Victolero stumped by freethrow disparity vs Ginebra: ‘We were more aggressive’

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Victolero said his team was more aggressive than Ginebra and yet the Hotshots had 27 lesser attempts from the free throw line after the Gin Kings went 32-of-45.“I think we need to go through the eye of the needle. That’s what we talked about before the series started that this is not an easy series. We had a chance earlier but I guess the game was really for them and also they deserved to win because they also worked for it,” Victolero told reporters after his team dropped a 107-103 decision in a game the Hotshots were poised to sweep the Gin Kings after taking an 18-point lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s just that we really got beat in the free throws. I think it was 45 to 16. I don’t know what happened but we need to review the game and then try to see what they were doing that we weren’t able to do and I think we’re more aggressive than them. I guess we just need to double our effort so we could match them in free throws. We also need to defend better and be more aggressive.”Magnolia went to the line just 18 times and made 11. Ginebra import Justin Brownlee alone had more free throw attempts than the entire Hotshots team after going 16-of-21 at the line en route to a career-high tying 46 points on top of 19 rebounds. MOST READ Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero was left clueless over the huge disparity at the free throw line in the Hotshots Game 3 loss to Barangay Ginebra in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT After barely escaping semis sweep, Ginebra prepares for another do-or-die game Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Victolero also came to the defense of his import Romeo Travis, who was criticized for scoring only 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting from the field.“Romeo always goes hard every possession. What we did was a total team effort and not just the fault of one player. It’s actually my fault. Let’s just move on, it’s my fault and let’s look forward to Game 4,” he said.For all Travis’ struggles in Game 3, he still nearly won it late after scoring back-to-back baskets that put the Hotshots in front, 103-101, with 53 seconds left.“I think every player goes through that but our last two possessions, our last two shots in the end were courtesy of Romeo. He gets his rebounds, assists, defense and leadership. What we just normally notice is the scoring.”Victolero also owned up for his ejection with 5:08 left in the game after giving the ball back to the referee with slight force.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I think it’s just the emotions. I just got frustrated with the referees but it’s my fault, charge it to experience.”Magnolia still leads the series, 2-1, but Victolero said his team will approach Game 4 on Friday as if it’s win or go home.“The next game is also a do-or-die for us also. We just need to prepare hard mentally.  We expected that it’s going to be a long series and now it’s 2-1 so it’s still the same mindset that it’s a do-or-die for us heading into Game 4.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more