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PBA: Ginebra’s new weapon could mean trouble for the rest of the league

Well, it looks like both Ginebra and Northport won the blockbuster PBA trade last week. At least for conference with imports, the Gin Kings have perhaps the most explosive duo in the league in Justin Brownlee and Stanley Pringle. If you’re looking for the most simple comparison, think Golden State’s Steph and KD but with a local twist. “When you have two guys like that it’s like a Steph Curry and a Kevin Durant, I mean, who do you guard?” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said of his new power duo. “That’s what we envision,” he added. For the pair’s first game together — a strong win against NLEX in Batangas — Brownlee dropped 39 points while Pringle had a cool 16 on 60 percent shooting. It’s certainly encouraging for Ginebra that Brownlee can still get his numbers and usual impact even with a new star alongside him. Now it’s just matter of getting Pringle more comfortable with Ginebra. The Gin Kings have a new super weapon and they’ll utilize him for sure. “We have to find different ways to get him in iso’s cause he’s such a great one-on-one player, and we have to find ways to get him in the post,” Cone said of Pringle. “So there’s still a lot to [do]. Right now, he’s just trying to figure out where he’s supposed to be in the triangle, which is difficult when you only had a couple days of practice. But he’s a special player and he picked it up very well,” Cone added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 13 min. ago

PVL: Cool Smashers seek win no. 8; Lady Troopers try to secure semis spot

Defending champion Creamline eyes to keep its hot streak going as it takes on PacificTown Army on Wednesday in the penultimate elimination round playdate of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The semifinals-bound Cool Smashers are riding the crest of their seven-game winning romp including a 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 26-24, victory over first round tormentor PetroGazz on Saturday. Creamline marches back into action at 3:00 p.m. with hopes of taking a slice of the lead with the Angels (8-1 win-loss record). The match will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Imports Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand and Venezuelan Ale Blanco, who showed the way for the Cool Smashers in their rousing win over the erstwhile unbeaten PetroGazz, will again be at the helm of Creamline’s charge together with locals Alyssa Valdez, setter Jia Morado, Michele Gumabao and Risa Sato. Meanwhile, the Lady Troopers try to seal the third Final Four seat to join Creamline and PetroGazz. PacificTown Army holds a 4-4 slate and still in a precarious position in the race for the last two Final Four seats with BanKo (3-5) and Motolite (3-6) still in the thick of the battle. The Lady Troopers are coming off a 27-29, 20-25, 14-25, loss to the Angels last Sunday in Binan, Laguna. PacificTown Army will pin its hopes on Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink, American Jenelle Jordan, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Jem Gutierrez, Royse Tubino and setter Alina Bicar.     ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News15 hr. 39 min. ago

Tagani, Grupo Kalinangan, Antipara, AIDFI, Lexmeet Lead 3rd Globe Future Makers Program

Five startups with game-changing digital solutions have made it to the 3rd year of Globe Future Makers (GFM) program which aims to help build an ecosystem of support for local social innovators who use technology to solve the country’s most challenging social problems. The top five startups include Tagani, Grupo Kalinangan, Antipara, Alternative Indigenous Development […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

PBA: KaTropa get things going with Jones looking like Best Import

Terrence Jones looks like he’s a cut above the rest of the imports in the ongoing 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. The former Houston Rocket leads the league in scoring for TNT with 33.86 points per game. He also has 15.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.4 blocks per outing. Jones' production has the KaTropa on top of the standings with a near-perfect 6-1 mark. However, it’s not only Jones that has TNT in pole position for the mid-season joust. With Jones dominating, the rest of the KaTropa have taken turns in having big games to back up their productive import. RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, and Jayson Castro remain as top locals for TNT but the team is also getting nice production from Don Trollano, Ryan Reyes, and Anthony Semerad. “I think as a team, that’s what you want, you want different guys to step up so we could keep that energy,” Jones said. “Nobody on our team is selfish, we’re trying to fin the open guy and it’s just showing in our play,” he added. TNT is currently only one of four teams to put up over 100 points per game in the Commissioner’s Cup. The offense is running like a well-oiled machine. But the secret behind the KaTropa’s 6-1 record is defense says Jones. “I think it’s just from the defensive end [6-1 record]. I think we’re doing a great job of playing defense and it’s getting us easy points,” the prolific import said. “And our shooters, different guys have been stepping up you know and they’ve just been playing very well. So it’s just been a lot of guys coming in the game and ready to play. It’s been just a lot of great play by everybody,” Jones added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019

