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Tina Charles, Candice Dupree lead WNBA All-Star 2019 reserves

WNBA press release NEW YORK – The New York Liberty’s Tina Charles and the Indiana Fever’s Candice Dupree lead the list of 12 players – six guards and six frontcourt players from across the WNBA – who will serve as reserves in AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019.   The reserves were selected by the league’s head coaches, who voted for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position regardless of conference. The coaches were not able to vote for their own players. Joining Charles and Dupree as frontcourt reserves are the Phoenix Mercury’s DeWanna Bonner, the Minnesota Lynx’ Sylvia Fowles, the Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike and the Connecticut Sun’s Alyssa Thomas. Reserves at the guard position are the Chicago Sky’s Diamond DeShields, Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot, Minnesota’s Odyssey Sims, the Washington Mystics’ Kristi Toliver,  and the Indiana Fever’s Erica Wheeler. The 10 starters for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, announced on July 11, were selected by fans, current players and media. As the two All-Star starters who finished with the most fan votes during WNBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google, Washington’s Elena Delle Donne and the Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson will serve as team captains and draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves. AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson will be played on Saturday, July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, home of the Aces. The 16th WNBA All-Star Game will be televised live by ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET. Joining Delle Donne and Wilson as starters in the frontcourt are Las Vegas’ Liz Cambage, Phoenix’s Brittney Griner, the Seattle Storm’s Natasha Howard and Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones. The four starting guards are Los Angeles’ Chelsea Gray, Seattle’s Jewell Loyd, Las Vegas’ Kayla McBride and New York’s Kia Nurse. Delle Donne and Wilson will select their respective rosters in the WNBA All-Star Draft by choosing first from the remaining pool of eight starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves.  By virtue of finishing with the most fan votes, Delle Donne will make the first pick in the first round (Starters).  Wilson will have the first pick in the second round (Reserves). Additional details about the All-Star Draft will be announced at a later date. Las Vegas head coach Bill Laimbeer and Washington head coach Mike Thibault have earned spots as the head coaches for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019. With Las Vegas having clinched the best record in the WNBA through July 12 (10-5, .667), Laimbeer and his staff will coach Team Delle Donne. Thibault, whose Mystics posted the second-best record through July 12 (9-5, .643) will guide Team Wilson. AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Reserves - DeWanna Bonner, Mercury (3rd All-Star selection): The WNBA’s leading scorer (19.4 ppg), Bonner was named to the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season after sitting out the 2017 campaign when she gave birth to twins. A two-time WNBA champion with Phoenix (2009, 2014), Bonner began her career by winning WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year honors three straight seasons (2009-11). - Tina Charles, Liberty (7th All-Star selection): Charles, who this season moved into sixth place in WNBA history with 3,014 rebounds, also ranks 12th with 5,727 points. Earlier this year, she added filmmaker to her resume when the documentary she produced about her father Rawlston Charles and his Brooklyn-based record store and music label debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. - Diamond DeShields, Sky (1st All-Star selection): Chicago’s leading scorer (14.9 ppg), DeShields, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 Draft, is one of three Sky guards named to the All-Star Game along with Quigley and Vandersloot. - Candice Dupree, Fever (7th All-Star selection): Now in her 14th WNBA season, Dupree recently moved past Lisa Leslie and into sixth place in league history with 6,267 points. She also ranks eighth in career rebounds with 2,880. - Sylvia Fowles, Lynx (6th All-Star selection): The WNBA’s MVP in 2017 and Finals MVP in 2015 and 2017, Fowles became the WNBA’s career leader in double-doubles (158) this season. She also ranks fourth in league history with 3,201 career rebounds, behind only Rebekkah Brunson (3,356), Tamika Catchings (3,316) and Lisa Leslie (3,306). - Nneka Ogwumike, Sparks (6th All-Star selection): Ogwumike leads the Sparks with 15.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg. The top pick in the 2012 draft, she is one of five No. 1 overall picks in this year’s All-Star Game, along with Tina Charles (2010), Brittney Griner (2013), Jewell Loyd (2015) and A’ja Wilson (2018). - Allie Quigley, Sky (3rd All-Star selection): A two-time WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year (2014, 2015), Quigley has earned three consecutive All-Star appearances since becoming a full-time starter for the Sky in 2017. Quigley won the Three-Point Shooting Contest at the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game in Minnesota. - Odyssey Sims, Lynx (1st All-Star selection): After spending the past two seasons with rival Los Angeles, Sims was acquired by Minnesota from the Sparks via a trade in April. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft, she leads the Lynx with 15.7 ppg and a career-high 5.4 apg and is the only player in the league ranking in top 10 in scoring and assists. -  Alyssa Thomas, Sun (2nd All-Star selection): Thomas, who made her All-Star debut in 2017, is the Sun’s No. 2 scorer (11.6 ppg) and rebounder (7.2 rpg) behind Jonquel Jones, an All-Star starter. - Kristi Toliver, Mystics (3rd All-Star): An All-Star for the second consecutive year as a member of the Mystics, whom she helped to the WNBA Finals last season, Toliver also represented the Sparks in the 2013 All-Star Game. - Courtney Vandersloot, Sky (2nd All-Star): Vandersloot leads the league with 8.2 assists per game a year after she set a WNBA single-season records with 8.6 apg and 258 total assists. She returns to the All-Star Game for the first time since her rookie season of 2011. - Erica Wheeler, Fever (1st time All-Star): Wheeler is the only undrafted player among the 22 players selected for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 and the first undrafted player named to the Game since Erika de Souza in 2014......»»

