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CEU fends off late Batangas-EAC rally

  MANILA, Philippines – A hot-shooting Centro Escolar University squad showed up early, but the Scorpions needed to fend off a late rally to hack out an 84-75 victory over the Batangas-EAC Generals in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena on Thursday, July 12. Orlan Wamar fired 12 ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 12th, 2018

MPBL inaugural champ Batangas sends statement at expense of QC

Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League inaugural champion Batangas has wasted no time in proving it remains one of the top teams now in the 2018 Anta Datu Cup. Leaning on former pros Bong Galanza and Dennice Villamor, the Athletics fought off a late rally by expansion team Quezon City for a 95-90 decision on Wednesday at the Caloocan Sports Complex. Galanza, who last played for Mahindra (now Columbian), was red-hot in his league debut and wound up with a game-high 28 points while former Ginebra Gin King Villamor had for himself a 20-point, 12-rebound double-double in their season-opening win. It was also those two who connived in the fourth, delivering the clutch makes even as the Capitals had a 31-point outburst in the quarter. The two new recruits were backstopped by a couple of players who had already played for Batangas when they won the championship last conference. Paul Varilla tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while Teytey Teodoro chipped in 11 markers of his own. QC was at the losing end in its debut even after ex-PBA D-League standout Jay Collado’s 21-point, 12-rebound effort as well as 19 points from former University of Sto. Tomas hero Jojo Duncil. Meanwhile, home team Caloocan made good use of its homecourt advantage, burying Pasig in the final frame for a 91-81 come-from-behind win. The Supremos (1-0) had six players in double-digits led by Mar Villahermosa who had 18 points on top of six rebounds and three assists. Bernzon Franco paced the Pirates (0-1) with 15 points. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Gilas foils Luzon s late rally in Batangas

Gilas Pilipinas, behind Terrence Romeo's huge game, withstood Luzon All-Star's fourth quarter rally en route to a 152-149 victory on Friday in the second leg of the Philippine Basketball.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Final test for DLSU’s Big 3