Lloyd s tiny golf clap delivers big message from US women

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd had just scored on an 18-yard volley to put the United States ahead 11 minutes in against Chile. After leaping, pumping a fist and hugging teammate Lindsey Horan, she raised both hands chin high and made four tiny pitter-patter claps, the type seen more frequently at Pebble Beach than Parc des Princes. A message? You bet. I made a gif of @CarliLloyd’s celebration golf clap after her first goal in #USACHI because I needed this to exist for every time someone tone polices a #USWNT celebration. #USWNT #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Sw7rUA3ID2 — Phil (@ALazyJellyfish) June 16, 2019 Easy wins and lots of goals are par for the course when it comes to the U.S. women's soccer team. "I can't take credit for it. I'm not sure if Lindsey is taking credit for it," Lloyd said after a 3-0 victory Sunday night advanced the U.S. to the round of 16. "She had told me if we score, that's what we're going to do so I just went along with it after I did my little celebration But it was fun. I think it made a statement on the sideline there. It was cool." A record-setting 13-0 rout of Thailand that opened the tournament for the Americans sparked a debate back home. Celebration had not been discussed this much since Kool & the Gang. Some cried poor sportsmanship. Others argued players shouldn't be asked to let up on soccer's biggest stage. All the harrumphing was heard across the Atlantic. "I guess we could have just passed it around the back for a million times, but that's boring. That's disrespectful to everyone: fans, ourselves" said 33-year-old Megan Rapinoe, the pink-haired veteran famous for running to a corner flag and screaming "Born in the USA" into a television microphone after goal against Colombia in the 2011 World Cup. "The only thing you ask of an athlete really is to put it all out there and do the best you can. It's not in our DNA ever." Coach Jill Ellis speculated Lloyd's inspiration was her spouse, professional golfer Brian Hollins. "I'm guessing it was a shout-out to her husband," Ellis said. Horan said Emily Sonnett, a 25-year-old defender at her first World Cup, suggested responses. Trolling critics was the goal. "We decided to do something different today," Horan said with an impish smile. "Handshakes were part of it. Golf clap was part of it." Only the standout play of goalkeeper Christiane Endler lowered the Americans' offensive output from Wonder Woman levels to the mere mundane. The U.S. peppered Chile with 26 shots to one for the South Americans, raising the U.S. margin to 65-3 over two matches that seemed more training than tests. Alyssa Naeher, the Americans' new World Cup goalkeeper, was noticeable only when an unmarked Carla Guerrero redirected Claudia Soto's free kick past her midway through the first half. Guerrero was called offside. More Americans were in the tournament-high crowd of 45,594 that filled Parc des Princes than walked around Sunday in Paris, Kentucky, or Texas. Quite different from the stands 21 years and one day earlier, when Germany beat the U.S. men 2-0 on the very same field in the Americans' 1998 World Cup opener on goals by Andreas Möller and Jürgen Klinsmann. Fans clad in red, white and blue jammed the Metro hours before kickoff, streaming on the No. 9 line at Trocadero, Republique and Richelieu-Drouot and emerging on at Porte de Saint-Cloud on the sunny afternoon. "We're in France, and yet we felt like we had a home game," said Lloyd, at 36-year-old the oldest woman with a multi-goal World Cup match. Despite their second easy win, the Americans maintained there was no reason to chill: Thailand is ranked 34th in the world and Chile is 39th. The Americans need a win or draw against No. 9 Sweden on Thursday in order to win the group. A victory likely means a second-round matchup against No. 13 Spain or No. 16 China, which would put the U.S. on track for a quarterfinal matchup against fourth-ranked France in Paris. Ellis would not speculate whether her team would be better off finishing second and winding up in the other half of the bracket. "There's a lot of grass to navigate between now and potential matchups," she said. "This game is a crazy game, and you have to bring it every single match." No team has won consecutive Women's World Cups since the event began in 1991, a reason for sangfroid. "We're climbing up a mountain now," Lloyd said, "and it's only going to get harder.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Jones resets career-high as TNT zaps Meralco for solo lead

MANILA, Philippines – Terrence Jones erupted for another 40-point game as TNT gained solo lead in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup with a 104-91 thrashing of Meralco at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, June 15. Scoring 18 straight in the final frame, Jones raised his PBA career-high to 49 points ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

