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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: journal journalMay 16th, 2018

PBA: No regrets for Vic Manuel as Alaska ousted from Commissioner s Cup

Vic Manuel's magical Commissioner's Cup run is over. Emerging as one of the top offensive threats for the Alaska Aces, he scored 20 points in 11 straight games, including a career-high 35 markers against the Magnolia Hotshots. His flawless moves on the post have been a revelation, mentored by one of the best centers the league has ever had, Danny Ildefonso. During the eliminations, the 'Muscle Man' normed 24.2 ppg on 58.2 FG%, 6.4 rpg, and 0.9 apg, which made him a frontrunner for the Best Player of the Conference award. However, things started to change in the semis where his 20-point streak was cut short abruptly in Game 1 against San Miguel, where he just tallied 16 points.  Not a bad outing, really.  Unfortunately for Manuel, it became a turning point in the race which counts statistics through the semifinals, thus elevating reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo to the overall leader in the tally, including a 26-point, 12-rebound, two-assist, two-block performance in the series closer. For Manuel, an earlier exit than what he had expected was not a problem for him, as he proved himself to one of being the most feared weapons of coach Alex Compton's balanced attack. "Pero yun nga sabi ko, proud talaga ko sa team namin, sa mga teammates ko, lahat kami nagtulong tulong kasi hindi lang naman ako. Lahat kami nagtulong tulong para makarating dito." "Masaya na ako, naipakita ko. Okay na ako doon. Yun nga sabi ko, nakapasok kami sa semis. Kahit na na-short kami. Ayun lang kuntento na ako. Masaya na ako," the hulking forward added after the game. With key guys like Calvin Abueva (suspension), minutes and assists leader Chris Banchero (family emergency) and original import Antonio Campbell (called up to play in the NBA Summer League), Manuel was proud his team was able to hold the fort and fought tooth-and-nail against the reigning champs. Despite the great performance this conference, the 6'4 forward dispelled questions that his showing has elevated him to the upper echelon, vowing to keep grinding until he proves himself otherwise and avoids injury. Being one of the focal points of the Alaska offense in their rough-and-tumble semis, Manuel was given the go-signal by coaches Compton and Ildefonso to pace the attack, and that has given him a renewed sense of pride for himself. Now that his Commissioner's Cup journey is over, Manuel hopes to be included in the national team's replacement squad for the second window of the FIBA Qualifiers and finally don the 'Pilipinas' jersey for five-on-five, full-court basketball. "Bakit hindi? Syempre tutulong tayo sa bansa natin. Ready lang ako kung tatawagin nila ako. Syempre willing naman ako para maglaro sa Pilipinas. Sa 3x3 nga, ininvite nila ako naglaro ako, doon pa sa Gilas? Syempre, mas masarap maglaro sa 5-on-5, alam natin yun." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

PBA: Aces eliminate Hotshots, book first semis seat

Alaska claimed its first semifinal appearance in two years behind another 20-point game from Vic Manuel after beating Magnolia, 89-78, Tuesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA: Aces eliminate Hotshots, book first semis seat by Jonas Terrado Alaska claimed its first semifinal appearance in two years behind another 20-point… link: PBA: Aces eliminate Hotshots, book first semis seat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Aces clip Hotshots, seal Final 4

For the first time in six conferences, the proud Alaska Milk ball club is back in the PBA Final Four......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Victolero rues multiple change of imports as Magnolia fails to reach semis

MANILA, Philippines – Playing with 4 different imports in an 11-game conference played a huge factor in Magnolia failing to reach the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero lamented.  The Hotshots saw their streak of 4 straight semifinals apperances halted after absorbing a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

SMB s Ross: PBA title quest now a wide-open race

MANILA, Philippines – Unlike the past conferences where San Miguel was almost always the favorite to win the championship, the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup is up for grabs, said Beermen's Chris Ross. For Ross – whose Beermen landed at 6th place heading into the quarterfinals despite a 97-101 loss to the Magnolia Hotshots ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

