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Magnolia extends contracts of Dela Rosa, Escoto

Magnolia continues its efforts to fortify its frontline.

The Hotshots on Tuesday signed Russel Escoto to a one-year deal, the latest development in what’s becoming a busy mid-season break for the club.

Turning 29 on December 4, the 6-foot-6 forward inked the new contract together with his agent Marvin Espiritu and team manager Alvin Patrimonio.

Escoto felt blessed with the extension even if he has yet to play a game for the franchise. Magnolia acquired him via trade with Terrafirma prior to the season.

He was sent to the Dyip for a 2022 second-round pick.

The Far Eastern University product did not see action in the last Philippine Cup semi-bubble, as he underwent rehabilitation to heal his shoulder.

Just recently, though, he rejoined his team’s practices – an indication that he may finally suit up for Magnolia in the Governors’ Cup set next week.

Escoto’s signing came just three days after the Hotshots re-signed defensive specialist Rome Dela Rosa to a three-year contract.

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These moves have come in the heels of the team’s acquisition of James Laput through a trade with Terrafirma. In return, it sent Justin Melton and Kyle Pascual.

Presently, Magnolia’s frontline features Ian Sangalang, Calvin Abueva, Rafi Reavis, Jackson Corpuz, Dela Rosa, Escoto, and Laput.

Laput, a 25-year-old center who stands at 6-foot-10, was the Dyip’s eighth overall selection in last March’s draft proceedings.

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