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PBA: Terrence Jones new tropa wants to send him back to the NBA

Over the last couple of seasons, the PBA has seen its share of super imports. Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee immediately comes to mind. Meralco’s Allen Durham and Phoenix’s Eugene Phelps fit in that mold too. Alaska’s Mike Harris is in that list as well. The uber-talented Glen Rice Jr. could have made it if he just got it together. But for the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, TNT brought not just any other import. Tired of underperforming for the past few conferences, the KaTropa went ahead and signed former Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones for the mid-season joust. With Jones, TNT went the super — SUPER — import route and it has been worth every penny for the KaTropa, at least so far.   ROCKET MAN Many former NBA players have played in the PBA before, that’s not a new thing. But what makes Jones special is that he’s at his peak of his powers now as he plays his first stint in the PBA. Jones is a former first-round pick and was a legitimate NBA contributor. In his best NBA season, in 2013-2014 for Houston, Jones started 71 games and had career-high numbers of 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. This dude is legit. “Oo iba, iba siya talaga,” guard RR Pogoy said of Jones. (Yes, he’s really different). In just one conference, Pogoy and Jones have clicked as teammates. Terrence has admitted that RR is one of his favorite local targets when he’s trying to spot an open teammate when opposing teams double on him. Pogoy admits that Jones is one of the best, if not the best, import he’s ever played with. “Pwedeng-pwede pa siya talaga sa NBA eh. Iba yung skills niya,” he added. (He could still play in the NBA. His skills are just different).   THE DIFFERENCE TNT has ran pretty much the same system for years. Whether you like this team or now, they know what style they want to play andd they identify players that fit that system well. The KaTropa have dominated the PBA without a traditional big man. Ask other teams, they’ve been blindsided and bamboozled by a TNT offense led by diminutive point guards like Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro. However, the KaTropa have hit another rough patch. The team hasn’t made it to the PBA semifinals since 2017. Their 2018 campaign was a lot like the horror 2016 year with the only difference being three seasons ago, they actually made it to the semifinals of the Governors’ Cup as a no. 1 seed. Last year, they won zero playoff games and missed the playoffs altogether once so in essence, 2018 was a worse nightmare for the KaTropa. It didn’t help that in the previous All-Filipino, they were practically a missed 24-second violation away from ending the San Miguel Beer Philippine Cup dynasty. The winning formula no longer works for TNT. Or at the very least, it’s not as effective. Enter Terrence Jones. “Malaking tulong talaga siya sa team namin. Kung ano yung kulang samin, parang fit na fit talaga siya eh. Napa-dali na lang yung mga buhay namin sa basketball,” Pogoy said of Jones. (He’s a big help to our team. What we lack, he fits right in. Our basketball lives are easier with him). “Yung rebounding tsaka yung pagka-shot blocker niya [malaking tulong]. Naiilang din yun kalaban namin eh, sa rebound naman naco-control namin kasi may malaki na kami, yun naman talaga kulang namin,” Pogoy added. (His rebounding and his presence as a shot blocker is a huge help). In 10 games so far, Jones is averaging 14.9 rebounds per game. That may not seem much for an import but he’s never had fewer than 10 in a game and has hit a high 22 rebounds. His shot blocking has helped TNT shore up its overall defense as well with Jones averaging 2.9 rejections a game with his three best performances coming against Columbian (7 blocks), Ginebra (6 blocks), and San Miguel (5 blocks). The last two teams feature perhaps the two best frontlines in the league today by a wide margin. Aside from his defensive presences, Jones is a force on offense as well, averaging 34.5 points on close to 50 percent shooting. He’s hit over 30 points eight times and over 40 points four times. Scoring will be a given for a player of his caliber but what sets him apart is his ability to locate open teammates and willingly pass the ball to them. Jones is good for at least four assists in every game and he’s topped out at 16 dimes so far. In 10 games, he’s rounding up to 7.7 assists per outing which leads all imports, and the whole league actually. “Talagang willing passer siya, hinahanap din niya talaga yung mga kasama niya. Kumbaga di niya inaako lahat yung scoring load,” forward Troy Rosario said of his new frontcourt tandem in Jones. (He’s a willing passer. He really tries to find his teammates and he’s not trying to shoulder all the scoring load). “Kami ready pa rin kami lagi. Syempre yung experience niya sa NBA talagang pinapakita niya dito, natutulungan din niya kami kung saan kami dapat lumugar sa plays kasi advanced na siya eh, kahit di na sabihin ni coach alam na niya dapat gawin,” he added. (We’re just ready as locals. He’s really showing his NBA experience here, he’s helping us to where we need to be on plays because he’s so advanced he knows what to do even before coach tells us).   THE LEADER Aside from putting up big numbers across the board, there’s one underrated factor about Terrence Jones that has led to him making a positive impact on TNT. Jones made an effort to be a leader for the KaTropa and his teammates have rallied behind him for sure. The result is in the way they play and the way they win in the Commissioner’s Cup. “I think it’s come to them [TNT locals] listening and understanding that I have a little experience on what it takes to try to win and be a good teammate,” Jones said of his leadership role with the KaTropa and how it worked out. “They listened and understood that and we’ve been having fun ever since,” he added. TNT is full of alpha-level players but Jones’ NBA resume has certainly helped in making them line up behin their import and provide support. The the KaTropa have been running like a well-oiled machince with that set up. “Leadership pa lang niya ang laking tulong na samin. As locals, ginagawa lang namin kung ano dapat namin gawin para maka-contribute din and para matulungan din siya,” Rosario said. (His leadership alone is a big help for us. As locals, we just try to do what we need to do to contribute and to help him out). “Magaling siya, isa talaga siya mga leader namin ngayon. Talagang nili-lift up niya kami, di lang sa salita pati sa gawa,” Pogoy added. (He’s great, he’s one of our leaders now. He really lifts us up not just with words but with action as well)   THE LONG ROAD BACK TO THE ASSOCIATION It would be incredible if TNT ends up having Terrence Jones as a resident import the same way Ginebra has Justin Brownlee or Phoenix has Eugene Phelps or Meralco having Allen Durham. However, the KaTropa know that their super import still has a good shot of returning to the NBA and they plan on helping him get back there. “Syempre goal namin makapasok sa playoffs, nagawa na namin yun. Ang susunod na step is next round sa playoffs. Malaking tulong din yun sa kanya kasi yung pangalan niya bumabango ulit,” Rosario said. (Our goal is to make the playoffs and we did that. Now the next step is to get to the next round of the playoffs. That’s a big help for him to get his name out there again). “Preparation na rin kasi alam namin na after dito, meron siyang invites sa mga training camps,” he added. (It’s also good preparation because we know after this, he has some invites to camps). With TNT at 9-1 and a top-2 seed in the playoffs, the team is certainly favored to win in the Commissioner’s Cup. And perhaps one of Jones’ best ways to once again get some traction is to put up great numbers for a championship team in a big league like the PBA. There’s a big check mark on the numbers part and while he can’t win a title by his lonesome, Jones has an entire tropa that has his back. “Lalo na kung mag-champion kami, mabango yung pangalan niya di ba?” Pogoy said. (If we win the championship, that’s good for his name, right?). “Marami naman nags-scout diyan, nakikita siya and maganda pinapakita niya. Feel ko [kaya bumalik sa NBA],” he added. (There’s people that scout him, seeing him and how good he’s been performing. I feel [he can make it back to the NBA]). Of course, winning a PBA championship does not directly award Jones and NBA roster spot. However, he appreciates that his team backs him up in that regard. Right now TNT’s super import is just concerned about playing well with his team and winning more games. “I appreciate it, I wish nothing but the best for all my teammates as well,” Jones said. “I hope you guys see that while we’re playing, we’re smiling and enjoying one another when anybody scores. It’s just like a family atmosphere,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 13 min. ago

