By Kevin Sox
New San Miguel import Chris McCullough, who has fallen in love with Filipino fast food chain Jollibee’s Chicken Joy fried chicken, made a stellar debut in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, firing 47 points in just 3 quarters to help the Beermen score a 109-105 win over the NLEX Road Warriors.
As if powered by the Filipino favorite fast food meal, McCullough, who replaced Charles Rhodes midway in the conference, breezed through in his first game for the Beermen.
He shot an efficient 56% from the field and made 6 treys, adding 10 rebounds and 2 steals.
The NBA-caliber player showed just what he was capable of, finishing with alley-oop slams, uncontested lay-ups, and a barrage of triples particularly in the 3rd quarter when the Beermen pulled away and led by more than 20 points.
The Beermen improved to 3-5 after the win to keep themselves on track to fight for the lower-seeded berths in the quarter-finals.
McCullough has had a warm welcome ever since arriving in the Philippines. Tweeting that he liked Chicken Joy and that the country had the best fried chicken in the world were just some of the things that helped him establish a good reputation quickly to PBA netizens.
But asked if Jollibee has already contacted the former Philadelphia 76er for an endorsement, McCullough said: “Not yet. I think they followed me on Twitter though.”
True enough, the Jollibee official Twitter account even sent a shout out welcoming McCullough to the country.
It’s certainly a good start, and maybe continuing to score big every game would help him in his cause to land the endorsement.