No break for Huelgas, Mangrobang with their eyes set on Tokyo 2020

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first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PH triathletes dominate SEA Games tilt in impressive showing UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlonMangrobang, who is training in Portugal under coach Sergio Santos, is expected to fly back to her Rio Maiaor training camp.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNikko Huelgas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLHuelgas is training under his Australian coach Brett Sutton.Both of them, according to Triathlon Association of the Philippines, have already been identified by team experts to have the best physical and psychological attributes to qualify for the Olympics. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ bosscenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Women’s triathlon gold medalist Kim Mangrobang. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — No rest for newly crowned triathlon royalties Nikko Huelgas and Marion Kim Mangrobang.After ruling the Southeast Asian Games competitions, they are expected to resume their training in hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program READ: Mangrobang can finally get good night’s sleep They will be entered in World Cup in Doha and another big tournament in Hong Kong by year end to gather as many world ranking points as possible.Mangrobang is now ranked 157th in the world, the highest for a Filipino, but is expected to rise further.“Our next big stop is the Asian Games,” said Trap secretary general Tom Carrasco.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gameslast_img read more

Yu ends medal drought for PH swimmers with bronze

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first_imgRead Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Roxanne Yu gave the Philippine swimming team its first medal after winning the bronze in the women’s 200 meter backtroke in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at National Aquatic Centre inside KL Sports City in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Yu clocked 2:19.98, about seven seconds behind Vietnam’s Thi Anh Vien Nguyen, who bagged the gold with a time of 2:13.64.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdles LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Yessy Venesia Yosaputra of Indonesia took home the silver, logging 2:18.19.Yu’s podium finish averted a medal drought for PH swimming that drew subpar results from Jessie King Lacuna and Fil-American Nicole Oliva.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLacuna finished sixth in both the 400-meter men’s freestyle finals on Monday and in the 200m butterfly.Oliva also faltered as she wound up in sixth in the 400m women’s freestyle, which was also ruled by Vietnam’s swimming supertar Nguyen. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

Rain or Shine fends off Wright, Phoenix

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first_imgPBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Rain or Shine overcame a big second half by Matthew Wright and Phoenix to win, 116-111, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Center here.The Elasto Painters blew an 18-point lead before holding off the Fuel Masters thanks to timely plays from Raymond Almazan, Jericho Cruz and Gabe Norwood down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT “Lucky that we won the game. I felt in the third quarter our energy wasn’t there after our good start,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia. “We just woke up in the fourth quarter.”“Matthew Wright today played like an import. I told the players you cant relax against Phoenix,” he added after his team stayed in the hunt for the top four slots with a 5-3 slate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA followup dunk by Gabe Norwood off a miss by Almazan gave the Painters a 115-110 cushion with 54.4 seconds left. Almazan then made a free throw and swatted away Phoenix import Brandon Brown’s drive attempt inside the last 10 seconds to seal Rain or Shine’s fifth win.Almazan posted a double-double with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds with three blocks to boot. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  J’Nathan Bullock scored Rain or Shine’s first 17 points and already had 24 points by halftime. But he cooled off in the second half to finish the game with 33 points built on seven 3-pointers.Wright led Phoenix’s comeback, firing 17 points in the third quarter to erase a 16-point deficit. The Fil-Canadian deadshot exploded for a game-high 36 points while Brown added 33 points and 20 rebounds.The loss eliminated the Fuel Masters from playoff contention as they reeled to their eighth straight setback for a lowly 2-8 mark with only a game left.Jeff Chan struggled in his first game against his former team. He scored only six points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:04PBA Season 43: Rain or Shine Elastopainters01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Pumaren wants better decision-making from UE after 2nd loss Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Eustaquio shrugs off close loss, hopes to be included in Manila card

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Seeking to rebound fast, Eustaquio hopes to return to the cage as soon as the Manila card at ONE: Legends of the World slated on November 10.“I am willing to be booked on any card, but of course I prefer to be slated for the Manila card in November. Let’s hope that I can be scheduled for that event. The journey is not over. It’s only the beginning,” he said. Ravena back right away for PH team in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Eustaquio was in control of the match in the first round, and even rocked the former ONE Flyweight Champion with a stiff kick to the nose, but the action was inexplicably halted momentarily by referee Yuji Shimada.And Akhmetov quickly made adjustments, controlling the pace in the next two rounds to come out victorious.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe loss was a step back to Eustaquio’s bid to contend for the flyweight title.“It’s hard to lose my momentum. A victory tonight might have catapulted me to a title shot, but I have to accept the outcome of the bout. It’s another lesson. The good thing about this sport is that losses are avenues for competitors to grow. Surely, I will learn from this and be a better martial artist,” said the Team Lakay stalwart. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA — Geje Eustaquio took his split decision loss to Kairat Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: Total Victory on Saturday as a minor setback.“We never lose. It’s either we win or we learn. It’s a learning process for me and my team and I would like to extend my gratitude to all the people who are always on my back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:22Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Mavs rookie shows growth in 112-89 loss to Magic

