaka pulot ng panalo, and it’s not yet over. I think alam naman ng mga players ‘yun. So one game at a time, we’re looking forward for game three, ” added the veteran tactician.

Along with the stern reminder from their head coach, Romeo Travis also added that the Hotshots’ close win against the Aces will serve as a wake-up call to continue to improve on the things that didn’t go their way in Game 2 — some of which he admitted that he had a hand in.

“We played great defense because our offense was terrible. Too many errors, unforced turnovers, and rushed shots. You know Sometimes we confused being aggressive with kind of being in a hurry. And that’s what we did especially me – I was in a rush especially early on and just force a lot. Luckily, our defense stepped up in the fourth,” admitted the southpaw reinforcement. 

“I think this is better. I rather win like this, so you know you can’t come out and play any kind of way. You win by 16 points, you kinda get overconfident. It’s hard not to be. We are just human. This is perfect for us to bring us back to earth, humble us, and let us know that we have to work and know that it’s going to be tough the next game,” he concluded.

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