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Ant-Man and the Wasp doesn t have much bite

Ant-Man and the Wasp doesn t have much bite.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: cnnphilippines cnnphilippinesJun 29th, 2018

Morning Tip Q& A: Mohamed Bamba

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst They have come seemingly all at once -- new, freakish size in the NBA with the ability to put the ball on the floor, shoot from deep and block everything that moves. Kristaps Porzingis begat Joel Embiid, who begat this year’s group of young big men who have grown up facing the basket rather than with their backs to it. Among the most intriguing of the 2018 Draft class is Mo Bamba, the 20-year-old from Texas via Harlem, where he grew up -- fast, as city kids tend to do, learning the game on the hardtops around New York City, while his parents, natives of Ivory Coast, wondered what the increasing fuss was around their son. He, on the other hand, has tended to handle the attention with aplomb and a smile. In a group full of long, tall people, Bamba still stands out, with an insane wingspan of 7'10" that allows for court coverage the likes of which hasn’t been seen. Bamba has been in the spotlight for a while -- the Westtown (Penn.) High School team on which he played featured teammates like Cam Reddish, a blue-chip guard who’ll play for Duke next season -- and played against the likes of the No. 1 pick in 2018, Deandre Ayton. At Texas, he starred for Coach Shaka Smart, himself among the biggest names in the sport. After one season in Austin, where he shattered the school record for blocked shots in a season, Bamba declared for the Draft, assured he’d be a high Lottery pick. But Bamba has also shown a willingness to work on what he doesn’t -- or, at least, didn’t -- do that well. He went to California for weeks with noted player development coach Drew Hanlen, who deconstructed Bamba’s jumper from the ground up. Hanlen lowered Bamba’s shot pocket, adjusted his fingers on the ball and eliminated a hitch Bamba had before shooting. Bamba displayed much improved form before the Draft, but even if he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, he was going high -- and, he did, to the Orlando Magic with the sixth pick overall. Desperate to regain relevance in the East, the Magic hired Steve Clifford after he was fired by Charlotte to try and improve their awful defense. At the least, Clifford inherited ridiculous size on his roster, with Bamba joining 6'10" second-year forward Jonathan Isaac and newly re-signed 6'9" forward Aaron Gordon. Bamba must show he can be a killer on the floor like Embiid, and will work to make that happen. The only significant question about him coming into the Draft was the consistency of his motor at Texas. In Las Vegas this week for Summer League with his new team, Bamba is getting his feet wet while keeping them firmly planted to the ground. David Aldridge: I know you’ve spent a lot of time with Drew on the shot. What feels better now? Mo Bamba: Everything. The mechanics are so much cleaner now than they were in college. I think the difference between college and now is just a matter of just repetition, being able to change my jump shot dramatically because of how much I’ve gone in and worked on it. DA: So with time, you can basically improve anything? MB: Yeah, my jump shot is night and day. DA: He also told me that one thing he wanted to keep working with you on after the Draft was, you have a little jump to your left when you shoot? MB: Yeah, that’s a bad tendency that I have. That’s something Drew didn’t want to change. He changed a lot of things, and that’s one of the best things about working with Drew -- he knows boundaries, and he knows how much is too much. That’s one of the things he didn’t want to change right off the bat. But that’s something I’ve been conscious of and something I’ve been working on since he pointed it out. DA: Given where you played high school, was there more pressure on you playing for Westtown or playing for Texas? MB: I’d say there was more pressure playing -- well, actually, it was both, equal. My sophomore year at Westtown, there was a lot of pressure, because I was at a program that had never won a state championship, and had gotten to the finals three or four years in a row. At Texas, I