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Marcial as new commish

The PBA board of governors did not look elsewhere to find the league's new commissioner.

The league board officially named Willie Marcial as the league's new full-time commissioner after the board's first meeting for 2018 on Thursday.

With Marcial named OIC following the resignation of Chito Narvasa, Marcial essentially got a promotion. "He's given a term of three years," PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas said during a quick press conference right after the meeting at the league office in Quezon City. "We are happy for Willie. We wish him well. We're happy for the PBA


He also said that Marcial would retain his spot as the PBA's media bureau chief. Vargas then disclosed that all members of the PBA board unanimously voted for Marcial.

“It was an appointment without any objection. The board gave the go-signal," Vargas said.

While many names surfaced as the potential next commissioner, the 10th overall since the top tier league's inception in 1975, the PBA board decided to stick with a very familiar name in the league in Marcial.

“We're looking for somebody that can put it together and help us heal the process as there will be a lot of changes as we move along," Vargas said.

"At this time, it's important to give it to somebody who grew up in the PBA, understands the PBA and its by-laws, and has been mentored by many PBA commissioners in the past."

In the end, Vargas gave Marcial a suitable moniker: "He's now the healing commissioner."

Meanwhile, San Miguel once again broke away late to repulse GlobalPort, 107-93, in the nightcap of the PBA Philippine Cup games Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen quickly bounced back from a slow start and zoomed past the Batang Pier, who actually led for most of the game, behind a huge run down the stretch.

GlobalPort, behind the hot hands of Kelly Nabong and Stanley Pringle, raced to a 14-3 lead at the start of the game, but San Miguel, behind Marcio Lassiter's hot hands, kept afloat and cut the lead to three, 25-22, at the end of the first quarter.

The game remained tight for most of the remainder until the Beermen unleashed an 18-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull away for good.

Junemar Fajardo, despite playing with an injured arm, dominated anew for SMB, which remained unbeaten at 5-0, with 34 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks.*PNA


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