Gilas yields to Canadians

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Despite being terribly undersized, the Filipinos battled Canada to a 40-all deadlock in rebounds. They also had 14 steals but just couldn’t convert them to points.“You can tell that they (Filipinos) are working on development,” said Canadian coach Kyle Julius, a member of his national team from 2005-2007. “You can tell that they are very talented. They are hard nosed and tough.”“It’s going to be a dogfight from now on,” said Kiefer Ravena, who led the Filipinos with 12 points followed by Bobby Ray Parks with 11 points and Carl Bryan Cruz with 10.As it is, the Philippines would need to get more scoring from its talented lineup if it hopes to survive the Taiwanese.Matthew Wright scored five straight points, capped by a triple in transition from left quarter court hat had the Philippines coming within 68-60, but the Canadians came through with a 7-0 spurt that put the game away going into the final 6:45.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Saso bows to Japanese LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade And after playing the team with the least amount of practice here, the Filipinos will be tossed in the fire yet again on Sunday night when they clash with the side that’s been together the longest in the tough international tournament.The Filipinos try to bounce back from a 77-90 loss to Canada when they collide with Chinese Taipei-A at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall here with coach Chot Reyes knowing exactly the problems he needs to address to get the team back on track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We have to figure out ways to score against bigger opponents,” Reyes addressed international media after getting just three players in twin digits against the experienced and bigger Canadians. “My players would have to figure that out.”Another cause of concern for Reyes is the officiating, as his players were whistled for 26 total fouls that resulted in 40 free throws for the Canadians. TAIPEI—Gilas Pilipinas started its learning process in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational and crashed and burned in its debut on Saturday against Canada.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “You can’t give up 40 free throws against a quality team Reyes said.Canada, featuring a selection of stars from its National Basketball League, came over with just a pair of two-hour practice sessions but instantly showed its spunk using its size and athletic ability.Against the Taiwanese in the 7 p.m. game on Sunday, Reyes and his charges will be playing a crew that has stayed together for so long.Naturalized player Quincy Davis and the pony-tailed Wen Ting-tseng again lead the home squad that commands a noisy following.“They (Filipinos) need to learn to play with each other and the system,” said Reyes, who opened the post-game interview by praising the young Filipinos’ effort.“We played them (Canadians) pretty well in all departments, save for the free throws that we gave up.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Estrella shines as Mapua stuns Perpetual in battle of also-rans

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ The senior guard fired nine of his 22 points in the payoff period, to go with four rebounds, four assists, and a steal in the win.“During our last huddle, coach was telling us that this is for JP (Nieles). He gave his all and that happened, so we didn’t let this game go,” shared Estrella as the team dedicated the win to their teammate JP Nieles, who hurt his left knee with 5:16 left in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMapua faced a 64-57 deficit halfway through the fourth quarter, but Estrella scored seven of the Cardinals’ last 11 points, none bigger than his go-ahead trey at the top of the key with 20.6 seconds to go to give his side a 74-71 lead.GJ Ylagan tried to tie the game, but his trey went in-and-out, which led to Leo Gabo scoring the dagger layup with 10.6 ticks on the clock. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The Scores:MAPUA 76 – Estrella 22, Buñag 19, Victoria 14, Aguirre 9, Gabo 6, Raflores 6, Jimenez 0, Nieles 0, Orquina 0, Pelayo 0.PERPETUAL 71 – Ylagan 22, Pido 18, Eze 15, Sadiwa 5, Yuhico 5, Lucente 4, Dagangon 2, Clemente 0, Coronel 0, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0.Quarters: 22-17, 38-42, 55-55, 76-71. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES NU, UP dominate their way to finals berths in UAAP badminton Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Christian Buñag chimed in 19 markers and 14 boards, while Laurenz Victoria got 14 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for Mapua.The Cardinals moved up to ninth place in the team standings with their 3-12 card.Perpetual suffered its fifth straight defeat and fell down to 4-11 in the battle of also-rans.Ylagan topped the Altas with 22 points and six rebounds, while Keith Pido got 18 markers and six boards.Prince Eze tallied 15 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Mapua’s Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith nothing to lose, Mapua pulled off a 76-71 stunner over Perpetual to nab its first streak in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Andoy Estrella once again didn’t shy away from the spotlight, drilling the game-tying floater and the go-ahead trey in the final minute to hand the Cardinals their third win in 15 games this season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingslast_img read more