It was Game 4 of the UAAP Season 76 Women's Volleyball Finals. A monstrous 21,314-strong crowd filled the Mall of Asia Arena, rocking the three-year-old state-of-the art venue in Pasay City. A do-or-die match for the four-peat-seeking De La Salle University, which a few weeks ago was the favorite to go all the way, make a flawless title run in the women’s volleyball tournament following a 14-0 sweep of the elimination round. They only needed two wins. The Lady Spikers held a thrice-to-beat advantage. They could’ve had won it all the game before. But a young and hungrier Ateneo de Manila University led by a third-year hitter in Alyssa Valdez and piloted by a newly-appointed Thai coach spoiled their run late in the fifth set. Then it all came to one final battle for the crown. Graduating Aby Marano, a feisty and vocal leader, tried to rally her teammates. DLSU was down two sets to none. Rookie Kim Kianna Dy was deployed for the first time in the series as a substitute. With her was another rookie, libero Dawn Macandili, her high school teammate at De La Salle Zobel. On the bench, freshman middle Majoy Baron, a recruit from Baguio City National High School, looked at her teammates as the Lady Eagles reached their 25th point. Tears fell almost simultaneously as the final whistle blew. DLSU lost their three-year throne. It was second stringer Baron, reserve libero Macandili and benchwarmer Dy’s first taste of the championship round. It was bitter. It was painful. They vowed for revenge the following season. But the aftertaste of that defeat lingered up until Season 77.      CHANGE OF FORTUNE   The trio under the guidance of head coach Ramil De Jesus were molded into legit stars in just three years. They finally earned the trust of the mentor, the architect of DLSU’s success the past two decades. Before Season 78, the Lady Spikers joined the Philippine Superliga under the Meralco banner during the off-season. There they became the whipping girls of the tournament, finishing fifth in the six-team field. But it was De Jesus’ way to strengthen the Lady Spikers’ minds and develop their skills. In order to build a strong team, he had to make them feel defeat. The trio of Macandili, Baron and Dy benefited from all of these. They had the weapons this time around against Ateneo in the bitter rivals’ fourth straight championship installment. Macandili’s floor defense was superb, Baron was a solid net defender alongside a graduating Mika Reyes. And Dy, the opposite who only saw action on borrowed playing time in Season 76, made her presence felt in the most important three games of the season. Dy brought down on its knees the mighty Ateneo with an average of 17 points per game in the Finals that went the full distance and earned the Finals Most Valuable Player award. Macandili won the Best Receiver and Best Digger honors while Baron was named Best Blocker. They gave the ‘Big Three of Reyes’, Ara Galang and Cyd Demecillo a fitting farewell gift. As they bid adieu to the trio, it was the time for Macandili, Baron and Dy to fit in to the shoes of DLSU’s new ‘Big Three’. SHINING MOMENT Season 79 became the litmus test for the three. DLSU lost most of its veterans save for graduating setter Kim Fajardo while hitter Desiree Cheng just came back from an ACL tear injury. The trio needed to step up. Most of the pressure was on Macandili’s shoulder. Before the start of the season, the five-foot Tanuan, Batangas defense specialist was named PSL All-Filipino Conference MVP as the DLSU-backed F2 Logistics ruled the tournament on June 2016. However, the Lady Spikers encountered a bumpy road in the UAAP, losing three games in the elims. Two against Ateneo. But it didn’t deter the three volleybelles from doing their part to carry the team back into the Finals against the Lady Eagles. It was the trio’s shining moment. Bringing in the experience, confidence and the signature swag, the Lady Spikers steamrolled past the Ateneo in two games to cap a successful season that saw Baron win the coveted Season MVP plum for her undeniable efficiency the whole tournament long. Baron was the first DLSU player to win the highest individual honor since Marano and Galang shared the award in Season 75. FINAL TEST “Iba ’yung pressure na kailangan mong buhatin ang team kasi last playing year mo na.” This was how Macandili described Season 80. Now playing on her last year, Macandili, like the rest of the ‘Big Three’ wanted to leave a winning legacy. “Siyempre gusto mong maging maganda ang exit mo and para sa team din na ma-achieve ang goal naming,” added Macandili, who a few months back was awarded as Asia’s Second Best libero during the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship. “Nandoon din ang takot na last playing year mo na and hindi mo na mababalikan ‘to. Ayoko namang mag-exit na may regrets.”   The Lady Spikers advanced to the Finals for the tenth straight year and are on the brink of handing De Jesus his third career grand slam and DLSU’s 11th overall crown after taking down Far Eastern University in straight sets in Game 1. “Siguro this is our chance to bring back the three-peat and siyempre lahat ng sacrifices namin, lahat ng pinaghirapan namin, ito na 'yung final test namin,” said Dy. One last push to return the trust and confidence given by de Jesus. “We want to show coach na sa five years naman dito, these are the players that you produced. We want to honor him,” added Dy. Baron, for her part, wanted to fulfill a promise she made before the start of the season. To keep DLSU’s winning tradition. “Ayaw kong masira 'yung record ni coach. Kaya as much as possible, parang sobrang nabilib din ako sa sistema niya at mga seniors ko before, parang ayaw ko na puputulin ko 'yung history na ginagawa nila sa time ko ngayon,” she said. “Personally, 'yun ang motivation ko.” On Wednesday, Macandili, Baron and Dy could be playing their last games as Lady Spikers. The Big Three could be making their final bow. A last chance to join their teammates in forming a circle, kneeling and posing with an arm stretched while the other bent imitating an archer ready to release a flaming final arrow.   Three more DLSU players will be leaving the lair of the Lady Spikers. A trio that gave everything they got for five fruitful and colorful years. People, for sure, will be talking about their stints for the green and white for years. The stories of their ups and downs. The glory that they made together.   But for Baron, Macandili and Dy, it was the honor of playing for La Salle under the great Ramil De Jesus that will be their most cherished college memories.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Batangas weathers Muntinlupa storm to close in on inaugural MPBL title