Report: Ben Simmons doubtful for FIBA World Cup

NBA.com staff report Ben Simmons, who teased a run with Australia at the FIBA World Cup, has become "doubtful" to play in the upcoming tournament, per a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Get your first look at the NBA’s top Rookies during NBA Summer League LIVE on NBA League Pass! The move will clear Simmons to prep fully for his upcoming season with the Philadelphia 76ers, who are expected to be a leading contender in the East. Their run to the conference semifinals last season ended in a Game 7 defeat on Kawhi Leonard's four-bounce buzzer-beater, and Jimmy Butler was ultimately swapped for Josh Richardson in a sign-and-trade that cleared space for the acquisition of erstwhile rival Al Horford. Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons is "doubtful" to play for Australia in the FIBA World Cup this summer, his agent Rich Paul tells ESPN. Simmons is more likely now to spend his full offseason preparing only for the Sixers season -- free of national team responsibilities. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 13, 2019 In 2018-19, Simmons averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists as a 6-foot-10 point guard, earning his first All-Star appearance after a Kia Rookie of the Year-winning campaign. Yet his lacking outside shot -- 0-for-17 from three-point range across two seasons -- limited his playmaking ability during the playoffs, and improving there provides the obvious lane for an even more significant leap heading into Year Three......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

PBA: Blackwater pounces on third-seed after piling onto Alaska s woes

Blackwater will continue its best campaign in franchise history as the third-seed in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup by virtue of a well-earned 112-104 win over Alaska, Sunday at Araneta Coliseum. As always, super rookie Ray Parks Jr. and American reinforcement Staphon Blair showed the Elite the way to victory with the former finishing with 25 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals and the latter ending with his own 14-marker, 10-board double-double. With those two at the head of the attack, the upstart squad has now risen to its best-ever finish in the elimination round. However, it was Allein Maliksi, Mac Belo, and Roi Sumang who got together in the 9-3 run that broke open a tied tally of 93-all and built up a 102-96 advantage for Blackwater inside the last four minutes. The Aces wouldn’t quit just yet as Simon Enciso and Jeron Teng pulled them within a solitary point, 101-102. Only, Sumang had the quick counter for Blackwater and scored all but three points in their 9-3 finishing kick that eventually ended as their seventh win in 11 games. Prior to this, the Elite's best record at the end of eliminations was as the fifth-seed back in the 2018 Governors' Cup. Sumang wound up with 18 points in this one while Maliksi and Belo also added 15 and 13 markers, respectively. They now await how the bottom half of the seedings shake out, but their next matchups may be opposite Magnolia, San Miguel, or Rain or Shine. Also awaiting the results of the last three games in the eliminations is Alaska which suffered its fifth setback in a row and now stands at 4-7. Fronting their effort is American reinforcement Diamon Simpson who had 24 points on top of 18 rebounds, eight assists, and two blocks. BOX SCORES BLACKWATER 112 - Parks 25, Sumang 18, Maliksi 15, Blair 14, Belo 13, Al-Hussaini 12, Digregorio 6, Desiderio 4, Cortez 3, Sena 2, Alolino 0. ALASKA 104 - Simpson 24, Banchero 18, Thoss 15, Manuel 15, Teng 11, Enciso 9, Casio 6, Racal 4, Pascual 2, Exciminiano 0, Cruz 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-32, 56-55, 80-78, 112-104. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

2019 NBA Summer League standouts: Day 11

A look at top performers from Day 8 of the action in Las Vegas and Day 11 of the overall Summer League: Get your first look at the NBA’s top Rookies during NBA Summer League LIVE on NBA League Pass! +++ Malik Newman, Cleveland Cavaliers The Cavaliers guard helped Cleveland end its 2019 Summer League on the right note. Newman scored 33 points on 64 percent shooting in the Cavs’ 98-96 overtime win over the Kings. A member of the Cavaliers’ G League team, Newman shot 4-for-6 from the perimeter as part of his outburst. Alize Johnson and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, Indiana Pacers The Pacers wrapped up their summer contests with a victory thanks to the brilliant performances from Johnson and Akoon-Purcell. Johnson registered 25 points and 13 rebounds while Akoon-Purcell collected 24 points and 10 rebounds, leading Indiana to 86-75 win over LA. Jordan Caroline, Los Angeles Lakers An aggressive Caroline stole the show as the Lakers mounted a 25-point comeback to knock off the Warriors. He dropped 20 points on an efficient 7-for-8 shooting from the field to close out a solid Summer League campaign. Lindell Wigginton and Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors The Toronto tandem combined for 50 points on 70 percent shooting, leaving a lasting impression in Las Vegas. Wigginton dropped 26 points and Boucher, who finished Summer League as a top-five scorer, added 24 in the Raptors’ 108-102 loss to the 76ers. Gary Trent Jr., Portland Trail Blazers Trent Jr. continued his impressive summer and powered the Blazers to a 99-84 triumph over the Bucks. The 20-year-old swingman scored a game-high 28 points and hauled in eight rebounds......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2019

