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Cebu Air swings to P518M loss in Q3

CEBU AIR, Inc. swung to a P518.4-million net loss in the third quarter from a P42-million profit a year ago, amid the continued rise in fuel prices and weakness of the Philippine peso against the US dollar......»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineNov 9th, 2018

New recruits spark Navotas latest MPBL win; Makati back on track

Navotas proved that it has made the right move in acquiring players in the ongoing trading and drafting of players in the free agent market as last Wednesday, the new recruits showed they could fit well with their new squad. Veteran point guard Jai Reyes scored 18 points while hardworking Marlon Gomez came away with a double-double effort and the newest Clutch towed their team 90-83 victory over the Parañaque Patriots at the Angeles University Foundation Gymnasium. Picked up in a trade with Caloocan for Monbert Arong, Reyes didn't have much difficulty fitting in a team that also includes Ron Dennison, Matt Salem, and Kris Porter, his teammates in the PBA D-League. "Hindi mahirap yung transition," Reyes said. "Kasi naglalaro rin dito sa Navotas yung mga teammates ko sa D-League, plus I have known coach Ritchie Ticzon almost all my life."    The inclusion of Reyes gave the Clutch the veteran presence they needed in arresting back-to-back setbacks. Navotas improved its win-loss mark to 5-6 while dealing Parañaque its sixth loss in 12 games. While Reyes was a welcome addition in the backcourt, Gomez, a do-it-all big man acquired by Navotas in exchange for Levi Hernandez, provided the intangibles and additional inside presence for the Clutch. His double-double effort of 15 points and 14 rebounds was testament enough proof at how solid contributor he is. "Marlon is here to stay for us. He's the big man that we need. Siguro, ang only reason for us to release him is if he's moving up to the PBA," added Ticzon.     Makati edged home team Pampanga, 69-67, in the second game. Jeckster Apinan led the way with 15 points, while Cedric Ablaza contributed 13. Ex-pro Rudy Lingganay and John Rey Villanueva added 12 apiece for the Skyscrapers, who improved their win-loss record to 7-4 and atoned from their previous setback against Cebu.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

DBTC ends slump

DEFENDING champion Don Bosco Technological Center is finally getting its groove back, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. After a 0-1 loss and a 1-1 draw, DBTC finally earned a win, outlasting a game University of San Carlos-Basic Education Department (USC-BED), 1-0, for its first win in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation… link: DBTC ends slump.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Air Asia unit in PH posts P392-M loss

Budget airline Philippines Air Asia saw its revenues jump by some 46 percent in the first quarter of the year even as its bottom line swung to a loss due to foreign exchange volatility. Philippines Air Asia, a unit of Malaysia's Air Asia Berhad, said revenues during the period hit P5.27 billion, up from P3.62 billion in the first quarter last year. The airline, which competes with larger domestic carriers such as Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air, carried about 1.6 million passengers from January to March 2018, up by almost 40 percent over the same period in 2017. Philippines Air Asia managed to keep costs under check despite the higher price of oil. Its operating prof...Keep on reading: Air Asia unit in PH posts P392-M loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Boxing: Home-bound Jonas Sultan in high spirits after loss to Jerwin Ancajas

History was made last weekend, as for the first time in nearly a century, two Filipino boxers squared off for a world title when reigning IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas succesfully defended his title against challenger Jonas Sultan in Fresno, California.  It was the fifth straight successful title defense for Panabo, Davao del Norte's Ancajas, while it was Zamboanga del Norte-native Sultan's first crack at a world championship.  And while it was a clear-cut win for Ancajas, Sultan isn't holding his head down.  The ALA Boxing standout managed to take the defending champion to 12 rounds, losing only via unanimous decision, something that hasn't been done in Ancajas' last four fights prior to facing Sultan.  Sultan is in fact, the first challenger to go the distance with Ancajas.  "It’s ok, I need more practice. More combinations. More distance fighting." said Sultan, who had a reach disadvantage against Ancajas.  The length played a major factor as Ancajas was able to pick Sultan apart with jabs while staying out of the challenger's range.  "I don’t make combinations because he’s a distance fighter. When I go inside, he’s moving outside." Sultan added. "Hindi ko talaga ma-combination kasi malayo na siya. Marunong mag-distansya." At the end of the day however, Sultan is just proud to have been part of history.  "I’m so proud fighting here, it’s my first time. It’s a world title. It’s historical. I do my best."  After months of being away from his family to prepare for this momentous world title opportunity, Sultan finally gets to go back home as he flew back to Cebu, Tuesday morning.  (READ ALSO: Focused on world title, challenger Jonas Sultan sacrifices time with family) So excited was Sultan that he arrived at the departure gates four hours before his scheduled flight.  The 26-year old says he'll take some time off and relax for a bit before getting back to work.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Boxing: Big things ahead for Jerwin Ancajas after fifth title defense

