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Behind China-bound import, blistering Hotshots turn Columbian Dyip into a wreck

Vernon Macklin got a lucrative offer overseas that he couldn't resist and, as he prepares for his swan song with Magnolia, showed his appreciation to management in style. With Macklin set to b.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesMay 17th, 2018

Magnolia bumps Columbian off winning track with 25-point romp

MANILA, Philippines – The Magnolia Hotshots cruised to their second straight win by annihilating the Columbian Dyip, 126-101, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, May 16.  Import Vernon Macklin, who played his penultimate game for the Hotshots after securing a guaranteed contract in China's National Basketball League , churned out 19 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

PBA: Hotshots shut down TNT to break 3-game slide

Magnolia was absolutely in the zone in the second half to crush TNT. The Hotshots were on fire on both ends Wednesday, beating the KaTropa, 111-89, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena. Magnolia exploded for 36 points in the third period to turn the game around and then they just shut down TNT in the fourth, 32-16, to break the game wide open. The win finally got the Hotshots back on the winning track, breaking out of a three-game slump to improve to 4-4 in the standings. TNT dropped to 6-2, giving up its hold of the top-2 spot. "For the last two weeks we had different imports so we have a problem with chemistry," head coach Chito Victolero said. "But I told my players to find ways how to win games and I'm very proud and very happy that they responded to my challenge," he added. Magnolia appeared to be in trouble early as TNT opened up a 12-point lead late in the second quarter, 48-36. The Hotshots managed to close the gap before the first half ended, 43-48, setting up their huge rally in the next two quarters. A 12-0 run for Magnolia in the fourth to take a 99-76 lead pretty much ended things. Paul Lee led the way for the Hotshots with 25 points, 17 in the blistering third period as Magnolia started to take control of the game. Import Justin Jackson played his first game for the Hotshots and added 18 points and 19 rebounds. He also had seven assists. Terrence Romeo paced the KaTropa with 17 points and seven assists.   The Scores:   MAGNOLIA 111 — Lee 25, Jackson 18, Brondial 16, Jalalon 13, Barroca 9, Ramos 9, Melton 7, Dela Rosa 5, Simon 3, Herndon 2, Pascual 2, Reavis 2. TNT 89 — Romeo 17, Pogoy 16, Smith 12, Castro 9, Reyes 9, Semerad 7, Williams 6, Rosario 5, Cruz 4, Taha 2, Trollano 2, Carey 0.   Quarters: 18-25, 43-48, 79-73, 111-89. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

PBA: Paul Lee bags Player of the Week honors

Paul Lee stood tall in Magnolia's back-to-back wins over Columbian Dyip and Meralco on the way to capturing the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award for the period of May 14-20. Nicknamed the “Leethal Weapon”, the 29-year-old Magnolia combo guard posted averages of 18.5 points, 7 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal in the Pambansang Manok’s two-win stretch this past week as they head to the PBA All-Star break in high spirits. Magnolia, which now totes a 3-1 card overall for solo fourth spot, hammered the hapless Columbian side, 126-101 last Wednesday as the “Angas ng Tondo” finished with 17 points, eight assists and two rebounds, while knocking down three triples. Lee then, upped the ante of his game by banging in 20 points, built around four three-point shots, issued six assists and added three boards as Magnolia nosed out Meralco, 81-79.  Import Vernon Macklin, who played his farewell game before heading to China, knocked down the game-winning foul shots in the dying seconds for Magnolia. The sweet-shooting Lee beat Magnolia teammate Mark Barroca, last week’s Player of the Week Vic Manuel of Alaska, TNT guard Ryan Reyes, Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu and Phoenix gunners Jeff Chan and Matthew Wright for the weekly citation. Magnolia heads to the annual PBA showcase with three straight wins and will be back for action on June 2 when it faces league-leader Rain or Shine (5-1) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Magnolia routs Columbian Dyip

Magnolia Pambansang Manok displayed fiery form from start to finish, routing Columbian Dyip, 126-101, for back-to-back wins in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Import Vernon Macklin and the Hotshots stretched their 37-18 first quarter lead to an insurmountable 69-37 before the halftime break. Magnolia was never [...] The post Magnolia routs Columbian Dyip appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

