The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Kia Picanto at 4:30 P.M. on January 10, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Both the Hotshots and the Picantos are looking for a bounce-back game after its respective loses at the end of the year.
After getting involved in a controversy by trading their rights for drafting Christian Standhardinger, to ending ties with their long time point guard LA Revilla and the most recent resignation of coach Chris Gavina.
Seems like the Kia franchise made some colorful stories for their squad in the year 2017.
Currently, Kia will be handled by another veteran coach but will enter in the PBA as a rookie for the head coaching duty. Ricky Dandan a former head bench tactician in UP will be focusing on bringing his players to play as a team.
“I’ve had seven practices to install our system,” said Dandan. “My priority, however, is to make sure that we become a team first before we can move forward.”
For coach Chito Victolero, playing against the Picanto is not an easy task especially they have now new mentor and a new game strategy in place.
“Kia is a very dangerous team with the new coach and new system,” offered Victolero. “We expect a hard game and we need to be ready mentally and physically.”
Magnolia lost to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in a PBA Christmas Day game held in Bulacan where they lost in a double-digit points.
Paul Lee who was spectacular in his opening game against the Aces was slowed down by LA Tenorio and the Ginebra squad. However, Ian Sangalang is taking advantage of the increased playing time he received from coach Chito Victolero as both Raffy Reavis and Marc Pingris is not yet 100% healthy.
Jio Jalalon who was absent in the first two outings of Hotshots is expected to be back in the game after he recovered from his injury.