PBA: Cabagnot has more assists than any other active player

Alex Cabagnot’s very first assist during Wednesday’s win over Phoenix in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup allowed him to pass Ronnie Magsanoc in the all-time career assists list. Cabagnot took over the 7th spot from Magsanoc. With now a total of 3,232 assists, Cabagnot has more dimes than any other active player in the PBA today. “I just wanna say a quick shoutout to all my teammates, to all my coaches in the last 14 years from Sta. Lucia, Coca-Cola, Burger King, Petron, Globalport, and San Miguel,” Cabagnot said. “All those guys, all my teammates, everybody else. Thank you for making those shots for me for those assists,” he added. Cabagnot says he doesn’t even have time to celebrate his latest career achievement. Despite back-to-back wins, his San Miguel Beermen are at 4-5 in the team standings and are fighting for a playoff spot in the Commissioner’s Cup. “It’s not sinking in yet kasi we’re still 4-5. Pero those things are for my parents and my family. At the moment it’s not for me, it’s for them sila pwede mag-celebrate,” Cabagnot said. “My mind is somewhere else, my mindset is to continue our playoff campaign and make a good showing for our playoff campaign,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

PBA: Phoenix feeling the absence of Calvin Abueva

Safe to say, Phoenix has felt the absence of Calvin Abueva. The Beast has been tamed by an indefinite suspension by the PBA following a weekend of controversies to start the team’s campaign in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. So far, that suspension has covered eight games in the mid-season joust. The Fuel Masters are 3-5 in those eight games for a record of 4-6 overall. As such, Phoenix is in danger of missing the playoffs after bing a top-2 seed in each of the last two conferences. “Kasi alam naman natin lahat kung ano dinadala ni Calvin eh. Medyo high risk pero high reward din naman,” head coach Louie Alas said of his enigmatic forward. “Yun nga yung ina-ano namin sa kanya ngayon. Ire-rehab yung anger management. Di naman anger management, pero yung pagre-react lang niya sa situation. Pero yun si Calvin, dun siya effective eh. Sabi ko sa kanya mag-tone down ka lang kasi kapag na-check mo yung emotions mo, wala naman tayong problema sayo. Mabait ka namang tao eh,” he added. Alas said that Calvin has taken some measures to get him reinstated. He’s been in communication with the PBA and the Games and Amusements Board. However, the nature of his suspension remains confusing. He’s indefinitely suspended which could mean he could be back tomorrow or next year. There’s no set time really and all Calvin does is wait for the moment. “Kanina ko lang nalaman na sumulat pala yung GAB, kailangan din sumulat si Calvin to explain kung ano talaga yung lahat ng nangyari, yung sa kanila lang ni [Terrence] Jones,” Alas said. “Basta explain lang kung ano side ni Calvin. Syempre iba rin 'yung side ng kabila. Basta written explanation. Tinanong ko nga kanina kung kailangan mag-appear, hindi raw basta sulat lang kung ano talaga yung chronology nung nangyari sa sitwasyon. Hopefully. Sana kung 'di man ngayon, makalaro next conference,” he added. Calvin has not been practicing with Phoenix, out of respect to the PBA’s suspension. However, Abueva is doing his individual workouts at Phoenix’s facility to stay in shape and be ready for when he’s allowed to come back. “Nagpupunta siya sa Upper Deck. Sa Upper Deck kami may gym kami sa taas, dun siya,” Alas said of Calvin. “Pagkatapos ng team practice siya naman yung bumababa, dun nags-shooting. Pero talagang di inallow muna ng governor, due respect muna sa PBA,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

PBA: Back-to-back wins for SMB after pounding Phoenix

Here comes San Miguel Beer. The Beermen extended their mastery of Phoenix Wednesday at the Big Dome, taking a comfortable 128-98 win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. After a slow start, San Miguel has won back-to-back games in the mid-season joust, improving to 4-5 in the team standings. A spark to the Beermen’s campaign, new import Chris McCullough had another strong outing as he fired 37 points to go along with 13 rebounds. San Miguel is 2-0 with McCullough on deck.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 10th, 2019

It’s part of the process – Valdez on PHI U-23 team

Despite the stinging losses and less than desirable score lines, the PHI Under-23 women’s volleyball team will always have the support and admiration of established local stars in Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado and Michele Gumabao.   The young squad, which played without most of its vaunted hitters and recognizable names because of various reasons ranging from club commitments to injuries, finished the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championships empty-handed save for valuable experience and lessons playing in the international scene. Never mind the bashers, the searing and scarring criticisms and all, they’re volleyball ‘ates’ got their backs. “Ako, for the girls lang, they don’t have to be down,” said Valdez, who was a part of the PHI U-23 team that finished seventh in the 12-team inaugural Asian U-23 Championship that the country hosted in 2015. “I’m not saying na dapat maging masaya but you keep on fighting, you keep on going.” Valdez, who has been a part of the national team since her girls squad stint 11 years ago, admired the determination of the PHI U-23 to represent the country even on short notice.   “Kahit anong mangyari we’re just really proud of the girls. Pinatawag sila to represent our country, pumunta sila ipinaglaban nila yung bansa natin,” said Valdez, who is set to make her third Southeast Asian Games tour of duty in November. “Who knows sila ang future generation natin na magre-represent talaga ng bansa natin at makapagdala ng medal.” Playing with an inexperienced core with a few high school standouts, the Filipinas were easy pickings for their seasoned tormentors. “It’s part of the process. Kung mababa ang score and matalo, it’s part of the learning experience you get internationally,” added Valdez. The PHI U-23 team suffered a humiliating 9-25, 12-25, 6-25, whipping at the hands of one of Japan’s best club teams, the Okayama Seagulls – the same team that will host the country’s senior national team during their international training camp. Looking to save face after their embarrassment, the Filipinas did regain some sense of pride with a better showing albeit it still ended with a 20-25, 12-25, 15-25, loss to 3BB Nakornnont, which fielded a couple of players from the Thai national team.    “Pero 'yung girls we’ve seen them, I’ve seen them. I watched their games also. I see how hard they fight. I’ve seen how they trained also,” said Morado, who was also a former PHI U-23 standout and currently part of the senior squad. “’Yun nga lang lahat ng players talaga na pinapadala sa ganoon lumalaban talaga,” she added. “They’re not there just for nothing, they’re there for the country, so kudos sa kanila.” Gumabao, who represented the country in the 2015 Asian Seniors Championship in China, commended the patriotism of the girls despite overwhelming odds. “Nothing to be ashamed of,” said Gumabao, who also carried the nation’s pride outside of volleyball in the 2018 Miss Globe competition. Gumabao like Morado and Valdez called on the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. to come up with a comprehensive and concrete program for the all of the sport’s national teams for future international competitions.   “You reap what you sow. We in Creamline, we reap what we sow. We sow hard work, we reap wins,” Gumabao said. “Same internationally, if you sow years of training and experience, makikita natin ang score.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2019