Over the weekend, Filipino boxing star and reigning IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas added to his already impressive resume after defeating challenger Jonas Sultan in a historic all-Filipino world title bout in Fresno, California.  It was Ancajas' fifth successful title defense since capturing the IBF crown back in late 2016.  To add to the sweet taste of victory, Ancajas was able to hold on to his title in front of a large number of Filipino supporters in California.  Prior to their bout, Ancajas and Sultan were honored by the Filipino community in Los Angeles, which ultimately brought Ancajas to tears.  (READ ALSO: IBF World Champ Ancajas moved to tears after meeting Fil-Am community in LA) "Maganda po, dami na Pilipino na sumusuporta, lalo na sa laban namin sa Fresno. Good yung feeling ko," said Ancajas, who scored a unanimous decision victory over Sultan after 12 rounds. "Maraming kapwa-Pilipino ang sumosuporta, lalo na sa boxing." While it was a dominant victory for Ancajas, who controlled the pace of the fight for majority of the 12 rounds, challenger Sultan also deserves props for being the first challenger to take Ancajas to a decision in the last five bouts.  All of Ancajas' other challengers have all fallen via stoppage.  For Ancajas, it was no surprise that Sultan came out and fought until the very last minute.  "Inisip ko talaga mag-abot ng round." Ancajas said, meaning that he expected the fight to go all 12 rounds. "Kung May knockout na bonus na lang po." Ancajas used his reach and his jab to dismantle Sultan throughout the fight, and while he did get hit with some good shots, was never really in any danger.  "Lalo na kay Sultan, talagang sinasabi ko dati, basta Pinoy, lumalaban talaga, so naisip ko na aabot ng round." Ancajas added.  Whether it came via decision or stoppage, a win is a win, and it's Ancajas' 30th victory, to go with one loss and one draw.  Now, as his star continues to rise, there are some pretty big plans for Ancajas, moving forward.  According to matchmaker Sean Gibbons, the 26-year old Panabo, Davao del Norte native is expected to return to action in October, and he's being prepared to take on the big names at 115-pounds.  "We’re going to pick styles that work well with Jerwin to help him prepare for Juan Estrada, Rungvisai the WBC champion, those are the fights we want." said Gibbons.  With Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada working towards a rematch down the road, to job is to get Ancajas ready for those big names.  "We're going to go back to picking fighters, top ten guys that can prepare us to get to that fight," added Gibbons.  One more possible name that could be in Ancajas' future is super flyweight newcomer and Sultan stablemate Donnie Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion.  After dominating at the junior flyweight and flyweight divisions for the last few years, Nietes finally made the much-awaited jump up to 115-pounds, and will be making his super flyweigh debut in August, when he takes on fellow Bacolod native Aston Palicte for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in Cebu.  A Nietes-Ancajas showdown is definitely not outside the realm of possibility, but Nietes will first need to take care of business against Palicte before any discussions for a title-unification bout.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

AgriNurture swings to P191 million earnings

Listed agriculture trading firm AgriNurture Inc. posted a net income of P191 million in 2017, a reversal of the P231 million loss from a year ago on the back of higher local sales......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

2GO swings to profit in 1st quarter

2GO GROUP, Inc. swung to a profit in the first quarter, fueled by sustained growth in its non-shipping business. In a regulatory filing, the listed company said its net income attributable to equity holders of the parent stood at P42.2 million, a turnaround from the P265.84-million net loss recorded during the same period in 2017. […] The post 2GO swings to profit in 1st quarter appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

EEI swings to net profit in 2017 on one-time gain, energy investments

EEI Corp. said it swung to a net profit of P831.75 million in 2017, aided by a one-time gain from a land sale as well as contributions from its energy investments. The Yuchengco group’s construction company rebounded from a net loss in 2016 of P847.70 million. Gross revenue was P14.92 billion in 2017, up 1%. […] The post EEI swings to net profit in 2017 on one-time gain, energy investments appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 4th, 2018

