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Posted : October 19, 2018 7:27 pm
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Chito Victolero rued the absence of the team's best perimeter defender, Justin Melton

 

Magnolia Pambansang Manok sorely missed guard Justin Melton as the Hotshots suffered their second loss in the PBA Governors Cup, 94-88, at the hands of Meralco on Friday night at the Ynares Center.

Magnolia oach Chito Victolero rued the absence of the team's best perimeter defender, who he said could have helped slow down the Bolts’ Chris Newsome.

Melton was in civilian clothes watching the action on the sideline after spraining the toe on his right foot.

“He was our best match-up sana kay Newsome, but kailangan niyang magpahinga para hindi na ma-aggravate yung injury niya,” said the Magnolia coach.

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Posted : October 20, 2018 10:00 am
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Marc Pingris out for the remainder of the season

Magnolia's veteran forward Marc Pingris has showed signs of progress as he continues to recover from an ACL tear on his left knee, which he suffered in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals back in March.

Team physiotherapist Nick Ocampo said the 37-year-old Pingris has been doing knee strengthening, but ruled out the possibility that he could rejoin the team in the playoffs.

"He started gradual hopping and jumping and continuous strengthening on his left knee, but then, we're just being cautious so we're not expecting him to even targeting him to join the team this December," Ocampo told ESPN5 on Thursday.

While Pingris remains competitive at his age, Ocampo said trying to expedite his recovery from the ACL tear will be dangerous.

"We're just doing it conservatively and just let him take time in recovering from the injury so definitely, he's out for this season," he added.

As much as they would like to see Pingris back in uniform, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said they would want him to fully recover.

"We would rather see him prepare to help the team for next season," he said. "And at this stage, condition-wise, he won't be able to contribute yet because he's been out of action for months. Plus, we don't want him to re-injure that if ever."

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Posted : October 21, 2018 2:35 pm
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Pingris says former Magnolia import Blakely will forever be 'family'

The feeling was surreal for Marqus Blakely going up against a team he helped lead to new heights just a few seasons back.

"It was bitter sweet," said Blakely as he described his feeling going up against former ballclub Magnolia on Friday night in the main game of the PBA Governors Cup double-header at the Ynares Center.

You don't like losing to anybody, but you also don't like losing to a team you used to play with. But it is what it is," said the veteran import. "When you play basketball, it's different. Before the game, we'll be cool. But when the ball goes up, we're enemies."

While the game was a bit intense, Blakely was seen after the game approaching his former Magnolia teammates like Mark Barroca and Marc Pingris, with whom the import won a grandslam in 2014 under Tim Cone.

Both Blakely and Pingris admitted they stayed in touch all these years.

"That's my brother, that's my guy," Blakely said of Pingris, who ia currently on Magnolia's injury list. "Everybody's my guy on that team."

Added Pingris, "Nag-grand slam naman kami dahil din naman sa kanya e. Kahit sa ibang team siya naglalaro, family pa rin yung turingan namin."

"Kanina nung nakita ko siya, nakaka-miss din yung samahan," said the veteran forward, who was even personally visited by Blakely when he was undergoing therapy in the U.S. early this year.

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Posted : October 27, 2018 10:45 am
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Marc Pingris out for the remainder of the season

Magnolia's veteran forward Marc Pingris has showed signs of progress as he continues to recover from an ACL tear on his left knee, which he suffered in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals back in March.

Team physiotherapist Nick Ocampo said the 37-year-old Pingris has been doing knee strengthening, but ruled out the possibility that he could rejoin the team in the playoffs.

"He started gradual hopping and jumping and continuous strengthening on his left knee, but then, we're just being cautious so we're not expecting him to even targeting him to join the team this December," Ocampo told ESPN5 on Thursday.

While Pingris remains competitive at his age, Ocampo said trying to expedite his recovery from the ACL tear will be dangerous.

"We're just doing it conservatively and just let him take time in recovering from the injury so definitely, he's out for this season," he added.

As much as they would like to see Pingris back in uniform, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said they would want him to fully recover.

"We would rather see him prepare to help the team for next season," he said. "And at this stage, condition-wise, he won't be able to contribute yet because he's been out of action for months. Plus, we don't want him to re-injure that if ever."

nakakamiss na si ping, next season pa makakalaro. sana fully healed na injury and bumaik din kumpyansa.

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Posted : November 6, 2018 12:27 pm
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Paul Lee says 'Need To Believe' is Magnolia battlecry against Ginebra

‘Need To Believe.’

Against the two-time reigning champion and the PBA’s undisputed most popular ballclub, it’s the mindset Magnolia Pambansang Manok has to adopt to get past Barangay Ginebra.

“Just keep believing lang na kaya naming manalo against Ginebra. Yun ang battle cry namin ngayon,” said Lee, who led all Magnolia locals with 27 points.

It was deputy coach Johnny Abarrientos who thought about the catchphrase ‘We Need To Believe,’ according to Lee, the former league MVP being the Hotshots’ lead scout against Ginebra.

“So yun lang ang pinupukpok nila sa amin na we can win, we can do this as a team,” said Lee. “So everyone naniwala, collective effort, end of the game, nakuha namin yung panalo.”

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Posted : November 11, 2018 8:45 am
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LeBron gives Romeo Travis another shoutout after 50-point outing for Magnolia

LEBRON James once again gave a shoutout to buddy Romeo Travis, who scored a career-high 50 points on Friday in Game Four of the PBA Governors’ Cup.

James congratulated Travis on Instagram for the huge performance that brought Magnolia to the finals of the Governors’ Cup after a 112-108 win over Barangay Ginebra in Game Four of the best-of-five semifinals.

“Headed to the Finals on a 50 piece nugget. Congrats my brother @rometrav. Keep going Lucky Lefty #FabFive,” wrote the Los Angeles Lakers superstar, whose Instagram account is followed by almost 45 million.

Travis replied by writing: “Thanks brother!! Appreciate you.”

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Posted : November 17, 2018 8:35 am