PBA: McCullough leads San Miguel attack as Beermen beat NLEX for crucial win

San Miguel Beer has life. The Beermen dominated the second half Friday at the MOA Arena, taking a big 109-105 win over the NLEX Road Warriors in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. New import Chris McCullough came to play in his PBA debut, scoring a team high 47 points to help spark San Miguel’s campaign. McCullough scored 23 of the Beermen’s 46 points in the third as SMB got the cushion in it needed especially since the Road Warriors responded strong in the fourth, cutting a 28-point lead down to four for the final tally. It was a huge win for San Miguel as the team improved to 3-5 in the team standings.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2019

PBA: McCullough latest SMB import to fall in love with PH chicken

What is up with San Miguel imports and their love for chicken here in Manila? First it was former Best Import and champion AZ Reid professing his love for Mang Inasal, saying he used to eat two PM2 meals every game. [Related: PBA: AZ Reid's love for Chicken Inasal endures in 2018] Now, it’s 24-year-old Chris McCullough, who has gone crazy for Jollibee’s langhang sarap Chickenjoy. Arriving in the country to help save San Miguel’s campaign in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, McCullough has been in Manila for less than a week and he’s been eating Chickenjoy everyday pretty much. “I just love chicken,” McCullough said. “The chicken is good to me with the gravy. I’m about to go get some right now,” he added after scoring 47 points in his PBA debut Friday, leading the Beermen to a crucial win over NLEX. Fans have naturally embraced McCullough almost overnight for his love of Chicken Joy. The former NBA first-round pick says its just natural. “Everybody love me, so I love everybody else,” he said. “You know what I mean? I’m going to go get some Jollibee and that’s it,” McCullough added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2019

Isko supports war on drugs

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said yesterday the rights to life and due process of both criminals and policemen would be respected in the campaign against drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

Phenoms and Team Gilas Women’s victorious in 3 on 3 tournament

June 29, 2019 (MANILA, Philippines) – Two Philippine Champions emerged victorious at the Red Bull Reign Finals on Saturday, June 29th, 2019, at Kerry Sports Manila in Bonifacio Global City: Men’s Champions Phenom and Women’s Champions Team Gilas Women’s. Both teams advance to the Red Bull Reign Global Finals in Toronto, Canada, this August where they will represent the Philippines against 15 other nations from around the globe. Red Bull Reign is a high-endurance, offense-driven 3-on-3 street basketball tournament that brings the best ballers in the world together. Each game is contested under strict rules inspired by FIBA’s (International Basketball Federation) 3-on-3 rules: Teams consist of 3 players (+1 reserve) age 18 and above Games take place back-to-back on opposite halves of the court The first team to score 21 points or the most points in 10 minutes wins the match In total, fourteen male teams and eight female teams competed this year. Women’s Red Bull Reign Tournament Red Bull Reign 2019 introduced a standalone tournament exclusively dedicated to women. Teams from countries including Russia, United Kingdom, and the Canada held local tournaments to find representatives for the Global Finals. This year’s installment saw several local teams all vying for a spot in the Finals. The opening games took place in the morning and progressed over the course of the day, until only two teams remained: Zamboanga Valientes and Team Gilas Women’s, with the later taking the victory with a final score of 21 – 06. Team Gilas Women’s is comprised of Jack Daniel Animam, Claire Castro, Janine Pontejos and Afril Bernardino. They are members of the Philippines’ national women’s basketball team, with years of experience under their belt. “We train everyday”, says power forward Animam. “We’ve known each other for so long that our teamwork is top notch. And now, it’s a privilege to represent the Philippines in the World Finals in Toronto!” Men’s Red Bull Reign Tournament This year’s men’s tournament began with the Last Chance Qualifier, which saw eight teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao compete head-to-head in back-to-back action. Teams Phenom and Philippine Navy, and team J Hoop from Cebu City, crushed the competition to advance to the Semi-Finals together with Team Basilian. Teams Phenom and Basilan both won their respective games to meet in a thrilling finals showdown. With amazing shooting and tenacity, the Phenom edged its competition to a final score of 22-to-19. As three-time Red Bull Reign Philippine Champions, the Phenom this year consisted of former NCAA and PBA D-League players Shaq Alanes, Junjie Hallare, and Micole Sorela. “I’m kinda speechless”, says Sorela. “We didn’t expect to win this, especially against our friends from Team Basilan. So we feel great! We wouldn’t have made it here without the help of our coaches or my awesome teammates.” “Toronto, here we come!” shares Phenom team captain, Bong Pineda, in a statement that echoed Animam’s sentiments. “We’re excited to advance to the World Finals. We’re coming, Toronto!” Reign 2019 Vince Hizon, Tournament Director of Red Bull Reign, shares his thoughts on this year’s tournament. “The fact that this is a qualifier for a world tournament – that makes it a big deal. Red Bull has done an exceptional job in all the sports they’ve participated in, really uplifting sports through these amazing opportunities. But in basketball, they know how passionate the Filipinos are regarding the game.” As the 2019 Red Bull Reign Philippine Champions, Phenom and Team Gilas will represent the country at the Global Finals in Toronto, Canada, this coming August! For more information, please visit: win.gs/redbullreign201.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2019

