MANILA, Philippines—With Magnolia down by 25 in opposition to Barangay Ginebra at halftime, coach Chito Victolero gave his gamers an earful throughout the intermission.
No matter Victolero mentioned actually did wonders for the Hotshots, who obtained their act collectively within the second half and battled again to stun the Gin Kings, 93-91, of their first “Manila Clasico” recreation of the season on Sunday.
Victolero’s outburst was a sight to see for import Tyler Bey, who had by no means seen his coach lose his cool the best way he did at halftime.
“I’ve by no means seen coach Chito like that,” mentioned Bey.
“I felt it, although. I felt the power, I felt the eagerness of how dangerous he wished it and after that it was on us. We have been the gamers, he was the coach and we did what we needed to do.”
Bey spearheaded the Hotshots’ comeback and completed with 31 factors, 10 rebounds, 5 steals and two blocks.
Jio Jalalon additionally got here up huge within the rally and ended up with 15 factors, 5 rebounds and three assists. However even Jalalon wasn’t protected from Victolero’s rage.
“No matter he instructed you guys within the media earlier was all true,” mentioned Jalalon with fun.
“He was so mad. He was mad in any respect of us as a result of what we confirmed within the first half was not Magnolia basketball. We have been egocentric, after one cross we shoot immediately, we weren’t executing.”
However Victolero had each proper to lose his cool after Magnolia’s lackadaisical first half led to Ginebra scoring 60 factors–one thing that hasn’t been seen on this season till Sunday.
Victolero mentioned he simply wanted to remind his wards to be extra aggressive and play with a lot larger depth.
“Really, I shouted at them as a result of they outworked us within the first half. We have been outhustled and so they bullied us. I challenged these guys to play the Magnolia Hotshots’ basketball system which is sacrificing factors, ball motion plus our defensive mindset,” mentioned Victolero.
The win stretched the Hotshots’ unbeaten run to 4 video games.
Supply: sports activities.inquirer.web