PBA players look back at ups and downs in 2018 as they welcome new year
MANILA, Philippines—As the world ushered in the new year, PBA stars looked back on the past 365 days that brought smiles, tears, and all sorts of emotions.
It can be said that Paul Lee and Magnolia teammate Jio Jalalon had one of the most memorable 2018 of all PBA players, celebrating the birth of their first children and capping off the year with the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup title
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Whatta 2018 for me and for my little family ❤️❤️❤️ Papa Jesus, thank you for all the blessings you had given to us the whole year 🙏🏽 Thank you for good health, guidance and all the opportunities 🙏🏽❤️ . . 1st Photo – Celebrated New Year in Japan 🇯🇵 and the most special thing sa Japan nabuo si baby @tokyochualee . 2nd Photo – Ultrasound of our first baby 👶🏻 . 3rd Photo – Our 11th year anniversary as a couple ❤️ . 4th Photo – Got a chance to play in the national team again 🇵🇭 . 5th Photo – Our first baby was born 👶🏻 and I became a dad ❤️ . 6th Photo – On same date I signed my contract extension with the team (Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok) . 7th Photo – Me and my wife celebrated our 2nd year wedding anniversary ❤️ . 8th Photo – Winning my first ever BPC award in PBA 🙏🏽 . 9th Photo – Game winning shot in the finals and we won the 14th championship of the franchise 🙏🏽☝🏾 . 10th Photo – Our first ever Christmas 🎄🙏🏽❤️
Lee, whose daughter Tokyo was born in October, also won his first Best Player of the Conference award.
Jalalon and partner Kristina Apan also celebrated the birth of their baby girl Jiana Skyla just five days earlier before Tokyo was born.
Continuing with happy families, Phoenix forward JC Intal and wife Bianca also celebrated the birth of baby daughter Carmen Eliana.
Intal also sneaked in his best nine memories of his 2018 that centered on his family and new daughter.
TNT big man Kelly Williams wished himself and everyone a new start for 2019 after a “turbulent” past year.
Williams and the KaTropa did not have the best 2017-18 PBA season only making the playoffs twice and getting booted out in just the quarterfinals.
Still, the 2008 league MVP had a positive outlook for the New Year.
Barangay Ginebra forward Kevin Ferrer also embraced 2018’s challenges as point for improvement for the coming year.
The NLEX Road Warriors had one a rocky 2018 to say the least, entering the semifinals for the first time but losing two key players to various reasons.
The Road Warriors finished with a 6-5 record for the sixth seed in the Philippine Cup before losing to eventual runner-up Magnolia.
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Our first #PBA semis. Coach Yeng on the national team. Asi's threes. #WeStandWithKiefer. Surprising motorists passing through NLEX. Battling other Asian teams in @theasialeague in Macau. Celebrating Panagbenga in Baguio. Kevin's path to recovery. And many more memories from this year. . From all of us at the #NLEXRoadWarriors, thank you for being part of our journey in 2018! #ArangkadaNLEX
Kevin Alas missed most of the season after tearing his ACL in March before Kiefer Ravena received a hefty suspension that extended to his PBA stint for a doping infraction during a Fiba game.
The 44th Season of the PBA opens on January 13.
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