Black praises Jones, but says production far from iconic imports

MANILA, Philippines – Norman Black hailed Terrence Jones as "probably the best import" in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup, but found his production nothing new compared to iconic reinforcements in the past. The former NBA forward flaunted his knack for scoring by exploding for 49 points – his fourth game ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers out to end out-of-town skid vs. Perlas Spikers

Streaking defending champion Creamline will have an extra motivation when the Cool Smashers face BanKo in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference’s out-of-town game on Saturday at the University of San Agustin gym in Iloilo City. “Alam niyo, statistics wise, 0-2 kami sa BanKo whenever we play out of town,” said Creamline star player Alyssa Valdez. That losing head-to-head record is enough to fuel the Cool Smashers when they march into the 4:00 p.m. duel that is set to air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Creamline finished the first round with a straight sets win over listless BaliPure for a 4-1 win-loss record at solo second spot behind unbeaten league-leading PetroGazz (6-0). The Cool Smashers defeated the Perlas Spikers in their first meeting, 23-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-23, but Valdez and the rest of Creamline know that when it comes to out-of-town games, BanKo has the psychological advantage.        The Perlas Spikers defeated Creamline in Tuguegarao in the import-laden conference and in Cagayan de Oro City in the Open Conference last year – both in five sets. “So this time, siyempre andoon pa rin 'yung nerves namin, if it's against BanKo, all the time, it's gonna be a great game talaga kasi we're really fighting to win,” said Valdez. “Knowing that at the back of our minds, siyempre magpu-push kami talaga to win this time and to play better as a team din.” Meanwhile, BanKo is down with back-to-back losses for a 2-4 slate. The Perlas Spikers bowed down to the Angels 23-25, 11-25, 25-22, 20-25, last Wednesday in a match that saw American import Kia Bright and Turkish reinforcement Yasemin Yildirim play limited minutes. BanKo head coach Apichat Kongsawat decided to utilize his locals for most of the match with Nicole Tiamzon, Dzi Gervacio, Kathy Bersola and Sue Roces playing well on both offense and defense albeit in a losing cause. The Perlas Spikers locals and imports are expected to play better this time against the star-studded Cool Smashers lead by Valdez, Thai import Kuttika Kaepwin, Ale Blanco of Venezuela, Risa Sato, Michele Gumabao and setter Jia Morado.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

With the Raptors, a global game now has a truly global champion

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room. Pascal Siakam wore the flag of Cameroon around his shoulders. Marc Gasol was yelling some happy phrase in Spanish. Every team that wins an NBA title calls itself “world champions.” These Toronto Raptors might actually be worthy of such a moniker. The new kings of NBA basketball are the first outside the U.S. to wear the crown. And they come from all corners of the globe. Team President Masai Ujiri was born in England and raised in Nigeria. Serge Ibaka is from the Congo. Gasol will play again for his native Spain this summer in the FIBA World Cup. Coach Nick Nurse won his first championship in Britain, where reserve OG Anunoby comes from. Even the team’s superfan, Nav Bhatia, comes from India. It’s a global game. It’s a global team. They’re the global champions. “It meant a lot, just having guys from different countries and speaking different languages,” Siakam said. “I think it kind of got us closer together. And you kind of have all those little kinds of friendship with guys that you can speak the same language with, and from Spanish to French to English, different cultures. I think kind of it represents Toronto in general, having that diversity.” He doesn’t even have the whole list. Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American, speaks Mandarin. The assistants on Nurse’s staff have backgrounds from stints as players or coaches in France, England, Germany, Italy, Australia, Israel and more. The director of sports science is Scottish. The head trainer is from Ontario. Jamaal Magloire, who has been on the staff since his playing days ended, is a Toronto native. “It means a lot,” Magloire said as he watched champagne spray all over the locker room. “Canada and Toronto especially are very diverse places. And this team, all the diversity that we have, it served us well.” There’s a parade — Ujiri said it was scheduled for Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), though he also wasn’t exactly certain at the time — coming to Toronto. The red and white flag with the giant maple leaf will wave. There will be plenty of other flags there as well. And more than a few proud Americans will be on that route as well, like NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and the longest-tenured Raptors player, Kyle Lowry. “I’m very happy for them,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said, tipping his cap to the Raptors. “Winning a championship is the ultimate in this league, and they have got a lot of guys who have earned this. So congrats to Toronto, to their organization, to their fans. They are a worthy champion.” At NBA headquarters in New York, they truly didn’t care who won the series. That doesn’t mean they don’t realize the Raptors’ title is a good thing for the league’s future. Basketball Without Borders is the vehicle that basically helped Siakam start his journey to the league seven or so years ago. There are NBA academies popping up in Africa and Asia. The league is helping to establish a new pro league in Africa that’s set to begin play early next year. The sport takes every opportunity it gets to promote what it bills as the Jr. NBA Global Championship, a tournament for kids. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said before the series that the league is aware of 700 million cellphones being in use in Africa, more than half of those being smartphones. The NBA wants people watching on those phones, and the infrastructure is such now in many places that it is actually possible. “It’s been revolutionary in terms of the people of Africa’s ability to watch our games in real time on hand-held devices,” Silver said. “So we see enormous growth opportunities both in terms of players and for participation and ultimately an interest for the league.” Having champions from Cameroon and the Congo, having the executive who gets credited for putting it all together being from Nigeria ... it’s not going to hurt the game in Africa one bit. The NBA champions are, indeed, champions of the world. “As a kid, I didn’t have the opportunity to dream about this moment,” Siakam said. “I didn’t think I could make it. I didn’t think this was possible as a kid. And I think a lot of kids don’t think that it’s possible. Just me being able to be here today and telling them that, ’Hey, look at me, I was a little scrawny kid from Cameroon ... but here I am, as a champion.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

