Up 2-0, Magnolia still wary of Meralco with or without Almazan in Game 3 | Inquirer Sports
Close  

Up 2-0, Magnolia still wary of Meralco with or without Almazan in Game 3

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 10:01 PM October 06, 2021
Magnolia coach Chito Victolero

Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines — Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero said his team will have the same approach heading into Game 3 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against Meralco despite their 2-0 lead.

The Bolts could be without their captain Raymond Almazan for Game 3 after the star center suffered an ankle injury.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Hopefully, he’ll be able to recover,” Victolero said after the Hotshots’ 92-78 win in Game 2 on Wednesday.

“Of course, it’s a big factor because it’s a break for us. But we’re not just focused on that. We know that anyone at Meralco is capable of stepping up,” he added.

FEATURED STORIES

Almazan had to be carried off the court by his teammates after hurting his left ankle during a rebound battle with Magolia’s Ian Sangalang at the eight-minute mark of the third quarter.

The 6-foot-8 beanpole did not return. He finished with six points and three rebounds in only 17 minutes of action.

The Bolts also lost energetic forward Cliff Hodge, who was ejected after a disqualifying foul against Calvin Abueva just seven minutes after Almazan left the game.

“It’s good for them if they have Raymond or Hodge but if they’re not there we still can’t be complacent as long as we’re up against five players on the court. We will try to push hard from start to finish,” Victolero said.

RELATED STORIES

 

Abueva believes now is ‘best time’ for Magnolia to win title

Get the hottest sports news straight into your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Chito Victolero, Magnolia Hotshots, Meralco Bolts, Philippine Cup semifinals, Raymond Almazan
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.