Victolero takes blame for Game 4 loss after losing cool
Victolero was visibly upset after the referees missed a traveling violation on Ginebra big man Dave Marcelo that led to a basket by Kevin Ferrer early in the fourth quarter. He also got called for a technical foul for crossing the hash line.
“I think it’s my fault and I told that to my players,” said Victolero when asked if the frustrations are rubbing off on his players. “It starts with me so it’s my fault. We lost this game because of me.”
The Hotshots have now lost two in a row after winning eight straight including the first two games of the best-of-seven semifinals series.
Victolero feels now is the time for Star to lean more on one another with the pivotal Game 5 set on Friday night.
“We need to stay together and stay positive. Experience-wise, the players already know what they have to do,” he said. “This conference we’ve experienced a lot of [character-building moments] and we need to keep building our character during these situations so it’s not easy.”