Victolero on Magnola’s finals loss: We gave it our all

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Hotshots had San Miguel backed into a corner for three quarters, but they couldn’t pull off an underdog miracle against the rampaging defending champions, who showed tremendous heart and poise in Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.Magnolia led by as much as 23 and held a 74-60 lead heading into the fourth quarter before the four-peat seeking Beermen unleashed a maelstrom no magical wisp can stop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownREAD: All heart: Beermen rally from 23 down, bag PBA Philippine Cup titleSan Miguel finished off the hard-fighting Hotshots, 108-99, after two overtimes in a game that brought out the best in Victolero and the respect from San Miguel’s multi-titled coach Leo Austria. No ordinary Sunday race Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “As a coach, I can’t wish for anything more,” said Victolero after the Game 5 loss at Mall of Asia Arena. “We talked that we would all give our hundred percent, but I know we exceeded that and I know there’s no such thing as 101% but there it was.”The Beermen and the Hotshots pounded it out in the fourth quarter in the first extra time, before June Mar Fajardo and company found a second wind and outscoredy the Hotshots, 14-5, in the final five minutes.READ: Victolero still optimistic as Magnolia defense slows down San MiguelVictolero is also a first-timer in a Finals series, and to lead an undermanned team against the mighty Beermen was something Austria had to commend.“I have to give credit to coach Chito because they had a good game plan,” said Austria. “His entire coaching staff, I also have to congratulate them and I knew from the start they would be a contender.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIEScenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism It could’ve been a Cinderella story, but Magnolia just didn’t have enough to get a happy ending.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Austria’s team first held the lead after Arwind Santos’ opening basket, 2-0, and only took it back in the second overtime when June Mar Fajardo gave them a 96-94 buffer.“They gave it all, and there’s nothing to be ashamed off,” said Austria of the Hotshots.READ: Victolero vows Magnolia won’t stop looking for ways to beat San MiguelVictolero’s team in the finals had no Marc Pingris and Justin Melton, two players who both have championship experience after helping the then San Mig Coffee Mixers to the 2014 Grand Slam.Although Victolero never used his team’s injuries as an excuse, that was the reality that he was dealt with.“I’m very proud of my players because they moved on [from Pingris and Melton’s injuries] and everybody stepped up,” said Victolero. “We entered the finals, played a very good team in SMB but because of our lack of experience, we couldn’t make it through.”Victolero, accepting the fact that they lost, had nothing to do but hope that their fairy tale will have another chapter in the next conferences.“Hopefully we can get back to this level in the next conference, we will just work hard to achieve our goal,” added Victolero. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View commentslast_img read more

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