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Magnolia to give Barroca, Lee more time to recuperate after Gilas duties

Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said that Mark Barroca and Paul Lee will get extended rest once they their duties with Gilas Pilipinas end and before they plunge back to action in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup.

The two Magnolia guards are part of the Gilas group that went to Spain for a training camp in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.

"I'm a little bit concerned with Mark and Paul because you all know that they have been playing non-stop. So we're a bit concerned for both of them since we all have seen how fatigue has caught up with our players in our recent conference," Victolero told ESPN5.

Barroca and Lee are strong candidates to make the final 12-man lineup, which would mean more practices and competition against bigger and stronger guards on an international level.

"You know that their minds and bodies are tired. They (Barroca and Lee) are only humans and they can feel the fatigue, too, but again, that's (Gilas) playing for flag and country and any player wouldn't want to miss that chance to represent the country," added Victolero.

"For now, I told the two to simply concentrate on their duties with Gilas. And before they left for Spain, we had a talk and I told them that I'll give them a one-week break for them to rest and recover."

Missing games is a possibility as well for Barroca and Lee, depending on how their bodies feel after their national team stint.

"Maybe after a week of rest, they can play, but again, they are the ones who know their bodies. Maybe we'll manage their playing minutes because again, I don't want them to feel the strain during the playoffs," stressed Victolero.

Magnolia has been on a long break since they lost to Ginebra in the Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals. With the constant grind of the PBA season, Victolero reminded his players get enough rest and take care of their bodies.

"We need to start strong (in the Governors' Cup) because for the last two conferences, we've had a slow start, which is understandable because we've reached far in the playoffs," he said. "Hopefully, after this long break, the players will come out hungry again when the conference starts."