Bullpups bump off Greenies to get back on top of NBTC Division 1

Coming off a heartbreaking loss in the UAAP Juniors Finals just 21 days ago, the Nazareth School of National University Bullpups did not allow themselves to be on the wrong end of the history books once more, surviving a late surge by Joel Cagulangan and the La Salle Greenhills Greenies, 80-78, to claim the 2018 Exped Socks SM-NBTC National Championship, on Friday at the MOA Arena. This is the Bullpups' second national championship in the last three years. Moreover, this is Goldwin Monteverde's first major championship. "Siyempre very challenging talaga yung liga, from 32 teams, mage-end up ka sa number one. Masaya talaga para sa amin," shared Monteverde as the Bullpups had to go through Bacolod Tay Tung High School, Adamson High School, FilAm Sports, and Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu to get to the championship round. But it could not have been possible if it were not for the timely stops the Bullpups made to close out the game. After leading by as much as 13 points in the contest and 11 points with 4:33 left, Joel Cagulangan single-handedly powered the Greenies to an 11-0 run. The rally was capped by a strong drive to the basket by the top high school floor general in the country with 49.5 seconds left to knot the game at 77-all. Gerry Abadiano, though, was able to overpower Makoy Marcos to the rim, drawing a foul and knocking down both free throws to put the Bullpups up 20 seconds later. "As expected naman si Gerry talaga sa ilang beses na nakasama ko siya, even in tough games makikita mo na nagde-deliver siya," Monteverde beamed about Abadiano, who was his player in Adamson two years ago. "Ang maganda both ends of the floor, nakakapag-play siya ng good defense and at the same time, sa offense din." Off a timeout, Cagulangan was able to fish a foul from Paul Manalang. After making the first free throw, however, he muffed the second one. Mark Sangco was there for the offensive rebound, but Cagulangan's attempt was swatted away by Michael Malonzo. A split on the stripe by Rhayyan Amsali still gave LSGH a shot but Sidney Mosqueda struggled to give a good inbound that led to a desperation heave by Inand Fornilos that unfortunately did not go in. "Siguro for one, sometimes may mga bitter lessons din like yung last season namin sa UAAP, it boiled down to last two possessions," Monteverde recalled about Game 3 of the UAAP Juniors Finals that saw them squander a six-point lead late that led to a 58-63 defeat. Abadiano, who was crowned the Final's Most Outstanding Player, had 24 points, six rebounds, and two steals. Cyril Gonzales and Terrence Fortea finished with 12 and 11 markers, respectively. Cagulangan, who was named as the Most Outsanding Player of the tournament, led LSGH with 25 points. Fornilos, on the other hand, filled up the stat sheet with 18 poitns on 8-of-13 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds and four blocks. BOX SCORES NU 80 — Abadiano 24, Gonzales 12, Fortea 11, Amsali 8, Quiambao 8, Coyoca 5, Minerva 4, Tamayo 4, Malonzo 2, Oczon 2, Javillonar 0, Manalang 0. LSGH 78 — Cagulangan 25, Fornilos 18, Marcos 17, Sangco 7, Mosqueda 6, Espinosa 3, Lao 2, Cruz 0, Lapalam 0, Morales 0, Natividad 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-23, 40-35, 63-54, 80-78......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

In Harvey Pagsanjan, there is hope in Hope Christian

Harvey Pagsanjan and Hope Christian High School finally ran out of gas in their campaign in the first-ever National Basketball Training Center Madness in MOA. After back-to-back rumbling rallies in the seeding round and then the Top 32, the Manila-based school finally bowed out at the hands of Visayas powerhouse Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu on Tuesday at the MOA Arena. Having to come from behind two straight days, they seemed tired as the Magis Eagles imposed their will en route to a 70-63 win. In the end, Pagsanjan only scored 16 points on 28 percent shooting on top of five rebounds and two steals. Still, the loss does not take away the fact that the six-foot-one guard put on one of the most memorable, if not the most memorable, individual performances in back-to-back nights. On Sunday, he dropped 27 of his 33 points in the second half to lift his team over Australia’s AusPinoy. A day later, he then poured in 35 points, 25 in the final frame, in his team’s victory versus St. Benilde International School of Calamba, Laguna. And while Pagsanjan and his team are no longer in the tournament proper, he will still represent them in the 2018 NBTC All-Star Game on Friday. There, he gets his third crack at playing alongside the best of the best Filipinos. “Ang sarap po sa feeling na kasama pa rin ako sa top players. Ang sarap po sa pakiramdam na lahat ng paghihirap, nandito na,” he shared. For all those golden opportunities, he is nothing but grateful. “Ang laking tulong po para sa akin kasi yung coaches ng college, sa UAAP at NCAA lang nagi-scout. Mas madali po para sa akin na makita kung nandito,” he said. When this edition of the NBTC is over, the 19-year-old will keep representing Hope for one more year. And for that one more year, Pagsanjan vows to keep making his alma mater proud. “Ako po, naglalaro bilang team player. Kung anong nagagawa ko, nagpapasalamat din po ako sa teammates ko kasi kung ‘di rin naman dahil sa kanila, ‘di mabubuo yung Harvey Pagsanjan,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

