Hotshots take on winless Dyip, look to extend win streak to 3 and grab share of top spot

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Magnolia must shrug off its battered bodies and aching legs for the moment.

According to no less than coach Chito Victolero himself, his Hotshots need to, for they are going to be soon up for another tough stretch in the PBA Governors Cup.

“This is our fourth game in 10 days and I know my players are a little bit tired,” said Victolero on the eve of Magnolia’s collision with Columbian Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“But I told them na we need to finish strong and push ourselves to win this very important game,” added Victolero.

“It’s about heart and minds this time.”

Indeed, a third straight win by the Hotshots would give them solo second-running spot behind idle leader Barangay Ginebra and solidify their bid for a top four finish after the 11-game eliminations.

Such a finish is rewarded by a win-once advantage against a lower-ranked opponent in the ensuing eight-team quarterfinals.