Reveling in his first PBA championship, Chito Victolero shares credit for Magnolia feat

first_img“This is what I like from this team is how this was formed because the chemistry is just beautiful. We’re like brothers here and this is one of the best groups that I’ve been in even when I was still a player.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A new champion coach in the PBA. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Chito Victolero wasn’t looked at as a successor to Tim Cone’s glorious run as head coach of the Purefoods franchise, but it’s what he turned out to be that cemented his legacy in the storied club.Hired from Kia, Victolero was tapped to help the struggling Hotshots move on from their drastic drop to 11-22 less than two years removed from completing the Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s this huge support system behind us and that’s what kept us motivated through all of this, the credit isn’t just on me, this is for the whole team, the players, the coaching staff, the support staff, and the management.”Victolero, who he led the Hotshots to three straight semifinals in the 2016-17 season before this season’s breakthrough, emphasized that the championship was the result of all the hard work and sacrifices from the whole team.READ: Long wait makes newest PBA title sweeter for Alvin Patrimonio, HotshotsIt also helped that his core of players didn’t just treat each other as teammates but as brothers both on and off the court.“I don’t know the feeling [of winning a title] but I just jumped around because I was just so happy because all of our sacrifices from last year and everything we learned from the semifinals and from this year all came together,” said Victolero.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Victolero’s only PBA achievement before arriving in Magnolia’s camp was lead Kia to its lone playoff appearance in the 2016 Governors’ Cup, but he is now part of an elite league of champion coaches in the PBA.READ: Magnolia ends PBA title drought, closes out Alaska in Game 6 FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAgainst the toughest opponent in Alaska, Magnolia survived six brutal games and capped it off with dominant 102-86 Game 6 win, but he was quick to defer the credit to his coaching staff including former head coach Jason Webb.“It’s not just me who deserves all this credit because I will give this to our coaching staff,” said Victolero in Filipino Wednesday at Ynares Center here. “The coaching staff’s support is just immense.” P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US View comments ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:29Robredo to Duterte: 200,000 vote margin no small matter02:14Carpio 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 Taal Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Long wait makes newest PBA title sweeter for Alvin Patrimonio, Magnolialast_img

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