Staying spotless in the playoffs of the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup, Batangas is getting closer and closer to history. Drawing big-time contributions from their bench, the Athletics endured late-charging Muntinlupa, 78-74, on Saturday in their home court Batangas City Coliseum to march forward to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Finals. Jhaymo Eguilos topped the scoring column with 16 points and was flanked by reserves Val Acuna and Moncrief Rogado who had nine markers apiece. Top gun Teytey Teodoro also had nine points, including the game-sealing free throws in the last 17 seconds as the home team counted six players who had at least seven points. Still, it was the Cagers who were in command after the opening salvo, leading 14-13. Batangas started the second with nine unanswered points, however, to mount a 22-14 edge they would never relinquish. Fueled by that rush, in all, nine different players got together for a 25-10 quarter and a 38-24 lead. Muntinlupa had for itself an uprising in the endgame and pulled to within 74-75 with 28 ticks to go on the clock, but Teodoro three free throws and a couple of defensive stops boosted the Athletics to the win. Now, the tournament’s top-seed will try to wrap up the series sweep in Muntinlupa’s home court on Tuesday. Chito Jaime paced the Cagers with 18 points while Allan Mangahas and Dave Moralde both chipped in 15 markers. With their rally falling short, however, they are one loss away from being runners-up in the inaugural MPBL Anta Rajah Cup. BOX SCORES BATANGAS 78 – Eguilos 16, Acuna 9, Teodoro 9, Quinto 9, Rogado 9, Olayon 7, Varilla 6, Grimaldo 4, Santos 4, Alvarez 3, Villamor 2 MUNTINLUPA 74 – Jaime 18, Mangahas 15, Moralde 15, Llagas 9, Buenaflor 6, Ylagan 5, Reverente 4, Apreku 2, Vergara 0, Salaveria 0, Stevens 0 QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 38-24, 60-46, 78-74 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Heavy Bombers put a stop to struggles at expense of AMA

Jose Rizal University finally put an end to its demise, stopping its losing streak at eight with a huge 98-87 win against AMA Online Education in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Monday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig. Paolo Pontejos took matters to his own hands late, dropping seven of his 17 points in the last seven minutes of the game as the Heavy Bombers staved off the late rally from the Titans. Kris Porter paced JRU with 21 markers and six rebounds while Ervin Grospe and Jeckster Apinan both registered an identical 17-point and five-rebound statline. “Yung maturity ng team, halatang wala pa eh. Bright side na lang is kahit papaano, may nakukuha kami sa pagsali namin sa liga na ito,” said coach Gio Lasquety. “Lumalaban lang kami every game at sabi ko nga sa kanila, pag may chance manalo, grab lang natin.” With both teams having nothing to lose, it was the Heavy Bombers who took the baton and started the game hot with a 16-5 tear before erecting a lead as high as 20, 59-39, early in the third period. Robbie Manalang and Carlo Escalambre fought back for AMA, cutting the deficit down to seven, 81-74 with 7:19 left, but Pontejos was there to quash the comeback bid and secure JRU’s second win in 10 outings. The Heavy Bombers claimed 10th place with its 2-8 card while sending the Titans down the cellar with Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College at 1-8. Manalang finished with 26 points and three assists in the defeat while Escalambre contributed 21 markers and eight boards. BOX SCORES JRU 98 — Porter 21, Apinan 17, Grospe 17, Pontejos 17, Yu 8, Mendoza 7, De Guzman 6, Dela Virgen 2, Silvarez 2, Esguerra 1, Bordon 0, Sawat 0. AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 87 — Manalang 26, C. Escalambre 21, Martinez 16, Andaya 7, Garcia 6, Paras 6, Lao 5, Antonares 0, Quijano 0, Taganas 0. QUARTER SCORES: 28-13, 53-35, 77-66, 98-87......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Batangas-EAC grounds JRU to get on win column

Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College survived a furious endgame uprising from Jose Rizal University to pull off an 81-71 stunner of a win on Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Pasig Sports Center. Cedric Ablaza topscored for the Generals with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks, but contributions were abound for the team which finally halted their four-game losing streak and nabbed their breakthrough win. “We’ve been wanting to win and we’re very thankful na yung gameplan, nagawa  namin nang maayos. What more can I ask for?,” said coach Ariel Sison, who seemingly lost his voice in celebration after finally ending the drought. The trio of Jerome Garcia, Cedric De Joya, and Earvin Mendoza all chipped in 11 markers each while helping the cellar-dwelling side finally see the light halfway through the conference. Batangas-EAC shell-shocked JRU early to grab a 20-8 lead at the end of the first period, pouncing on the dazed opposition on its way to a 26-point edge, 66-39, late in the third quarter. The Heavy Bombers got their bearings back late, chipping the lead away and got the deficit down to six, 71-77 in the final 24.5 seconds courtesy of a Jed Mendoza free throw split. The comeback bid, however, wouldn’t come to be as Ablaza and De Joya drained the game-sealing buckets to end the rally and seal the game shut. “Ang ganda ng halfcourt execution namin. Doon kami talaga sinwerte,” said Sison. “Sana ma-sustain yung win. Sana, hindi lang ito ang una’t huli naming panalo.” Jeckster Apinan and newcomer Kris Porter led the way for the skidding JRU with 16 points apiece. The Heavy Bombers have now suffered four straight losses to go on a three-way tie at the cellar at 1-4 with AMA and Batangas-EAC. BOX SCORES BATANGAS-EAC 81 — Ablaza 16, De Joya 11, Garcia 11, E. Mendoza 11, Diego 8, Laude 8, Bautista 6, J. Mendoza 6, Dela Peña 4, Estacio 0, Neri 0. JRU 71 — Apinan 16, Porter 16, Pontejos 11, De Guzman 10, Mendoza 10, Dela Virgen 5, Esguerra 2, Sawat 1, Ramos 0, Tobiano 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-8, 41-30, 66-43, 81-71......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

Gamboa-St. Clare roasts Mila’s Lechon, fends off late 4th quarter rally

  MANILA, Philippines – The Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers continued its winning ways in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup, this time cooking the Mila’s Lechon Roasters, 70-58, at the Ynares Sports Arena, Thursday, February 1. The action tightened up early into the 2nd quarter, when Mila’s launched a 7-0 attack ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Where you can join rallies and demonstrations on 46th anniversary of Martial Law

Various student, human rights, church and opposition groups around the country are joining forces once more to mark the 46th anniversary of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law. Groups expected to lead the protests announced rally centers around the country, which include Laoag and Baguio City in the north, Bicol and Laguna in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Kazakhs break Pinays hearts again

The Philippines faced a familiar foe and again ended up with the same stinging result. Kazakhstan reasserted its mastery over the Filipinas with a 25-11, 22-25, 25-15, 19-25, 16-14, win Friday to advance in the battle for fifth spot in the consolation round of the 2018 Asian Games at the GBK Indoor Hall. The Kazakhs set up a faceoff for no. 5 finish against Vietnam on Saturday. It was Kazakhstan’s third straight win over the PHI since defeating the Filipinas in straight sets in the pool play and in five in the battle for seventh in the AVC Asian Women’s Senior Volleyball Championship held in Laguna last year.      Vietnam defeated Indonesia, 29-27, 18-25, 25-22, 25-22, to advance in the battle for fifth. The Filipinas will meet pool play tormentors Aprilia Manganang-led Indonesia in the battle for seventh place Saturday. Kazakhstan erased a 0-3 deficit in the deciding frame and engaged the Filipinas in a see-saw battle for an exciting windup.    Kristina Karapetan gave the Filipinas a chance for a deuce when she sent her service short, 14-14. But the Kazakhs kept their composure with Alessya Safronova playing the hero’s role for her country with a running kill and the match-clinching kill block on Jaja Santiago. Yana Petrenko led Kazakhstan with 18 points off 12 kills, five aces and a block, Sana Anarkulova scored 15 while Safronova had 13 markers with her last point coming off her only kill block in the match. The Philippines recovered its bearing after a shaky start, putting setter Jia Morado on the wheel to run the Filipinas’ fast play as they took an early lead in the second frame before engaging the Kazakhs in a tight battle up until the closing stretch of the frame. The Filipinas went up, 21-19, only to see the Kazakhs tie at 22. Mylene Paat sparked the closing run of the PHI with a kill before Jaja Santiago sealed it with an ace. The Kazakhs were quick to adjust to the Filipinas’ game plan, using their height advantage to frustrate the PHI’s attackers and dictate the pace of the third frame at the price of losing top hitter Sana Anarkulova. Anarkulova, who returned in the fifth, hurt her right shoulder late in the third set after colliding with libero Tatyana Fendrikova attempting to receive Morado’s service. Down by a set, the Filipinas went charging early in the fourth set to build a 17-8 lead. Kazakhstan was forced to field its prized hitter Katerina Tatko, who punished the PHI in their previous two meetings, as the Kazakhs threatened to comeback but the Filipinas were able to turn back their opponents rally.        Jaja Santiago had 19 points, Mylene Paat, who is on her first national team stint, showed a lot of promise with 14 points while Alyssa Valdez recovered from a disappointing three-point outing in the PHI's straight sets loss to 2016 Rio Olympics champion China with 13 markers, 24 excellent receptions and 18 digs.    Morado tallied 26 excellent sets and finished with five points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Junyee and the ‘Don Quixote approach’ to art