was coming to a team that hadn’t made the NCAA Tournament the year before. So I’d say it was pretty equal. DA: I would imagine playing on a team like that in high school, with Cam and all the others, maybe prepared you not only for college, but playing in the pros. MB: Yeah, Cam can go. He’s a really good basketball player. And I know for a fact I’ll see him here next year. DA: What was Harlem like to grow up in, day by day? MB: It was, when people ask that, I pretty much tell them that you just grow up fast. You’re making decisions at a very young age that most kids don’t even come close to making. I credit a lot of my success to being from Harlem, growing up there. DA: Harlem’s changed a little the last few years. MB: Yeah, gentrification is real. It’s real. DA: What was it like seeing that demographic shift? MB: Well, I was kind of there before gentrification kind of really hit. Obviously there was a bunch of condos that went up and it was pretty cool to see. It was every time I came back home -- I’d see a new development going up. DA: Best advice your parents ever gave you? MB: I wouldn’t say it was direct advice or a quote. I’d say the best thing my parents passed on to me was to let me make my own mistakes and figure out on my age how to kind of see the world on my own. Growing up as the youngest child, one or two years after your siblings, obviously that’s great. You’re learning without truly making the mistakes on your own. But at some point in your life, you’re gonna have to learn on your own. You’re gonna have to fall to rise. DA: Conversely, then, what’s the biggest mistake you’ve made so far? MB: I’d say that the biggest mistake I’ve made so far was not committing to Texas earlier. I think waiting was awesome. I was very methodical about waiting, very strategic about what I wanted in a university. But at the same time, if I could go back, I probably would have committed my junior year, so I could hit the ground running and build the relationships, get to know people. DA: How much freedom did Shaka give you when you were there to try things on the floor that might not necessarily be good for the team, but could be good for you individually down the road? MB: Coach Smart, he’s given me so much freedom to sort of grow into who I was. That’s been a big thing in my life -- my parents and all of my coaches. Coach Smart did a great job of just letting me come to terms with myself, as a basketball player and a person. DA: I saw in one of your interviews before the Draft that you don’t think people really understand you when you say you’re a unicorn. So define that for me as you see it. MB: Well, I mean, people kind of have a concept of what it means. To me, it’s just someone who makes plays that have never been seen before -- a seven-foot big guard, those are all unicorns to me. DA: You played against Ayton and guys like Jarrett Allen (the Nets’ first-round pick in 2017) in high school, and I know how much you’ve looked at Joel Embiid on tape. Are you guys the new normal when it comes to the next generation of bigs? MB: Yeah, I think this is becoming a theme, and you’ll see it more and more with guys coming out of high school. One of the guys you’ll see coming up is James Wiseman (the 6'11" rising senior center currently playing at East High School in Memphis, and who is considered by many to be the top college prospect in the Class of 2019). He’s younger, but he does a lot of the things that I do, that Deandre does, that Jarrett does. It’s refreshing to see so many people that can do what I do. DA: If you were six-feet tall instead of seven, what would you be doing? MB: I’d have to be around the game, like a scout or a GM, something around the game. DA: How did the basketball bug bite you so hard growing up? MB: Honestly, it’s just my competitive nature. It bleeds over into other aspects of my life. But basketball is just something that I really excelled at, and whenever I hit kind of adversity, or whenever I do something that makes me vulnerable enough to get better and to ask for help, I just took this and ran with it. DA: Since you’re a kid, I have to ask you how good you are at Fortnight? MB: I play recreationally. One of my best friends is really good at it, and whenever I play him I get Ws. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ review: Bite-sized marvels

