PBA: New import Antonio Hester ‘lit up with joy’ upon getting Magnolia call-up


Magnolia coach Antonio Hester. –PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—After struggling three straight losses within the PBA Governors’ Cup match, an ecstatic Antonio Hester powered the Hotshots to their first victory on Friday.

Hester, who changed Erik McCree in Chito Victolero’s lineup after three video games, stated he was comfortable to assist the squad get well from their early stoop and earn a 108-95 win over Phoenix.

“That was one of many principal issues we talked about, to carry me in and attempt to flip issues round. After I bought the decision that I used to be going to Magnolia, I used to be excited as a result of I do know the kind of shooters which might be on this crew,” Hester stated after ending with a double-double of 28 factors and 12 rebounds.

“Realizing this crew, I lit up with pleasure. A lot love and respect to Zamboanga Valientes, I recognize them for permitting me to be part of this Magnolia household.”

Hester is not any stranger to the PBA, serving as Terrafirma’s import within the 2021 iteration of the season-ending convention.

He averaged 28.3 factors, 12.6 rebounds and three.2 assists per sport for Johnedel Cardel’s Dyip, which completed with a lowly 2-9 report.

In his return to the league, Hester is handled the problem of lighting a flame below the previous Commissioners’ Cup second seed, which was in tenth place previous to Friday’s sport.


Victolero shortly acknowledged what Hester dropped at the desk of their first win and stated he impacted the crew on each ends of the ground.

“There’s lots of room for our guards to maneuver and create issues when he’s on the courtroom. He additionally attracts lots of protection so our guards have the choices to shoot or create,” stated the highest coach.

Paul Lee was one of many beneficiaries of the crew’s newfound ball rotation with their new import as he completed with 14 markers constructed on 4 triples.

Calvin Abueva, who has been looking for his groove within the Governors’ Cup, was additionally complimented by Hester’s enjoying type inside, as he completed with a double-double of his personal with 18 factors and 10 boards.

Nonetheless, Victolero stated that the largest basic Hester dropped at the victory was his passing abilities and protection.

“He additionally helps the crew enhance within the assists, a lot of passes are occurring with him. However crucial factor is our protection. It improved due to his rebounding. That’s the massive issue,” stated the veteran tactician.

Hester handed six of the crew’s 29 assists, an enormous quantity in comparison with the Gasoline Masters’ 20 dimes.

The previous Valientes participant will attempt to proceed to fill the footwear of McCree, who left the Hotshots with norms of 21.0 factors, 13.33 rebounds and a pair of.67 assists an evening.

Magnolia seems to construct on its momentum-building win on Sunday once they face their storied rivals Ginebra on the identical venue.

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