I can be a social animal when I need to be, but I prefer solitude," says Luis Yee Jr., better known as the installation artist Junyee. "I like the idea of walking in the mountains and nobody in the world knows where I am or what I'm doing. It's a kind of power to me," he points out. For the better part of his life, the artist has followed his solitary bliss, or what he calls the "Don Quixote" approach to art---forging on with one's vision regardless of fame or fortune. It's only relatively recently that it's begun to bear fruit. Late this month, Junyee unveiled a "Bantayog ng Wika" monument in Batangas City, a 13-foot steel cylinder simulating bamboo on which is written, ...Keep on reading: Junyee and the ‘Don Quixote approach’ to art.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

Phelps’ 50 power Phoenix

PHOENIX staved off a late rally by Columbian last night to escape with a 113-107 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Calvin Abueva starred in that furious endgame rally by the Fuel Masters as they barge into the win column in the season-ending conference while….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

San Beda late rally downs Baste, Perpetual nabs solo 3rd

    MANILA, Philippines – The San Beda Red Lions sent the San Sebastian Stags to further freefall down the standings with a 65-54 win in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament  on Thursday, August 16 at the FilOil Flying V Centre. With the Stags still up 52-50 midway through the 4th quarter, the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Hot start powers Bayron to 3-way tie

Jay Bayron, whose late rally proved short at Binitin last week, put on a strong start this time, hitting four birdies at the front for a 66 and catching Keanu Jahns and Gerald Rosales in the lead at the start of the ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club here yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

NCAA: Domingo comes alive as CSB cops much-needed win

With College of St. Benilde desperate for a win in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, its most senior player delivered the goods. The veteran guard played his best game in two years to jolt the Blazers back to life at the expense of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 84-71, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Domingo scored 22 points on top of seven rebounds and four assists to help the Taft-based team return to the win column now at 3-4. “I hope we get some momentum going because we really need it to, at least, be in the middle of the pack,” a satisfied head coach TY Tang said post-game. The streaky shooter fired eight of his output in the final frame, just as the Generals were mounting a rally. “Finally, he got his confidence back. Hopefully, this will just be the start for him,” coach TY said. CSB’s edge, though, was gotten courtesy of a 13-0 run that turned a two-point lead to a 41-26 advantage late in the second quarter. Unique Naboa capped off that run with a triple and eventually ended with six points, five assists, and three rebounds. Yankie Haruna also added 11 markers. That was more than enough to overcome the loss of Cameroonian Clement Leutcheu who was ejected due to two technical fouls. He had nine points and four rebounds before being sent out in the final frame. For EAC, Juju Bautista and Hamadou Laminou both had double-doubles as the former finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds and the latter ended with 13 markers and 13 boards. They saw their two-game win run come to a stop and now stand at 2-5. BOX SCORES CSB 84 – Domingo 22, Haruna 11, Leutcheu 9, Gutang 9, Naboa 6, Dixon 6, Nayve 5, Begica 4, Pasturan 4, Young 3, Velasco 2, Barnes 2 EAC 71 – Bautista 17, Laminou 13, Tampoc 10, Garcia 9, Diego 5, Mendoza 5, Bugarin 5, Maguliano 4, Gonzales 2, Cadua 1, Natividad 0, Robin 0, Neri 0 QUARTER SCORES: 18-20, 44-31, 61-49, 84-71 —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Apple becomes 1st private company worth $1 trillion

