New San Miguel import McCullough introduces self to PBA in fashion

Delfin Dioquino
New San Miguel import McCullough introduces self to PBA in fashion
Chris McCullough almost reaches the half-century mark as San Miguel gets back on track for a playoff berth

MANILA, Philippines – Chris McCullough made sure San Miguel will not regret its decision of replacing import Charles Rhodes in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. 

The former NBA player had a rousing PBA debut, waxing hot for 47 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals as San Miguel got back on playoff track with a 109-105 victory over NLEX on Friday, July 5.

Already proving to be worth the import change with 22 points in the first half, McCullough – who played for the Brooklyn Nets and the Washington Wizards – turned it up a notch by exploding for half of the Beermen’s 46 points in the 3rd quarter.

Making his performance more impressive, he singlehandedly outscored the entire Road Warriors, who were limited to just 17 points, in the period. 

“We got a win, I went out there and played hard and we got a win,” McCullough told reporters after the game. 

It was not just like any other win for the Beermen, though, as they rejuvenated their bid to reach the quarterfinals by improving from 10th to 8th place in a tie with Rain or Shine with idential 3-5 records. 

“I’m going to come in, do what I got to do and be aggressive. Take my shots and win games,” McCullough added. 

As a reward for himself, McCullough had the famous Jollibee Chicken Joy – which he describes as the best – as his post-game meal. 


“I just love chicken. Chicken with the rice is good with the gravy. I love it,” he said.  

San Miguel needs McCullough to replicate his performance as it tangles with Phoenix (4-4) at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, July 10. Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.