AFC Cup 2018: Last-minute penalty lifts Global Cebu past Yangon United

A last-minute penalty kick from Rufo Sanchez sealed the deal for Filipino club Global Cebu FC as they took down top-seeded Yangon United, 2-1, in 2018 AFC Cup Group G action, Tuesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Looking for their first win in the tournament, Global FC managed to hold group leaders Yangon scoreless in the first half while, getting off a couple of good attempts on goal themselves. Late in the second half, Global Cebu’s Darryl Roberts broke the deadlock after heading in a well-timed free kick from Dominic Del Rosario in the 79th minute. The Global lead didn’t last too long however, as ten minutes later, Mg Mg Lwin capitalized on a defensive miscue to pull Yangon even. With only four minutes of extra time added, it appeared that Global would come away with yet another draw at home, but a stroke of luck hit in the final minute, as the visiting Yangon United side gave up a last-minute foul inside the box, awarding the home side a penalty attempt. In the final play of the match, Rufo blasted the penalty kick past keeper Sann Sat Naing for the win. "What's important for us is we win, we get the three points to get back the confidence of the players, and also for my two strikers, they unlocked their scoring already," said Global Cebu FC head coach Marjo Allado following the thrilling win. "For the past three games, they've only had attempts but they cannot put the ball in the net. Happy tonight that we get the three points and the two strikers scored." "As I said after the last game, we had a mountain to climb, but it's not impossible. Everything is possible in football, and we knew tonight, coming into the game, that we had to get the three points, that was necessary." added Roberts. "Up until the last five minutes of the game, we kept pushing for that goal. A bit unlucky that we conceded, but at the end of the night, the three points were necessary and important for our progress until the next game, and hopefully we can take this step forward and continue on a victorious run."  Global Cebu FC scores their first win of the Group Stages, improving to one win, one draw, and two losses for four points. Group leaders Yangon United drop their first match of the Group Stages as they fall to three wins and one loss for nine points. It'll be a while for Global Cebu FC before they take to the pitch for AFC Cup action, as they take on FLC Than Hoa at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on April 11th. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Del Monte Pacific swings to net loss in Q3

DEL MONTE PACIFIC Limited (DMPL) swung to a net loss in the November to January period, as it felt the impact of new tax rates in the United States as well as the sale of its Arkansas-based vegetable business. In a disclosure to the stock exchange on Thursday, the canned fruits manufacturer reported a net […] The post Del Monte Pacific swings to net loss in Q3 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

