Although the Magnolia Hotshots now has three wins in their best-of-seven match-up against the Meralco Bolts in the semi-finals of the 2021 Philippine Cup, the team is still refusing to call itself the eventual winner of the face-off. 

This Wednesday (October 13), Magnolia will try to put an end to the Bolts. This will be the fifth game between the two teams, a chance for the Hotshots to secure their spot in the finals. 

According to Magnolia Head Coach Chito Victolero, they’ve already learned not to underestimate Meralco, specifically in Game 3 where they felt their first loss. 

“We learned from Game 3,” he said. “So, we’ll have the same mindset as we did and try to remind the players to be consistent with it.”

“It’s only until we get win No. 4 that we end the series … we have to stay focused, and continue to remind each one that the most important game is the one we’re about to play,” Victolero stressed.

Mark Barroca, who led the Hotshots to their third win against the Bolts in Game 4, admits that this latest game will be the hardest for them. 

“Based on my experience in this league, closing out a series is the hardest,” he said. “We have to triple the kind of effort we brought in the last game, because there’s no way that Meralco’s going to hand the victory to us,” he explained. 

Magnolia Hotshots vs Meralco Bolts will be on today at 3 pm and will be held at Don Honorio Ventura State University in Bacolor, Pampanga. 

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