PBA: Magnolia beats SMB but Hotshots still stuck with 7th seed

At least the Hotshots are on a winning streak heading into the playoffs. Magnolia beat defending champion San Miguel Saturday at the Big Dome, 101-97, but the Hotshots are still stuck with the no. 7 seed in the 2018 PBA Commissioner' Cup. In order to avoid a playoff disadvantage, Magnolia needed to win by at least 14 points. They were 10 points short. Thus, Magnolia (6-5) will have Alaska (8-3) for the quarterfinals starting Monday with the Aces holding a twice-to-beat advantage. The Beermen (6-5) are relegated to the no. 6 seed and will face no. 3 TNT (8-3) in a best-of-3 quarterfinals.  SMB-TNT of course, is a rematch from the 2017 Finals. "Very happy pa rin ako because it affords us momentum going to the playoffs," head coach Chito Victolero said. "Pag nanalo ka naman laging masaya eh. Di mo naman pwedeng sabihin na nanalo kami, di pa kami masaya," he added. Magnolia recovered from an early 11-point deficit to frustrate the champs. The Hotshots took an eight-point lead in the middle of the fourth, which was enough of a cushion to hold on for the win in the end. Wayne Chism led the way with 21 points as he moves to 2-0 in his short Magnolia stint so far. Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang added 14 points each for the Hotshots. San Miguel got 31 points from Renaldo Balkman but it was not enough.   The Scores: Magnolia (101): Chism 21, Lee 14, Sangalang 14, Barroca 11, Herndon 10, Jalalon 9, Melton 8, Brondial 5, Dela Rosa 4, Simon 3, Gamalinda 2, Reavis 0, Ramos 0 San Miguel (97): Balkman 31, Fajardo 18, Santos 13, Lassiter 12, Ross 9, Cabagnot 9, Nabong 5, Rosser 0, Heruela 0 Quarter scores: 29-27, 45-44, 78-76, 101-97   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

PBA: Magnolia takes bittersweet win vs. SMB to the playoffs

Magnolia just beat defending champion San Miguel Beer and yet the Hotshots are stuck as the no. 7 seed in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Cup. It was quite a bittersweet Saturday for Magnolia. However, the sweetness of the win should overcome the bitterness of being a no. 7 seed as the Hotshots just did beat the reigning champions. Head coach Chito Victolero will take that as he now turns to prepare his team for a quarterfinal series against Alaska where the Aces are basically already up 1-0 in a best-of-3 series. "Very happy pa rin ako because it affords us momentum going to the playoffs," Victolero said. "Pag nanalo ka naman laging masaya eh. Di mo naman pwedeng sabihin na nanalo kami, di pa kami masaya," he added. Against the no. 2 Aces, Victolero says the Hotshots will just have to continue with their improving effort as they hope to avoid elimination. A two-game winning streak going to the playoffs should help with their confidence a little bit. "Against Alaska. They’re the No. 2 team. Obviously we’re the underdog. We just have to prepare hard. Good thing we have two days to prepare. Our game’s on Tuesday," Victlero said. "I think it’s going to be a hard game for us. But we will try to give our best effort, our best game sa laro na yon," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Hotshots survive Beermen behind Chism s solid game

Magnolia weathered defending conference champions San Miguel Beer en route to a 101-97 decision, ending their elimination campaign on a high note in the nightcap of Saturday's PBA Commissioner’s Cup action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Dome......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Magnolia beats San Miguel but still falls to No. 7

Magnolia beat San Miguel Beer, 101-97, Saturday night but the victory wasn't enough to avoid being in a tough spot heading into the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals. The Hotshots needed to win by at least 14 points for them not to slip into seventh place and be in a twice-to-win disadvantage against No. 2 Alaska in the first round of the playoffs. "Going into the playoffs it's a good game and a good victory for us. We know it's not easy to go into the playoffs. We encountered a lot of challenges, injuries and import changes," said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero in Filipino. It wasn't the result Magnolia desired but Victolero was still pleased to take the victory. "It ...Keep on reading: Magnolia beats San Miguel but still falls to No. 7.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

