Aris Dionisio named as Scottie Thompson’s replacement in PBA All-Star Game

Magnolia forward Aris Dionisio is gearing up for his debut appearance in the upcoming PBA All-Star Game set to take place this weekend in Bacolod City.

Dionisio, known as one of the most dependable backups for the Hotshots, has been selected to step in for Brgy. Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson, who is sidelined due to a back injury, in Team Japeth’s lineup. This team will be facing off against Team Mark in what promises to be an exciting showcase match on Sunday.

Standing at 6-foot-4, Dionisio will be joined by Magnolia teammate Paul Lee on Team Japeth, led by captain Japeth Aguilar and coached by the legendary Tim Cone. On the opposing side, their fellow Hotshots players including Mark Barroca, Jio Jalalon, Ian Sangalang, and Calvin Abueva will be playing for Team Mark.

With Dionisio moving up to the main event, his spot in the Three-Point Contest for Big Men will be taken by teammate James Laput.

The PBA delegation is scheduled to depart for Bacolod City tomorrow, kicking off a series of events leading up to the main game on Sunday. Activities such as a basketball clinic, school visits, and fan interactions are lined up for the players on Friday.

Saturday’s agenda features the Skills Events, including the Obstacle Challenge and the Three-Point Shootout for both Big Men and Guards. A highlight of the day will be the Team Greats versus Team Stalwarts game, showcasing the top rookies, sophomores, and juniors in the league.

The culmination of the weekend’s festivities will be the Team Japeth versus Team Mark showdown at the University of La Salle on Sunday. This marks the second year of the All-Star Game’s revival, with last year’s edition held in Passi, Iloilo following a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

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