Coming at the heels of the enormity of scope of Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp feels modest and minuscule, which is surprisingly a very good thing. Comedy, caper and camp Given that the trajectory of superhero movies seems ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Defending champs F2 Logistics wastes little time crushing Smart

  Defending champion F2 Logistics was in no mood to take it easy against overmatched newcomer Smart Prepaid Thursday night. The Cargo Movers fired away unflinchingly against a Giga Hitters squad relying solely on Cuban Gyselle Silva to score a 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 for their second win in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Centre. "It doesn't matter which opponent we play; we have to play at our best and keep on improving every game," said last year's MVP Maria Jose Perez. "Every game is important for us." F2 Logistics proved it had the bite to back up that bark, raining down its serves on the 6-foot-3 Silva, who was also on the receivi...Keep on reading: Defending champs F2 Logistics wastes little time crushing Smart.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Jollibee takes full bite of Smashburger for $10M

JOLLIBEE Foods Corp. has fully acquired US-based Smashburger, following the purchase of its remaining stake in the Filipino-owned fastfoid chain for $10 million or P526 million. In a regulatory filing on Friday,…READ The post Jollibee takes full bite of Smashburger for $10M appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News2 hr. 10 min. ago

Looking to snag best available talent, PBA coaches size up aspirants at Draft Combine

MANILA, Philippines---The top three picks in the upcoming 2018 PBA Draft are practically secured for CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Bobby Ray Parks. Jr. but it doesn't mean the remaining aspirants are going to be pushovers. Coaches in attendance during the PBA Draft Combine Thursday at Gatorade Hoops Center had their scouting goggles on to look at potential rookies that could make an impact for their respective teams. Although some tried to hide their tricks up their sleeves, six-time champion Leo Austria named who can be viable options who can even be drafted in the third round. "There are still a lot of players that can be picked up in the third round the only problem is the...Keep on reading: Looking to snag best available talent, PBA coaches size up aspirants at Draft Combine.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Davao City Council okays 30 quarry applications

The Davao City Council has approved 30 commercial sand and gravel applications after the Davao City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) assured that these quarry operations doesn't harm the environment......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Ray Parks enters PBA like a vet: I don t really consider myself a rookie

MANILA, Philippines – Ray Parks may technically be considered a rookie heading into the PBA but he doesn't really consider himself as one.  The combo guard, who is expected to land within the top 3 in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, said he is equipped with the experiences he ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Lao hopes to join UP teammates Desiderio, Dario in the PBA

He may have taken the road less travelled, but Kyles Lao has no regrets with the path he took in his basketball career.   Opting to forego his final playing year in the UAAP, the former Xavier standout missed on a chance to be a part of the UP Fighting Maroons, which reached the Finals of the recently-concluded Season 81 cage wars and finished runner-up to defending champion Ateneo.   But rather than look on what could have been, all he feels is pride with what his alma mater was able to accomplish.   "A part of me is happy and proud na UP overcame the culture of losing and became a finalist this season," Lao said as the Fighting Maroons reached the championship round for the first time since 1986.   It doesn't mean that Lao drew the short end of the stick, too.   The UAAP Season 76 Rookie of the Year have made the most of his time away from Diliman, suiting up for AMA Online Education in the PBA D-League and Manila Stars in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), and now, will be making the biggest gamble of his career as he enters the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.   "Instead of going back to UP, I've joined a lot of commercial leagues, MPBL and D-League which I've learned a lot from. My teammates and coaches imparted a lot of knowledge on me, on how I prepare myself and how I approach the game," said Lao at the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum presented by San Miguel Corporation, Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) at Tapa King-Cubao on Tuesday.   "I'm not saying na hindi ko siya makukuha sa UP, but it's not a bad path that I took. I have no regrets because this is where I am now," he said.   Lao is one of the 48 hopefuls who are set to infuse new blood to the 44-year-old professional league through the annual rookie draft proceedings, set on Sunday at Robinson's Midtown in Ermita, Manila.   Coming in confident on what he feels is "the best shape of his career," Lao also wouldn't mind linking it up with former UP brethrens in Paul Desiderio and Diego Dario, both of whom are also making the leap to the pros, wherever that team may be.   "Syempre, I would be happy. Being with familiar faces isn't bad in any case,” said Lao.   “I know how Paul and Diego play and within the system of any coach, I know I can jell with them easily. To be given the chance, it will be reminiscent of our UP Maroon days kung bibigyan kami ng pagkakataon," Lao added.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Highly-touted Robert Bolick says ‘hateful messages’ from bashers fuel his fire

MANILA, Philippines---Robert Bolick doesn't concern himself with the negative opinions of others, but what he does though is use those hateful comments and channel it into his workouts. The former San Beda star and three-time NCAA champion, is busy readying himself for the upcoming PBA Draft and he's using the ill-will on social media to fuel his workouts. "I'm reading a lot of articles and there are a lot of people who are angry at me and they don't know that I'm actually really happy to read those comments," said Bolick in Filipino during the PBA Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center. "The best is when people are sending hateful messages because I feel that ther...Keep on reading: Highly-touted Robert Bolick says ‘hateful messages’ from bashers fuel his fire.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Rules of the game: Dissecting ‘Memories of Alhambra’ Episodes 3-4