PBA: Hotshots import Wayne Chism enjoyed playing against former team NLEX

Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, Wayne Chism made his return to the PBA, suiting up for the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok.  Making Chism's conference debut more interesting was that he went up against his former team in the NLEX Road Warriors.  Already their fourth reinforcement this conference after Vernon Macklin, Curtis Kelly, and Justin Jackson all came and went, the playoff-chasing Magnolia now pin their hopes on the 6-foot-9 former Best Import.  And he delivered.  In his first game back, Chism put up 27 points to go with eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and two steals, leading the Hotshots to a 116-89 win over the Road Warriors.  Not bad for someone who's still adjusting to a new system.  For the 31-year old however, playing against his former mentor in Coach Yeng Guiao was the most enjoyable part of his return.  "It was a good game, I enjoyed myself out there today, especially against Coach Yeng and my former teammates." Chism said after the win.  Chism played with for NLEX in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.  "It's always feelings with Coach, I mean we've been together for a while and this is the first time I'm playing against him and against his team. It was very tough to start off, 'cause I know Coach know me and what my tendencies are, so I had to adjust real quick." Chism added. "Other than that, I'm very happy I played against him just to see how it is on the other side. It was fun, I really enjoyed it." It also took a while for Chism to adjust to playing against his former teammates, jokingly saying that he wanted to assist them, but obviously couldn't.  "Everybody misses each other, I missed 'em too, but playing against 'em, being on the opposite side, it was very challenging 'cause I wanted to pass 'em the ball, but I couldn't."  "Other than that, it was very good to be out there with them and share the game with them again." Chism added.  As far as the win, which was important for the Hotshots as they continue to push for a spot in the playoffs, Chism said that it was about building confidence, more than anything.  "It was very important, today's game, to get my teammates' confidence up, and show 'em that we can win games and we can get them back and get them more confidence and get them back on the winning track." Magnolia closes out the elimination round against defending champions San Miguel on Saturday, July 7th at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

PBA: Wayne Chism relying on Paul Lee to help adjustment with Magnolia

Wayne Chism made his 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup debut Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, helping the Magnolia Hotshots to a 116-89 win over his former team NLEX. Chism made an immediate impact as he filled the statsheets with an all-around impressive performance highlighted by 27 points and eight rebounds to help the Hotshots to a 5-5 record.  It was a welcome sign for the Hotshots, as they welcome already their fourth import in this conference alone, after Vernon Macklin, Curtis Kelly, and Justin Jackson. Now, as the eighth-seeded Hotshots try to make a push for the postseason, Chism hopes to fit in just quickly, and he's counting on a longtime teammate in Paul Lee to help with the adjustments.  "That's very easy, 'cause me and Paul have been together, we've been together for three, not together for one of 'em, so it was great to be back out there with Paul to teach me more things about the other guys and about this organization and how to play with these guys." Chism and Lee played together in Rain or Shine for two conferences back in 2014-2016. Lee was traded to Star/Magnolia in 2016.  Now, the 6-foot-9 Tennessee native hopes to be able to recreate the success that he and Lee had during Rain or Shine's Commissioner's Cup Finals run back in 2015.  "I'm here to help the team win and build confidence with the team and help them get their confidence back." Chism said.  Talking about his predecessors, Chism says that he can't say anything bad about the imports that came before him during the conference.  "I can't [talk down about] the other imports because they did a good job while they was here. It's just, with the coaching staff, it didn't work out." Chism maintains that he has one job with Magnolia, and that's to help.  "I'm here to help the guys, not to take over anything from them or take anything from 'em, just like today's game, the game was very very fast, everybody was moving the ball, everybody was touching and scoring the ball, so that shows the team is getting back the chemistry that they used to have." Magnolia will have a shot at securing a spot in the post season when they take on Magnolia on Saturday, July 7th at the Araneta Coliseum. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

PBA: Sangalang returns to bolster Magnolia frontline

Late in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup, Magnolia is finally getting some help. With Wayne Chism, it looks like the Hotshots finally found their import. [Related: PBA: Magnolia's frontline takes another hit with Sangalang injury] After that, the frontline got some big boost as Ian Sangalang finally returned from a wrist injury that sidelined him for close to two months. The star forward returned Wednesday in Magnolia's huge win over NLEX. He played 19 minutes and scored nine points. "Okay naman ako. Maybe next game, I’ll be better next game. Hopefully, next game, 100-percent na," he said. "Kinukuha lang yung rhythm para next game ready na," he added. After taking hits all conference long causing them to struggle as a team, Sangalang is positive that the Hotshots are primed for a run now. The victory over the Road Warriors is a good start. "Sakto ito na kumpleto kami kahit unti-unti. Nakuha namin yung gusto namin na import," he said. "Siguro yung confidence namin sa team at sa isa’t isa, mabu-build up namin sa next game going to the playoffs," Sangalang added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Beermen, Hotshots pursue playoff berths

