The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the NorthPort Batang Pier at 4:30 P.M. on June 12, 2019 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
The Batang Pier wanted to catch-up with the Blackwater Elite at the of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings while the Hotshots are eager to make a bounce back when the league’s second conference action resumes tonight in Quezon City.
After they finished as a runner-up behind the San Miguel Beermen in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, Magnolia was back in action last June 5 and they were greeted by what seems to be an unfriendly Alaska Aces.
A no-mercy type of game unleashed by the Aces and most probably took advantage the Hotshots grueling run in the All-Filipino championship round which reaches to Game 7.
The lead of Alaska went as big as 28-points and the game ended with a blowout, 80-103.
Despite of that, Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero remains optimistic since it’s only first game in the mid-season tournament.
“Okay naman kami,” said Victolero. “Umpisa pa lang ng tournament kaya there’s enough time to recover,” he added.
Part of their recovery process is to replace John Fields and tapped the services of James Farr.
Fields who suit up for Columbian Dyip last season played only a single game with Magnolia. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds against Alaska.
Farr is already in the country and might have orientation with the Hotshots bench tactician with regards to Magnolia team culture and their basketball system.
“Iyung chemistry lang namin with our new import ‘yung concern, but sa tingin ko makaka-adjust naman siya,” said Victolero.
For NorthPort camp on the other hand, probably it’s now safe to say that Prince Ibeh is not a high scoring import but a defensive specialist.
Ibeh prefers to crash the boards and swat shots like flies. He currently averaging 17.4 rebounds and 3.6 blocks a game, and those numbers are tournament-high.
Also, Stanley Pringle will be available to play tonight after he sat out against the San Miguel Beermen in their team’s last outing.