Chito Victolero says ‘very bad schedule’ to blame for Magnolia’s slow start

After finishing the elimination round of last season’s Governors’ Cup on top of the team standings with a 9-2 record, Magnolia is now on the other side of the fence after a poor start to open the league’s 47th season.

The Hotshots lost their first 2 games before barging into the win column thanks to Rome dela Rosa’s game-winning triple against NorthPort. The breakthrough win, however, was followed by another defeat. Three losses in four starts is certainly not an ideal way to open-up a conference.

Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero is already alarmed at the slow start which he feels is a result of the league’s bad scheduling of games.

“The injuries kasi kasama ‘yan. But you know, I’m very concerned about the schedule. I’m very concerned about the game. We have only one game to recover,” explained Victolero.

“We played the best teams in the last five days. We played NorthPort which was on top of the standings and then we played San Miguel today. And we play against Ginebra on Sunday. I don’t know what happened to the schedule. It’s a very bad schedule. It happened to us,” he added.

Still, Victolero stressed that the team will prepare well and do its best for their match against Manila Clasico rival Brgy. Ginebra on Sunday, June 19.

“We just try to dig deep and hopefully, we can recover before Sunday para may legs kami,” said Victolero.

“Kailangan talaga namin recover and rest. We play three games in five days. It’s very hard for everyone not only for the players but also for the coaches. Hopefully, we can survive. We have to find ways on how to win on Sunday even if we have a deadly schedule,” he added.

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