Warning: Spoilers ahead Jin-woo (Hyunbin) went to Granada, Spain in search of Magic. What his character clearly meant was magic in the gaming world. He was caught unprepared when he discovered that the augmented reality game that he plays just became too real for comfort. Episodes 3 and 4 of the Netflix Original "Memories of the Alhambra" answered some of the questions left hanging on the first two episodes. Mostly, we get acquainted to the rules of the game. We now know that the player doesn't lose a level, experience, attack or defence points when he dies trying to complete a mission. He just restarts the level. Players should also always use weapons to attack. Hand-to-han...Keep on reading: Rules of the game: Dissecting ‘Memories of Alhambra’ Episodes 3-4.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

S& P: Loan growth to slow in 2019

LOAN GROWTH will likely ease in 2019 as higher interest rates bite, S&P Global Ratings said, even as it noted that heavy funding needs for the aggressive infrastructure spending program will boost lending......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Huelgas opens SEAG preparations on a high note

Nikko Huelgas of Team Go For Gold Philippines doesn't want to play it safe when the champion triathlete begins his buildup for the Southeast Asian Games in Manila next year.   The reigning two-time SEA Games gold medalist got his preparation for a third straight gold medal going after recently winning in the 2018 National Age Group Triathlon in Naga, Cebu.   Huelgas completed the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40k bike and 10k run in two hours, two minutes and four seconds to rule the men's elite division and beat Go For Gold teammate Andrew Kim Remolino and Jorry Ycong of Rider Omega Tri team by three minutes.   "I really had a bad season and so far this was th...Keep on reading: Huelgas opens SEAG preparations on a high note.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams reveals engagement is off

LOS ANGELES --- Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams has called it quits with her fiance. The star announced Friday that her engagement to 40-year-old pastor Chad Johnson is over. The 38-year-old wrote on Instagram that "things didn't work out." Williams says she doesn't want to "destroy another relationship." The announcement came the same day Williams released her new single, "Fearless." The couple announced their engagement in April. They appear in the reality show, "Chad Loves Michelle," on the Oprah Winfrey Network. An email seeking comment was sent to her agent.MKH RELATED STORIES: Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child being treated for depression in mental...Keep on reading: Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams reveals engagement is off.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

From the Front Page: Two new TNCs, inflation slows

Even the holiday cheer failed to lift investor and consumer spirits this quarter, with confidence plummeting to multi-year lows as inflation continues to bite. Business optimism eroded in the current quarter to a nine-year low while households were at their most pessimistic in four years, the central bank found. Inflation, however, finally eased in November, clocking […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

