Who’s HOT and who’s NOT in Philippine sports this week?

Another busy week has been concluded in Philippine sports as FOX Sports PH brings you this edition of “Who’s HOT?” and “Who’s NOT?”.

HOT

Creamline Cool Smashers: The team featuring volleyball stars such as Alyssa Valdez and Michele Gumabao got its third win of the conference after a four-set victory against the Pocari-Air Force Lady Warriors. The result puts the Cool Smashers at the top of the standings along with PayMaya with an identical 3-1 slate.

Ricci Rivero: The former DLSU Green Archer was officially unveiled as a UP Fighting Maroon last May 18. Although he won’t be available to play for the squad this coming UAAP Season 81 due to eligibility rules, his inclusion will be a main factor come Season 82 as he will join an already loaded Fighting Maroons team which could further boost its chances to win the tournament by then.

Chris Tiu: Despite suffering a busted lip off an intentional elbow, the Rain or Shine star shook off the pain to help his team get the 96-90 win against GlobalPort last May 20, with him scoring the crucial three pointer late in the game that put them on top of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings.

Kaya FC Iloilo: The football club was finally able to debut in their home stadium (Iloilo Sports Complex) and get a 4-2 win against star-studded Davao Aguilas. The result catapulted them momentarily on top of the league standings. It’s a bright start for the club in their new chapter in being Iloilo City’s representatives in Philippine professional football.

NOT

San Miguel Beermen: The star-studded squad is still winless in the on-going PBA Commissioners’ Cup after suffering a narrow loss against the Alska Aces last May 19. With four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, 2017 PBA Draft 1st overall pick Christian Standhardinger, Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos and Chris Ross in its lineup, San Miguel should have gotten at least one win, but now they are in a 0-3 hole. However, with former NBA pro Renaldo Balkman in the team, they should start racking up those W’s immediately for the Beermen to have a shot in reaching the Conference Playoffs.

Ali Peek: The former PBA star and “Man Mountain” has received backlash from sportswriters when he singled out the media as the main reason for GlobalPort forward Sean Anthony’s non-inclusion in the All-Star. However, truth is, the media has nothing to do with the PBA All-Star selections as it is the fans who choose the starters while the rest of the roster is chosen by the coaches.

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