TNT import Rice ejected early in Game 4

first_imgIn ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees View comments Ateneo sweeps first round, outlasts La Salle OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio escorted him back to the team’s dugout, but quickly left the Big Dome midway through the second quarter.TNT, which has its season on the line, is still on the driver’s seat, 66-52, against Ginebra at halftime.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed DAY6 is for everybody PBA IMAGESEmotions got the better of TNT import Glen Rice Jr. on Sunday and was ejected in the first quarter of TNT’s all-important Game 4 tussle against Ginebra.The high-scoring reinforcement threw the ball to a fallen Kevin Ferrer with 1:41 left in the opening frame with the KaTropa leading, 35-23.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene After the Gin Kings called timeout, Rice continued to trashtalk with the Gin Kings bench as TNT personnel tried to restrain him.He was then attested with a flagrant foul penalty one and a technical foul, ending his stint in Game 4 quickly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRice had two points, three rebounds, five assists, and a steal in his 10 minutes of play for the KaTropa.He is averaging 31.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 5.3 assists for the conference.last_img read more

Warriors think Westbrook’s style is ‘easy to defend’—report

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That won’t be the case this year, as fellow perennial All Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are now on board and ready to take some load off the mercurial guard. /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Offseason overhaul complete, new era begins for Celtics Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down the court in the final seconds of Game 2 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston.  APAfter averaging a triple-double and bagging the 2017 NBA MVP Award, its’ safe to say that Russell Westbrook had his way against most NBA defenders throughout the 2016-2017 NBA season.The 28-year-old point guard relied on his freakish athleticism to dominate the competition, tallying unworldly averages of 31.6 points, 10.7 boards and 10.4 dimes, while playing 81 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Although most defenses appeared helpless against the seemingly unstoppable guard, the reigning NBA champions Golden State Warriors reportedly do not fear his daredevil play style.In an episode of the “Low Post” podcast, ESPN’s Zach Lowe shared that some members from the Warriors locker room believe that the high-flying guard is “so easy to defend, it’s like cake to them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAlthough his statistical average against the Warriors remained stellar, Westbrook only shot 37.5 percent from the field and turned the ball over 32 times in four contests. The Thunder also dropped all four games.However, he visibly lacked on-court support last year, often putting the entire team on his shoulders for most of the year. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Defending champion Warriors get on roll with strong defense

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “You can’t win without that,” Memphis center Marc Gasol said. “Even if you look at teams like Golden State, you see a team that obviously has a lot of firepower, their defense is really outstanding, how they all move together at the same time, how they all shift as a unit from one side to the other … Then they give you 125 points, too. But they really do play a lot of great defense.”Against the T-Wolves, Golden State blocked nine shots — its 11th time in 12 games with at least seven swats — three by reserve Omri Casspi and another two from Draymond Green, and didn’t allow a 20-point performance by Minnesota. Nick Young came off the bench to make a career-high four steals in 20-plus minutes.“It’s finally coming along. We’re starting to put it together,” Green said. “We’re taking more ownership in one-on-one defense. We’ve just locked in more on one-on-one defense and taking on the challenge.”Part of that, according to player development coach Chris DeMarco, is “being the aggressors, being active defensively and trusting that the guys around us will help if we get beat.”While a handful of turnovers led to easy baskets by Minnesota, for the most part the Warriors were disciplined in their defensive assignments. It has been that way for a stretch of games now.It didn’t hurt Golden State shot 65.9 percent after halftime in pulling away from the overmatched Timberwolves, who were on a roll with five straight wins before the stop in Oakland.“I think you learn a lot from playing against them because that’s what a championship team looks like. They play hard. They play together. You look at their willingness to sacrifice for each other and make plays,” T-Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They had 37 assists on 48 baskets. Their defense over the last five games has been back to what their defense is. That’s why they’ve been able to win the way they’ve won. I think their willingness to sacrifice and play for each other is what makes them great. They take good shots. They make the game easy for each other. When you do that, the results will be good.”___AP Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker contributed to this report. “I know if we focus on taking care of the basketball and playing solid defense, and focusing on that, and really, hopefully, regardless of how our offense is, we’ll be in a good position to win games,” Curry said.Golden State limited the Timberwolves to 41.3 percent from the floor and a dismal 5 of 24 on 3-pointers on the way to winning its fifth straight.“You saw how beautiful that was in the second half with 37 assists overall. It’s all about taking care of the ball and defending,” Kerr said. “The defense part I’m really pleased with. I think this is about our fifth straight really good defensive effort we have had so that’s a great sign.”He gave his team a day off Thursday before getting back to work Friday in preparation for Philadelphia.Other teams and opposing players notice the Warriors’ attention to detail on the defensive end, even if their high-flying offensive show is typically the focus of scouting reports and film sessions.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LeBron ‘obviously’ interested in owning Cavs someday It wasn’t this way out of the gates this season, and coach Steve Kerr had some moments of frustration.Lately, he’s pleased with the progress and consistency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Defensively we’ve just had longer stretches of high intensity and high level of focus,” Stephen Curry said. “That’s allowed us to control the momentum of games and the flow of games.”The Warriors outscored Minnesota 44-26 in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s 125-101 win — and dominated without NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who sat with a bruised left thigh but was expected to be fine by Saturday’s home game against the 76ers. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat drives on Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on November 6, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. — Defense has been the theme from Day 1 for the Golden State Warriors, determined to do all the little things even better on both ends of the floor on the heels of their second NBA championship in three years.They’re blocking shots. Jumping into the passing lanes for timely steals. Getting hands in the faces of shooters.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo leads Bucks past Spurs in Bledsoe’s debut

