Hotshots sink Kings deeper

first_imgChito Victolero and the Magnolia Hotshots remember things perfectly well, bitter memories against Barangay Ginebra driving their upset machine in their PBA Governors’ Cup’s Final Four clash.With a defensive game that refuses to budge an inch and an efficient offense that has befuddled the Gin Kings, the Hotshots took a 2-0 lead over the defending champions with a 101-97 victory on Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Justin Brownlee scored 31 points but the Hotshots defense limited Ginebra twin towers Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar to a combined 29 points.In the other series, Alaska will try to bounce back from a 92-97 Game 1 loss to prevent Meralco from reaching the Finals for the third straight season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “My players still remember that, we were 2-0 in the Philippine Cup (semifinals last year),” Victolero said. “That is our inspiration—to get that third win. We experienced that before. And we don’t want that happening again.”Ginebra rallied in that series to win it in seven games, but this being a shorter series, the Hotshots have three chances to make a title playoff appearance for the second time this year against either Meralco or Alaska.The Bolts lead the series, 1-0.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Being 2-0 up in a best-of-five series is nothing until you win the third game,” Victolero said after getting 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists from import Romeo Travis and 17 points from Ian Sangalang.“We need three wins to make the Finals and we will prepare harder for Game 3.”The potential series-clinching match is slated Wednesday also at the Big Dome. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Meralco still alive and kicking MOST READlast_img

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