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first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Smith was able to get his teammates involved while also creating for himself plenty, finishing with 13 points, three rebounds and one assist in nearly 19 minutes during his third preseason game.“I’m very comfortable,” said Smith, who only played the first half. “At the end of the day it’s just playing basketball, making the right reads and things like that. I’ve been doing that for a very long time so I just have to keep coming out and learning the game and I will keep getting better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMavs associate head coach Melvin Hunt, who filled in for a sick Rick Carlisle on Thursday, said he most pleased with Smith’s growth in calling his own plays against Orlando.“I wanted him to get the feel of that responsibility and he did some great things. It was subtle,” Hunt said. “He did some subtle things that were big time. It’s fun watching him develop.” MOST READ Damian Lillard led Portland with 16 points and eight assists in 26 minutes and CJ McCollum added 15 points. Kyle Lowry paced visiting Toronto with 23 points and had six assists in 25 minutes.TORONTO: DeMar DeRozan and C.J. Miles did not play. … Starting power forward Serge Ibaka struggled, scoring just two points on one of five shooting from the field and an 0-for-3 showing from 3-point range, while also adding four rebounds in 20 minutes.PORTLAND: Rookie power forward Caleb Swanigan impressed with an active night with six points, eight rebounds and six assists in 18 minutes off the bench. … McCollum was effective from 3-point range, converting four of six from beyond the arc. … The Trail Blazers outrebounded Toronto 47-38 on the night.UP NEXT: The Toronto Raptors (1-2) will host Detroit on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers (1-1) hit the road to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.TIMBERWOLVES 111, WARRIORS 97Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns each scored 16 points in 26 minutes apiece for the Timberwolves in Shenzen, China. Durant scored 20 points in 25 minutes to lead Golden State.MINNESOTA: Power forward Taj Gibson is looking more with his new team after being reunited with Thibodeau, his old Chicago Bulls coach. Gibson scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds while showing the ability to become more of a “stretch four” in Thibodeau’s system. He hit one of two 3-point shots — not bad for a player who has attempted only 35 3s in his career and made only three last season. … Andrew Wiggins added 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting from the field.GOLDEN STATE: Curry hit three of six from 3-point range, as did Klay Thompson, who finished with 13 points in 24 minutes.UP NEXT: The Warriors (0-2) and Timberwolves (2-0) meet again on Sunday in Shanghai, China. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Smith was coming off a back-to-back in which he scored 14 points on Wednesday night during a home win over Chicago. He played with much better pace Wednesday than in his debut and Thursday night he improved a little bit more in that area without starters like Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews not even in the building.He converted two of four shots from 3-point range, and continued to show his great athletic range by driving to the basket and also soaring above Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic for an alley-oop slam in the second quarter.“It was a great play call by Coach Hunt, that’s it,” Smith said of the alley-oop feed from Seth Curry. “He set me up how I need to be set up and Seth made a great pass.”MAGIC 112, MAVERICKS 89Aaron Gordon had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic added 14 points in Orlando’s home preseason debut. Dallas’ Dennis Smith, the No. 9 overall pick in the June’ draft scored all 13 of his team-high points in the first half on a night when the Mavericks left most of their starters and veterans at home.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) dribbles by Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (2) and center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)ORLANDO, Fla. — Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. has the talent and physical tools to become a standout in the NBA.But right now, it’s about incremental improvement for the point guard selected No. 9 overall out of North Carolina State in June. He improved in playing with pace after his preseason debut this week and during Thursday night’s 112-89 loss to Orlando — with most of Mavs’ starting unit and all of the veterans remaining home for the second game of a back-to-back — Smith got a taste of running the show and calling his own plays.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games DALLAS: The Mavericks brought a skeleton crew into Amway Center with several of the veterans and coach Rick Carlisle not making the trip on a preseason back-to-back. Starters Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes did not make the trip along with veteran reserves Nerlens Noel, J.J. Barea, Josh McRoberts and Devin Harris. Carlisle did not make the trip because he was ill. Associate head coach Melvin Hunt stood in for Carlisle.ORLANDO: Rookie first-round draft pick Jonathan Isaac struggled in his home debut, converting just one of five from the field to finish with just two points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in 17 minutes. Recent Hall of Fame inductee and former Magic star Tracy McGrady sat courtside. … Forward Adreian Payne suffered a fractured left hand during Tuesday night’s practice. Payne is a two-way player for the Magic, who appeared in 18 games last season with Minnesota.UP NEXT: The Mavericks (2-1) are off until Monday when they will host Orlando. The Magic (1-1) will host the Miami Heat on Saturday night.NETS 107, HEAT 88Jeremy Lin scored 16 points and the Nets outrebounded the Heat 62-37 in their second straight preseason victory.Tyler Johnson had 21 points and nine rebounds for Miami, while Hassan Whiteside added 19 points and nine boards.HEAT: The Heat were a dismal 4 for 28 (14 percent) from 3-point range. … Erik Spoelstra started the same five (Rodney McGruder, James Johnson, Whiteside, Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic) as Miami’s preseason opener against Atlanta, saying that group asked for a second chance even though he felt they didn’t play well. … Dragic scored 12 points but fellow starting guard Waiters had two on 1-for-8 shooting.NETS: D’Angelo Russell scored nine points, going 4 for 14 from the field and 1 for 7 from 3-point range. … Reserve Sean Kilpatrick had 14 points and seven rebounds. … Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 10 points and eight rebounds. Swingmen Caris LeVert and Allen Crabbe remained sidelined with ankle injuries.UP NEXT: Miami (1-1) visits Orlando on Saturday. Brooklyn (2-0) hosts New York on Sunday.TRAIL BLAZERS 106, RAPTORS 101 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brady throws for 303 yards, Patriots hold off Bucs 19-14 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Black admits ‘not very happy’ with how Game 7 was governed