7-man CEU wills its way to PBA D-League Finals date opposite Cignal-Ateneo

Centro Escolar University dug deep and pulled off an 89-72 Game Three semifinal shocker to boot St. Clare College Virtual Reality Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and progress to the 2019 PBA D-League Finals. "We didn't expect to be here, to make it to the Finals, but the heart and the desire to win ng mga players, there's no substitute for that," said coach Derrick Pumaren. The duo of Rich Guinitaran and Dave Bernabe stepped up big for the Scorpions, which had to deal with the absence of Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf in the final three minutes of the game. Guinitaran uncorked 23 points and seven rebounds, as well as hitting the big three that erected an 83-68 advantage with 2:49 left. Bernabe contributed 16 of his 22 points in the second half, as well as hauling down 14 rebounds and five steals in the win. Diouf had to sit the waning moments of the game after being whistled for a flagrant foul penalty one for his landing spot foul against Raymond Rubio at the 3:11 mark of the fourth. But CEU's 20-4 third quarter tear was the x-factor in the game, changing the tide from a tight 38-39 halftime affair to a commanding 58-43 lead en route to taking the best-of-three series, two wins to one. CEU now makes a quick pivot with the best-of-five Finals against Cignal-Ateneo already set on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. "For me, this team is already a champion. With all the adversities na nangyari, we still made it," sighed Pumaren. Junjie Hallare carried St. Clare with 19 points, while Joshua Fontanilla got 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and five steals in the semis exit. BOX SCORES CEU 89 -- Guinitaran 23, Bernabe 22, Diouf 14, Sunga 12, Santos 8, Diaz 7, Abastillas 3. ST. CLARE 72 -- Hallare 19, Fontanilla 16, Pare 11, Lunor 7, Tiquia 7, Santos 6, Ambulodto 4, Rubio 2, Penaredondo 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-21, 38-39, 67-52, 89-72......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers battle Water Defenders to end first round

Streaking defending champion Creamline looks to end the first round in solo second place when the Cool Smashers clash with winless BaliPure on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The match starts at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Cool Smashers won three straight games after dropping their conference opener in straight sets at the hands of league-leading and unbeaten PetroGazz. Creamline welcomed the return of Thai coach Tai Bundit, who replaced fired Chinese mentor Huanning Li after just one game, with a 13-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23, win over Motolite last Saturday. The Cool Smashers are facing a team that has yet to win a game but Creamline knows that the Water Defenders will come prepared and hungry to end their skid.    “Paghahandaan namin sila like how they’ll prepare for us and we can’t sleep on their imports, we can’t sleep on their locals. Kasi kapag pinagsamsa-sama sila at nag-click silang lahat mahirap silang pigilan,” said Cool Smashers setter Jia Morado. “So I think we just to have to work on a stronger start, be more consistent and be more efficient and smarter when we play,” added Morado, who is backed by a solid crew led by Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato and imports Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand and Venezuelan Ale Blanco. BaliPure remains in search for the elusive win after failing in its first four tries. Montenegrin Danijela Dzakovic and Alexandra Vajdova of Slovenia will need all the help they could get from locals Grazielle Bombita, Satrianni Espiritu and Menchie Tubiera to end the first round on a high note.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Durant s injury devastates victorious Warriors as they head home

