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_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) gestures during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. The way Isaiah Thomas sees it, what awaits in free agency this summer is like what he faced when he was the last pick in the NBA Draft. “I only need one team to love me,” Thomas said Thursday, candidly opening up about his health, his past, his present and his future while he deals with a season that absolutely has not gone the way he envisioned. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez, File)MIAMI — Isaiah Thomas still feels like there’s time.He’s four months away from free agency, the wheeling-and-dealing period when — the way things were looking a year ago — he would be signing a contract worth well over $100 million, ensuring himself a level of wealth that would be well beyond what the player picked last in the 2011 NBA draft should have reasonably expected.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 The Lakers want Thomas to mentor their young players, and they’re giving him rest and recovery time when he needs — mindful that he wants to go into this summer as healthy as possible.“I think he’s been judged pretty harshly with the fact that he missed that much time,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He’s playing good for us. I think with the more time he has just playing basketball, the better he’ll get as far as getting back to doing the things he was doing in Boston last season.”Walton speaks highly of Thomas, which suggests that the Lakers could be that one team Thomas is looking for.Games like Thursday certainly won’t hurt his cause. He came into the night averaging 14.3 points in 26 minutes on 37 percent shooting. Against the Heat, he shot 11 for 20, 6 for 11 from 3-point range.“If they give me a bigger opportunity, I’m capable of bringing more to the table,” Thomas said. “Until then I’m doing what I can. I’m getting as healthy as I possibly can. Every day I’m feeling a lot better. I’m just grinding it out and just trying to be ready for any opportunities that come my way.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Nothing is certain now.He’s gone from a star in Boston to being cast aside in Cleveland and now finds himself as a backup with the Los Angeles Lakers, still trying to get healthy after hip surgery. If that wasn’t enough, there’s the added strain that what he does over these next few high-stakes weeks will go a long way in determining what he’ll earn and where he’ll play over the next few years.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 folk“All you need is one team to love you,” Thomas said Thursday. “It’s like the draft all over again. You just need one team.”He averaged just under 29 points per game last season. And until Thursday night, when he led the Lakers to a 131-113 win in Miami over the Heat, he hadn’t scored more than 24 in any game this season. He couldn’t get on the floor until January while recovering from the hip surgery and lasted only 15 games with the Cavaliers before getting traded to the Lakers in early February. Thomas was the main piece that Cleveland got from Boston in the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics, and his on-court Cavs tenure lasted roughly one month. Lakers shred Heat defense, stay hot with easy win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Thomas went through pain of the emotional and physical kind with the Celtics a year ago, after his sister died in a car crash just before the start of Boston’s postseason run. About three weeks later, on the day Chyna Thomas would have turned 23, her brother — a day removed from oral surgery — scored 53 points to lead the Celtics past Washington.Not long after that, the Celtics shut the 5-foot-9 guard down because of the right hip problem.“Him being a competitor and a warrior, he made his injury even worse instead of putting his stock up there and saying ’I’m done, let me get ready for the next season so I can get a max deal,’” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, a Thomas teammate in Cleveland this season. “He kept trying to fight and fight and fight for the city that he was playing for. So it’s a tough situation.“One thing I know about him, you don’t become a household name at 5-foot-whatever-he-is without having grit, without having toughness and without knowing you can overcome anything.”That’s the belief Thomas still has these days.He doesn’t think he can merely return to the level he was at last year. He thinks he can get even better. The challenge will be making someone else believe that this summer.“It’s ‘what have you done for me lately.’ That’s the league we’re in and I understand that,” Thomas said. “But if I’m given the same opportunity I was given in Boston, I would do the same thing. And that’s just what it is. My resume speaks for itself. What I can do on the basketball floor speaks for itself. I can’t do nothing but control what I can control, and that’s taking advantage of any opportunity I’m given and playing my heart out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Batang Gilas boasts of height, speed for Fiba Asia U16 View comments MOST READ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Lady Realtors rallied from 17-19 down in the fourth set with Anisova and Philips leading their fightback. Anisova scored the game-clinching ace to keep the Giga Hitters winless after six games.“This victory is important because it serves as a morale-booster entering the second round,” Pascua said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We tried our best to stop her in the first and second sets. But in the third and fourth sets, she’s simply unstoppable,” said Sta. Lucia coach George Pascua.“I told the team that we should grab the lead at least before Silva rotates in front. I’m glad that we were able to do that and Dana (Anisova) connected a lucky ace for the win.”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 folkIt took a collective effort from Sta. Lucia to match Silva’s production with Canadian imports Bohdana Anisova and Marisa Field combining for 37 points while Filipino-American MJ Philips adding 15.Silva, who had 37 kills, came just a point shy from tying the PSL scoring record owned by Sara Klisura, who set the mark last year. LATEST STORIES Gy Silva of Smart vs Bohdana Anisova, Mic Laborte and Pam Lastimosa of Sta. Lucia RealtySta. Lucia overcame a dominating performance from Gyselle Silva to beat Smart, 25-15, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Realtors evened their record to 3-3 but not after surviving Silva’s 40 points.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterslast_img read more