New era, new challenges emerge for Warriors

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst "It’s the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest." -- Muhammad Ali Ali defended his heavyweight championship 20 times, during two eras: when he was young and unstoppable, after beating Sonny Liston in Miami in 1964, and when he was old and vulnerable, after beating George Foreman in Zaire in 1974. He was the fastest heavyweight ever in the first era; he was smart and could take a punch in the second. A generation later, the Golden State Warriors are defending their NBA title for a second time, in three years. But they, too, are doing so in two eras. In 2014, no one had seen anything like what Golden State did on a basketball court, and how Stephen Curry’s and Klay Thompson’s shooting range changed the geometry of NBA defenses. They stretched to the breaking point trying to get out to Curry and Thompson. They couldn’t figure out how to handle the Warriors’ five-man switching defenses. They couldn’t stand up under Golden State’s withering pace. There is no need to hold a telethon yet for the Warriors, three years later. They are 49-14 today, with four All-Stars among their five starters, including Kia MVP candidate Kevin Durant, in the prime of his career, who wasn’t there when the Warriors first beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 Finals. They are still first in the league in Offensive Rating, first in True Shooting Percentage, first in Effective Field Goal Percentage. They still are unsolvable to most opponents. But maybe not all, not anymore. The margin of separation between Golden State and the rest of the league is still there, most of the time. But there are tiny signs of slippage. Tiny. You recall what Warriors assistant coach Bruce Frasier said in the preseason, when no one is injured and everyone thinks they’re going 82-0. “Teams are starting to figure us out a little bit,” he said then. “We’re talented, so that sometimes overrides strategy. But I feel like teams are figuring certain things out to do to counter what they’ve seen. Year one, it was really hard, because it was all new. The pieces have changed a little bit, but I feel like our challenge will be to see if we can layer on some of the offense, our fluid movement, and counters, and change things up, and execute better. Defense is always big, too, so I wouldn’t go into the complacent (problem). I think it’s going to be more execution, and how smart can we really be, and can we keep that energy up through this year?” In each of their previous three seasons, the Warriors led the league in margin of victory -- 10.1 points in 2014-15, 10.8 points in 2015-16 and 11.6 points last season. This year, though, they’ve fallen to third, behind the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors -- and their win margin is down to 8.5 points per game. Two years ago, the Warriors were fourth in the league in Defensive Rating (100.9). Last season, Golden State was second (101.1). This season, the Warriors are fifth, at 103.4. In 2014-15, they were 14th in the league in points allowed in the paint; this year, they’re 24th (to be fair, they were 23rd last year, when they won it all anyway). Are they bored? Tired? Aging? Is their bench inconsistency this year the result of vets saving themselves for the playoffs, or guys just getting old? And will it matter against anyone other than Houston? “Once you start getting a little older, it’s harder and harder,” guard Shaun Livingston said last week. “We definitely need the youth, we definitely need the health. We’ve got to be healthy. We’ve got to be healthy. Sometimes you see teams that maybe are over the hill -- they have the experience, but maybe not (the ability). It’s human nature. Obviously, I don’t think we’re there yet. We’ve got guys that are still in their prime. It’s mental now.” In the Jean-Pierre Coopman phase of their latest title defense (oh, how one misses spectacles like Ali fighting Coopman, the “Lion of Flanders” -- with Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier on the call!), the Warriors came to Washington last week. There was no White House visit on the docket, only time with D.C. area kids and a trip to the African-American History Museum, with owner Joe Lacob and GM Bob Myers on the trip as well. They have been in the public eye for five years now, back to Mark Jackson’s last season as coach, when the Splash Brothers exploded into the national consciousness. That’s a long time for one NBA team to have all that light and heat on it. For a minute, the Warriors tried to convince themselves that there was a backlash building against them nationally, that people had grown tired of their 3-pointers and video game point totals. It was, of course, a ridiculous posit -- Golden State and its players are more popular than ever, the love for Curry such that he felt perfectly comfortable posting a photo of the glass table he accidentally smashed in his hotel room on Instagram, any criticism surely to be muted amid America’s love for the two-time MVP.   when you feel like you’re on the @pgatour so you gotta get some swings going in the hotel room 😂😂😂 #idiot A post shared by Wardell Curry (@stephencurry30) on Mar 1, 2018 at 1:33pm PST “There was a little guy who was probably eight years old, and he came up and introduced himself,” Steve Kerr said. “His name was Ryan, and I’m talking to him, and he goes ’oh, my God, there’s Quinn Cook!’ And he ran over to Quinn Cook. Not Steph, not me -- he loved Quinn Cook. That was cool.” Throughout the Warriors’ run, they’ve faced down different challengers in the Western Conference -- the first iteration of the Rockets with Harden, a hybrid inside-out attack where Houston unhappily and unsuccessfully tried to meld Harden and Dwight Howard in the post. The Durant/Russell Westbrook one-two combo in Oklahoma City. The Spurs, morphing from the Tim Duncan/Tony Parker-led team to the Kawhi Leonard-dominant one. The “Lob City” Clippers, followed by the Chris Paul/Blake Griffin halfcourt version. But this season’s Rockets, with Paul at the point, may be the most unique and dangerous threat to the Warriors. They are much more than a team that just rains 3-pointers on you -- though they most certainly do that, and do it historically well. They’re also an outstanding defensive team, with the additions of P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute giving them a grit they haven’t had in past seasons to pair with the shot blocking and rim presence of Clint Capela. The numbers are stark: Houston is 32-1 this season when Paul, Harden and Capela all play, including two wins over the Warriors The Rockets have no obvious weakness. They have no fear of Golden State, either, having won two of the three meetings with the Warriors this season. It’s not just that they’re good, it’s how they’re good that makes them look like the greatest challenge yet to Golden State’s hegemony in the West. “I mean, yes, because they do it a different way, I guess,” Curry said last week. “They adopted the power of the three ball and try to use it as a main weapon, and obviously with James and CP together. Honestly, we know that they’re playing well. We’re chasing that number one seed and keeping tabs on how they’re playing and whatnot. But at the end of the day, we’ve got a lot of time left before we have to face them again. We know they’re serious. But so are we.” The Warriors have had to deal with great adversity during their run, to be sure. The biggest challenge came about this time last year, when a collision between teammates -- Zaza Pachulia and Durant, in D.C., ironically -- culminated in a Grade 2 MCL sprain and bone bruise for Durant, taking him out of the lineup at the worst possible part of the season. Golden State had just ripped off wins in 23 of its previous 27 games since a lamentable Christmas Day loss to the Cavs. Curry had started to figure out how to play with KD, and vice versa. They were in the middle of a brutal stretch of seven road games in eight overall, with the one brief return home to play the Celtics. When Durant went down, the initial fear was that he’d torn his ACL and would be out for the season. The Warriors’ locker room was funeral after the Wizards game. “Obviously, we were trying to figure out if he was like ’done-done’ for the year, or whether or not there was going to be a chance he’d return,” forward David West said. “We were, at the time he got hurt, we were just starting to figure out the sort of roles, everybody was getting comfortable with roles. We basically had to reset., change some of the functions we were doing. We lost a few games  trying to literaly just figure out and recalibrate and re-balance. That was one of those periods where we were just looking at each other, trying to start this thing -- we lost this huge, huge piece.” Yet the Warriors figured it out on the fly. And how they responded then provides a big clue to how they might respond to the challenge the Rockets present to them now. “It took us, I think we needed to get home before we were able to stablize,” Kerr said. “I want to say we lost three of the last four on the trip or something  (they did lose three of four, but one of the three losses was at Oracle in that one home game with the Celtics). We got home and righted the ship and got going. But sometimes (an injury is) a galvanizing force when a guy gets hurt, and you have to do certain things. Like, for us, when Kevin got hurt, we talked about it and we said we have to be the best defensive team in the league. We don’t have that luxury of throwing the ball to Kevin and saying ’get us 30 points tonight.'” During that stretch without Durant (March 2, 2017 to April 5, 2017), who returned just before the start of the playoffs, the Warriors led the league in the league in Defensive Rating (100.0, just head of San Antonio’s 100.2), first in opponent field goal percentage (.429), tied for second in opponent 3-point percentage (.316) and fourth in opponent points allowed per game (100.9). And once Durant returned for good, the Warriors again flexed. They tore through the West, winning all but one game en route to a third straight NBA Finals. And they took the Cavaliers apart in five games for their second title in three years. “You could see Draymond, Klay, Andre, Shaun, those guys, even Loon (Kevin Looney), were like, ’we didn’t have KD last year,’ ” West said. “For someone like myself, I just followed their lead. Klay got a little more aggressive. Draymond sort of settled everybody defensively. And we started winning.” That muscle memory will come in handy this year. Durant and Curry have missed time with injuries, and Golden State hasn’t figured out things at center just yet. (Would it shock me if rookie Jordan Bell played a big role there down the stretch? No, it would not.) But the Warriors still are smoking people in the second halves of games; per teamrankings.com, the Warriors lead the lead in third-quarter scoring margin at 5.3 points per game, more than double the margin of the second-place Denver Nuggets. Whether it’s adjustments or something else (“mainly, fiery halftime speeches, Knute Rockne style,” Kerr opines), they have again put a lot of opponents away with 12 minutes to spare. Since the All-Star break, they’re fourth in the league in opponent field goal percentage (.433) and Defensive Rating (100.3). “This year, obviously, knock on wood, we want to stay healthy,” Curry said. “We want to continue to push in the right direction. Every year’s different. That’s the fun part about this league. No matter how much success you’ve had and what your expectations are, it’s a different journey every year. We’re right in the middle of that right now. We have an amazing record, considering how we’ve played. I think we’d all say we haven’t lived up to our own expectations. That’s okay. We have an opportunity to build the right habits and the right momentum going into the playoffs this year and do it, all 15 guys.” 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 NewsMar 6th, 2018