PBA: Scottie Thompson caps off memorable, historical night for PBA

What should be an obscure and rainy night for most residents of Metro Manila has been rather historical in nature for the PBA. The league should remember June 20, 2018 as one of the more historical nights in league history. According to PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon III, there were three milestones achieved today in the two games today, namely the Phoenix-Globalport tussle and the battle between Ginebra and Columbian. The margin of victory for both teams were historical in itself, for it is the first time since Sept. 3, 2000 that both teams in a doubleheader had won by 27 points or more. Phoenix won by 27 against Globalport, 135-108, and Ginebra destroyed Columbian Dyip, also by 27, 134-107. In case you were wondering, the Sept. 3, 2000 games were a pair of playoff games, which were headlined by San Miguel - Sta. Lucia in Game 1 of the best-of-7 Commissioner's Cup Finals, which the Beermen demolished the Realtors by 28, 106-78, and Alaska reigning supreme over Tanduay, also by 28, 119-71, in the battle for third. Yes, there was a battle for third. It is also the first time since July 6, 2007 as two players finished with a triple-double. Import Eugene Phelps (Phoenix) tallied 37 points, 23 rebounds, and 10 assists, while dimunitive point guard recorded his 3rd career triple-double of 12 markers, 12 boards, and 10 dimes.  San Miguel's import Galen Young submitted 18 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists in a 103-96 Battle for 3rd loss vs Red Bull, while Alaska's reinforcement Rossell Ellis posted 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 113-85 win against TNT in Game 1 of the best-of-7 PBA Fiesta Conf. Finals. More importantly, Mark Caguioa moved up in the list of most prolific scorers in league history. The 38-year old moved up to 15th all-time in the scoring list at 9,931 career points after scoring eight tonight.   ___   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

PBA: Magnolia lost on wayward defensive sequences, says Chito Victolero

Magnolia Hotshots Chito Victolero says the game started to turn around for the worst when they failed to capitalize on defensive schemes, leading to easy baskets inside the paint. The Hotshots, who had lost their seventh straight game in the Manila Clasico, 104-84, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Sunday evening, had fallen to a 4-5 slate, good for seventh, while Ginebra is slowly knocking on Columbian's door for eighth with a 3-5 record. Victolero rued that the defensive-minded team lost their way, along with their identity. With a 4-5 record and teetering towards the seventh seed and a twice-to-beat disadvantage if they don't clean up their act, his team will need to approach every game moving forward as a do-or-die game. However, if they want to treat such games as such, the team would have to make up their minds and make up for the task at hand, with a very long break until their next game, 17 days to be exact. "So 'yung effort naman, and'yan lahat eh. I think 'yung discipline lang namin. Iko-correct namin 'yun. Ang maganda, we have a chance pa naman. It's still in our hands, so we just try to prepare hard for our next game." The mentor brought good news to the table, as Ian Sangalang may return on their next game against the NLEX Road Warriors on July 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena. "Malaking bagay 'yun, kasi nakita niyo naman, we don't have any inside presence with the loss of Ian and Ping eh. But with Ian, at least we have a post presence. Lalaki din kami. Nawala kasi sa amin is 15 points, eight rebounds a game, so talagang mahirap palitan 'yun." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

PBA: Streaking Aces battle Magnolia sans Calvin

Winners of five straight games, Alaska hopes to continue its streak as the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup continues Sunday at th Big Dome. At 5-1, the Aces look to keep in step with idle Rain or Shine and Magnolia at the top of the standings however, they'll have to do that withouth star forward Calvin Abueva. Alaska officially suspended Abueva on Saturday for missing team activities without permission. Calvin reportedly had "personal issues" to deal with. The Aces will have the Magnolia Hotshots on deck, a team that has struggled with back-to-back losses and will enter with a 3-3 mark. Tip off will be at 6:45 p.m. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Phoenix (3-4) and Columbian (3-5) hope to get out of their respective slumps as they square off against each other. The Fuel Masters have lost back-to-back games while the Dyip have dropped three straight.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Beermen buck flat start, repulse Dyip for 3rd straight win

San Miguel Beer got their bearings just in time to turn back Columbian, 129-117, in the nightcap of Wednesday’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

PBA: June Mar sure loves playing against Columbian

June Mar Fajardo sure loves playing against the Kia franchise. In the victory against Columbian Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Fajardo scored 37 points, 17 in the fourth quarter, as the Beermen won their third straight game. Fajardo's 37 points is a conference high and is the fourth-most points he's scored in one game for his career. And according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, three of June Mar's top 5 scoring performances in the PBA came against the Kia franchise. Four of his top 7 are against the same team as well. But in true Kraken fashion, Fajardo just downplayed his big game, saying he just wanted the Beermen to win. While it was San Miguel's third straight victory, the defending champions are only at .500 with a 3-3 record after losing their first three games in the elimination round. "Kailangan lang namin manalo at makabalik sa standings," Fajardo said. "Buti nanalo kami ngayon. Credit sa mga teammates ko, lahat nag-step up. Ang ganda ng laro ni Alex [Cabagnot], triple-double, then yung import namin, as usual nandoon. Lahat nag-contribute," he added. Despite picking up steam, Fajardo says that the Beermen could still work on a lot of things moving forward. Most notably on defense as practically everyone at San Miguel didn't like the fact that they gave up 117 points in just 48 minutes to the Dyip. "Kailangan lang namin i-improve yung depensa, minsan nagre-relax kami," Fajardo said. "Pero pag naglaro kami as a team, shineshare namin ang bola, sobrang lakas namin, sobrang ganda ng kalalabasan. Sana ganun pa rin, mag-step up ang lahat. Hindi dapat mag-relax," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

