Hotshots Seek to End Their 5 Years Drought Championship

Hotshots Seek to End a Five Year Drought Championship in PBA

Following a commanding display in the PBA On Tour, the Magnolia Hotshots have garnered significant attention as they prepare for Season 48, scheduled to begin in just two weeks. The Hotshots have established themselves as the frontrunners for the next Commissioner’s Cup, owing to their impeccable 11-0 record in the pre-season competition three months ago.

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Coach Chito Victolero has astutely kept the whole club intact from the previous season and made a notable enhancement to their roster by recruiting former NBA star Tyler Bey. As a result, the Hotshots have been challenged to secure their first championship in five years.

The governor of Magnolia, Rene Pardo, expressed his clear and direct message, stating, “I have instructed the boys to aim for nothing less than winning the championship.” The renowned club, with many championships, is determined to succeed in the conference that emphasizes imported talent. “We shall observe.” “I am optimistic that I can be accurate,” Pardo continued with hopefulness.

The Hotshots’ squad for the next season is even more formidable due to the lack of rookie players. Their roster has prominent players such as Paul Lee, Calvin Abueva, Jio Jalalon, Ian Sangalang, Mark Barroca, Rome dela Rosa, Aris Dionisio, Jerrick Ahanmisi, Abu Tratter, Rafi Reavis, David Murrell, James Laput, Jed Mendoza, Russel Escoto, and recently-acquired Joseph Eriobu. Jackson Corpuz is the only player currently listed as injured or reserved.

The squad, which showed remarkable performance throughout the On Tour series, achieved emphatic triumphs, frequently prevailing with a margin of at least 10 points. They encountered two formidable obstacles: NLEX (103-97) and Converge (99-95).

“We are prepared to capitalize on this opportunity,” said Pardo, recognizing that although specific other teams may have fallen behind, the Hotshots have maintained their sharpness. Considering their success in On Tour, it would be appropriate for the Hotshots to win their first title since their 2018 Governors’ Cup victory.

Pardo highlighted their commitment to not get complacent after their impressive 11-0 start. However, their primary objective is securing the championship that Magnolia supporters have patiently awaited. “Although it may appear as excessive self-assurance, I would contradict myself if I were to assert that my team lacks strength,” he said. The Hotshots display resolute dedication in their pursuit of capturing the coveted crown.

The season will commence with a thrilling encounter between the Hotshots and TNT Tropang Giga on November 5 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The spectators anxiously anticipate if the Hotshots can sustain their winning streak and transform it into a thoroughly earned title.


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