first_imgAndray Blatche was one of the stabilizing force for the Philippines in its win against Japan. Photo from Fiba.comEven though Gilas Pilipinas enjoyed double-digit leads in its 77-71 win over Japan on Friday, the visiting Filipinos never felt complacent knowing how potent the home team is.“We have a very high respect for Japan and we knew that were in for a tough match,” he said after the victory to start its 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifying bid. “When we had a nice lead, we know that they have the ability to come back because they’re a quality team.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 was important that when they came back and even got the lead, we stayed calm and did not panic,” said Reyes. “I think that’s the important part of the game, that the players remained positive and that allowed us to eventually get the victory.”Gilas Pilipinas will now return home as they prepare for a duel against Chinese Taipei on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The Philippines lost hold of an early 14-point lead as Japan came out of the halftime break more determined and managed to get ahead, 40-37.The furious fightback from the home team didn’t surprise Reyes one bit, especially with the likes of Makoto Hiejima, Yuki Togashi, and naturalized player Ira Brown backstopping the Japanese. teamFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“We knew we had to contain guys like Togashi and Hiejima, and we knew what Ira Brown can do. But outside of the three, it’s a deep team and guys like (Daiki) Tanaka, (Tenketsu) Harimoto, and (Takatoshi) Furukawa gave them a big lift tonight. All of those guys, we had to be very conscious of and we had to devise a gameplan for them. It’s the kind of team Japan is, it’s a deep team, skilled, talented, and very well-coached,” he said.Luckily for the Philippines, Jayson Castro and Andray Blatche were there to stabilize the ship as the shots finally went in the end that even against the Akatsuki Five’s best efforts, Gilas held on to the win. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img ONE: Iniong’s win streak ends with UD loss to Yamaguchi Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLindener Mark Humphrey, charged with the offence of exceeding the speed limit while driving motor car PWW 4523 along the Half Mile Public Road in Wismar, Linden on Tuesday, February 12th, 2018, pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined $20,000. The 45-year-old has two weeks to pay the fine, or face the alternative of 2 weeks’ incarceration.last_img