PBA: John Fields downplays spat with Chris Ross: Both people want to win

For the second straight game, Columbian Dyip found themselves on the wrong end of a blowout, falling to defending champions San Miguel, 129-117, Wednesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum. Throughout the game, Columbian import John Fields and San Miguel guard Chris Ross were going at it, jawing at each other, to the point that both got called for Technical Fouls in the second half. Fields finished with a monster 19 point-22 rebound outing, but it was Ross’ team that ended up getting the W. After the game, Fields talked about the little spat with the former PBA Best Player of the Conference, saying that it was just about competition. “Nah, that’s just water under the bridge.” said Fields. “Chris Ross is a good competitor, and I’m a competitor, it just got heated. Both people wanna win. He’s a good player.” As for the loss, Fields credits San Miguel’s defensive adjustment that ultimately took them off their game. The Beermen built a 69-55 lead at the half before Columbian made it more interesting in the third quarter, even taking a three-point lead. San Miguel ultimately ended the third period on a 14-3 run and ran away with the game in the fourth quarter. “They switched up the zone and got us a little bit off our pace, a little bit off our rhythm.” Fields said. “I feel like we were in the game, had a chance to win it up to that spot where we went scoreless in the zone and we just couldn’t solve it. I’m just a little disappointed.” “Nah, it’s just we didn’t execute on offense, I missed shots that I normally make, nothing bugged me, I just gotta play through the physicality and finish better around the rim.” Fields added. The six-foot-nine Fields also experience going against four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, who dropped a conference-high 37 points to go with 18 boards. “He’s a good player, good inside moves. Nothing bad to say about the guy, a good person.” Fields said. With three games left, the Dyip will need to win out all three of their matches in order to secure a spot in the postseason. “We need to win all three, or two out of these three to get to the playoffs, you know the team, we just gotta push hard. We got a tough one in Ginebra next, that’s gonna be a challenge. We just look forward to the challenge situations and we gotta get back to work in practice.” Before taking on Ginebra, Fields and Columbian will take on Phoenix on Sunday, June 10th at the Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Texters red-hot shooting scuttles Dyip

Asiad-bound TNT KaTropa dished out an imposing game coming off the All-Star break, scoring almost at will in pummeling a hapless Columbian Dyip side, 123-95, to gain a piece of the lead with Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the MOA Arena last night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

PBA: Brownlee returns as Gin Kings take on rival Meralco

Justin Brownlee is back to try and rescue Brgy. Ginebra's conference. The Gin Kings are 1-3 in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup and have opted to bring back Brownlee quickly to try and get something going. [Related: PBA: Justin Brownlee is ready to roll with Ginebra anew] Brownlee, who is fresh from an ABL championship with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas, already has two titles with the barangay in three conferences. The high-scoring Ginebra import will face rival Meralco (3-2) for his first game back in what should be an explosive outing. Tip off will be at 7:00 p.m. live from the MOA Arena. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., TNT (4-1) go for a share of first place anew as the KaTropa meet Columbian Dyip (3-3). The KaTropa are also set to welcome returning import Joshua Smith who is coming off a stint in Japan.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

PBA: Macklin makes game-winning free throws in final game for Magnolia

What a way for Vernon Macklin to make his way out of the PBA. Macklin gifted Magnolia one last win in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup, draining the crucial free throws that allowed the Hotshots to take a dramatic 81-79 victory over Meralco Friday at the Big Dome. Tied at 79, Paul Lee found Macklin on the break for a possible game-winner. Macklin almost immediately drew a foul after taking the pass and he ended up making two free throws for the lead with 3.1 seconds to go. In the game's final play on the other end, Chris Newsome failed to complete a perfectly-executed alley-oop and Magnolia won its third straight game of the conference for a 3-1 record. "I'm very proud of V-Mack," head coach Chito Victolero said. "Binigay niya par in lahat. I'm very happy. May contracy na siya sa China pero go-hard pa rin," he added. The Bolts had several opportunities to close the game out but several missed free throws from Arinze Onuaku and a questionable long two from Newsome ended up dooming Meralco. Magnolia certainly took advantage of that as a Mark Barroca free throw made it 77-79 for the Bolts. Paul Lee then eventually tied the game from the line and after Newsome's long miss, Macklin finally regained the lead for the Hotshots. Macklin led the way with 21 points and 15 rebounds for Magnolia while Lee added 20 of his own. Barroca finished with 18 points. The Bolts got 23 points from Onuaku but the hulking import missed 16 of his 21 attempts from the line. Meralco dropped to 3-2 with the loss.   The Scores: MAGNOLIA 81 – Macklin 21, Lee 20, Barroca 18, Reavis 6, Jalalon 6, Ramos 3, Herndon 3, Dela Rosa 2, Brondial 2, Pascual 0, Sangalang 0, Simon 0, Abundo 0. MERALCO 79 – Onuaku 23, Newsome 15, Amer 14, Dillinger 12, Canaleta 7, Caram 4, Baracael 2, Hugnatan 2, Hodge 0. Quarters: 19-16; 34-31; 56-50; 81-79.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Hotshots dismantle Dyip

