December 02, 2023

Abu Tratter ‘big help’ in Magnolia’s dominant win versus Blackwater

Abu Tratter ‘big help’ in Magnolia’s dominant win versus Blackwater
PBA

Abu Tratter made an impact right in his first game as a Magnolia Hotshot.

Traded from Converge FiberXers for a first round pick, Tratter was a “big help” for the Hotshots in their one-sided 117-83 win over Blackwater Bossing in the PBA on Tour on Sunday.

Magnolia coach Chito Victolero had nothing but praise for his prized big man, who did a spectacular job manning the paint in the absence of injured Calvin Abueva (knee) and Ian Sangalang.

“For a start, I’m very happy nakatulong siya,” said Victolero after the match at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

“Malaking tulong siya on both ends of the floor. He’s a threat on offense, sa rebounding, and he’s a threat on the defensive end also.”

In his debut game, Tratter finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and an emphatic block on Tyrus Hill in the first half where Magnolia nailed a total of 11 triples to grab a commanding 68-30 lead at halftime.

Blackwater simply had no riposte against the Hotshots, whose biggest lead was 40, 72-32.

Despite the impressive debut, Victolero believes there are a lot of tricks up Tratter’s sleeves.

“I think madami pa siyang madadagdag dun. Kita niyo naman marami pang mistakes, may mga breakdowns din,” he said.

(GM)