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives against San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — Eric Bledsoe made life easier on Giannis Antetokounmpo on Friday night. It was a great first impression.Antetokounmpo had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Milwaukee snapped a four-game skid with a 94-87 victory over San Antonio in Bledsoe’s debut with the Bucks.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ TRANSITIONINGBledsoe has to adapt to a new team and system, but the Bucks have to get used to a different style of play, too.“I think for our bigs, they’re going to have to get used to getting the little dump offs and being able to finish,” Kidd said. “Because (Bledsoe’s) going to get in the paint. He’s going to cause a problem.”SUPER FREAKCount Popovich as among the multitude of admirers of Antetokounmpo, nicknamed the “Greek Freak” for his ability to play like a guard with the length of a center.“You’d have to say he’s become very confident and gained both skill wise and awareness of the game steadily each year,” Popovich said. “He’s become a leader, he knows what he can do and he plays now to destroy you.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bledsoe had not practiced with Milwaukee aside from a morning shootaround, but he quickly adapted to the talent around him. He finished with 13 points on 6-for-15 shooting.“It was good,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s really easy to play with him because you know he’s going to find you. He’s going to make the right play, so it’s fun to play with him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBledsoe got the start after he came over in a trade with Phoenix on Tuesday. The 6-foot-1 point guard had not played in nearly three weeks since being sent home by the Suns after posting on Twitter that he didn’t want to remain with the team following the firing of then-coach Earl Watson.“I think he was just excited to be back playing,” Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said. “I thought his leadership, talking on the floor to his teammates is something that we needed and I thought he did a great job. He wasn’t bashful talking to his teammates.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Bledsoe made his first attempt, a runner from 13 feet. He also had seven assists.“It’s easy playing with these guys,” Bledsoe said. “All I’ve got to do is give them the ball. I got theeasy job.”Led by Antetokounmpo and Bledsoe, Milwaukee won for the first time in November and snapped San Antonio’sthree-game winning streak.Manu Ginobili’s hanging, left-handed bank shot led to a three-point play that got the Spurs within 89-87with 2:26 remaining, but the Bucks extended their lead on jumpers by Bledsoe and Khris Middleton.“This is how we want to play,” Antetokounmpo said. “We want to play with an edge. Eric helped a lot in that, but everybody stepped up. Everybody stepped up. They played hard defensively and offensively.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kingad on failed title shot: It’s not yet my timecenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Antetokounmpo and LaMarcus Aldridge played to an early stalemate in a battle of star forwards.Aldridge muscled his way to the basket and scored 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting, but had only two attempts in the fourth quarter.“We forgot a little bit about L.A.,” said Ginobili, who had a season-high 18 points. “We couldn’t feed him. We should have used him way more.”The Bucks’ length and quickness, especially Antetokounmpo’s, created havoc for the Spurs. San Antonio had 18 turnovers, two short of its season worst.“We can’t turn the ball over the way we’re constituted right now,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Every time we have a high turnover game, we are going to have problems.”TIP-INSBucks: Middleton had 13 points. He averaged 26.3 points, 8.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds in his previous three games. … Despite having scored 20 points in three straight games, Malcolm Brogdon came off the bench for the first time this season after starting nine games. He finished with nine points and seven rebounds. …Mirza Teletovic missed his first game, sitting out after experiencing soreness in his left knee.Spurs: San Antonio continued to play without Kawhi Leonard (right quadriceps), Tony Parker (left quadriceps) and Joffrey Lauvergne (sprained right ankle). The three have missed a combined 33 games, with Parker and Leonard yet to play this season. … Aldridge has 16 blocks this season.UP NEXTBucks: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night in their third back-to-back of the season.Spurs: Host Chicago on Saturday night in the finale of a six-game homestand. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Heart, soul propel Eagles’ flight to top

