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Bound for home, Curtis Kelly grateful to be treated as part of family at Magnolia

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in Magnolia Hotshots, News | 0 comments

Bound for home, Curtis Kelly grateful to be treated as part of family at Magnolia

CURTIS Kelly knew the match against Blackwater was his day of judgment as Magnolia’s import in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. With the result of the game and another sub-par performance, even the American cager admitted that he wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be his last match for the squad. Kelly’s performance turned from bad to worse as he finished with just 12 points and nine rebounds while having six turnovers as the Hotshots dropped their second straight game – an 86-84 loss to the Elite on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta...

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Helpless Marc Pingris laments a Magnolia defense that’s full of holes

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in Magnolia Hotshots, News | 0 comments

Helpless Marc Pingris laments a Magnolia defense that’s full of holes

EVEN Marc Pingris knows that Magnolia is way much better than the team that came out to play against Blackwater on Wednesday. “Hindi kami ‘yun. Hindi ko masasabi na yun kami kanina,” he said, shaking his head after the Hotshots’ humiliating 86-84 defeat at the hands of the erstwhile-winless Elite in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Watching from the sidelines as he continues his recovery from an ACL injury, the veteran forward from Pozorrubio, Pangasinan felt helpless as his squad fell to a second straight loss. Pingris has been in the...

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For providing spark to keep Hotshots’ hot streak, Paul Lee named PBA Player of the Week

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Magnolia Hotshots, News | 0 comments

For providing spark to keep Hotshots’ hot streak, Paul Lee named PBA Player of the Week

MAGNOLIA enters the All-Star week on a three-game win streak, thanks in part to huge performances the past two games by Paul Lee. For helping tow the Hotshots to a 3-1 record and solo fourth spot, Lee was named PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period May 14 to 20. The 29-year-old combo guard posted averages of 18.5 points, 7 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in the Pambansang Manok’s past two games. Lee had 17 points, eight assists and two rebounds as Magnolia hammered the hapless Columbian side, 126-101. He then scored 20...

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Vernon Macklin always open to return to PBA as well-loved import heads to China

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Magnolia Hotshots, News | 0 comments

Vernon Macklin always open to return to PBA as well-loved import heads to China

VERNON Macklin may have finished his Magnolia stint in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday, but he wants to etch more memories in the Philippines as he signified his willingness to come back here in the future. Macklin’s campaign with the Hotshots ended on a high note when he made two free throws with 3.1 seconds left in the game to pull off an 81-79 win over Meralco. Macklin finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks for the Hotshots Pambansang Manok. As he heads to China to play in its second-tier basketball league, Macklin...

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Victolero says Ricardo Ratliffe not on Magnolia shortlist of imports. He explains why

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Magnolia Hotshots, News | 0 comments

Victolero says Ricardo Ratliffe not on Magnolia shortlist of imports. He explains why

DESPITE the impending change of import, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero expressed confidence the incoming reinforcement will be able to adjust quickly with the Hotshots. Magnolia is set to change imports after Vernon Macklin got the team’s permission to accept an offer to play in China’s minor league the National Basketball League. Macklin’s last game for the Hotshots will be on Friday against Meralco. Victolero, though, is not worried as the Hotshots will have the luxury of time to adjust to a new import. “From the start, alam na namin...

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Macklin, Hotshots destroy the ‘Dyip’

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Magnolia Hotshots, News | 0 comments

Macklin, Hotshots destroy the ‘Dyip’

VERNON Macklin is set to take his leave from Magnolia Ang Pambansang Manok by Friday. But not before making sure he will be remembered in a good way. Playing in his penultimate game before fulfilling a previous commitment in China, Macklin went to work early and keyed the Hotshots’ 126-101 victory Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Macklin keyed a fiery start with 11 of his team-high 19 points before the other Hotshots took over and stretched the lead to as much as 111-73, early in the fourth...

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Vernon Macklin orphans Magnolia Hotshots as import bound to take act to China

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Magnolia Hotshots, News | 0 comments

Vernon Macklin orphans Magnolia Hotshots as import bound to take act to China

SORRY, but the highly-anticipated clash between Barangay Ginebra and former import Vernon Macklin just won’t this PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Macklin has just dangled a guaranteed contract to play in China’s National Basketball League (NBL), prompting him to make an abrupt exit in a short stint with Magnolia Pambansang Manok. The 31-year-old import would play out his last two games with the Hotshots this week against Columbian Dyip on Wednesday and Meralco on Friday. Macklin’s agent and representative Sheryl Reyes announced the development over...

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Victolero decides against protest, cites ‘miscommunication’ with officials for timeout blunder

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Magnolia Hotshots, News | 0 comments

Victolero decides against protest, cites ‘miscommunication’ with officials for timeout blunder

MAGNOLIA coach Chito Victolero was quick to take the blame after his squad blew a double-digit lead in an 89-87 defeat to Phoenix in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Aside from the late-game meltdown, Victolero also owned up to a costly blunder at crunchtime where the team was assessed with a technical foul for calling a timeout it didn’t have. Matthew Wright drained a three-pointer to put the Fuel Masters ahead 88-87 with 3.2 seconds to go and the technical foul meant a bonus free throw for the...

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Vernon Macklin makes PBA return as debuting Magnolia tangles with Phoenix

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Magnolia Hotshots, News | 0 comments

Vernon Macklin makes PBA return as debuting Magnolia tangles with Phoenix

MAGNOLIA Pambansang Manok hopes to sustain the gains of its first finals stint in the last four years when it makes its PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut against Phoenix on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Hotshots parade returning import Vernon Macklin in their 4:30 encounter with the Fuel Masters (1-1), seeing action for the first time after losing to the San Miguel Beermen in Game 5 of the Philippine Cup Finals a month ago. Coach Chito Victolero admitted the team is yet in top condition after just resuming practice two weeks ago. “We’ll...

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Paul Lee shrugs off injured finger, vows to be ready to play in ‘make-or-break’ Game 4

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Magnolia Hotshots, News | 0 comments

Paul Lee shrugs off injured finger, vows to be ready to play in ‘make-or-break’ Game 4

MAGNOLIA’S back is against the wall, so Paul Lee is more than willing to suit up for the team in the crucial Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel – injury or no injury. Lee said he’s ready to buck the pain from his injured fingers as the Hotshots try to avoid falling behind 1-3 in the best-of-seven finals with another loss in the next game on Wednesday. The Magnolia guard hurt his middle and index fingers early in the fourth quarter of Game Three and never returned again in the 111-87 loss Sunday night at the Smart...

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