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Lassiter is PBA Press Corps Player of the Week

Marcio Lassiter highlighted his explosive performance in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals by making the game-winning putback to give San Miguel a 2-0 series lead over Barangay Ginebra.

Lassiter’s back-to-back hot-shooting performances earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of March 6-11.

The 30-year-old Lassiter kicked off the All-Filipino conference Final Four by knocking down five triples as San Miguel administered a 102-90 beating of a weary Ginebra side last Friday.

The former Smart-Gilas shooter finished that game with 17 points, five rebounds and the same number of assists in 30 minutes as he more than made up for four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo’s quiet offense in Game 1.

Two days later, the PBA’s fourth overall pick in 2011 completed SMB’s comeback from a 15-point deficit by scoring a putback off Fajardo’s missed layup to seal the Beermen’s heart-stopping 104-102 overtime win.

The Beermen are now up, 2-0 in the best-of-seven semifinal series against the crowd darlings.

Lassiter was on target in Game 2 after firing 25 points, laced with four three-pointers, to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in 46 minutes of action.

“Super Marcio” averaged 21 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the Beermen’s semifinal victories to beat teammates Fajardo and Arwind Santos, along with NLEX’s Cyrus Baguio and Kiefer Ravena for the weekly citation.

The Beermen will be gunning for a commanding 3-0 series bulge come Tuesday when they take on the Gin Kings anew at the Mall of Asia Arena.(pr)


Vic Manuel PBAPC Player of the Week

With his knee issues now a thing of the past, Vic Manuel is back to his explosive self, helping Alaska stretch its winning run to six this past week in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Nicknamed the “Muscleman”, Manuel averaged solid numbers of 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals off the bench to power Alaska past Phoenix and GlobalPort, respectively and in the process, earning the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of January 29 to February 4.

Moving without pain anymore on his knee, the stocky Manuel showed mobility and strength as evident in his 21-point-five-rebound effort in Alaska’s thrilling 105-98 overtime win over GlobalPort Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

The 6-4 Manuel followed up his pair of free throws with an inside stab in extension period to frustrate the Batang Pier, who blew a 13-point lead in the third period, leading to their fourth loss in seven matches.

Prior to their match against GlobalPort, Manuel logged in 10 points and grabbed three rebounds in another off-the-bench role as Alaska routed Phoenix, 93-75 in a lopsided contest.

Alaska, which started the season with back-to-back losses, has won its last six matches

to occupy joint second place with Magnolia, just half a game behind pacesetter San Miguel (6-1) in the race for the two twice-to-beat incentives.

The 30-year-old Manuel bested teammates Calvin Abueva and Chris Banchero, Kelly Williams and Jayson Castro of TNT, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga, Chris Tiu and Ed Daquioag, SMB’s Chris Ross, Chico Lanete and Fajardo, NLEX’s Cyrus Baguio and Larry Fonacier as well as Magnolia guard Mark Barroca for the weekly citation.

Alaska takes a weeklong respite before swinging back to action on Sunday against NLEX at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. (pr)

Paul Lee PBAPC Player of the Week

Paul Lee got off to an explosive start in 2018 after steering Magnolia to back-to-back wins in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.

Lee captured his first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award after averaging 17 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks this year, leading Magnolia past KIA Picanto, 124-77 and NLEX (105-94), respectively.

The Hotshots opened the brand new year by hammering hapless KIA Picanto, 124-77 last Wednesday with Lee catching fire behind his strong third-quarter offensive.

The six-foot Lee, his left knee injury now a thing of the past after undergoing surgery in the offseason, banged all 13 of his points in the third quarter as Magnolia turned the tables against KIA, which took a two-point edge at halftime.

The 28-year-old “Angas ng Tondo” also made his presence felt in other departments, adding four assists and three blocks.

Four days later, the sweet-shooting Lee upped the ante of his offense, firing 21 points, spiked by four triples in the Hotshots’ domination of the Road Warriors.

Although NLEX rookie Kiefer Ravena won his personal duel against Lee with a PBA career-high 31 points, the former University of the East star made the biggest baskets in the second half as Magnolia improved to 3-1.

Lee scored 12 points in the third canto, a stretch that saw Magnolia assert its dominance, before holding off NLEX’s fourth-quarter stand.

The Magnolia guard beat Alaska’s Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel and Chris Banchero; GlobalPort guard Stanley Pringle, Blackwater big man JP Erram and Mac Belo, as well as San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos for the weekly citation. (pr)

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel thanksgiving party

BARANGAY GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL ROOKIES Mikey Cabahug and Jett Manuel gamely participate in the games DSC_9435
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel thanksgiving party. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel rookies Mikey Cabahug and Jett Manuel play a game with fans during the team’s thanksgiving party held recently at the Fil-Oil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. The Gin Kings celebrated their championship win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with their die-hard fans who were also treated to performances by top local bands Itchyworms and Silent Sanctuary. For more updates on Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, check out the official Facebook page of Ginebra San Miguel or log on to (pr photo)

Weird Rotarian move to decline Davao writers to cover PBA game in Panabo

I surprisingly did not receive any text message from Marianne Saberon of Sunstar Davao who has been preparing for a team of writers to cover the PBA game between Alaska and San Miguel in Panabo City last Saturday.

She said that the organizers, Rotary Club of Central Panabo, informed her that they no longer need a coverage team from Davao City.

I find this very unusual for Rotary Club of Central Panabo, a recipient of the Rotary International Public Relations Award.

The Rotarians have been known to accommodate writers and photographers to cover their events.

In fact, mediamen have been invited to become Rotarians.

A certain Michael Uy of Rotary told Marianne that the Davao writers are no longer needed for the coverage because they have a coverage team already.

Well, that’s their decision but I find that very weird coming from a Rotarian.

PBA statement on Cruz, Baguio trade

Commissioner Sonny Barrios met with PBA Vice-Chairman Angelito Alvarez and Red Bull Governor Tony Chua at the PBA Office to clarify the trade involving Red Bull’s Celino Cruz and Cyrus Baguio in exchange for Air21’s 2011 and 2012 1st round draft picks.

After the assurances from both Alvarez and Chua that the both teams will positively address the Commissioner’s concerns and will continue to uphold the league’s rules and regulations, particularly those pertaining to the Team Salary Cap, the trade was approved accordingly.