During yesterday’s pre-game shoot-around between Magnolia and Meralco in Cagayan de Oro City, it was pretty obvious that the crowd was waiting for the major star players for each team. The loudest cheers went to Paul Lee, Mark Barroca and Marc Pingris of Magnolia and Ranidel de Ocampo for Meralco.
When the game began, it was certain the crowd at the Xavier University Gym was rooting for Magnolia. Every time Paul Lee makes a spectacular move for a score, the whole venue would erupt for a cheer. After 48 minutes of action, Magnolia was way ahead over Meralco, 94-65. In the end, despite the lopsided score, Kagayanons were treated to a high level of basketball. Browse over some photos below.
all photos by Kim Zaldivar