Magnolia went into the PBA Governors Cup semifinals believing it could beat Barangay Ginebra and did just that.
It’s now a matter of adding at least an ounce of caution to that belief when the Hotshots tangle with the Kings anew Monday in the continuation of their duel at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Going to the opener with a “We need to believe” mantra, Magnolia carved a 106-98 victory last Saturday to snap its seven-game slide to Ginebra and earn a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
How to follow that up is another matter, especially in the face of an expected ferocious fightback by the two-time defending champion.
“Knowing (Ginebra) coach Tim (Cone), a many-time champion coach, the winningest coach, he knows kung ano mga adjustment na gagawin,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.
“We’ll just try to be ready and, hopefully, maulit namin in Game 2,” added Victolero.
“We’re still the underdogs. They have the experience, the talent, skills, coach. Hopefully, the whole coaching staff namin may magandang gameplan for Game 2.”