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com TORONTO — When a superstar crumples to the floor like that, after everything he’d been through, after mustering the will to return to action, after giving his team the lift it so desperately needed in a win-or-go-home game, everything that happens next is muted: The flow of a tense game, the pulsating fourth quarter, even the Warriors’ inspired Game 5 victory in the final seconds. All that’s left is a siren blaring and asking … Why? Why did the Warriors clear Kevin Durant to return to the NBA Finals on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time)? Why did he feel compelled to do so after missing nearly a month with a calf strain? Why did a segment of the basketball populace question the severity of his injury -- and, by extension, his heart -- during the lead-up? And why do the basketball Gods seem to have it in for a two-time Finals MVP and all-time great who put his team first, and possibly just put his career in jeopardy? The Raptors fans who lined up 24 hours early in the rain just to watch on TV outside Scotiabank Arena aren’t shook. The citizens who braced for a championship celebration into the wee hours and now must deal with deflation aren’t shook. Not even the Raptors, who coughed up a six-point lead with 3.5 minutes left and now must fly 3,000 miles for another tip. No, it’s the Warriors who were left dazed and confused despite extending the series to another game with the 106-105 victory, and it was all captured in the quivering voice of team president Bob Myers while revealing Durant suffered an Achilles injury early in the second quarter. “He’s a good teammate,” Myers finally managed to say. “He’s a good person … it’s not fair … he just wants to play basketball and right now he can’t.” No, he can’t, and Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) MRI will determine when that can happen again. Slow-motion TV replays that showed Durant executing a dribble move past Serge Ibaka and then dropping quickly to the floor were not positive. When Durant grabbed his leg on May 8 (May 9, PHL time), he reached high on his calf. This time, he reached low. A segment of the fans initially cheered Durant’s misfortune, and when Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka put them in check, the reaction quickly flipped from insensitive to respectful. But it didn’t matter in the big picture that they applauded Durant. He was helped to the locker room by director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini and Andre Iguodala. Stephen Curry left the bench and walked behind Durant, consoling him. Durant cursed loudly as he reached the tunnel. Then he disappeared from view and later left the arena by crutches right after halftime. In the history of the NBA Finals, there was no tougher scene to witness, no matter the rooting interest. This was a basketball betrayal, pure and simple, that happened to Kevin Durant. But should it have? Plenty of questions now surround the medical protocol used by the Warriors. Durant took part in what was loosely termed a practice for the first time just a day earlier. Was that enough? Did he pass all the stress tests by then? Did the exams and MRIs give a green light? Were the experts fully apprised? And, perhaps most crucially, how much of this Achilles injury could be directly related to the calf injury and should that have been perhaps a larger concern? “He went through four weeks with a medical team and it was thorough and we felt good about the process," Myers insisted. "He was cleared to play tonight, that was a collaborative decision. I don’t believe there is anyone to blame, but I understand in this world that if you have to, you can blame me.” Beyond that, was there any pressure -- either implied or indirectly placed or discreetly suggested -- within the organization for Durant to return and rescue the Warriors? They were down 3-1 without him. Durant is famously sensitive about how he’s perceived, especially regarding his toughness. Maybe he felt pressure himself to quiet the noise and whispers. Complicating matters is his pending free agency. Durant stood to make hundreds of millions on the market this summer, and a torn Achilles, if that’s what the MRI will show, can require a year to rehab. In the moment, Durant's injury had a temporary bonding effect between the two teams; a handful of Toronto players approached Durant before he checked out and both benches appeared equally stunned. “In this league,” explained Lowry, “we’re all brothers, and it’s a small brotherhood and you never want to see a competitor like him go down.” Before the injury, Durant showed flashes of the next-level skills that helped him lead the Warriors to the last two championships. He hit his first two shots, both from deep. He commanded coverage from Kawhi Leonard, Toronto’s best defender. He had a presence. This injected confidence within the Warriors, who broke out a nine-point lead with Durant on the floor and seized early command. He, Curry and Thompson were 12-for-19 shooting for 36 points through the early second quarter. With their missing star in the fold for the first time this series, Golden State looked whole again. Once Durant left the floor, the game tightened until the fourth. Leonard (26 points), who shot poorly to that point, made his move, with 10 quick points to send a quake through the arena. Curiously, Raptors coach Nick Nurse called a timeout with his team buzzing and up five with three minutes left. Did that kill the momentum? Curry and Thompson answered with consecutive three-pointers to tie and then take the lead with 56 seconds left. Then, on Toronto’s final possession, Thompson and Andre Iguodala trapped Leonard and forced him to surrender the ball. It found its way to Lowry, deep in the corner. But Draymond Green got his fingertips on the ball, Lowry’s shot was harmless and the buzzer sounded. No confetti fell from the ceiling, no bottles were popped in the home locker room, no trophy was ceremoniously awarded. Curry and Thompson combined for 57 points and took 27 three-pointers, making 12. They’ll need to duplicate that production Thursday (Friday, PHL time) in Oakland and beyond if the Warriors force a seventh game. DeMarcus Cousins was helpful post-Durant and had 14 points. “They’ve accomplished so much over the years and that doesn’t happen just with talent,” Kerr said. “There has to be more that goes into it and it’s that fight, that competitive desire and ability to stay poised under pressure. It was brilliant to watch.” And yet: There was little joy. “It’s hard to even celebrate this win,” said Klay Thompson. “I told the team I didn’t know what to say because, on one hand I’m so proud of them for the amazing heart and grit they showed, and on the other I’m just devastated for Kevin," Kerr said. "So it’s a bizarre feeling that we all have right now.” It’s a reflex to say the Warriors were inspired by Durant and perhaps they were. When he fell, they had their excuse, yet thought otherwise. For them to play the final 2.5 quarters while dealing with a fractured state of mind says plenty about their mental toughness. “It had made it difficult, especially with the start we got off to and Kevin was playing so well, so it was a real shock when he went down,” said Kerr. “So I give our guys credit.” Durant at times became a magnet for his personality quirks and especially his non-commitment regarding free agency; it was even raised by Green when the two infamously clashed on the bench earlier this season. If nothing else, the injury further endeared Durant to the locker room and, in particular, to his fellow MVP. “Everybody gets so wrapped up in chasing championships, but life is more important in terms of caring about an individual and what they’re going through,” Curry said. “And you see the commitment and the challenges and just what has been thrown at KD this whole year, really. He gave us what he had, he went out there and sacrificed his body and we know how that turned out. “When you get to know somebody and see how genuine they are and how committed they are to basketball, you root for those type of guys. All those emotions come into play when you see him go down like that. It’s not even about this series; it’s about long term, his mindset and being able to get back to being the player and the person he has shown consistently over the course of his career.” The Warriors return to Oracle Arena for the final game in the old barn before moving to San Francisco next season, so there is motivation to shut it down in style. Of course, there’s the goal of forcing a seventh game, and finally, to win a title so Durant’s injury won’t be in vain. “We do it for Kevin,” said Thompson. “He wants us to compete and the highest level, and we’ll think of him every time we step on the hardwood. You think of him every time you dive for a loose ball or go for a rebound, because I know him and I know how bad he wants to be out there. I’m going to miss him, man. It’s not the same being out there without him.” Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. 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 NewsJun 11th, 2019