PVL: Nag-apologize naman siya sabi niya nadala lang siya sa emosyon niya -- Bermillo on ‘batukan’ incident

BaliPure libero Jewelle Bermillo was just doing her job when she tried to save the ball in the closing moment of the first set of the Water Defenders’ match against defending champion Creamline on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. She was about to get the ball that could’ve extended the frame with Creamline already at set point, 24-19. However, Montenegrin import Danijela Dzakovic was also trying to get to the ball from the backline. Unfortunately, all their efforts came into naught as they failed to keep the play alive. It was just an all too common case of miscommunication, but what happened next made Dzakovic and Bermillo a topic that went viral on social media. In a spur of the moment reaction after losing the set, Dzakovic hit Bermillo on the back of her head out of frustration that shocked not only their teammates but everyone who saw the play and the replays that followed. “Sobrang nagulat ako. Tinawanan ko po pero hindi ko napigilan [umiyak]. Sobrang sakit pero okay lang part ng game,” said Bermillo after BaliPure’s 19-25, 15-25, 18-25, defeat. The hit on her head was so hard, Bermillo even lost one of her contact lens. “Sa sobrang lakas po natanggal ‘yung contact lens ko,” said the San Sebastian College standout.   The reaction of the audience went from a gasping “ohhhh!” during the slow motion replay to just plain pity on Bermillo. “Siguro ‘yung heat of the moment tsaka siyempre frustration na rin siguro gusto na manalo,” said BaliPure coach Rommel Abella. Realizing her mistake, Dzakovic immediately hugged then already crying Bermillo. “Nag-apologize naman siya sabi niya nadala lang siya sa emosyon niya,” said Bermillo. It ended well for both Dzakovic and Bermillo but unfortunately, BaliPure’s conference ended in a frustratingly winless campaign.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

Globe Supports Athletes with Cerebral Palsy; Helps Nationwide Search for Pioneer Players of CP Rascals

They may have physical challenges like cerebral palsy (CP) but the ailment was never a hindrance in bringing out the best in individuals who have big hearts and the passion to succeed, especially in sports like football. “Sabi ng mga nanay na isama ko daw yung anak ko (sa football practice) at subukan lang. Tapos […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 28th, 2019