NEW YORK --- Apple became the first private-sector company to surpass $1 trillion in market value Thursday following its latest surge after reporting strong quarterly earnings. Shares of Apple briefly hit $207.05 in late-morning trading, before retreating somewhat. The gains came after the iPhone maker reported strong earnings late Tuesday that prompted a two-day rally in the share price. The company's stock was at $206.85, up 2.7 percent near 1620 GMT. Apple said it currently has 4.83 billion shares outstanding. As with other landmarks --- such as the Dow crossing 25,000 for the first time ---the Apple record is significant because of its resonance beyond the financial univ...Keep on reading: Apple becomes 1st private company worth $1 trillion.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

NCAA: Cardinals overcome Chiefs late rally, improve to 2-2

Mapua survived a fiery fourth quarter fightback by Arellano, 91-83, to stop a two-game slide in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Big 3rd quarter run propels Batangas past winless AMA

Batangas-EAC mounted a comeback late in the third quarter to beat hard-luck AMA Online Education, 91-78, in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.........»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Guangzhou holds off Seoul for Asia League title

MACAU---Guangzhou avoided a late-game collapse and survived Seoul's rally to come away with a 78-72 victory and the championship in the Asia League Super 8Sundayat Macau East Asian Games Dome. The Long Lions held a big 16-point lead, 65-49, at the7:38mark of the fourth quarter after Zheng Zhun's layup. That lead, however, dissipated after the Samsung Thunders went on an electrifying 20-6 run that Kim Dong Uk's three-pointer capped off that pulled the Korean side to within two, 71-69, with 58 seconds left to play. Guangzhou managed to survive through free throws as the Long Lions went 7-of-8 from the line in the final minute of the game. Ju Mingxin led the Long Lions with 25 points an...Keep on reading: Guangzhou holds off Seoul for Asia League title.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Blockbuster trade not what Kawhi, DeRozan hoped for

