Hotshots heed coach’s call, overcome Beermen rally in Game 5

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia coach Chito Victolero had a simple marching order for his charges against San Miguel Beer in Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Finals: Weather the storm.The Hotshots did that and more on Friday night at the Big Dome, with its veteran guard Mark Barroca leading the way.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES Steph Curry, shorthanded Warriors knock out Rockets in Game 6 Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MOST READ “We were talking during that final timeout. We just want a chance at a last shot, and we were bent on getting it,” the veteran guard said in Filipino.Quite fittingly, it was all Magnolia needed. It was, after all, their mantra all conference long.“There’s nobody believing in us. Just us,” he added. “Going into this conference, we’ve been underdogs. Quarterfinals, semifinals.”“But whenever we believe, good things happen. That’s why our battle cry is ‘Believe.’”Magnolia had faith that it would survive San Miguel’s spirited comeback attempts and win Game 5.ADVERTISEMENT The Hotshots hope that belief will be stronger than ever come Sunday night when they shoot for the title in Game 6.But as far as closeout games go, both Victolero and Barroca know it’s not going to be easy.“We know [the Beermen] are not going down easily,” the mentor said. “We just have to [do it again].”“To keep it close and give us a fighting chance,” Victolero added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Barroca hit a midrange jumper at the buzzer to move the Hotshots on the cusp of the crown and push the reigning four-time conference champions to the brink of elimination.“At halftime, I told them that there will be a moment in the second half that San Miguel mounts a run,” Victolero said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTrue enough, the Beermen rallied from 13 points down to put the Hotshots within striking range. A brief exchange of buckets ensued with Terrence Romeo knotting the affair at 86.Then Barroca’s moment came. LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting View commentslast_img read more