The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Blackwater Elite at 4:30 P.M. on June 6, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots are looking to make a quick bounce back game after they absorbed a defeat in their previous outing while the Elite are doing all of the possible ways to stop their losing streak which now reaches to seven.
Life without Vernon Macklin, Magnolia’s original import this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup started last Saturday was a painful experience. They have surrendered to Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the overtime period, 96-99.
If only their new import Curtis Kelly converted at least 50% of his free-throw attempts they could have won the game. However, Kelly was terrible in the charity stripe as he only made three shots out of twelve attempts.
“He needs to assert more siguro sa post-up niya. At the same time siguro sa free throws,” Victolero said.
The Hotshots will continue to play without their superstar frontcourt players, Ian Salansang and Marc Pingris due to injuries. In their last timeout, it was Rome dela Rosa who stepped up the scoring gas for Magnolia after scoring 19 points in 6-of-6 shooting from the field. Four of those shots came from three-point territory.
The Elite is coming from an emotional game where Poy Erram was seen in rage at their bench. Likewise, Allein Maliksi was also seen confronting a referee at the end of the game against the NLEX Road Warriors contesting for what he thought an uncalled foul.
Blackwater had a chance to win the game as they still have a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter until NLEX’s players Alex Mallari and import Arnett Moultrie took over.
The Elite is nursing a seven-game losing skid and they’re hoping that the leadership of Henry Walker will motivate the rest of the squad.