Global Cebu, Ceres Negros battle to draws in 2018 AFC Cup action

Filipino football club Global Cebu FC scored early, but conceded a goal late as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Indonesia’s Bali United, Tuesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in 2018 AFC Cup Group G action. It was the visiting Bali United side that got their attempts off first, with attempts from Kevin Brands and Irfan Bachdim sailing above the crossbar. Global got on the board in the eleventh minute, as Curt Dizon connected on a header after Bali United keeper Wanwan fumbled on a save attempt. Bali United came close to pulling even, but keepr Patrick Deyto came up with defensive gem, saving Byungkeon’s attempt in the 15th minute. Late in the second half, Rufo Sanchez almost gave the Cebu-based club a two-goal advantage, but the officials ruled his attempt offside. Bali United would pull even eight minutes later, courtesy of a header from Ilija Spasojevic off a header from skipper Fadil. Spasojevic had a golden opportunity to give Bali United the maximum three points after Global Cebu gave up a foul in the penalty box. Once again, Deyto came up with a game-saving defensive play as he secured Spaso’s penalty attempt at the 79th minute. After 90 minutes, the score would stand at 1-1, with Global and Bali United splitting points. “We deserved to win this game, but they just so happened to score also.” Team Captain Deyto said following the match. “We have to give credit to Bali, they kept coming at us even if we were leading, 1-0. We have to be better prepared, now we really have to win the next few games. We’ll just get as many points as we can in the next games, and hopefully, it will be enough for us to go to the next round.” Global Cebu moves to a draw and a loss for one point, good for third in Group G. Bali United sits at the bottom, also with a draw and a loss for one point. Up next for Global Cebu will be a matchup with group-leading Yangon United at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. Over in Singapore, Ceres Negros FC came back to draw Home United, 1-1, at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The home team scored first, courtesy of a Shahril Ishak penalty in the 23rd. Manuel Herrera “Super” Lopez provided the equalizer for Ceres Negros in the 79th minute to keep the Bacolod-based club unbeaten. Ceres Negros moves to a win and a draw for four points in Group F. Up next for Ceres is a matchup with Shan United at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Global Cebu vows to bounce back in home game against Bali United

MANILA. Philippines – Pressure is on Global Cebu FC in its upcoming home game against Indonesia's Bali United on Tuesday, February 27 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.  Global suffered a heavy 0-1 opening game loss against FLC Thanh Hoa last February 10 in Vietnam. Pape Omar Faye's 74th minute goal ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

Belangel dislodges Ateneo teammate Sotto out of top spot in NBTC 24

The UAAP Season 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament closed out its elimination round with a bang, but as the day ended, one student-athlete stood head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. Ateneo de Manila High School's senior floor general SJ Belangel dropped a whopping 31 points against Nazareth School of National University, leading the Blue Eaglets to an immaculate 14-0 record en route to an automatic Finals berth. With this outing and the consistency he showed during the preliminaries, Belangel took over the top spot as the best high school prospect in Week 5 of the National Basketball Training Center Chooks-to-Go 24. The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players taking part in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments as well as the recently concluded NCAA competition. Ateneo big man and 23 for 2023 cadet Kai Sotto dropped to second after sitting atop the ladder for the last four weeks. Rounding out the top five are La Salle Greenhills' Joel Cagulangan, Mapua University's Will Gozum, and Far Eastern University-Diliman's L-Jay Gonzales. For dragging University of Sto. Tomas to a playoff match against Adamson High School, CJ Cansino, who is bound to win the UAAP Jrs. MVP, went up to seven.  On the other hand, Baby Falcons ace Joem Sabandal also rose in the weekly rankings, going up to 16. Making the biggest leap this week is CESAFI MVP Alex Visser. Visser rose to 17th, four spots higher than a week ago.  The biggest loser this week is Baby Tamaraws off-guard RJ Abarrientos. The FEU-commit was a non-factor during his team's loss to the Tiger Cubs last Sunday resulting to a drop from eighth to 14th. Here is the complete rankings after Week 5: 1. SJ Belangel, ADMU (2) 2. Kai Sotto, ADMU (1) 3. Joel Cagulangan, LSGH (3) 4. Will Gozum, MU (4) 5. L-Jay Gonzales, FEU (5) 6. Rhayann Amsali, NU (6) 7. CJ Cansino, UST (9) 8. Dave Ildefonso, ADMU (7) 9. Aaron Fermin, AU (10) 10. Clint Escamis, MU (11) 11. John Galinato, CKSC (12) 12. Inand Fornilos, LSGH (13) 13. Warren Bonifacio, MU (14) 14. RJ Abarrientos, FEU (8) 15. Evan Nelle, SBC (15) 16. Joem Sabandal, ADU (17) 17. Alex Visser, SHS Cebu (21) 18. Terrence Fortea, NU (16) 19. Raven Cortez, DLSZ (18) 20. Beirn Laurente, UV (20) 21. Mac Guadana, LPU (22) 22. Joaqui Manuel, ADMU (19) 23. Harvey Pagsanjan, HCHS (23) 24. Maui Cruz, EAC (24) The Juniors stars were ranked using the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition. These rankings will be used to determine the 24 players who will take part in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game on March at the MOA Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Pinoy club Global Cebu falls short in 2018 AFC Cup opener

