Band of brothers
“The expectations were really high,” he said. The Magnolia franchise completed a triple crown in 2014 under famed mentor Tim Cone. Barroca, PJ Simon, and Rafi Reavis are among the last remnants of that squad.To meet those expectations, Victolero had to take a long route.“This all started last year, last season,” he noted. “The times we went to the semifinals and we kept on falling short? I feel like it all started there. We all learned from those campaigns… This has got to be a culmination of all of those moments where we learned.”“It’s all about the personnel,” he added in Filipino shortly after the Hotshots thwarted the Alaska Aces in Game 6 for their 14th crown overall. “This didn’t happen overnight.”It took many nights, most of them spent awake and trying to figure out how to get back on top.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Chito Victolero anchored his hopes for a series clincher on team chemistry, and it was starting to show.“This has gotta be the best when it comes to chemistry,” he said.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“We’re almost brothers here. This is one of the most fun I’ve had in terms of camaraderie,” added Victolero, a former pro who has had stops in several franchises. “Even better compared to the ones I had when I was playing.”Victolero, who took over the coaching reins in 2016, revealed how daunting it felt to coach under the memory of a Grand Slam run. LATEST STORIES 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 The Magnolia Hotshots celebrate as confetti fills the Ynares Center after their Governors’ Cup triumph. —AUGUST DELA CRUZRomeo Travis helped Magnolia to a hot start. Returning to a venue where he once dropped 50 points, Travis helped the Hotshots to an early 12-0 lead in Game 6 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.Then Ian Sangalang got on board. Then Mark Barroca. A bucket after another, the lead swelled. Paul Lee. Jio Jalalon. Everyone chipping in.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “As I’ve been telling them, all of our sacrifice, the sleepless nights, the times we missed our families—they’re all for this moment,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lady Maroons bag trophy named after late benefactor Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.