PBA: Ibeh after 33-point win over SMB: “This is our expectation”

If you ask Northport import Prince Ibeh about their 33-point romp against San Miguel Beer in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Cup Wednesday, he’ll tell you he’s not surprised at all that they won by that much. Oh yes, the Batang Pier are a confident bunch right now and they expect to win games. Against the mighty Beermen fresh from yet another All-Filipino title, Northport did just that. The Batang Pier won, rather convincingly even. “This is our expectation,” Ibeh said of a strong 121-88 victory for Northport. “We practice hard and we play hard. We feel like against Ginebra we let one slip. This our mindset every game to beat our opponent and that’s what we did so it’s not surprising to me,” he added. With seven players in double figures, Northport squashed San Miguel from the second quarter onwards. At one point, the Batang Pier led by as many as 36 points. Ibeh was solid once again for Northport, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. He feels he can still improve even though it’s not really his style and goal to score 40 points. Ibeh just wants to win. “I still haven’t been playing to my expectations so I just keep trying to improve every game. I think my style of play is different from what people are used to from imports here in the PBA. I think everyone’s thinking that you have to come in and score 40, but there’s so much more to the game,” he said. “I think it was a perfect match for me. I’m grateful to be on the team and I got good group of guys around me that let me stick to my strengths and focus on what I’m good at. I think we just mesh well together,” Ibeh added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2019