A late goal from Senegalese forward Pape Omar Faye proved to be the difference, as Filipino club Global Cebu FC came up short in their 2018 AFC Cup opener against Vietnamese club FLC Than Hoa at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi, Saturday. A tightly contested first half saw neither side give up any goals, leading to a scoreless stalemate at halftime. Fortune favored the home team in the 74th minute, as Faye turned a cross from Nguyen Xuan Thanh into a perfectly-placed header that sailed past Global keeper Patrick Deyto and into the back of the net. The Pinoy side couldn’t come up with an equalizer as Than Hoa held on for the victory. The win propels Than Hoa to the top of the Group G standings, with a win and three points. Global currently slides to the bottom with one loss. Yet to see action in Group G are Bali United and Yangon United. The two sides kick off their 2018 AFC Cup campaigns against each other on Wednesday, February 13th. Global on the other hand, will get the chance to bounce back later this month when they host Bali United at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Tuesday, February 27th. The other Pinoy club in the tournament, inaugural PFL champions Ceres Negros FC, begin their 2018 AFC Cup campaign on Wednesday, February 13th as well when they take on Cambodian side Boeung Ket Angkor in Group F action at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2018

Mercito Gesta comes up short in WBA title opportunity

Filipino boxer Mercito 'No Mercy' Gesta put up a valiant effort but ultimately came up short in his attempt at the WBA, WBC Diamond, and The Ring Magazine lightweight world championship, losing to reigning and defending champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela via Unanimous Decision, Saturday evening at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.  Cebu's Gesta pushed the action in the early, giving the champ some trouble in the first few rounds.  The more experienced Linares eventually got into his groove as the fight progressed, slowly and surely distancing himself from the Pinoy challenger.  There was no quit in Gesta however, as he kept coming and managed to get some good shots in at Linares.  After twelve rounds however, the decision was clear cut for Linares, who got the nod from all three judges, 118-110, 118-110, and 117-111.  Gesta suffers just his second loss in 35 professional bouts, both losses coming in title opportunities.  Linares improves to 44-3 in his professional career after securing his fourt successful WBA title defense......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Magnolia hands Kia 15th loss in row

CEBU, Philippines — Going on attack mode in the second half, the Magnolia Hotshots added to the woes of the Kia Picanto whom they sent reeling to a 15th stra.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Alabama s Bradley Bozeman proposed to girlfriend after National Title win

This is becoming quite the trend as of late, wouldn't you say?  Win or lose, a few players have decided to pop the question to their significant others right after a tournament finale.  Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend after winning the World Series, and on the local front, Global Cebu FC striker Paolo Salenga also decided to pop the question after their PFL Finals Series loss to Ceres Negros FC.  The latest to do it was Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman.  After being down 13-0 to the Georgia Bulldogs at halftime, Bozeman and the Crimson Tide mounted a comeback and eventually won, 26-23, to claim the National Championship.  Following the epic win, Bozeman went and got another W of his own.    SHE SAID YES!!! Congratulations, @bradboze75. #RollTide pic.twitter.com/AlnpKNPPNZ — SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 9, 2018   Roll tide.  Congratulations to Bozeman and now-fiancée Nikki Hegstetter for the engagement, and the National Title!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018