10 NCAA players to watch in Season 95

It’s important to note that half of the players who were picked in the first round of the 2018 PBA Draft were products of the country’s first collegiate sports league. CJay Perez and Robert Bolick have immediately become the cornerstones of Columbian Dyip and NorthPort Batang Pier, respectively. Javee Mocon, Jesper Ayaay, Michael Calisaan and JP Calvo have all received high praise from the coaches of their new teams. While last season’s heroes are now living their lifelong dreams in the PBA, new stars are looking to shine as NCAA Season 95 opens on July 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. James Kwekuteye (SBU)   If there is one player worthy enough to succeed Bolick as the King Lion of Mendiola, it’s the 6’3” Fil-Canadian shooting guard, James Kwekuteye. As a rookie, Kwekuteye came off the bench for majority of the season and had limited time to really put his talent on display. But, when he did start, particularly in San Beda’s second round game against LPU, Kwekuteye proved that he could be a major threat as he scored a career-high 18 points for the Red Lions, matching the scoring output of Bolick. In that game, Bolick motivated Kwekuteye by saying, “they can’t stop you.” James Kwekuteye introduces himself to Lyceum with 18 big points! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/OQS5eZBTJL — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 18, 2018 As the new starting shooting guard of Coach Boyet Fernandez, Kwekuteye led San Beda in scoring in the 2019 Fil-Oil Flying V Pre-season Cup averaging 14.1 points per game.    Evan Nelle (SBU)   Another talented player who didn’t see the floor much last year due to the loaded roster of guards on the San Beda lineup was former NCAA Jrs. Finals MVP Evan Nelle. Evan Nelle repays coach Boyet Fernandez' trust by drilling the early three! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/kpfdsnro2i — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 11, 2018 Nelle was the fourth string point guard behind Bolick, Jo Presbitero and Radge Tongco in Season 94. But, with the graduation of all three aforementioned players, the keys to the Red Lions’ offense has fallen straight into Nelle’s hands. While sharing the backcourt with Kwekuteye, Nelle led San Beda to the 2019 FilOil Championship and averaged a league-best 4.7 assists per contest.    Donald Tankoua (SBU)   Aside from capturing the title in the country’s most prestigious pre-season tournament, Kwekuteye and Nelle were also named to the Mythical Five along with their starting center, Donald Tankoua.  Donald Tankoua drops 23 points to help San Beda end the eliminations on a high note. #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/EUFpXnAt8T — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 23, 2018 The 6’6” Cameroonian big man has always been one of the most consistent players, year in and year out in the NCAA and will continue to be as he plays out his final year of eligibility in Season 95. Because he’s a walking double-double, expect Tankoua to be the early favorite to win MVP.   Mike Harry Nzeusseu (LPU)   Now, if there is anybody who possesses the physical attributes and the numbers to challenge Tankoua’s MVP campaign, it’s LPU’s Mike Harry Nzeusseu. Mike Harry Nzeusseu gets NASTY ???? #NCAASeason94 #NCAAFinals pic.twitter.com/yEAr0ywBPd — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 12, 2018 Nzeusseu ended last season without confirming that he would return to play one more year with the Pirates but his participation in the Fil-Oil tournament tells us that he will be back to anchor the defense of Coach Topex Robinson. And without Perez, the 6’6” center from the Republic of Cameroon will also have to do major damage on the offensive end as well.  Jayson David (LPU)   Jayson David picks Robert Bolick's pocket for the transition finish! #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/Inl17UZbKq — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 7, 2017 Back in Season 91, the NCAA added a Most Improved Player trophy to their list of awardees for every basketball tournament. Based on the pre-season, former San Sebastian guard Jayson David has emerged as the frontrunner for that award as he has assumed the starting spot of Perez with LPU. David is no “Baby Beast”, but it seems that Robinson trusts him enough to be a critical piece in the Pirates’ quest to capture that elusive NCAA championship. He averaged 7.3 PPG, 6 RPG and 2.1 APG in the Fil-Oil tourney.   Jeo Ambohot (CSJL)   Another player who seems to have earned the trust of his coach is Jeo Ambohot. Under Coach Jeff Napa, the ‘23 for 23’ Gilas World Cup pool member came off the bench and underachieved, only averaging 7.2 PPG and 7.2 RPG for the Knights in Season 94. Jeo Ambohot can hit this all game long! ???? #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/5NCj7tV7Gt — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 9, 2018 However, under new Letran Head Coach Bonnie Tan, Ambohot was being utilized as the starting center with last year’s Rookie of the Year, Larry Muyang coming off the bench in their pre-season games. Nevertheless, a player like Ambohot should not be happy with his dismal outing last year and should come out stronger in Season 95.    Renato Ular (CSJL)   Here’s a guy you probably haven’t heard about before. His name is Renato Ular. Ring a bell? Probably not. The last time he saw action was during his rookie year in Season 92. Actually, he didn’t even do much back then. He only played in four games in did not score a single point in any of those games. After two years as a spectator, Ular has finally rejoined the Letran lineup and was their best player in the Fil-Oil tournament averaging 9.8 PPG and 8.1 RPG. The last left-handed legend from Letran was Rey Nambatac. This lefty’s got a long way to go to get on the Sting Rey’s level, but expect him to be one of the Knights' primary attackers this year.   RK Ilagan (SSC-R)   RK Ilagan was FEELING IT from downtown, dropping a new career-high 2??6?? PTS vs Mapua! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/SDIaVmtzCF — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 12, 2018 Speaking of attacking, one player who will be more relentless than he’s ever been this Season 95 is RK Ilagan. The pride of Barrio Fugoso, Tondo, Manila ranked seventh in scoring last year, averaging 15.2 PPG and was the Golden Stags’ leading scorer despite the presence of Calisaan. Coach Egay Macaraya loves a shooter and will continue to give the green light to Ilagan who made more triples (40) than any player in the NCAA in Season 94.    Kent Salado (AU)   Prior to injuring his right knee on October 10, 2017 in an 85-79 Arellano win over SSC-R in Season 93, Kent Salado was one of the most exciting players in the NCAA. The spitfire point guard from Cagayan de Oro was averaging 19.1 PPG (2nd behind Perez) and 5.0 APG (2nd behind Bolick) for the Chiefs, taking over the driver’s seat that Jiovani Jalalon occupied during their run to the Finals in Season 92. Lervin Flores with a nice block, Kent Salado with an even better finish! #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/ohK28fFFhS — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 15, 2017 Now that he’s finally had surgery to repair what was eventually revealed to be a torn ACL, Salado is looking to excite fans anew especially since Arellano University will serve as the host of the NCAA for the first time in league history. Justin Gutang (CSB)   Recently, I asked former Arellano Head Coach Jerry Codi?era who he thought had the makings of a star in the NCAA now that the likes of Perez and Bolick are in the pros. The “Defense Minister” immediately mentioned one name: Justin Gutang. The 6’3” Fil-American forward from San Francisco, California had an impressive rookie season, averaging 13.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 4.3 APG for the Blazers and winning the Slam Dunk contest along the way. Although we haven’t heard much from Gutang in the off-season, the fact that a PBA Legend still has him on his radar means that the kid’s potential cannot be ignored. ?Editor's Note: The list is based on pre-season performances of teams. There are some NCAA teams who have not partcipated in pre-season tournaments nor released line-ups.  ?Catch NCAA Season 95 starting July 7, Sunday, 11:30 am LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, Liga, Liga HD, iWant and via livestream.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019

Domingo to skipper Nat l U-23 women s team in Thai tourney

National women’s Under-23 volleyball team head coach Kungfu Reyes will bank on the experience and veteran presence of Celine Domingo come the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Championships on July 4 to 10. Reyes named Domingo of Far Eastern University as team captain of the 14-woman squad that will participate in the prestigious invitational tournament for club and U-23 teams from different Asian countries. “Si Celine [Domingo] ang magba-banner ngayon ng Under-23 ngayon. Siya na ‘yung pinaka-senior,” said Reyes, who was thankful to Domingo’s club team Creamline for loaning the middle blocker to the Nationals despite the Cool Smashers’ ongoing campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. Domingo will take over the position of University of the Philippines’ Isa Molde, who was named skipper during the introduction of the national U-23 pool. Molde as well as Tots Carlos and Marist Layug are all included in the pool but the trio had to beg off because of their club team Motolite’s push for a semis spot in the PVL.   “‘Yun nga kasi hindi rin mapayagan kasi meron rin silang ipinaglalaban e,” said Reyes. “Kasi nga nagbi-build rin sila ng new team so naintindihan namin yung mga ganoong part. Hindi rin naman kami insisting na kasi meron din silang dapat gawin para sa team nila.” Reyes said that he submitted the 14-man lineup, a very young team, last Monday.   Included in the roster are University of Sto. Tomas players Mafe Galanza, Kecelyn Galdones, Ysa Jimenez, setter Maji Mangulabnan, Rachelle Roldan, Imee Hernandez, and Janna Torres. Rossie Rosier and Jewel Encarnacion of University of the Philippines, FEU’s Ivanna Agudo and Lyann De Guzman, Justine Jazareno of De La Salle University and UAAP Season 81 high school Most Valuable Player Angel Canino of De La Salle-Zobel complete the very young lineup.   “So si Celine na ‘yung pinaka-senior na maglalaro doon so that's why she will be our captain ball,” said Reyes. The U-23 team will fly to Thailand on July 3 together with the national men's team.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