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst Kawhi Leonard’s turbulent last days with the San Antonio Spurs ended Wednesday morning (late Wednesday, PHL time) with a trade that neither major party involved in the deal liked. The Spurs traded Leonard, the 2014 Finals MVP, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-Star, along with veteran guard Danny Green, to the Toronto Raptors for four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan, second-year big man Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round Draft pick, which is protected from 1-20 next year. In doing so, San Antonio ended a relationship with the player that was poised to be the Spurs’ next lynchpin, but who had grown disenchanted with the franchise and wanted out. Leonard wanted to be traded to Los Angeles, closer to his hometown of Moreno Valley, Calif. He preferred the Lakers, and made that known in June, but was not averse to playing with the LA Clippers. However, the Spurs were adamant that they would not trade him to a Western Conference team, even though there was a strong likelihood that he would only stay with any team that traded for him until next year. That is when he would likely opt out of his contract, become a free agent and go to Los Angeles. Even though the 27-year-old Leonard told the Raptors in conversations between Toronto and his camp over the last week that he did not want to go there, the Raptors were willing to take the chance, anyway. DeRozan sought assurances from the Raptors that he wasn’t being moved in recent days. Both he and his representatives met with Raptors officials during NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, according to a source, at which time Toronto insisted that it wasn’t going to trade him. Now, DeRozan feels “lied to,” the source said, and, while having no personal grudges with the Spurs, is extremely upset at the deal. Meanwhile, @DeMar_DeRozan not backing off of claim he was lied to by Toronto regarding a potential trade, per source. Extremely upset. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 18, 2018 Leonard also is not happy at going to Toronto, for several reasons, including the higher taxation rate in Canada than in Texas, which has no state income tax. Leonard’s camp had informed the Spurs he didn’t want to go there, but the Spurs made no promises either way. San Antonio had had significant discussions with the Philadelphia 76ers -- a team Leonard would have given a fair shake at convincing him to stay had it been able to make a deal with San Antonio. But the 76ers were unwilling to include guard Markelle Fultz, the former first pick overall in the 2017 Draft, or forward Dario Saric in any package proposals for Leonard. Leonard only played in nine games last season, citing an injured quad muscle that did not respond to treatment. But privately, Leonard was unhappy with what he thought was bad advice from the Spurs’ medical staff, and sought advice from his own group of doctors, removing himself from San Antonio to continue treatments in New York as the regular season ended and playoffs began. The Spurs did not push Leonard during his rehab, and referred questions about his status during their first-round series with the Golden State Warriors to his camp. Leonard’s uncle has acted as his agent for the last couple of years. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich informed Leonard’s camp of the trade early Wednesday (Wednesday, PHL time) in what was deemed a “cordial” conversation, according to a source. However, given the trade, Leonard is now contemplating not taking part in next week’s USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas. A final decision has not yet been made. For his part, the 28-year-old DeRozan let his feelings be known in an Instagram post early Wednesday (Wednesday, PHL time), saying in part, “Ain’t no loyalty in this game” after being dealt from the only team he’s played for in nine NBA seasons, and for whom he has been nothing but a first-class ambassador. The Raptors took DeRozan with the ninth pick in the 2009 Draft, during which time DeRozan became the franchise’s leader in several categories, including games, points and minutes played. He grew as the franchise did, helping lead it to the most successful period in its history alongside his close friend and All-Star teammate, Kyle Lowry. The backcourt did ads together, took vacations together with family and led Toronto to franchise records for wins, reaching the Eastern Conference finals in 2016. At every turn, DeRozan expressed happiness at playing for and living in Toronto, even as he had to make several cross-country trips last season to be with his ailing father in Los Angeles. DeRozan remade his game as part of the “culture reset” demanded by general manager Masai Ujiri after Toronto was beaten in the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cavaliers in 2017 -- a familiar outcome, as James and Cleveland beat the Raptors in three straight postseasons. DeRozan relied less on isolation sets than he had in years past, trying to move more without the ball and give it up so others could be more involved. Toronto won a franchise-best 59 regular season games last season and was the top seed in the Eastern Conference. However, Toronto suffered another playoff loss to Cleveland, this time a 4-0 sweep. It was especially galling considering the Cavaliers had been extended to a seventh game in their first-round series with Indiana, yet still managed to rally from a double-digit deficit to shock the Raptors in Game 1 in Toronto. The Cavs then cruised the rest of the way in the series. Ujiri fired coach Dwane Casey afterward, ultimately picking assistant coach Nick Nurse as Casey’s successor. But the reset of the team wasn’t complete. The Raptors believe strongly in their young core group of players, all of whom have been developed by Toronto the last few seasons -- guards Fred Van Vleet and Delon Wright, forward O.G. Anunoby and big man Pascal Siakham. Toronto initially opted to keep its existing vets around the kids, giving DeRozan a five-year, $138 million extension in 2016, then giving Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka extensions last summer – Lowry got a three-year, $100 million deal and Ibaka got a three-year, $65 million deal. However, after the latest playoff debacle, the Raptors let it be known around the Draft that none of their players were untouchable. If Toronto can get Leonard on board, the Raptors would have a potentially dynamic defensive group on the wings, with Leonard and Anunoby capable of guarding multiple positions. Ibaka isn’t the defender he was in Oklahoma City, where he was first team all-Defensive three years in a row, but he’s still a plus defender at his position. The 31-year-old Green is entering the final year of his contract. Long considered one of the best two-way guards in the game, Green was outstanding in the Spurs’ seven-game loss to the Heat in the 2013 Finals, making 27 3-pointers in the series en route to setting a Finals record. Poeltl, 22, was taken ninth overall by Toronto in the 2016 Draft. He worked his way quickly into the Raptors’ rotation, averaging 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds last season. 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......»»

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Slain Tanauan mayor Antonio Halili buried

BATANGAS, Philippines (UPDATED) – Slain Tanauan City mayor Antonio Halili was buried late Sunday afternoon, July 8, at the Loyola Gardens of Tanauan in Batangas. The 72-year-old Halili was shot to death last July 2, during the singing of the national anthem in a flag ceremony at the city hall. (READ: ........»»

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