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LEAGUE-LEADING ALASKA TESTS GINEBRA WITH NEW IMPORT MACKLIN

PBA Ginebra Alaska

HAD the PBA Commissioner’s Cup stuck to its old format of a single round eliminations, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel would have been in dire straits at this point having suffered three successive losses from Air 21 (74-70), Global Port (89-80) and Petron Blaze (105-90).

With the elimination round stretched to 14 games instead of the original nine, there’s still room for recovery for the Kings.

But bouncing back has to start now. The bleeding must stop.

Enter a new import in Vernon Macklin whose potential will be tested in Saturday’s 6:30 meeting between the winless Kings and the unbeaten Alaska Aces at the Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

The 6-10 Macklin, a second round pick (52nd) overall of the Detroit Piston in the 2011 NBA Draft, came in as a replacement for the unimpressive Herbert Hill.

In three games played, Hill was good for 18.33 points and 16 rebounds. But there simply was no fire in his performance as he failed to inspire the locals.

And head coach Alfrancis Chua, who has yet to post his first win with the Kings since replacing Siot Tanquingcen at the helm, is hoping that Macklin will indeed provide the fire.

Macklin, who turns 27 on September 25, hails from Portsmouth Virginia and played for the University of Florida where he earned a degree in Sociology.

After being drafted by the Pistons, he suited up for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA D-League. He averaged 15 points and 14 rebounds in ten games.  From there, he went on to play for  Royal Hali Gaziantep in the Turkish Basketball League and Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA D-League.

Macklin will be going up against Robert Dozier who has steadily improved on his numbers.  Dozier averaged 22.33 points, 16.67 rebounds, an assist, 1.33 steals and 3.33 blocked shots in 40.33 minutes as the Aces chalked up victories over Rain Or Shine (83-81), Meralco (85-81) and Barako Bull (77-73).

“I like the versatility of our import. I believe he can match up well with Macklin,” said Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo.

Likewise, Trillo has been thankful for his team’s schedule as he said it allowed the Aces to build confidence having gone up against teams that are still groping for form after changes in their rosters.

Save for the Elasto Painters, Alaska went up against Meralco which lost four players ad got three new ones via a trade with Global Port. Likewise, Bakaro Bull has six new additions to its roster while peppered with injuries to several players.

And now, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel has a new import and there might be a question of chemistry which must be addressed.

Three Alaska locals are logging double figures in scoring. Cyrus Baguio has 12 points aside from 2.67 rebounds, 2.67 assists, 1.67 steals and 1.44 blocked shots. Prized rookie Calvin Abueva is good for 10.67 points, 10 rebounds and 1.67 assists  while slotman Sonny Thoss, Alaska’s contribution to the Gilas Pilipinas squad, averages 10.33 points, two rebounds, 1.33 assists and two steals.

Over at Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Mark Caguioa and LA Tenorio also average double figures in scoring. Caguioa, the reigning Most Valuable Player, has 23.33 points to go with 3.33 rebounds, four assists and 0.33 steal in 38 minutes. Tenorio , who is also part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool,  has ten points, 3.67 rebounds, four assists and 3.33 steals in 29.33 minutes. (BP)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Verbo/100000152263665 Sam Verbo

    Good luck Alaska team! go go go !

  • RonNie

    kaya ninyo yan gin kings.

  • boss_master

    it’s time to bounce back..sana naman makuha na ng gin kings ang first win nila this conference at magtuloy tuloy ito befor playoffs, Go ginkings,,laban kung laban

    #neversaydie

  • Rafter Carreon

    Hindi p kasi pumapasok s Dylan ABABOU kaya hindi nnanalo ang BRGY. Ginebra San Miguel…GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!GINEBRA KYA NYO YAN?

    • http://www.facebook.com/reynald.cruz.902 Reynald Cruz

      kelangan p nilang hintayin c ababou pra manalo? galing mo ah…..

