The NLEX Road Warriors and Magnolia Hotshots face off in a clash between two teams that are looking for their first win in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Complex in Pampanga.
NLEX fell to Barangay Ginebra last Sunday, 102-92, while Magnolia was thrashed by San Miguel, 94-78, in the Philippine Cup’s first game this season way back in March before the league suspended all of its games because of the health crisis.
Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero said he is expecting a better Road Warriors squad to show up on Wednesday.
“In their first game, they really weren’t in rhythm. But their advantage is they’ve been able to play so they probably have some of that now. Plus they already have a feel of how to play on that court in an official game so we expect them to be much better than they were last Sunday,” said Victolero during the media availability session.
On the other side of the floor, NLEX head coach said that Magnolia’s 0-1 win-loss record is not representative of just how good that team is.
"That 0-1 record of theirs should not really take anything away from how good that team is. They have a lot of guards in Paul (Lee), Mark Barroca), (Chris) Banchero who can be problematic for us," Guiao shared.
"They have a solid big man in Ian (Sangalang). So that is really a strong team. We should be at our best by Wednesday," the fiery coach added.
NLEX star Kiefer Ravena also vowed to lift his game up after a dismal outing versus Ginebra that saw him take just eight shots and finish with just six points.
"Me, personally, I felt like I let the team down, especially as one of the leaders of the team. So I guess that's one of the things I have to focus on,” the former Ateneo star said. (JNP)