Titleholder San Miguel Beer and Magnolia take on eliminated rivals as they step up their playoff drive at the resumption of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City tonight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Chism, Hotshots fight for life

Only the fight for No. 1 has been settled with the final seven positions behind runaway frontrunner Rain or Shine up for grabs in the last three playing schedules this week of the PBA Commissioner&.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Sangalang excited to play again as Hotshots enter crucial stretch

The absence of Ian Sangalang dealt a major blow to Magnolia, which went 1-4 minus its star big man. The slump left the Hotshots in a precarious position. At 4-5, they still need to win their last two games to avoid elimination. Fortunately for Magnolia, help is on the way. Sangalang is set to return from a wrist injury while Wayne Chism, the former Best Import, will also make his debut in the Hotshots' next game on July 4. "We're almost complete," said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero on Wednesday after wrapping up practice at Ronac Art Center in Ortigas. "Ping (Marc Pingris) is still out but at least Ian's back and he beefs up our frontline. We also have Wayne who is very ...Keep on reading: Sangalang excited to play again as Hotshots enter crucial stretch.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Wayne Chism to boost Hotshots’ bid

The Magnolia Hotshots hope to salvage a spot in the playoff round of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup as it tapped veteran PBA import Wayne Chism for Justin Jackson......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Chism set for Magnolia debut vs former coach Guiao, NLEX

Wayne Chism is Magnolia's latest import in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Chism, who has been tapped to replace Justin Jackson, is the Hotshots' fourth reinforcement this conference after Vernon Macklin, Curtis Kelly and Jackson. The 31-year-old Chism is also making his fourth stint in the PBA after suiting up for Rain or Shine twice in 2014 and 2015 and NLEX last year. The one-time Best Import surprised PBA fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night when he and Magnolia guard Paul Lee watched the game between the Elasto Painters and the Meralco Bolts won by the Painters in overtime. Though, Chism will be playing in a familiar league, it will be his first time being under a h...Keep on reading: Chism set for Magnolia debut vs former coach Guiao, NLEX.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Hotshots bring in Chism for their make-or-break matches

The Magnolia Hotshots hope to salvage a spot in the playoff round of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup with the help of veteran PBA import Wayne Chism whom they tapped to replace Justin Jackson......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Magnolia changes import anew, taps veteran Wayne Chism

MANILA, Philippines – For the 4th time in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Magnolia Hotshots have tapped a new import. But this time, they've decided to go with a familliar face.  The Hotshots have tapped the services of Wayne Chism – who will be on his 5th tour of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Rivero, Yap, Pingris, Vera all join 'Basaan' in San Juan

The Wattah Wattah Festival of San Juan is famous for its quite literal, as well as fun, celebration of  St. John the Bapist's feast day every June 24. Faith for the city's patron saint was in full display Sunday afternoon, as thousands of drenched people crowded the streets joined the annual 'cleansing'. Among those soaked devotees were star athletes like University of the Philippines' Ricci Rivero, Rain or Shine Elastopainter James Yap, Magnolia Hotshots' Marc Pingris, as well as ONE Championship heavyweight king Brandon Vera, and more. They all joined the 'Basaan Festival' to the delight of their fans, and the people of San Juan. Brandon Vera, dumalo sa Pista ng San Juan. pic.twitter.com/oDnd7E5H2x — jeff hernaez (@jeffreyhernaez) June 24, 2018 Marc Pingris, dumalo rin sa Pista ng San Juan. pic.twitter.com/hvsXQLBOCW — jeff hernaez (@jeffreyhernaez) June 24, 2018 James Yap at Ricci Rivero sa Pista ng San Juan. pic.twitter.com/djEt8i5GFl — jeff hernaez (@jeffreyhernaez) June 24, 2018 LOOK: Arrival of Brandon Vera, Don Allado, Ricci Rivero, James Yap, Marc Pingris and Daiana Menezes here in Kabayanan Court @ABSCBNNews pic.twitter.com/RvgcWBgc6x — Ganiel Krishnan (@KrishnanGaniel) June 24, 2018.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018