first_imgLegion of Griffins: 1-handed LB joins twin on Seahawks P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “I think that’s going to be a chip on his shoulder. He has something to prove,” he said. “Back in my time, when he lost to Matthew Wright for the [Heritage MVP] award, I know he felt bad because he also wanted to win and you could see that in our practices. He did get the Finals MVP, but in my mind, Brickman and Wright were co-MVPs.”“So with him not winning the award once more, coupled with Mono’s situation in the Finals, I believe people will really see how good Jason Brickman is,” said Vanguardia.Game 4 is on Monday, still at Stadium 29 in Bangkok.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES READ: Alapag ‘big fan’ of Brickman: ‘One of the smartest point guards I’ve seen’“I coached Jimmy when he was a rookie when we drafted him in Talk ’N Text,” he said. “Jimmy and Jason have similarities, especially with the leadership, ball handling, and they’re tough. Like Jimmy Alapag, you can just give Jason the ball and he knows what decisions to make.”Vanguardia, though, wonders how Brickman, who averaged 10.4 points, 10.3 assists, and 5.9 rebounds this season, was once again snubbed for the Heritage MVP award.“I was surprised why he wasn’t named as the Heritage MVP,” he said, as the award went to Chong Son Kung Fu’s Fil-Am reinforcement Mikh McKinney. “For me, he deserves the award. Brickman was there from the start whereas McKinney came in late. But that’s how the voting went and we can’t do anything about it.”Vanguardia believes that the snub will fuel Brickman’s game, especially with Mono Vampire on the brink of losing the ABL title after Alab took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five championship series after a 99-93 win in Game 3 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “You can see that he makes his teammates better,” Vanguardia proudly said. “You know how better Sam Deguara is, but it’s the trust the team is giving him, he’s the leader. He’s the one dictating their offense and you can see that he’s not shying away from the spotlight.”Vanguardia coached Brickman under the banner of the Westports Malaysia Dragons, where the team, alongside Fil-Canadian Matthew Wright, claimed the 2016 ABL title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSince then, the Fil-Am playmaker has continued his ascent in the regional league and has given himself another shot at winning a title, this time with the Thai side.Seeing how Brickman has evolved as a player, Vanguardia couldn’t help but compare the 26-year-old to PBA legend and now San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueIf there’s one person who isn’t surprised with how good Jason Brickman is, it’s definitely Ariel Vanguardia.Vanguardia is happy that finally, the Filipino crowd is witnessing how special his former prized point guard is as he dazzles for Mono Vampire in the bright lights of the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League Finals.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations PBA: Rain or Shine keeps top spot, trips Magnolia in OT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Ateneo’s Jhoana Maraguinot was the Lady Realtors’ latest recruit, linking up with Far Eastern University’s Toni Rose Basas, Jeanette Villareal, and Carly Hernandez, and University of the East’s Roselle Baliton.The Lady Realtors announced the signings on their Facebook page and also on a video presentation they shared on their social media accounts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMaraguinot, Basas, Villareal, Hernandez, and Baliton will boost Sta. Lucia, which finished fifth in the 2018 Grand Prix, the group’s highest finish in the PSL indoor tournaments. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READcenter_img Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Sta. Lucia ended a frenetic week of signings on Saturday that saw five collegiate players from the UAAP join the team ahead of the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LeBron vows NBA fightback after ‘one of toughest career losses’ Baldwin, though, showed what being an Ironman is all about as he mustered enough strength to push through and keep Brown, a 12-time Ironman champion in New Zealand, at bay. He finished with a time of eight hours, 50 minutes and 13 seconds.Brown came in second while Cochrane was in third.Brown put the pressure on Baldwin beginning the 19-kilometer mark onwards where he was just about a minute away from catching up.Sensing the serious threat, Baldwin went for one last push to create a sizeable distance inside the last 10 kilometers.“The hardest part was the run for sure. The first 10k I felt quite good. The 10-20k was terrible and then the last 20k, I just dug in,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The motivation I think was to have the chance to finally win the Ironman. I worked so hard for so long and when I had that chance within sight I wasn’t gonna let it slip,” Baldwin, who looked like he could still go for another round despite completing a grueling 3.8-kilometer swim, 180 km bike and 42 km run.