The Finals Stat, Game 2: Matchup adjustment stifles Toronto

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com TORONTO -- They ain't all gonna be pretty. The Golden State Warriors survived two new injuries and a 5 1/2-minute stretch of scoreless basketball to escape with a 109-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of The Finals, punctuated by Andre Iguodala's dagger three-pointer with 5.9 seconds left. The Warriors' backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 48 points and Draymond Green came one assist shy of recording his fourth straight triple-double. The Warriors assisted on 34 of their 38 field goals and evened the series at one game apiece. One stat stood out from the rest as the Warriors grabbed home-court advantage as we head to Oakland for Games 3 and 4, with the champs now dealing with injuries to Kevin Durant (strained right calf), Thompson (left hamstring tightness) and Kevon Looney (left chest contusion). The stat 12 -- Scoreless possessions for the Raptors to start the third quarter. The context The Warriors trailed by as many as 12 points in the second quarter, and it was an 11-point Toronto lead late in the half. But Golden State closed the period on a 9-3 run to make it a five-point game at the break. What followed was one of those game-changing third quarters that has become a hallmark of these Warriors. This wasn't about their explosive offense, but rather a stifling defense that shut down Toronto for the first 5:38 of the second half. It started with a matchup adjustment. Iguodala had been the primary defender on Kawhi Leonard through the first three halves of this series. But to open the third quarter on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), it was Thompson defending Leonard, Iguodala checking Pascal Siakam, and Green on Kyle Lowry. It's hard to argue with the results. On the Raptors' first possession of the third, they weren't able to get the ball to Leonard until there were just five seconds left on the shot clock, and he missed a contested three from the right wing. On the next possession, Green helped off his man to deflect a Danny Green pass, one of five Toronto turnovers on their first nine possessions of the period. On Toronto's third time with the ball in the third, DeMarcus Cousins cut off a Leonard pick-and-roll drive and Thompson came back to contest a stepback jumper. After the Raptors outscored the Warriors 28-12 in the paint in the first half, five of Toronto's first six shots of the third came from outside the paint. They missed some open jumpers, but the Warriors made it a point to give the Raptors nothing easy on the inside. Both Iguodala and Cousins blocked Siakam in the post, and Thompson stripped Leonard on his way to the bucket. In total, over those first 12 possessions of the third quarter, the Raptors shot 0-for-8 (with none of the eight shots coming in the restricted area) and committed five turnovers. By the time Fred VanVleet ended the drought on a corner three with 6:22 on the clock, the Warriors had turned a five-point deficit into a 13-point lead. Going back to the end of the second quarter, it was a 27-3 run. The Raptors made things interesting with a late 10-0 run -- the Warriors' scoreless drought in the fourth was just a little shorter (5:33) than that of the Raptors in the third (5:38) -- but never had a shot to tie or take the lead after the game turned early in the second half. Like they did last year, the Warriors ranked 11th defensively in the regular season. But they also had the No. 1 defense in the playoffs, allowing just 101.8 points per 100 possessions as they won their second straight championship. After Game 1 on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), the Warriors ranked 10th defensively in this postseason, having allowed 110.8 points per 100 possessions. They suffered some slippage and just weren't the same defensive team as they had been during their championship runs. Maybe it was a sign that this is the year that their dynasty comes to an end. Or maybe they just needed some adversity before they flipped the switch. And maybe the idea of a 2-0 deficit in The Finals was just enough to do it. The first 5 1/2 minutes of the third quarter on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) were game-changing, and perhaps series-changing. It started with a matchup adjustment (preliminary matchup data from Second Spectrum has the Raptors scoring just 15 points on the 25 possessions that Thompson defended Leonard) and it continued with a little more effort. In these playoffs, the Warriors are now 5-4 after trailing by double-digits and 13-0 when they've allowed fewer than 115.5 points per 100 possessions. When they've defended to some degree of success, they've won. John Schuhmann is a senior stats analyst for NBA.com. 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 NewsJun 3rd, 2019

