MAGNOLIA hopes to make it two in a row in the PBA Commissioner's Cup as it tackles a Columbian Dyip side that will parade a new import on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots are coming off a 98-88 victory over the NLEX Road Warriors Friday night, a huge confidence builder they'll be bringing with them in their 4:30 p.m. match against the Dyip on Father's Day.
The victory over the Road Warriors snapped the Hotshots' two-game skid for a 1-2 record.
Magnolia will be playing its third game in the last five days of a brutal stretch where coach Chito Victolero hopes his team will emerge with a winning record.
"Hopefully, maka-50 percent kami after Sunday. That's our goal before we faced the top teams," he said.
"It's a back-to-back-to-back games in five days. Parang nasa playoffs kami."
In contrast, Columbian is fresh from a two-week rest since clinching its first win in the conference, a 120-105 rout of NLEX last June 1 in import Kyle Barone's last outing with the franchise.
The victory improved the Dyip's record to 1-3 overall.
Barone will be replaced by Lester Prosper, a 6-foot-10 prospect out of SUNY Old Westbur, the same school that produced Columbian Dyip guard Rashawn McCarhty.
Prosper, 30, has previously played in Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, and Slovakia.
The league debut of Prosper also coincides with the return to active duty of Fil-Am guard Jerramy King.
The 28-year-old King has been laid off for five months after suffering a partial tear/strain on his Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL).
He sustained the injury in the Dyip's first game of the season against San Miguel during the Philippine Cup. (RG)