“I was just prepared to suffer for so much today and I did and that’s what got me to the line first and I was very happy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBaldwin had a comfortable lead after the second transition from bike to run with another Kiwi in Simon Cochrane,  who was running second at that point and was five minutes and 20 seconds behind heading into the run, while Brown, a 12-time Ironman champion in New Zealand, trailed by eight minutes and 33 seconds.But Brown gained steam as the race went weary, overtaking Cochane near the halfway mark of the marathon and cutting Baldwin’s lead down to less than two minutes approaching the last 10 kilometers. Nick Baldwin of Seychelles at the finish line after a grueling full Ironman race. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSUBIC—Nick Baldwin hung on to beat Cameron Brown of New Zealand in a close finish in the first full-distance Ironman race in the Philippines on Sunday here.It was a victory of firsts for Baldwin, who finally won his first full Ironman in the Philippines’ inaugural whole distance competition and became Seychelles’ maiden winner.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Baldwin was met by his fiancée just before crossing the finish line and the two shared an emotional moment after.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCarpio 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 “Our game was sloppy and messy. Our defense and first ball was all over the place,” Adamson head coach Airess Padda said.Three straight errors from the Lady Altas gave Adamson the second frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Lady Falcons had 12 blocks while Perpetual only had four.Eli Soyud delivered 17 points for Adamson while Chiara Permentilla added 13. Asia League looks to expand reach as region’s biggest offseason event Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Adamson made quick work of Perpetual Help, 25-19, 25-18, 25-16, in the 2018 Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference women’s opener on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Down 10-12 in the third set, the Lady Falcons uncorked a 15-4 bomb to seal the result.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Maria Tripoli had 12 for the Lady Altas. Justin Robert ValenciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCarpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ New faces for Azkals Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs San Beda celebrates after scoring against Perpetual. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonSan Beda bucked a third-set collapse to hack out a 25-19, 25-15, 9-25, 25-21 victory over Perpetual Help in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Wednesday night at FilOil Flying V Center to keep its semifinal hopes alive.It was just the second win of the Lady Red Lions but they can still take a long route to the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Beda has to beat the University of the Philippines and then hope St. Benilde loses its two remaining matches against Perpetual and San Sebastian.Perpetual absorbed its fifth defeat in six outings and is out of contention along with winless San Sebastian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Adamson, University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University have already snapped up the first three semifinal berths. —MARC ANTHONY REYES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college That game, however, became a precedent for Kouame as UP tried every trick to stop him in Ateneo’s next match.Kouame was quiet on the offensive end for the Blue Eagles putting up just nine points as the Fighting Maroons converged on him every chance but he did get 16 rebounds in the 83-66 Ateneo win.Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo de Manila University, forward)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena has been relatively quiet for the Blue Eagles during the first round averaging just 10.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists and those averages included his production of 8 points, one rebound, and four assists in their loss to the Tamaraws.Those seven games have long been over and Ravena seems to have made his proper arrival in the season when he showcased what he’s really capable of against the Fighting Maroons.Ravena tore up UP’s defenses and put up 21 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks as the Fighting Maroons ducked for cover during his continuous onslaught.CJ Cansino (University of Santo Tomas, small forward)CJ Cansino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s almost unfair to consider CJ Cansino to be a rookie at this point in time.UST’s wunderkind was a sight to behold for the Growling Tigers as he displayed unparalleled versatility as a wing.Cansino finished in seventh in the MVP race after the first round after accumulating 57.4286 statistical points and averaged 14.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists for the Tigers in the first round. