Marquin Chandler finished his season in South Korea and is back for a stint in the Philippines. His first outing indicates he remains at the top of his game.
April 29, 2009
Former Best Import Marquin Chandler returned to the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs Wednesday and delivered the goods for the Giants, coming through with clutch hits in a 92-85 decision over Coca-Cola in the Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup last night at the Araneta Coliseum.
Chandler scored 30 points in his first game back as the Giants notched their fifth win in nine outings while handing the Tigers their sixth loss in eight appearances.
The 6-foot-5 Chandler, the team’s fourth reinforcement this conference, had 11 points in the fourth, including seven in a pivotal 14-6 run that turned a 76-77 deficit to a 90-83 advantage with 36 seconds left.
Chandler finished the game shooting 11-of-27 from the field, 5-of-7 from the three-point territory while adding 12 rebounds, three assists and four shot blocks in 25 minutes of play...
...Purefoods mentor Ryan Gregorio was all praises for Chandler, who missed the early parts of the conference as he was still under contract then with the KT&G Kites.
“Obviously the wait was all worth it. That’s the reason why we patiently waited for Marquin,” said Gregorio. “He brings a lot of stability to our team. Usually when we’re down we’ll just fold up, but not this time with Chandler around."