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ F2 Logistics, Petron face light rivals Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES “We didn’t know we were coming back to this stage again,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.Against a talented La Salle squad, the Eagles proved more than equal to the challenge, this time—a far cry from last season when the championship series looked like a mismatch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“They just responded every step of the way and when we ran into real adversity, none bigger than that tremendous La Salle basketball team, they found a way,” Baldwin said. “And a lot of it is their heart, soul and courage.”Thirdy Ravena emerged as the Eagles’ best offensive creator as the season wore on en route to a Finals MVP honor, while Matt Nieto developed into a calm and assured figure at the backcourt. View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Criticized for his inability to make shots even from point blank range, Chiz Ikeh impacted games with his height and heft and polished his offensive game.But no one highlighted Ateneo’s ascent than center Isaac Go, who went from missing a potential game-winning point-blank shot against La Salle in a second round loss to making one clutch shot after another in the Final Four and in the Finals.Getting a pass from Ravena with the shot clock about to expire and Ateneo leading by just two points, Go knocked in the biggest shot of the season with a triple with 24.7 seconds, lifting the Eagles to a thrilling 88-86 win in Game 3 before 22,012 fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night.Lot of growth“We saw a lot of growth from our players from last season and even this year, the growth on a per game basis,” said Arespacochaga.“Thirdy (Ravena), for example, took a forced shot in the first round against La Salle, but he made the right plays in the finals. Isaac Go made important baskets. We’re happy not just for him, but all our players who executed that play that enabled him to make those shots.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a championship run with so many turning points, but for the Ateneo Blue Eagles, their journey back to the top of the UAAP started as soon as they lost the title to fierce rival La Salle a year ago.There was no promise to return to the finals, only a commitment to individual improvement in an effort to topple the Green Archers and bring the crown back to the Loyola campus, which hasn’t celebrated a UAAP basketball title since 2012—the tailend of the Eagles rare “five-peat.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Ateneo skipper Vince Tolentino, who also played a key role in the Game 3 win, paid tribute to Baldwin and his coaching staff as they laid the foundation of the win after the Eagles bungled a 21-point lead in the previous game.“The motto of this team is always to believe, and even though we didn’t finish the job in Game 2 and La Salle gave us a really good fight, we never stopped believing.” said Tolentino, who will graduate from the squad along with Ikeh and Kris Porter.Baldwin believes the team still has plenty of room to grow.“These boys worked a long time to get here,” he said. “I told them, ‘We didn’t reach a peak, we reached a plateau, because there has to be room for the whole team.’ We didn’t do it as individuals, we did it as a team. So nobody stands at the peak alone.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Onwubere shrugs off admiration of Abueva in first PBA game

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Onwubere put up six points and nine boards while guarding and outhustling the workhorse Abueva who had a better line of 16 points, nine rebounds, and two rejections.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race PLAY LIST 01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ View commentscenter_img For Onwubere, facing off against an NCAA legend such as Abueva was a surprise challenge in his first professional game.“I was star struck. Yhat’s Abueva we’re talking about,” said Onwubere in Filipino as his KaTropa dispatched Abueva’s Alaska, 106-98, at Cuneta Asrodome. “Then of course we’re in two different teams and we play to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I really wanted to do my best in defending him, and when I got the chance on offense I will shoot over him.”Despite not playing in TNT’s opener, Onwubere mmediately paid dividends in his 28 minutes on the floor as a starting small forward. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Woods optimistic for 2018, but schedule still unclear Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours His debut took a little longer PBA IMAGES and when Sidney Onwubere finally played his first PBA minute, he had to brush off his excitement, jitters, and admiration.Onwubere debuted in TNT’s second game in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday, where he was tasked to match up with the polarizing Calvin Abueva.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Coach Kerr takes backseat in Warriors rout of Suns