James Harden happy to see the likes of Kai Sotto aspire to make it to the NBA

Houston Rockets star James Harden is more than delighted to see international talents aspire to one day reach the NBA as well.  The seven-time All-Star is currently in the Philippines for the adidas Free to Harden Manila 2019 tour, and was able field some questions from the media, Wednesday morning.  One of the questions that Harden was asked was what he thought of young basketball players like our very own Kai Sotto working hard to make it into the league, and what they needed to do to actually realize their dream.  The 7-foot-2 Sotto, who is currently with Gilas Youth for the FIBA U-19 World Championship in Greece, trained in the United States with the intention of pursuing an NBA career in the near future. "Amazing, not just Filipino, but international players, there’s so many international players who are making it into the NBA, it’s great," Harden said during the media interviews. "We’re taking the NBA not just for the US, but worldwide, and it gives kids, not just Filipino, not just in China, all over the world the confidence like ‘Look at my Filipino buddy who made it into the NBA. Look at my Chinese buddy who made it into the NBA. I have the confidence, I have the chance and the opportunity to make it. If I work hard, if I focus, if I keep my head right in school and stay in the gym, I can make it to the NBA too!’ so globally, the game of basketball is at another level." With Harden's steady rise to superstardom all over the world, more and more young hoopers have grown to appreciate Harden's unique style of play. All over the globe, more and more kids have started practicing the stepback jumper or the EuroStep in traffic after seeing Harden execute those moves to perfection.  Harden admits to having also learned those moves from ones who came before him, and hopes to see the next generation of hoops stars also take those moves or create their own moves and make them even better.  "Honestly, it feels great. Those moves, I learned them from someone. I watched Dwyane Wade, Manu [Ginobili], as far as the EuroStep, Paul Pierce had a crazy stepback, so I watched those guys and I learned, and I just studied and I tried to figure out ways to do those moves and be better at them, take those moves to another level, that’s what I’ve done, especially for the stepback."  "Hopefully, these kids, they’re studying and watching the game of basketball and they’re finding was to be better and hopefully they’ll take those moves or create different moves and take their basketball game to another level," he added.  Speaking of confidence, "The Beard" touched on seeing kids having confidence in their game as somewhat a motivating factor. He shared a story of a kid that he met in his most recent trip China that showed an impressive level of confidence at such a young age.  "Back when I was in China, I seen this little kid, who was maybe 7 years old, and he could shoot the ball and he had so much confidence. He hit a couple of shots in a row in front of like 5,000 people in an arena, and I was like ‘You know what, let’s see you make another shot, you can have my shoes.’ and he was like ‘Alright!’, and just shot it with so much confidence, and when he made it, it was like he knew he was going to make it already." "That’s what I love to see, that motivates me to continue to go out there and do it at a high level because you got kids that really follow and pay attention to what you’re doing and your every move, so that keeps me going," Harden continued. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers grab eighth straight win

Repeat-seeking Creamline shook off a cold start as the Cool Smashers turned back PacificTown Army, 16-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-16, on Wednesday to keep their winning streak alive in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Behind Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand, Alyssa Valdez and Venezuelan Ale Blanco, Creamline stretched its winning romp further with its eight straight victory in nine outings to join PetroGazz at the top spot with 8-1 win-loss record. Kaewpin fired 16 attacks and had three kill blocks for 19 points and added 16 digs for teh Cool Smashers, who will close their elims campaign on Saturday against also-ran BaliPure. Blanco added 16 points off 10 attacks, four kill blocks and two aces while Valdez got 11 markers for Creamline, which had 47 attack points behind setter Jia Morado's 287 excellent sets.  “For our team it was really a bad first set, for Army it was a perfect set for them from the service line, from their attacks to their floor defense and their blocking talaga,” said Valdez. “Our errors were too many to count, lampas ata sa daliri during the first set. So going to the second set, coach Tai (Bundit) was asking us to compose ourselves and stay focus.” The Cool Smashers regrouped after a sluggish opening frame outing that saw Creamline fall into a 14-24 hole following an ace by Lady Troopers setter Alina Bicar. Creamline got its rhythm going in the second set but had to weather PacificTown Army’s late third set uprising. The Cool Smashers saw its 23-20 lead in the third frame cut to just one with Ukrainian import Lena Lymareva-Flink scoring off an attack and an ace. Lymareva-Flink committed an attack error before Kaewpin scored on a kill block to wrap the frame. It was all Creamline in the fourth as the Cool Smashers sent the Lady Troopers to their second straight defeat for a 4-5 slate. Lymareva-Flink posted 22 points built on 19 spikes and three aces while Jovelyn Gonzaga and American Jenelle Jordan finished with 10 and six markers, respectively, for PacificTown Army.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

PBA: NLEX shifts focus to Governors’ Cup after lost campaign

With the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup a lost cause pretty much, NLEX is moving on. The Road Warriors have brought back import Olu Ashaolu early in preparation of the 2019 Governors’ Cup. NLEX is letting go of Tony Mitchell in the process. Head coach Yeng Guiao hinted at the change over the weekend and has pushed through with the plan this week. Olu of course, was the team’s workhorse import last season that was unfortunately sidelined with an injury. “Halos wala na yung chances for the playoffs,” Guiao said after his NLEX crew dropped to 1-7 after a loss to defending champion Ginebra in Batangas. “So we look forward to the next conference. Si Olu Ashaolu is our import for the conference, we might bring him in early and start our preparations early,” he added. Aside from Ashaolu, the Road Warriors still have help on the way in Kiefer Ravena. The Phenom should make his official PBA return in NLEX’s first game of the Governors’ Cup later this year. “Nakita ko naman na hindi siya nagpabaya sa katawan niya,” Guiao said of Kiefer. “He's going to be probably a little out of shape or off timing but my guess is it will take a short time for him to recover from where he left off noong na-suspend siya. Madali siyang makakabalik sa dating laro niya,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019