Magnolia got off to a furious start, posting a huge 19-point lead right in the opening quarter then cruising to a 126-101 victory over Columbian Dyip to close in on the early leaders in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

For family, Vernon Macklin leaves Magnolia to play in Chinese league

MANILA, Philippines – There are just things bigger than basketball. Just 3 games in, import Vernon Macklin will drop out of the Magnolia Hotshots' campaign in the PBA Commissioner's Cup after securing a guaranteed contract in China's National Basketball League  (NBL).  And it's a decision hinged on his family, he said.  "I came here with these guys to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Hotshots get hot

MAGNOLIA is playing Meralco tomorrow, and the Hotshots seemed to be doing some light workouts on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Hotshots destroyed the Columbian Dyip, 126-101, behind an awesome offensive to clinch their second win in three games in the elimination round of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Macklin savoring last ‘bittersweet’ days with Magnolia

Vernon Macklin is just days away from leaving Magnolia and he plans to spend his best days with his team before he flies to China for the National Basketball League. And the man once known as "Mack Attack" when he played for Ginebra in the PBA 2013 Commissioner's Cup began his farewell tour when he led Magnolia to a 126-101 shellacking of Columbian. Macklin played his penultimate game with the Hotshots in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta and he finished with 19 points and eight boards in a match that made him realize his departure is already fast approaching. "I still have the same mindset like if I was playing a normal game even if this is a bitterswee...Keep on reading: Macklin savoring last ‘bittersweet’ days with Magnolia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Magnolia Hotshots rout Columbian by 25 points

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Senior Reporter THE Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok notched their second straight win in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup and they did so in big fashion, routing the Columbian Dyip, 126-101, yesterday in the curtain-raiser at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Had it explosive in the opening half of the […] The post Magnolia Hotshots rout Columbian by 25 points appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Dyip halts streaking ROS five

Columbian Dyip played with cohesion in its second game with replacement import Bailey John Fields, topping the previously unbeaten Rain or Shine squad, 104-96, to again breach the .500 mark in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the MOA Arena in Pasay City last night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

PBA: Meralco’s Onuaku getting back to health after tough start to conference

Meralco Bolts reinforcement Arinze Onuaku is slowly getting back into shape following a rough start to the 2018 PBA Commissioners Cup. Tough in the sense that the former Best Import wasn’t at a hundred percent to start the conference. Onuaku battled a stomach virus before the start of the Commissioners Cup, going in and out of the hospital, but has managed to keep producing for the Bolts, putting up 30 points and 19 boards in his debut - a win over Columbian Dyip - and then going for 21 points and 14 boards in their close loss to Globalport. Friday night at the Araneta Coliseum against the NLEX Road Warriors, Onuaku was again effective for the Bolts as he put up 15 points, pulled down a game-high 23 rebounds to help get the dominant 106-90 victory. After the game, the 30-year old Maryland native said that he was indeed in better shape than the weeks prior. “I feel better, last week was tough, but we had a little time off so I was able to get my body recovered a little bit.” With Meralco improving to 2-1 after Friday’s contest, Onuaku is confident that he and the Bolts are in a good spot to contend for a championship, especially with the right game plan. “We’re gonna be alright, we just gotta continue to put the work in in practice and do what we practiced in the game.” “Today I think we were able to take some things from practice to the game that helped us.” Onuaku added. For the second game in a row, Onuaku wasn’t Meralco’s main offensive threat, as guard Chris Newsome paced the Bolts’ offense with 30 points, but that wasn’t an issue for the six-foot-nine forward. Plus, being tightly guarded all game long likely played a factor as well. “That’s what happens when you got three people on you, you pass the ball, so that’s what I’mma do.” Arinze finished with five assists, just one shy of playmaker Baser Amer’s team-high six. Up next for Arinze and the Bolts will be a showdown with defending champions San Miguel Wednesday, May 9th at the Mall of Asia Arena.       .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 4th, 2018