EVEN without its prized center in June Mar Fajardo, a game against San Miguel Beer is still something that you have to prepare for.
For that matter, Magnolia has done its assignment in its bid to become the first team to take advantage of the situation in the PBA Philippine Cup which gets underway tomorrow at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We’re okey. Ready na kami on our first game,” declared Hotshots coach Chito Victolero yesterday, two days before they play the Beermen in a lone encounter blasting off the league’s 45th season.
According to Victolero, his Hotshots are very motivated and excited in their first outing in the All-Filipino Conference seen by many as a wide open race with Fajardo sitting out the entire conference because of foot injury.
“Very motivated naman yng mga bata and konting adjustment na lang sa preparation namin,” added Victolero.
The Hotshots play the Beermen at 7:30 p.m. after an hour-long opening ceremonies that will be preceded by the Leo Awards.
The Hotshots underwent massive preparation during the season break, and had particularly did some scouting on the Beermen, who, everybody believes, are still a force to reckon with even without Fajardo.
So far, Victolero was satisfied with their preparation.
“We feel na nagawa na namin yung scouting vs SMB kaya yung mga bata excited na rin for our opening game,” stressed Victolero.
In addition, Magnolia has also done some changes in its roster to enhance its shooting capability in an import-less conference.
The Hotshots will be unleashing three new guys whom they acquired during season break, including Jackson Corpuz (from Columbian Dyip) and Chris Banchero (from Alaska).
The third one is MPBL standout Aris Dionisio who will join the team later after the cager’s tour of duty with his team that’s in playoff round in the MPBL.
“Ok naman. We have new three guys, si Jack Corpuz, si Chris Banchero and Aris Dionisio from MPBL,” said Victolero.