With 2 good shoulders, Lomachenko seeks 2 lightweight titles

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Vasiliy Lomachenko is back and ready to show what he can do with two healthy shoulders. Injured while winning one lightweight belt, Lomachenko while try to add a second in his return from surgery when he faces Jose Pedraza on Saturday night in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) is already a champion in three weight classes, but this is the first time he can unify belts within a division. "It's the next step for my dream," Lomachenko said. "It's the next step for my goal, and after this fight I think my dreams come a little bit closer to me." That could include a 135-pound showdown with unbeaten Mikey Garcia but seemingly won't include a fight with Manny Pacquiao, because Lomachenko, whose career is going along just fine, doesn't believe he needs to enhance it by beating what he said is an "old legend" about to turn 40. "There are a lot of good fighters to fight who are comparable to me," Lomachenko said. "He's old. I think his career is done. I don't want to become a legend in boxing because of him." But he can do it by unifying titles, and this is the two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine's first chance to do it. He moved up in weight and won the WBA title from Jorge Linares in May despite tearing the labrum in his right shoulder in the second round. Lomachenko got up from a sixth-round knockdown to stop Linares in the 10th, then underwent surgery. While Lomachenko was recovering, Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs) won the WBO title from Ray Beltran to secure the fight with Lomachenko, who has eight straight victories by stoppage. "We know that he's a great fighter. He's a complete fighter," Pedraza said through a translator. Pedraza was out for 14 months after his lone loss, when Gervonta Davis took his junior lightweight title by stoppage in January 2017, but has come back strong by winning three fights this year. The victory over Beltran made him the second Puerto Rican man to win titles at 130 and 135 pounds, and an upset of Lomachenko would bring even more pride to his homeland that's still recovering from disaster. "It will be the first Christmas after what happened with Hurricane Maria, so definitely me winning on Saturday would bring a lot of joy and blessing to the island," Pedraza said. The undercard of the fight, to be televised by ESPN, includes 2016 Olympian Teofimo Lopez (10-0, 8 KOs) facing Mason Menard (34-3, 24 KOs) in a lightweight bout, and Isaac Dogboe (20-0, 14 KOs) defending his WBO junior featherweight title against Mexican Emanuel Navarrete (25-1, 22 KOs). Then Lomachenko fights for the third straight time at Madison Square Garden and expects no problems with his shoulder. He said he's been able to use all his punches in sparring and may have benefited from the break for the injury, which delayed a planned August fight. He had nearly 400 fights as an amateur and has been on a quest to quickly accumulate as many titles as possible as a pro. A fight with Garcia could provide him a chance for another, but the WBC's 135-pound champion is moving up two divisions to challenge welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. in March. Lomachenko has no plans to move up any further for now after beginning his career at 126 pounds, but he thinks a matchup with Garcia will happen, assuming he comes back down. "I think this fight will happen," Lomachenko said. "Then, I don't know."  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Short but sweet search lands Fisher as coach of LA Sparks

By Beth Harris, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a “short but sweet” search to find the new coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. Turns out he has been sitting in the courtside seats for years. Derek Fisher was introduced Friday as coach of the team that he watched play at Staples Center while helping the Lakers win five NBA championships as their point guard. It’s Fisher’s second stint as a head coach in the pro ranks. He was fired from the New York Knicks in 2016. “This opportunity is not a step down, sideways, backwards, somehow different than the men’s game,” Fisher told a room full of media at a downtown hotel, insisting the WNBA isn’t a steppingstone. “There isn’t a future outside of what we’re here to talk about today.” Executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler didn’t look far in finding a replacement for Brian Agler, who resigned last week. “Our coach’s search was short but sweet,” she said. “The first person who came to mind was Derek Fisher. Derek has been a huge supporter of the Sparks, but even more importantly, he’s been a huge supporter of the WNBA from day one. He would leave his practice and fly and watch us play.” Toler said that during her 20 years as GM she would discuss the team with Fisher and seek his advice and suggestions. “He’s invested,” she said. Fisher becomes the 12th coach in franchise history. He takes over a team that went 19-15 in the regular season this year before losing in the second round of the playoffs. Agler resigned without explanation after four years that included winning the WNBA championship in 2016. He had an 85-51 career mark with the Sparks. “I don’t know why he wanted to. I didn’t ask,” Toler said. “When someone wants to resign, it’s not my job to talk them out of it.” Former league MVP Candace Parker was on hand to welcome Fisher. She waved her right hand in the air, showing off her WNBA championship ring that made a clunking noise when her hand hit the table. “I want more,” she said. Besides Parker, the Sparks have another former league MVP in Nneka Ogwumike and hope to re-sign guard Chelsea Gray. “We have chemistry,” Parker said. Parker noted she first met Fisher when she was 8 or 9 and her older brother’s agent was based in Arkansas, where Fisher is from. Fisher was fired in New York after going 40-96 in 1 ½ seasons while working under then-Knicks executive Phil Jackson, who coached him on the Lakers. Fisher said it took a while for him to come to terms with the fact that he was “overly fixated with what other people thought about my experience in New York as opposed to what I felt about my experience in New York.” Fisher peppered Toler with what she said were “about 2,000 questions” before agreeing to take the Sparks job. He indicated the homework was necessary after his time with the Knicks. “What I learned is, if there is not clarity in purpose, vision and mission from ownership to management to coaches to players to staff, it doesn’t work,” he said. “Some of the basketball things are irrelevant if ownership, management, staff, players, if we are not aligned in the way we see going about our jobs and achieving our purpose and our mission.” Since leaving New York, Fisher has worked as a TV analyst. He said he explored jobs with college and men’s pro teams but the timing wasn’t right. He also experienced upheaval in his personal life. In June 2015, he and former teammate Matt Barnes got into an altercation at the home of Gloria Govan, Barnes’ ex-wife who is now Fisher’s fiancée. In June 2017, Fisher was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his vehicle flipped on a Los Angeles freeway. He and Govan weren’t injured. Govan and two of Fisher’s children from his first marriage were on hand Friday. “The book is not finished yet,” Fisher said. “I feel like this is an opportunity for me to continue writing my coaching book and I’m excited to do it here in LA with the Sparks.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

