The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok is scheduled for a Quarterfinals game against the GlobalPort Batang Pier at 7:00 P.M. on March 6, 2018 live from the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Hotshots got the twice-to-win advantage after finishing second in the eliminations round. A win today will give them a ticket to the “Magic Four” while the Batang Pier don’t want to give that “W” easily.
Terrence Romeo finally back in GlobalPort lineup after got sidelined since September of last year. However, his return wasn’t fruitful after as his team got beaten by the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters few days ago.
“Medyo naninibago dahil ang pinakapapawis ko (bago bumalik sa practice) is jogging lang,” said Romeo, who only participated in four practices prior to his return. “Ito may mga kabangaan ako na malalakas ang katawan so panibagong (adjustments). Saka yung mga looks na ibinibigay ng depensa, ngayon ko lang ulit nakita.
“Ngayon naninibago ako, dati parang common lang sa akin. Alam ko kaagad kung ano ang gagawin ko. Di bale, makaka-adjust ako hopefully,” Romeo added.
GlobalPort was buried as much as 31-point in that game against the Fuel Masters but was able to storm back and cuts the lead into four. With time is not on their side, the Batang Pier unable to complete the comeback.
Although they owned the twice-to-win advantage, coach Chito Victolero wanted his troops not to be complacent and need to be more active in both ends of the floor.
“We have to be aggressive from start to finish. We need to surpass the aggressiveness and effort of GlobalPort,” said Victolero.
“Defensively, we need to minimize their fastbreak and transition points because they keep on running the floor. We also have to control the rebounds as they’re aggressive on getting offensive rebounds.”
In their lone meeting during the elimination round, the Pambansang Manok was the victorious squad, 96-81. GlobalPort’s forward Kelly Nabong led all scorers with his 21 points along with his 11 rebounds.
In the last outing of Batang Pier, Nabong got ejected from the game after two consecutive technical fouls. He was complaining with several no-fouls called by the refs and that eventually losses his cool.