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PBA: Magnolia picks up 2nd win after fending off Rain or Shine

/ 09:19 PM October 04, 2019

MANILA, Philippines–Magnolia flashed its might on defense when it mattered to hold off Rain or Shine, 69-68, in Friday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

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“It’s a test of our character. We were just mentally (tougher) in the end,” said Hotshots coach Chito Victolero, whose charges improved to 2-1.

Import Romeo Travis took charge in scoring, accounting for the Hotshots’ 26 points to go with 14 rebounds.

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Old reliables Mark Barroca and Ian Sangalang both added eight in the effort.

“Our defense is our strength. We’ve gotten it back. That was what we were lacking [in the] last conference,” said Victolero who lauded the Hotshots’ effort down the stretch just when the Painters were trying to complete a comeback.

Javee Mocon had 14 for the Rain or Shine, while debuting reinforcement Kayel Locke had 14 in the losing stand that gave them a 1-3 card.

Magnolia faces winless Alaska next on Sunday at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao while Rain or Shine goes up against Phoenix Pulse next Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome, also in Pasay.

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Post-game with Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero after the Hotshots’ 69-68 win over Rain or Shine.

Posted by Inquirer Sports on Friday, October 4, 2019

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