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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: inquirer inquirerMay 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

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

Vernon Macklin would love to play in the PBA again

Hitting a pair of clutch free throws to win the game for Magnolia provided the fitting farewell for Vernon Macklin on Friday night. But it doesn't seem like Filipino basketball fans had seen the last of Macklin in the PBA. The 31-year-old Macklin is well-loved by Filipinos ever since he made his PBA debut with Barangay Ginebra in the 2013 Commissioner's Cup and led the Gin Kings' surprise finals run as the seventh seed before losing to No. 1 Alaska in a three-game sweep. And the adoration for him did not change in his return even if he switched teams. "Always. Like I said this place always has a special place in my heart," Macklin told reporters after his freebies with 3.1 seconds ...Keep on reading: Vernon Macklin would love to play in the PBA again.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

PBA: Black still high on Onuaku despite import missing 16 free throws

Arinze Onuaku scored 23 points against Magnolia Friday but safe to say the hulking reinforcement didn't exactly have a great night. For one, the Bolts lost to the Hotshots, 79-81. A win would have put them in a tie for first heading into the All-Star break but instead, they hold a 3-2 record. Second, the former Best Import missed 16 free throws. Onuaku shot a horrible 5-of-21 from the line and every miss allowed Magnolia to stay in the game. The Hotshots eventually stole the win in the end after import Vernon Macklin drilled two pressure-packed free throws in the final three seconds. Onuaku politely declined to be interviewed following the loss but head coach Norman Black conceded that the missed free throws --- 16 of them --- were the "sour aspect" of the game vs. Magnolia. "Well tonight he had a lot of opportunities to separate us in the game. If he had made a couple of those foul shots, obviously we could've pulled away," Black said. "But everytime he got the ball offensively they started fouling him on purpose. In that situation you just have to step up and make them," he added. Still, Black believes in his import. While the missed free throw and the loss are tough, the veteran mentor is ready to move on to the next one. "But, obviously, he gives us a lot of other things on the court to help us win games," he said. "That was a sour aspect of the game tonight [missed free throws], but that's part of it. You just have to live with it and move on," Black added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

WATCH: Macklin gifts Magnolia with win in farewell game; opens door for return

They say first impressions last. But on Friday night, Vernon Macklin made sure his last outing with his PBA team withstands the test of time......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Macklin leaves lasting mark with clutch FTs as Magnolia edges Meralco

MANILA, Philippines – Vernon Macklin bid goodbye in the most ecstatic way by burying the go-ahead freebies that lifted Magnolia to an 81-79 win over Meralco in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, May 18.  Macklin, who will leave the Hotshots to play in China's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Macklin open to PBA return: This place always has a special place in my heart

MANILA, Philippines – Vernon Macklin will always welcome a return to the PBA.  Macklin, who suited up for the Magnolia Hotshots for the last time after just 4 games in the Commissioner's Cup, will be heading to China's National Basketball League. But he is not closing his doors on another tour ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

PBA: Macklin lifts Magnolia past Meralco in farewell game

Vernon Macklin couldn't have written a better script for his farewell game for Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Macklin sank the game-winning free throws with 3.1 seconds left to lift the Hotshots over the Meralco Bolts, 81-79, Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Macklin capped a 9-0 burst by the Hotshots in the final one minute and 48 seconds and finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and a block in his last game before leaving for China to play in the National Basketball League. Magnolia coach Chito Victolero lauded Macklin not only for leading the team to its third win in four games but more importantly for his professionalism. "He already has a contract in China b...Keep on reading: PBA: Macklin lifts Magnolia past Meralco in farewell game.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 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

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:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 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

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

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: Hotshots score first win after close decision with Globalport

When the going gets tough, you go to your star players. Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee provided the clutch hits as Magnolia escpaed Globalport Saturday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, scoring a 92-87 win at the AUF Sports Arena in Angeles City. Down two with less than four minutes to go, Sangalang and Lee scored Magnolia's next seven points to take a five-point lead with 1:46 left. It was more than enough for the Hotshots to secure their first win of the mid-season joust for a 1-1 record. Sangalang led the way with 22 points while import Vernon Macklin added 19 and 13 rebounds for Magnolia. The Batang Pier, who dropped to 2-2, got 20 points from Sean Anthony.   The scores: MAGNOLIA 92 - Sangalang 22, Macklin 19, Dela Rosa 14, Ramos 9, Lee 8, Barroca 7, Simon 6, Jalalon 5, Pascual 2, Herndon 0, Brondial 0. GLOBALPORT 87 - Anthony 20, White 17, Pringle 14, Tautuaa 12, Javelona 9, Grey 5, Araña 4, Elorde 2, Flores 2, Guinto 2, Teng 0, Gabayni 0, Juico 0. Quarterscores: 20-15, 37-37, 65-62, 92-87   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Magnolia outplays GlobalPort down the stretch for 1st win

