Sweeping PBA on Tour ‘will probably be an achievement,’ says Magnolia coach

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Magnolia guard Mark Barroca. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—There is no such thing as a trophy for pulling off an ideal marketing campaign within the PBA On Tour.

Finishing a preseason sweep, nevertheless, would nonetheless imply one thing so far as Magnolia coach Chito Victolero is worried.

“It will likely be an achievement. Like what I at all times inform them, that is the one bonus we are able to get from all of the issues we’ve been doing. We may give this to followers and our households,” mentioned Victolero in Filipino after defeating Phoenix, 111-91, at San Juan Enviornment on Sunday.

“We all know that the beginning of the common season remains to be in October however it is a good factor. We’re capable of construct one thing,” he added.



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The preseason has been a beacon of alternative for the Hotshots’ function gamers with guys like Jerick Ahanmisi and James Laput displaying up huge after having simply restricted publicity final season.

It’s additionally served as a approach for veterans like Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon to remain in prime form earlier than the actual battle begins.

“Our objective, actually, is to try to win each sport however we additionally give attention to the small issues. We wish to additionally win in points like hustle, execution and self-discipline as a result of we all know that we’re critical about this. It is a take a look at of our practices.”

The largest takeaway for Magnolia to date with solely a sport left is the event of the group’s chemistry.

“Our group has been constructing chemistry-wise with the addition of Abu (Tratter), Joseph (Eriobu) and David (Murrell). No less than, we bought constructed with them early, our group gelled up early however, once more, we all know this isn’t the actual battle but,” mentioned Victolero.

“If different groups aren’t critical with this preseason, we’re dedicated to it. We wish to enhance as a result of we are able to’t afford to chill out. We’re not a really gifted or sturdy group.”

The Hotshots cap off their On Tour stint in opposition to the Terrafirma Dyip (4-6) on Wednesday on the identical venue.

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