first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHitting a pair of clutch free throws to win the game for Magnolia provided the fitting farewell for Vernon Macklin on Friday night.But it doesn’t seem like Filipino basketball fans had seen the last of Macklin in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT The 31-year-old Macklin is well-loved by Filipinos ever since he made his PBA debut with Barangay Ginebra in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup and led the Gin Kings’ surprise finals run as the seventh seed before losing to No. 1 Alaska in a three-game sweep.And the adoration for him did not change in his return even if he switched teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Always. Like I said this place always has a special place in my heart,” Macklin told reporters after his freebies with 3.1 seconds left pushed the Hotshots past the Meralco Bolts, 81-79.“Five years ago, I started with Ginebra, even here, the fans are great, my teammates are awesome, the coaching staff is great, everybody show you love out here so I’m always open to come back here and play in the PBA,” added Macklin, who played his last game for Magnolia before leaving for China to suit up in the National Basketball League. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Before making his PBA return, Macklin had stops in the Chinese Basketball Association, Qatari Basketball League and Korean Basketball League.In the early part of his professional career, Macklin played one season for the Detroit Pistons in the NBA, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA Developmental League and in the Turkish Basketball Super League.Macklin averaged 21.0 points on 55 percent shooting from the field and 13.3 rebounds, leading Magnolia to a 3-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almadro asks for prayers amid appointment as Lady Eagles’ coach View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img