Magnolia got into the winning track after stopping GlobalPort 92-87 in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Saturday at AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center. The Hotshots rallied late in the game closing out the fourth quarter on a 9-2 run with Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang hitting two crucial shots to put away the Batang Pier. Lee gave Magnolia an 88-85 lead with 2:29 left then, Sangalang followed it up a few moments later at the 1:46 mark for the Hotshots' 90-85 buffer. Magnolia evened its card to 1-1 while the Batang Pier dropped to 2-2. Sangalang finished with a game-high 22 points to go along eight rebounds while Vernon Macklin had 19 points and 13 boards. Sean Anthony led Glo...Keep on reading: Magnolia outplays GlobalPort down the stretch for 1st win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Macklin vows to get into better shape after Magnolia loses in debut

PBA IMAGES It has been five years since Vernon Macklin played in the Philippines, and for him, a lot has changed. 'I would say that the locals developed pretty well. It's more spread out.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Hotshots, Macklin battle Fuel Masters

Magnolia banks on veteran PBA import Vernon Macklin to fill in a hole in the middle as the Hotshots play their first game from their all-Filipino runner-up finish, going up against the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the MOA Arena tonight......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

Ex-Piston to boost Magnolia Hotshots bid

PBA Philippine Cup losing finalist Magnolia is confident it would remain a title contender with Vernon Macklin as import in the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup slated to start on April 22 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Woods improves in final round at Masters, welcomes break

By Mark Long, Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods nearly aced a hole and made his lone eagle of the week. The four-time Masters champion somewhat returned to form at Augusta National. It was just a few days too late to be more than an afterthought at golf's first major. .@TigerWoods records his first eagle of the Tournament on No. 15 in the final round of #themasters. pic.twitter.com/ykAqxyNo7F — Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 8, 2018 Woods closed with a flurry, recording a 3-under 69 in the final round at the Masters. He finished 1 over for the tournament and left the hallowed grounds feeling a little better about his game. Woods last played the event in 2015. He returned the last two years for the champions' dinner, but didn't get on the course. The hiatus left him feeling nostalgic during his walk to the 18th green. "This is one of the greatest walks in all of golf," Woods said afterward. "And I had missed it for the last couple of years. I hadn't been able to play in it, so now I'm glad I'm competing in this tournament. And to face the challenges out there, I missed it. I really did. I missed playing out here. I missed competing against these guys. Such a great event. Best (event) in all of our sport." Woods started the weekend more than a dozen shots out of the lead and knew he would need something special to happen to get back in contention. It never happened. Never even came close, either. But there were some glimpses Sunday in his traditional red shirt. Woods had two birdies and an eagle on the back and looked like he would get to even par for the event. He lamented his iron play for the fourth straight day and loathed two three-putts, including one for bogey on No. 18. "Another loose day with the irons," he said. "And I putted awful. It was possibly the highest score I could have shot today. All in all, a bittersweet ending." He still drew one of the round's largest galleries, giving spectators a reason to get to the course long before the leaders arrived at the practice range. They simply wanted to catch a glimpse of one of golf's greatest players. Woods is assured of moving back into the top 100 in the world, notable only because he was at No. 1,199 just over four months ago when he returned from yet another long layoff following a fourth back surgery. "I think things are progressing," he said. "It was a little bit disappointing I didn't hit my irons as well as I needed to for this particular week. You miss it just a touch here it gets magnified. And I just didn't do a good enough job this week in that regard. But overall I'm five or six tournaments into it, to be able to compete out here and to score like I did, it feels good." Woods plans to take some time off in April, maybe even putting the clubs in the closet for a few weeks to "kind of get away for a while." "The run up to this event is pretty hard and pretty grueling," said Woods, who finished 12th, tied for second and tied for fifth in three tournaments on the Florida Swing. "I pushed myself pretty hard to get ready. And I peaked at it four times over the course of my career, and it's tiring." He can take some solace in making six birdies or better in the final round — nearly as many as he made in the first three rounds combined. The best one came early Sunday. Woods nearly aced the 240-yard, par-3 fourth. His tee shot landed a few feet short of the flag, bounced a couple of times and then skirted by the left edge of the hole. He was left with a left-to-right-breaking 10-footer that he dropped in the left side of the cup. His eagle putt at the par-5 15th was even better. He drained a sweeping 30-footer after reaching the green in two. Those shots provided a brief snippet of what might have been at Augusta National had Woods had better control with his irons. Woods missed greens right and left, never really getting approach shots in the precise spots on treacherous greens. His errant ways left him starting a lot sooner than expected Sunday and finishing shortly after the leaders teed off. "My swing is slightly off," he said. "I was pleased with the way I was able to drive it, but I just could not convert with my irons. I struggled with obviously controlling the shape. Can't control the shape. Can't control the distance. And it was one of those weeks in that regard.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Old imports suit up for new squads in 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

Old reinforcements return for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, albeit this time, most of them will be suiting up for another squad. Of the six returnees this conference, only former Best Import awardee Arinze Onuaku of Meralco and Malcolm White of GlobalPort are staying put. Vernon Macklin, who previously suited up for Ginebra, will now be playing for its rival Magnolia in the second conference. Jarrid Famous also makes his comeback as he joins Blackwater in his third foray in the league. Longtime Kia import James White has been tapped by Phoenix, while former Alaska reinforcement Shane Edwards will don the Ginebra jersey while it waits for first-choice Justin Brownlee. ...Keep on reading: Old imports suit up for new squads in 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018