first_imgLATEST STORIES ”It’s the players’ team,” Kerr said. ”It’s their team and they have to take ownership of it. As coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction, guide them. We don’t control them. They determine their own fate. I don’t think we’ve focused well the last month. It just seemed like the right thing to do.”Kerr said he told the players of his plan after the previous game and they ran the show for most of the day. Andre Iguodala took over at morning shootaround, JaVale McGee ran the computer for the film session and Iguodala, Draymond Green and David West got most of the work designing plays and running the huddle during timeouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKerr and his assistants handled the substitutions before allowing the players to take over from there.”It had to do with me trying to reach my team and I have not reached them the last month,” Kerr said. ”They’re tired of my voice. I’m tired of my voice. I wasn’t reaching them so we figured this was a good night to pull something out of the hat.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder PLAY LIST 05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson UP NEXTSuns: Visit Utah on Wednesday.Warriors: Visit Portland on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Mitchell delivers down the stretch, rallies Jazz past Spurs After the game, Kerr made a point of seeking out Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano to tell him the move wasn’t made out of any disrespect for the Suns, who became the first team to reach 40 losses this season.”You have to do what you have to do to build your own team up,” Triano said. ”If he thinks that helps them, I tip my hat.”Stephen Curry scored 22 points for the Warriors. Omri Casspi added 19 in a rare start in place of the injured Green and Kevin Durant had 17 as Golden State won its 12th straight in the series, its longest active streak against any team.Elfrid Payton scored 29 points in his second game since being acquired at the trade deadline from Orlando, but Phoenix still lost its sixth straight and 11th in the past 12 games.”We have to keep fighting,” Payton said. ”We can’t hang our heads. That’s the great thing about the NBA, there’s another game in two days. So learn from it, get better ready to have a better effort.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Draymond Green leads the Golden State Warriors’ huddle during a timeout in their game against the Phoenix Suns. APOAKLAND, Calif. — With the grind of a long NBA season wearing on his team, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr believed it was time for his players to hear a new voice in the huddle: their own.Kerr turned over most of the coaching duties to his players on Monday night and they responded in fine fashion, playing with more focus than they had in recent weeks in a 129-83 victory over the Phoenix Suns.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Payton scored 16 points in the first quarter before Curry got on the scoreboard, but he got little help. Payton made his first seven shots, but his teammates started 1 for 15 and the Warriors managed to take a 25-24 lead by the end of the first after being outscored by 32 points in the first quarter of the previous three games.Curry scored 10 points in the second quarter as Golden State built a 17-point lead at the half and coasted the rest of the way.”We have so many smart basketball minds on our team,” Casspi said. ”The guys really used this opportunity to run things they like.”TIP-INSSuns: G Devin Booker (hip pointer) missed his fourth straight game, and G Tyler Ulis (back) sat for the second straight game. … Phoenix has lost 12 straight in Oakland, last winning here on Feb. 7, 2011.Warriors: G Patrick McCaw, who has been spending time in the G League between NBA games trying to get his confidence back, scored nine points in the second quarter after having just eight in the previous 10 games. He then left the game with a sprained right wrist.QUOTABLE”I was horrible actually. I thought about a play and forgot the second option and had two guys on the wrong place on the board and I actually got a delay of game coming out of halftime because I was scrambling,” Curry said about his role as a coach.FATHER-SONCurry’s 22 points gave him and his father, Dell, a combined 28,883 points in their careers, tying Rick and Brent Barry for the third-most ever by a father-son combination, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Joe and Kobe Bryant have the most of any duo with 38,895 (33,643 from Kobe). Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

PSG’s Neymar has broken right foot and sprained ankle

first_imgView comments But PSG faces Real Madrid on March 6, trailing 3-1 from the first leg in the last 16.Before that, PSG plays Marseille in the French Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, and is at Troyes in the league on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNeymar, a world record signing from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($260 million), was carried off on a stretcher late in the league leader’s 3-0 victory against Marseille on Sunday.The Brazil striker was hurt challenging Marseille defender Bouna Sarr. His standing leg jarred as he lost balance and the weight of his body went onto his ankle, which briefly buckled. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours PSG’s Neymar lays on the pitch after being fouled during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — Neymar is doubtful for Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League game against Real Madrid next week after tests showed he has a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot along with a sprained ankle.PSG revealed the extent of Neymar’s injured foot late Monday without saying how long he will be sidelined.ADVERTISEMENT Neymar is second in the league scoring charts behind teammate Edinson Cavani, with 19 goals in 20 games. Overall he has 28 in 30.PSG also said in a statement on its website that center half Marquinhos has a tear on his left thigh.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PH, 11 others make round 2 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more