The Hotshots and the Batang Pier slug it out in a PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals face-off showcasing marquee backcourt matchups.
Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Jio Jalalon, Justin Melton and PJ Simon, lethal forces in Magnolia’s stirring romp on the way to a second-place finish in the elims, will be up against GlobalPort’s explosive backcourt duo of Romeo and Stanley Pringle.
And not to be taken for granted are Jonathan Grey, Nico Elorde, Ryan Arana and Jeric Teng.
Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said they have to handle the Batang Pier carefully as they can be very dangerous especially now on their second game with Romeo.
The Hotshots hope they can get past the Batang Pier in one game and get back in the all-Filipino semis where they fought the Barangay Ginebra Kings in a full distance of a best-of-seven series last season. They then bungled a 3-2 series lead and settled for second runner-up honors.
Victolero and his troops take their first of two cracks at a semis return at 7 p.m.Tuesday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
“We have to be aggressive from start to finish. We need to surpass the aggressiveness and effort of GlobalPort,” said Victolero.