The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok is scheduled for a head-to-head Game 1 Quarterfinals match against the Talk ‘N Text KaTropa at 7:00 P.M. on November 25, 2019 live from Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
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The Magnolia Hotshots will try to return to the biggest stage of Governors’ Cup, yet, they needed to win twice against the KaTropa in the first round of the third conference playoffs.
Dubbed as the TNT’s franchise player, Jayson Castro is back and healthy once again. It only means bad news to the opposing teams.
With Castro, the KaTropa logged a terrific 7-0 to start the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup and when he was out due to an injury. His team suffered a three-game losing skid.
“We need his leadership. He is our franchise player and without him, the morale of the team is somehow low. So his return is a big boost to us,” said KaTropa’s head coach Bong Ravena.
The return of the “Blur” to their lineup is very timely as he helped Talk ‘N Text in securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals round over the San Miguel Beermen at the end part of the elimination round.
For Magnolia on the other hand, though they’re in the disadvantaged end going to their 7:00 PM match, yet, the squad of coached by Chito Victolero has some ace cards in their hands.
One of that is that they know how to slow down the KaTropa as they have defeated them during their out-of-town game a few weeks ago.
Though Castro was still not on the lineup during that Davao City clash, Victolero and his troops already have a glimpse of what they can improve and what to avoid for them to push the series to a do-or-die battle.