When Felix Gallardo meets Pablo Escobar

SINGAPORE---We couldn't take our eyes off the screen when we began binge-watching "Narcos: Mexico," the latest season of the popular TV franchise on Netflix.       But, one of the show's biggest highlights doesn't take place in Guadalajara or in any of the three places---Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Durango---that constitute the so-called Mexican Golden Triangle.       After cleverly consolidating---and manipulating---the most powerful cartels in his country, enterprising drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, played by the transfixing Diego Luna, finds himself taking a "business trip" to Colombia and Nicaragua.     &nbs...Keep on reading: When Felix Gallardo meets Pablo Escobar.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Report: LeBron open to Anthony joining him in L.A.

LeBron James reportedly hasn’t asked Los Angeles Lakers management to acquire Carmelo Anthony, but that doesn’t mean the two have no chance of playing together this season. The Athletic reported Thursday that James still would like to play with Anthony, his longtime friend, who started the season with Houston. The two sides since have parted […] The post Report: LeBron open to Anthony joining him in L.A. appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

BSP finds businesses less bullish, consumers more pessimistic in Q4

EVEN the seasonal holiday cheer failed to lift investor and consumer spirits in this quarter, with confidence plummeting to multi-year lows as inflation continues to bite, according to findings of the central bank’s latest surveys......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

UAAP Finals: In showing character, UP earns Ateneo s respect

Ateneo de Manila University left no doubt in claiming back-to-back championships in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Following a convincing nine-point victory in Game 1, the Blue Eagles ran the University of the Philippines out of the Araneta Coliseum in Game 2 on Wednesday by a score of 99-81. That 18-point win was more than enough for them to clinch their seventh title in the last 11 years. Despite the dominant series sweep, the now two-time defending champions had nothing but good words for their fallen foes. “At the end of the day, yes, there’s only one champion, but there are only two teams that play the last game of the season. That means the one that doesn’t win still must’ve done a lot of things pretty well,” head coach Tab Baldwin told reporters post-game. Indeed, while Ateneo was in complete control of the Finals, Fighting Maroons Bright Akhuetie, Paul Desiderio, and Juan Gomez de Liano kept coming at them. In the eyes of coach Tab, that just showed the character they have discovered and then developed throughout the tournament. “When you look at their season, their season had a lot of character to it because they were a struggling team early on and looked out of sorts. It’s really difficult so you scratch your head all the time and say, ‘We got talent, we got some good players, how do we pull this thing together,’” he shared. He then continued, “I don’t know what they did, but they sure got it together and they got these guys playing as a team, playing extremely hard, and they put together a great season.” At the start of the second round, UP found itself at 3-5 and at the outside looking into the playoff picture. From there, though, they went 7-1 to make a run to the Finals which was a pleasant surprise for just about everybody. And though the Fighting Maroons had to settle for a runner-up finish, the Blue Eagles said they deserve nothing but respect for their magical season. “I think that you got to give credit to every single one of them. The coaches obviously did a good job and the players worked with the coaches so they deserve credit for that,” coach Tab said. He then continued, “They were a really tough opponent for us.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018