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first_imgREAD: Gins can’t relax–ConeWith Black opting to not go into details, the press went to his deputy Luigi Trillo for some explanation.“Obviously, there were calls that were tough down the stretch. They called certain backings, we thought there was a backing, but Ginebra played well in the start,” he said.Although he shared the same sentiment with Black, Trillo did give the Gin Kings some credit for what was a hard-fought game.“It’s hard to play a knockout game chasing from behind. They had a lot of energy to start the game. LA and Justin hit shots that were mano-mano. They made some shots, and it is what it is. Hats off to them,” he said. Read Next The Bolts crawled their way back from 20 points down, 32-52 in the second quarter and finally strung a huge run in the endgame, cutting the lead down to single digits.READ: Black blasts Cone after post-game spat Black, though, was left fuming on the bench after the officials made two head-scratching calls.The first was a foul on Anjo Caram, when LA Tenorio tripped in his own foot without the diminutive guard making any contact with the veteran playmaker, at the 2:45 mark of the fourth quarter. That call rewarded Tenorio two freebies which brought Ginebra’s lead back up to 11, 96-85.The second was the more heartbreaking, as the officials failed to call a backcourt violation on Justin Brownlee in the final minute just mere seconds after Jared Dillinger sliced the lead down to four, 100-96.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia03:23Albayalde concedes: ‘Very inappropriate’ to ask not to enforce an order01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The usually outspoken Black kept his mouth shut regarding the outcome of the game even as he failed to hide his frustration on the heels of another bridesmaid finish.READ: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Other than that, I don’t really have any comments. I wasn’t very happy with the way the game was governed tonight and I don’t wanna give the Commissioner any money so I’d just leave it at that, okay? Thank you,” he said as he made his exit.Though Black did not expound on what he meant, he was certainly referring to how the game was officiated in the endgame. Norman Black. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Meralco coach Norman Black kept it short and sweet after his side once again finished runner-up to Ginebra, losing Game 7, 101-96, in front of a record-breaking Philippine Arena crowd.“First of all, congratulations to Ginebra and coach Tim (Cone),” he said as he made his way out of the dugout.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Ateneo boots out UE from Final Four race, gains twice-to-beatlast_img read more

