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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: 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

New dads Jio Jalalon, Paul Lee draw inspiration from first-borns

Magnolia guards Jio Jalalon and Paul Lee are playing inspired basketball lately after the two became new dads to adorable daughters just 11 days apart.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

PBA: With baby Tokyo, Lee inspired to work harder

Paul Lee has been playing well lately and now, he has more reason to be inspired for the Magnolia Hotshots. Lee has blessings upon blessings in the past couple of days alone. First, he agreed to a new three-year deal to stay with the Hotshots and then he welcomed his first child to the world, a lovely daughter with his wife Rubie. His daughter, who was born healthy Monday, has been given the name Tokyo after Japan's capital city. "Yun kasi gusto ng wife ko," Lee said on the name "Tokyo." "Napagusapan lang na favorite namin yung Tokyo sa Japan and dun din siya nabuo so...," he added. Against the Elite, Lee fired another 19 points on top of five rebounds and four assists. As the blessings keep coming, Lee is clearly just more inspired to play better. "Of course, first baby and then I got renewed sa team. Iba yung feeling na pag first baby so ayun dagdag inspirasyon for me to work hard kasi lahat na ng ginagawa ko is for my baby and for my family," Lee said. "Sana lang wag matapos," he added on his blessings. "Alam mo yun, work hard and ayun yung blessing to follow. Ayun lang." Being a new father though, Lee is expected to have some sleepless nights ahead. But he doesn't mind it at all. "Okay naman. Ayun nga sabi ko I'll do everything for my baby so ok lang yun kung magpupuyat ako. Part lang yun ng pagiging magulang," Lee said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Elite squad

Blackwater plays a third game in six days Wednesday night, and after having assured itself of its best-ever performance thus far in any elimination round of a PBA conference, one might think that the Elite can afford to look at the bigger picture as far as the Governors' Cup playoffs go. Not coach Bong Ramos, though. "We're at 6-1 (in second place at the moment), and this seldom happens in our franchise," Ramos told the Inquirer, a few hours after preparing his Elite for another clash with a heavyweight, Magnolia, set at 7 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. "All we want to do is grab the opportunity and enjoy the moment." Blackwater is just half-a-game out of the lead being held...Keep on reading: Elite squad.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

SEVENTEEN days and 18 games later, the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup is shaping up to be another exciting and action-packed conference featuring some of the best American imports around. Four former Best Imports winners — Justin Brownlee of defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Allen Durham of Meralco, Romeo Travis of Magnolia… Source link link: Mirror, mirror, on the wall….....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

SEVENTEEN days and 18 games later, the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup is shaping up to be another exciting and action-packed conference featuring some of the best American imports around. Four former Best Imports winners -- Justin Brownlee of defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Allen Durham of Meralco, Romeo Travis of Magnolia….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: SMC stars finally show up for Gilas practice

Gilas Pilipinas officially turns its attention to the fourth window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifers. After a 5th-place finish in the 2018 Asian Games, the national team resumed practice Monday and several notable SMC stars finally showed up. Ginebra's Scottie Thompson and Greg Slaughter, San Miguel's Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot, and Magnolia's Ian Sangalang are the new names for Gilas in practice. Joining them are mainstays Gabe Norwood, Asi Taulava, Poy Erram, Paul Lee, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Allein Maliksi, Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, Stanley Pringle, and Christian Standhardinger. National team head coach Yeng Guiao is set to finalize his lineup Monday after practice with Gilas leaving for Iran on September 10. The Philippines will start the second round of the Asian Qualifiers on the road against the Iranians on September 13 before hosting Qatar four days later. Gilas currently holds a 4-2 record in its new merged group.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 3rd, 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

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

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: 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