first_imgLIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet But the Chiefs drew strength from Kent Salado as they came to within 50-52 with a little over four minutes left.Calisaan and RK Ilagan joined forces to close out the game with a 13-6 burst, while Arellano’s Salado and Archie Concepcion lost their cool and were slapped with unsportsmanlike fouls.Marwin Taywan was also ejected for hitting Allyn Bulanadi’s head.Arellano, which overpowered Mapua, 91-82, also on Saturday, dropped to 1-1.Meanwhile, Perpetual Help would challenge the decision of the NCAA, which forfeited the Altas’ 69-65 win over St. Benilde on Tuesday for wearing the wrong uniform color.ADVERTISEMENT Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUnfazed by the home crowd, San Sebastian’s Michael Calisaan stood tallest as the Stags overcame the Arellano Chiefs, 65-56, in a bruising encounter for their first victory in the 93rd NCAA basketball tournament at Arellano Gym in Manila.Hardly intimidated playing in hostile territory, Calisaan dished out a double double with 12 points and 13 rebounds apart from anchoring the Stags’ airtight defense that shut down the Chiefs down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The Las Piñas-based school is seeking to uphold the Altas’ victory over the Blazers because they were penalized twice— first with a technical free throw and later, a forfeiture order.“We’re still deliberating on it today (yesterday),” said NCAA Management Committee chair Fr. Glynn Ortega, O.A.R., of host San Sebastian.In a statement, Perpetual said it was surprised why commissioner Arturo “Bai” Cristobal and the Mancom allowed the game to push through.Even St. Benilde coach TY Tang agreed that “the game should have been over before it started.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Gilas fate hangs on future pro stars View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “I’m used to it,” said Calisaan, referring to the scenario of playing against the home crowd. “I grew up playing in inter-barangay and inter-town leagues which usually means playing against the crowd. But coach told us to continue playing aggressive, despite the foul trouble.”The Stags evened their card at 1-1, bouncing back from a 67-76 loss to the San Beda Red Lions in Saturday’s opener.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 knew we needed to really stepped up on our defense in the fourth quarter,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya.Determined to take the crowd out of the game, the Stags got off to a rousing start by outscoring Arellano, 24-8, in the opening period of the first “NCAA on Tour” match this season. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea01:40Filipinos 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 respitelast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Germany’s headcoach Joachim Loew said the 1-1 draw with Spaint was a test in which “we were able to learn a lot” ahead of the World Cup © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZDUSSELDORF, Germany, Mar 24 – Germany head coach Joachim Loew says he knows the areas where the defending champions must improve before the World Cup after drawing 1-1 with Spain on Friday.Rodrigo Moreno put Spain ahead after just six minutes in Duesseldorf, but hosts Germany levelled when Thomas Mueller hit a superb equaliser in his 90th international. “There was a good intensity to the game, it was a test in which we were able to learn a lot,” said Loew.“Both teams have room to improve and you do not always want to show everything so soon before a World Cup.”Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta gave the Germany midfield a masterclass during the first 45 minutes.The 33-year-old outplayed Germany midfielders Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos by producing countless silky passes at the heart of Spain’s attack.Great leveller: Thomas Mueller equalises for Germany in the 1-1 draw with Spain © AFP / Odd ANDERSEN“You could see that Spain had a lot of combinations who play together regularly and had that automatic understanding,” said Loew.“We knew that Spain are hard to defend against, you have to almost defend against them man-to-man.“We wanted to see a few mistakes, so we know which areas we need to work on.“Both teams will have more to show by the time the World Cup comes around.”Spain, who host Argentina on Tuesday in Madrid, are now 17 games unbeaten while Germany’s run is 22 without defeat as they prepare to play Brazil in Berlin, also on Tuesday.Germany were punished for living dangerously as Spain dominated the early exchanges.Mats Hummels was at fault for the opening goal, leaving too much space for Iniesta to tuck the ball behind the German defence for Moreno to score.“At the start, we had real problems, but then we managed to start playing well, which is also a sign of our quality,” said Hummels.Germany’s Real Madrid midfielder Kroos admitted Spain were the better team early on.“The first 20 minutes belonged to the Spanish, after that we played well,” said Kroos.“All in all, it’s a fair result, it was a good game and a good test for us.“We’re at a good level, but we can still play better, especially in defence where we allowed the Spanish too much room.”Spain coach Julen Lopetegui took the positives from having frustrated the Germans in their own backyard.“Overall, I see this match very positively,” said the Spain boss, who praised Thiago Alcantara and Isco for the problems they caused in Germany’s midfield.“We played against the best of the world champions at (their) home.“We played with personality, ambition, rigour and confidence in who we are.“I’m happy with the performances of Thiago and Isco.“Of course, there are always things to improve.“The score is fair, we can not claim to have dominated for 90 minutes against the Germans, but we tried to play all our cards and we tried to win the match.“It was a great game for the spectators, between two teams who really wanted to win.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more