Manila Bulletin

Hot­shots take on Aces

Mag­no­lia coach sees win­less Alaska as a dan­ger­ous op­po­nent

- By JONAS TERRADO Sports · Philippine Basketball Association · Angeles University Foundation · San Miguel Brewery · Manila Electric Company · Barangay Ginebra San Miguel · Alaska · NLEX Road Warriors

Mag­no­lia is an­tic­i­pat­ing a strong chal­lenge from an­other win­less team when it takes on Alaska tonight in the PBA Philip­pine Cup at the An­ge­les Univer­sity Foun­da­tion Sports and Cul­tural Cen­ter.

Buoyed by their come­back over the NLEX Road War­riors three days ago, the Hot­shots shoot for back-to­back vic­to­ries in the 6:45 p.m. match against the short­handed Aces.

The Hot­shots handed the Road War­riors their sec­ond straight de­feat 103-100 af­ter eras­ing a 22-point lead cour­tesy of their backcourt.

Mark Bar­roca, Chris Banchero and Jio Jalalon pro­vided the spark with Mag­no­lia’s full-court press that re­sulted in turnovers and bas­kets while Paul Lee’s four-point play in the dy­ing sec­onds gave the Hot­shots the lead.

But coach Chito Vic­tolero warned that Mag­no­lia, which im­proved to 1-1 af­ter bounc­ing back from a 94-78 loss to San Miguel Beer last March 8, can’t be too high on them­selves, know­ing Alaska will come to the game with a de­ter­mined look.

“I ex­pect Alaska to come out very, very strong be­cause com­ing from a 0-2 start they have a sense of ur­gency to fight back and to play hard,” said Vic­tolero.

Alaska gave it­self a chance to win but lost both times to TNT (100-95) last Sun­day and Mer­alco (93-81).

The Aces will head into the match with­out one of their key play­ers in Kevin Ra­cal, who is out for the rest of the bub­ble due to an ACL in­jury suf­fered against TNT.

They are also wait­ing if Mav­er­ick Ahan­misi, who fi­nally en­tered the bub­ble last Thurs­day, can suit up in time for the match.

Ahan­misi is un­der­go­ing room quar­an­tine af­ter tak­ing swab test pro­ce­dure upon his ar­rival at Quest Ho­tel.

Black­wa­ter and NLEX, mean­while, seek to re­deem them­selves from dis­ap­point­ing losses in their 4 p.m. match.

The Elite fell short against Barangay Gine­bra San Miguel 103-99 last Thurs­day de­spite solid per­for­mances from Don Trol­lano, Mac Belo and Roi Su­mang.

Kiefer Ravena scored 27 points for the Road War­riors against the Hot­shots, but missed two at­tempts in the fi­nal sec­onds.

 ?? (PBA Images) ?? Barangay Gine­bra San Miguel play­maker LA Teno­rio uses a pick set by team­mate Japeth Aguilar, left, to get past Black­wa­ter’s Mike Tolo­mia dur­ing their PBA Philip­pine Cup game at the AUF Arena pow­ered by Smart 5G. Gine­bra won 103-99.
(PBA Images) Barangay Gine­bra San Miguel play­maker LA Teno­rio uses a pick set by team­mate Japeth Aguilar, left, to get past Black­wa­ter’s Mike Tolo­mia dur­ing their PBA Philip­pine Cup game at the AUF Arena pow­ered by Smart 5G. Gine­bra won 103-99.

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