SMB, Magnolia get going

January 29, 2023 Robert Andaya 136 views

SAN Miguel Beer and Magnolia, the two losing semifinalists in the recent Commissioner’s Cup, make their debut against different rivals in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

San Miguel will take on Phoenix Super LPG in the mainer at 6:45 p.m.

Magnolia will square off with co-leader Converge FiberX in the first game at 4:30 p.m.

Both San Miguel and Magnolia lost 1-3 in their respective semifinal matches, with the Beermen falling to the Bay Area Dragons and the Hotshots losing to eventual champion Barangay Ginebra Kings.

And like the rest of the 12-team cast, San Miguel and Magnolia are hoping for redemption in this season-ending conference featuring foreign players with a height limit of 6-6.

San Miguel will parade former FIBA Europe Cup scoring champion Cameron Clark against Du’Vaughn Maxwell of Phoenix.

The 31-year-old Clark is best remembered for playing for NLEX as a replacement for KJ McDaniels in last year’s Governors Cup.

The Arizona-born Clark played six games for NLEX, finishing with a 2-4 record that included a 1-3 defeat to Ginebra in the semis.

His Phoenix counterpart, Maxwell, averages 29 points in his first two games with the Fuel Masters. He finished with 21 points and 19 rebounds in 119-123 loss to TNT and game-highs of 37 points and 17 rebounds in 105-108 setback to Blackwater.

The Magnolia-Converge matchup will feature two imports playing in the PBA for the first time.

Magnolia will pin its hopes on Eric McCree, a 6-6 power-forward from Orlando, who had a brief stint with the Utah Jazz in the NBA in 2017.

McCree also played for Utah’s NBA G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars.

Converge boasts of Jamaal Franklin, who was selected as the No. 41 overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013.

The 6-5 Franklin averaged 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 21 games with the Grizzlies and 1.0 point and 1.0 assists in three games with the Denver Nuggets.

From Denver, he moved to the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the NBA D-League where he averaged 19.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 21 games.