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Magnolia, Alaska start ‘dogfight’ of a series

first_img“In terms of personnel, etc., it looks very even,” added Victolero. “I guess it will all boil down to execution.”Travis played through a hamstring pull in the Final Four series against dethroned champion Barangay Ginebra.“He told me that he’s feeling better now,” Victolero said of his left-handed import. “And from the way he practiced in the last four days, I didn’t see anything wrong with him.”Chris Banchero and JV Casio are also ready to suit up for the Aces.Alaska’s heady guards had a string of rehab and therapy sessions during the break to correct a groin injury for Banchero and a hamstring pull for Casio. But both, according to head athletic trainer Gus Vargas, “are ready when needed.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments With their heels cooled and a lot of battered bodies from both squads getting the much-needed rest, Alaska and Magnolia open up their best-of-seven series for the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday night.And Hotshots’ coach Chito Victolero calls Game 1 “the start of a dogfight.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The league took a two-week break to give way to the Philippine campaign in the Fiba World Cup Qualifying series, and it served the two sides well with both nursing injuries to key men, and Victolero was thankful to have gotten a complete roster in their last six days of practice.Even import Romeo Travis has become healthier and, like Alaska’s Mike Harris, will be a vital element in the season-closing championship playoffs that will crown a new titlist and end a long championship drought for either team.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“This is going to be a dogfight,” Victolero told the Inquirer over the phone Tuesday night after plotting their game plan with his staff for the 7 p.m. tussle set at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. “Even the fans see it as an even series.”Magnolia hasn’t won a title since its Grand Slam season of 2014 under Tim Cone, while the Aces’ last crown came in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup under Luigi Trillo. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Motolite-Ateneo eyes finals upset vs Creamline MOST READlast_img read more