Undefeated after three begins within the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Magnolia believes followers will get a unique style of probably the most well-known rivalry within the skilled league as Barangay Ginebra must make do with out Justin Brownlee.
“I feel the flavour of the Manila Clasico shall be totally different as a result of Justin is out,” coach Chito Victolero mentioned after the Hotshots ready for the rivalry match with Friday’s 112-74 loss on the NorthPort Batang Pier at Sensible Araneta Coliseum.
However in any other case the fireworks will nonetheless be the identical.
“However [the] Clasico continues to be the Clasico,” continued Victolero. “We anticipate a really robust match on Sunday and a giant crowd. And we see this as a gamers’ match for Sunday and in opposition to Ginebra they may give all the things.”
It is going to be the primary time in a very long time that Magnolia will face a Ginebra workforce that won’t have Brownlee for the sibling matchup. The truth is, it would take some getting used to seeing Ginebra play with out Brownlee.
And everybody began to see late Friday what that will appear to be as Tony Bishop, quickly filling Brownlee’s spot whereas the latter awaits sentencing for failing a doping take a look at on the Asian Video games in Hangzhou, fits up for Ginebra’s season opener in opposition to Converge.
A win in opposition to the league’s most favored workforce of their Sunday match will add to Magnolia’s good convention slate whereas boosting confidence within the quest to win its first PBA title because the 2018 Governors’ Cup.
One of many key figures for the Hotshots of their final win was import Tyler Bey, who as soon as once more posted strong numbers of 25 factors, eight rebounds, six assists, 4 steals and two blocks. The showdown with Ginebra shall be a vital take a look at for the younger former NBA participant for the Dallas Mavericks as Magnolia seems to proceed racking up wins.
“He helps lots along with his power and athleticism, each on offense and protection,” Victolero mentioned. “I feel there are nonetheless some issues we have to handle, however he’s doing effectively. His development is best.”
Mark Barroca and Paul Lee, one of many essential figures when Magnolia faces Ginebra, confirmed the same old performances as Magnolia leaned on a blitz within the first quarter to frustrate NorthPort.
Magnolia completed the primary quarter with a 28-8 lead and at one level led by 38, handing NorthPort its first loss after a 2-0 begin.
Arvin Tolentino, a kind of accountable for the spectacular begin, produced 22 factors, seven rebounds and two assists for the Batang Pier.
Import Venky Jois added 16 factors, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals for NorthPort.