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Chito Victolero comes into defense of John Fields as import continues struggle vs Alaska

It was totally a forgettable PBA return for John Fields.

Known as a solid import for Columbian Dyip in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup norms of 29.1 points and 19.1 rebounds, Fields only mustered 12 markers and six boards in the Magnolia Hotshots’ 80-103 loss to the Alaska Aces Wednesday.

Fields, of course, was disappointed, most especially with the fact that he got beaten yet again by the same team — Fields’ PBA debut in May 4, 2018 came in a humiliating way as he and Columbiam got blown out by 31 by Alaska.

“Not what I wanted.

“You know, Alaska got me two years in a row coming in and they beat me by a lot. So it’s not what I wanted. Disappointed in the result, disappointed in the way I played,” said the 31-year-old center.

Fields was tough on himself following the underwhelming return he had, as he only shot 4-of-11 from the field. He also committed three turnovers and a foul in the 30 minutes and 11 seconds he saw action.

“I shot terribly today.”

Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero, though, is not disappointed towards his import. He understands why Fields played that way — the reigning Coach of the Year bared that the American cager got hurt days prior to their game.

“Si John kasi, actually may problema siya sa ankle niya.

“Two days before our game, na-sprain yung ankle niya. Unfair din naman doon sa import natin, pinilit lang niya maglaro today. Yun lang,” shared Victolero. “I’ll talk to him on Friday.”

Fields hurt definitely brings a problem for the Hotshots. They will have a tough schedule next week, where they will be playing three games in five days versus NorthPort Batang Pier, NLEX Road Warriors, and Columbian, respectively.

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“I will talk to John on Friday kung ano yung situation ng ankle. Yung games namin na susunod, talagang importante yan. I don’t know kung ano pa yung mafi-feel niya doon sa ankle niya but I will try to talk to him on Friday,” Victolero said.

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