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown His exploits, though, aren’t the only ones that came with a green La Salle jersey.Santi Santillan (De La Salle University, center)Santi Santillan and Baltazar’s frontcourt partnership for La Salle was crucial against the Soaring Falcons as both big men showed capabilities not only under the basket but also away from it.Both big men can play outside and hit jumpers and Santillan used that to his advantage when he put up 16 points, including three from beyond the arc, nine rebounds, and two blocks.Santillan also showed his composure for the Green Archers when he scored half of his output in the fourth quarter. Del Potro calls knee fracture a ‘hard blow’ The Green Archers are sitting comfortably in the fourth spot of the standings with a 4-3 record and part of that relative success was the play of Aljun Melecio.Melecio has been La Salle’s heart and soul throughout the season and his performance at the end of the first round spoke volumes of the trust the Green Archers put on him.Against the Soaring Falcons, Melecio was on kill mode putting up 22 points in the Green Archers’ 79-78 overtime win.Melecio wasn’t just putting up shots, he was also making the buckets when it mattered the most.He was the one that sent the game to overtime when he drilled a floater with 13.6 seconds left in regulation for the 64-64 tie and he went at it again in the extra frame when he made another teardrop for La Salle’s 69-64 lead with 4:04 to play.Honorable mentionsJustine Baltazar (De La Salle University, center)Melecio isn’t the only one responsible for La Salle’s steady trajectory in the UAAP as he had plenty of help from the Green Archers’ big men.First off is center Justine Baltazar whose length has been a problem for opposing players.Baltazar’s gangly capabilities was a big factor in the Green Archers’ 79-78 win over the Soaring Falcons when he finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, one steal, and five blocks. Adamson University no longer has that armor of invincibility while Ateneo is looking more and more like the defending champion.Far Eastern University was among the elite for less than 24 hours when perennial archrival University of Santo Tomas took down the Tamaraws again at the start of the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDe La Salle is, surprisingly, on a stable ground in the fourth spot while University of the Philippines is looking to approach a slippery slope to futility.Enough of that, here are the players that made Week 5 into a spectacle. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s the transition week between the first round and the second round and the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament just turned from wild to downright bonkers.The fight for positioning for those precious top four spots are heating up.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil And part of those numbers were his line of 16 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, when UST ripped UP apart, 86-72, in a master class of Basketball 101.Cansino followed that up with five points, 12 rebounds, and three assists in the Tigers’ 78-70 over the Tamaraws helping UST to get to an overall 4-4 record for the season.BackcourtJohn Lloyd Clemente (National University, shooting guard)John Lloyd Clemente. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe first round was some sort of feeling out phase for John Lloyd as he tried to find his niche with National University’s backcourt rotation.Clemente averaged meager numbers of 8.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in the Bulldogs’ first six games of the season.Then end of the first and Clemente looked to have finally found his footing with the Bulldogs when he led NU in their 88-61 conquest of University of the East.Clemente put up 21 points, a career-high, and grabbed four rebounds for the Bulldogs who snapped a five-game losing streak when they beat the Red Warriors for a 2-5 record.Aljun Melecio (De La Salle University, shooting guard)Aljun Melecio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs crazy as the season has been, De La Salle seems to be on a steady pace. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. FrontcourtAngelo Kouame (Ateneo de Manila University, center)Angelo Kouame. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe’s Ateneo’s 6-foot-10 rock in the middle and Angelo Kouame has undoubtedly become a towering presence in both the offense and defensive ends for the defending champions.Kouame has been nothing short of brilliant in Week 5 displaying defensive intensity and offensive prowess for the Blue Eagles as they split their two games between the first and second rounds.The center had a bittersweet ending to his first round when his line of 16 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks couldn’t save Ateneo against FEU losing 63-60.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

first_imgGuiao will bare his pool of 18 to 20 players during the meeting to be presided by TNT’s Ricky Vargas, who has just been given a one-year extension as PBA board chair.“Whoever coach Yeng picks for the national team will be allowed to play by the board,” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe PBA will take a break from Nov. 17 to Dec. 4 to give way to the fifth window of the qualifiers.“It may be pushed to Nov. 19 if we’re to have a playoff game for the last quarterfinal berth,” said Marcial. The PBA also takes a breather Wednesday and Friday in observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.Christian Standhardinger, Paul Lee, Alex Cabagnot, Gabe Norwood, Scottie Thompson, Poy Erram, Ian Sangalang, Marcio Lassiter, Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Beau Belga and Asi Taulava were part of the team that dropped a 73-81 game to Iran in Tehran on Sept. 13.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Team Philippines’ preparation for the next window of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers will start after national coach Yeng Guiao presents his program in a meeting with the PBA Board of Governors next Tuesday.The Nationals resume their chase for a spot in the 2019 World Cup in China with back-to-back home games at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay against Kazakhstan on Nov. 30 and versus Iran on Dec. 3.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ View commentscenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? UAAP Season 81 Starting 5: Week 7 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more