New champ Magnolia still getting rhythm back as first game of season ends in loss

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia was mere weeks removed from its title victory in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup when it embarked on the new 2019-2020 PBA Season.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Hotshots played their first game of the Philippine Cup on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena and suffered an 80-75 overtime loss to a TNT team that has been playing in the first conference since the season opened on Jan. 13.TNT already had five games under its belt when it faced Magnolia for its sixth game of the season and this early start gave the KaTropa an obvious advantage in terms of conditioning and on-court chemistry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMagnolia may have lost in its season opener, but head coach Chito Victolero saw positive things in a team that was still carrying a championship hangover.“It’s natural to have that title hangover but the team had a great mindset today,” said Victolero in Filipino. “It just so happens that we lost via breaks of the game, that’s just it. We played well defensively, but I couldn’t say the same for our offense.” Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jayson Castro on alleged missed travel call: ‘That’s referees’ job’ View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES “You can all see that we really don’t have the timing yet and our defense just bailed us out.”Magnolia did have a decent defensive game limiting the KaTropa to 33.3 percent shooting, 27-of-81, while shooting 40 percent, 30-of-75, for its part.The thing that broke the Hotshots, however, was the players’ stamina.Victolero constantly rotated players every four or five minutes and it didn’t help that Paul Lee, the Best Player of the Conference for the Governors’ Cup, left the game early in the fourth after suffering a swollen right thumb.“My players got tired faster than that of our opponents,” said Victolero. “I was always changing the players because, well, we really don’t have the stamina yet.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more