  • Kervin Crown

    its tyme 2 shine for brgy GINEBRA ahhah :D

  • Erwin Alvarez

    Goodluck Alaska Aces! Keep the top spot, beat ginebra!

  • agent zero

    ganyan talaga ang bida sa huli rumaratsada hahaha!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/proudbrarkadian Therr Zoo

    Kung Magiging super dominant si Macklin no doubt kayang manalo ng ginebra, its not about chemistry. Alam natin ang ginebra kapag nabubuhayan ay walang chemistring required. Parang nung laban ng ginebra vs. ros last philippine cup, natambakan sila pero nakahabol and Jayjay, LA, Mamaril, Ellis ang combination but they are able to pass that game.

    • http://www.facebook.com/reynald.cruz.902 Reynald Cruz

      wow h galing mong mag analyzed its not about chemistry, wlang chemistry required ano un mga buwaya lahat ang mga players ng ginebra, kanya kanya cla ng diskarte. isa k plang dakilang BUWAYA……..

    • http://www.facebook.com/reynald.cruz.902 Reynald Cruz

      tignan mo ang TNT ganda ng chemistry kaya nila nkuha ang 3peat champion ng all filipino cup……

  • Radzky

    Pano ipa2sok c ababou eh my acl un.grabe injury nun s tuhod.tsaka wala din nmn ga2win s loob ng court un eh.c raymundo pwede p

  • Emil Cutodio

    Kayana kaya ng Gins yan cmula palang eh!!!! babawi yan antayin nyo lang.

  • Cristopher

    buti n lang 14 games n ule…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Anthony-Nuez/100002864308618 Mark Anthony Nuez

    GO GO GO GO ALASKA…MAKE IT 4-0 THIS TIME…MEDYO MATAGAL NG HULI KAYONG MAKA 4-0….GOGOGOGOGO UYTENGSU FRANCHISE….

  • http://www.facebook.com/aumer.velasquez Aumer Velasquez

    It’s time to play a team basketball and that’s Alaska. Go play and win.

  • john mark

    bgk goodluck mamaya..!!!!
    straight up wins na yan hangang finals……….!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/reynald.cruz.902 Reynald Cruz

      uy asa c kupal straight up wins dw hangang finals nangangarap ng gising……

  • hahahaha

    patawa import nyo BGK masyadong hambog sa dunk, yan tuloy talo! hahahahahaha

  • http://www.facebook.com/reynald.cruz.902 Reynald Cruz

    ang lupet mo mark cagiuoa nag iisa kng buwaya, #neversaydie crocodile….. ikaw magbaba ng bola tpos sabay tira kgad prang wla kng team mates ah, tpos pagsumablay k at nkuha ung rebound ng kakampi mo hinihingi mo kgad. kaya k di nkasama sa gilas line up buwaya k……

  • Cute Anzai

    bwahahahahahahahahahaha….. na naman!!!! ginebra walang pagbabago kahit nagpalit ng import!!!! mga gunggong talaga!!!! o anu nasan na ang pinagmamalaki nyong gin kings?????? ui mga die hard fans asarin nyo naman ako… Alaska is the best!!!!! hahahahaha… wala ng makipagbasagang fans ng ginebra sakin ngayon, bakit kaya????? nawawalan tuloy ng saya dito… wala kaming makantyawan na ginebra fans!!! asan ba kayo mga buset labas nga kayo sa mga lungga nyo RAT RAT AGAD, now rat ratan tayo!!! come on!!!!

  • Guest

    Ah.. Admin… nasaan ang stats ng players sa game? wala ata ngayon.

  • prilz

    sabi ni coach chua, dunk contest pala dapat sinalihan ni macklin, hehe at kukunin na daw nila c dwight howard na import.. .:) hahaha

  • mj23

    hello guys! im not a ginebra fan. ang basketball is up and down yan. kung anoman team nyo just enjoy the winning moment of your favorite team. in fairness hwag nyo na kantyawan pa iba team baka ang favorite team nyo pa ang MAKARMA. just a piece of advice folks!!!

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