Compton rues Alaska’s defensive lapses in loss to Magnolia

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first_imgThere were a lot of things that Alaska can point to when it lost 108-95 to Magnolia in its PBA Philippine Cup opener, but for head coach Alex Compton it boiled down to the very basic.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIES Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ “The thing is, our hearts are on the right places, but we need to be mentally sharper and relaxed.”Alaska allowed Magnolia to shoot 11-of-26  from distance with Paul Lee playing the main gunner for the Hotshots.Lee finished with 30 points, seven rebounds, and six assists and went 6-of-8 from deep, including a dagger with 3:26 left that gave Magnolia a 103-92 lead.“We obviously have to be way sharper, we had 22 turnovers, a ton of missed free throws, missed rotations on defense that gave them easy layups, and too much Paul Lee,” said Compton.Magnolia capitalized on Alaska’s miscues scoring 22 points off turnovers while scoring 46 points in the shaded area.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Healthy again, Paul Lee leads way for Hotshots Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “We came in the game and really forgot some of our fundamental stuff defensively,” said Compton Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “In the second quarter, we gave up a ton of layups. I don’t like to call timeouts to stop the bleeding, but there were so many fundamental things that we had to correct.”Alaska had a respectable 22-12 lead midway through the first quarter but the Hotshots slowly chipped it away and managed to take the 36-35 bubble at the 6:56 mark of the second period after a 24-13 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMagnolia then, ended the second period on a 15-5 run for a 57-47 lead heading into the break.“We don’t usually lose our defensive intensity, on offense we rush sometimes, we get too excited,” said Compton. “As a whole team, we were all so amped up, and that’s the sort of a theme we had in the pre-season.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Just 2 games in, Cruz proving to be a perfect fit for TNT

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s only been two games, but Jericho Cruz looks like he has found a new home in TNT.After having a solid debut for the KaTropa last Wednesday, the 27-year-old was at it again, this time punishing the Phoenix defense on his way to 17 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in a 118-97 victory for the last quarterfinals slot.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re just having fun,” he shared. “We help each other up, we’re pushing each other. Especially kuya Jayson who is vocal to us. All I want is to help the team because I’m really happy to be here right now.”Cruz also acknowledged that it’s not just all fun and games especially with a quarterfinal duel against San Miguel set on Tuesday.“As we all know, San Miguel is the number one team right now, especially if it’s in the all-Filipino because nobody can guard June Mar (Fajardo),” he said. “But for us, we’ll just gonna help each other out. We’re just excited to play, try to put up a show, and help the team win.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Castro, TNT unfazed ahead of quarters duel vs top seed SMB It was a perfect encore just days after he posted 17 points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals in a 101-75 blowout of NLEX.And Cruz only has one man to thank for his early success.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just want to thank coach Nash for giving me all the trust. That’s big for me because without him, I wouldn’t be in this position right now,” he said.Cruz has put his past behind him as he moved forward from the mid-conference trade that saw him go from Rain or Shine to TNT. And in his two-week stay, the former Adamson guard has made strides joining his new backcourt partners like Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and RR Garcia. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosalast_img read more

PH teams up with Japan, Indonesia for 2023 Fiba World Cup bid

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first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast European nations Russia and Turkey have also submitted single-host bids, while South American nations Argentina and Uruguay are submitting a joint-hosting application.Bidding for the 2023 Fiba World Cup is still open until the end of August, the deadline for the submission of the Candidature Files.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Fiba Central Board will then meet each candidate’s parties and stakeholders in the coming months before deliberating on to which applicant the hosting rights will be awarded to.China will host the 2019 Fiba World Cup across eight cities, where 32 nations will fight for the Naismith trophy in the culmination of the new Fiba competition format. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Roach unbothered by Pacquiao’s sluggish starts in sparring Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Failing to claim the hosting rights for the 2019 event, the Philippines will make another bid anew, this time, joining forces with Japan and Indonesia for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.Fiba released a shortlist of candidates for the 2023 tilt on Thursday, unveiling the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) forming a united front with the Japan Basketball Association (JBA) and the Indonesian Basketball Association (PERBASI).ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Fajardo determined to find ways to stop hulking Smith

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first_imgJune Mar Fajardo. PBA IMAGESJune Mar Fajardo admitted that TNT behemoth Joshua Smith is definitely one of the toughest guys he has ever faced in his young professional career.“He’s definitely one of the heaviest. You can see that he’s really that big,” the reigning three-time PBA MVP said in Filipino after San Miguel’s 104-102 Game 1 defeat in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Fajardo had a tough time defending Smith in the post and that was evident when he failed to stop the burly reinforcement’s game-clinching hook shot with 1.6 seconds to spare.READ: Smith game-winner lifts TNT past San Miguel for 1-0 leadFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He was able to make it,” Fajardo said of TNT’s crucial play down the stretch. “His hook shot is good, so we have to adjust on how to stop him. The game was really for them.”The KaTropa took the 1-0 series lead in the best-of-seven championship duel. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentscenter_img What ‘missteps’? Fajardo, who toiled for his 18 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks, got a reprieve in the second half when Smith’s left foot injury hampered him in two separate occasions. But Smith was still unstoppable down the stretch.Despite the heartbreaking loss, Fajardo opted to stay optimistic as he shifts his focus on Friday for Game 2.“TNT had a good defense, so it’s up to us to adjust. We have to rest, practice tomorrow, and bounce back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pogoy shrugs off nerves to get career best in first PBA Finals trip Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more