The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Columbian Dyip at 4:30 P.M. on May 16, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots will be gunning for its first back-to-back victories this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup while the Dyip will continue to prove their selves by beating another contender team.
Columbian Dyip were able to make two straight wins against Rain or Shine Elasto Painters this season. However, their last victory considering that coach Caloy Garcia’s squad is one of the leaders in the standings. Can that be an indication that the group formerly known as the Kia Picanto is now entering the PBA’s elite ball-clubs?
During the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup, Kia (now Columbian Dyip) finished last and only logged just one win. This conference, they’re turning the heads of many PBA fans with their stellar start and continue to surprise not only the fanatics of the league but also their opponents.
“A win for us against any team in the league is always huge,” noted Dandan.
This afternoon, they’ll be playing against a finalist team during the All-Filipino conference, in short they’ll be playing one of the league’s big fish.
“We are looking forward to our matchup with Magnolia and even if they are highly favored we will again go all out to give ourselves a chance to win,” said Dandan.
The Hotshots are playing close ball-games twice in a row. In their second conference opener, the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters shocked Magnolia by beating them via a come-from-behind win.
However, during their out-of-town scheduled game, Ian Sangalang found his groove in front of his Kabalen in San Angeles, Pampanga. The former second overall pick registered 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
According to Hotshots’ head coach Chito Victolero, their defense was the key of snagging a victory against GlobalPort Batang Pier. Victolero is hoping that his troops will display the same attitude against the Columbian Dyip.