'Strength in numbers' as Warriors tie series against Raptors

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 25 points before leaving with a hamstring injury, Stephen Curry had 23 and the Golden State Warriors ran off the first 18 points of the second half on their way to a 109-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) that tied the NBA Finals at one game apiece. With Kevin Durant already out and Thompson eventually joining him in the fourth quarter, the Warriors relied on a champion's heart to overcome their weary bodies. Andre Iguodala, himself slow to get up after a hard fall in the first half, made the clinching three-pointer with 5.9 seconds left after the Raptors scored 10 straight points to cut it to 106-104. Andre Iguodala extends the lead and the @warriors hold on to even the series 1-1! #NBAFinals Final in Game 2:#StrengthInNumbers 109#WeTheNorth 104 pic.twitter.com/BwjMtWkk5L — NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2019 Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors. They had won five straight since falling behind 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals. Curry appeared to be laboring as well in the first half, returning to the locker room in the midst of six straight misses to start the game. But the Warriors cobbled together a good enough finish to the second quarter to keep it close, then stormed out of the locker room with one of their vintage third-quarter charges that have been so frequent during their run to five straight NBA Finals. DeMarcus Cousins was inserted into the starting lineup and delivered 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Draymond Green had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists — missing by one assist a fourth straight triple-double. The series now moves to their Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4, with the first NBA Finals to be played outside the U.S. assured of returning to Canada for Game 5. The Warriors will hope to have enough healthy bodies to get through it. Thompson landed awkwardly after a three-point attempt early in the fourth quarter and limped off soon after, with backup center Kevon Looney already missing the second half with a chest injury. And Golden State is still without Durant, who missed his seventh straight game with a strained right calf but hopes to return during the series. Fred VanVleet scored 17 points for the Raptors, who had red T-shirts with their slogan "We The North" hanging on seats around the arena. The Warriors sure were seeing red, especially Curry, during a mostly miserable first half when they missed 20 of their first 28 shots. He hung his head and didn't even attempt to run back when VanVleet stole the ball from him and made a layup to give Toronto an 11-point lead with a little more than two minutes remaining in the half. But Curry made two free throws for the final points of the half to cut it to 59-54, then the Warriors came back and pitched a shutout until nearly the midpoint of the third quarter during a series-changing — perhaps season-changing — swing. Iguodala, had five quick points including a three-pointer that moved Golden State into the lead at 61-59. The surge continued with three straight baskets from Thompson and three more from Green, whose last one capped it and made it 72-59 before Toronto finally got on the board with a three-pointer with VanVleet with 6:20 remaining in the period......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2019

Things to know about these most-international NBA Finals

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Sometime in the next couple weeks, either the Toronto Raptors or Golden State Warriors will proclaim themselves to be world champions. They won’t be true “world” champions, of course. But these NBA Finals have a very distinct international feel. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] Game 1 of the series on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) is in Canada, the first time a finals game will be played outside the U.S. Raptors President Masai Ujiri was born in Nigeria. There are players from eight different countries — the U.S., along with Canada (Chris Boucher), Spain (Marc Gasol), Britain (OG Anunoby), Cameroon (Pascal Siakam), Congo (Serge Ibaka), Australia (Andrew Bogut) and Sweden (Jonas Jerebko). “It says a lot that the first NBA Finals outside of America is being played here,” Ujiri said. “Maybe one day it will be real ‘world champions’ or something, but this is what we dream of.” It’s even a homecoming of sorts for Warriors guard Stephen Curry, again. His first four trips to the finals pitted him against Cleveland, not far from Akron, Ohio — where he and LeBron James both were born. Toronto has even more direct ties than Cleveland does for Curry; his wife Ayesha was born and raised in Toronto until she was 14, and his father Dell Curry played for the Raptors. So Stephen Curry lived in Toronto for a bit, and went to school there. “A lot of family history,” Stephen Curry said. The finals will be aired in 215 countries, three Canadian networks will air the series live (one of them in French), and broadcasters speaking in 50 different languages will work the games. There are a half-dozen networks from Australia, Estonia, Hong Kong and New Zealand airing the finals for the first time. More of what to know going into this series: FAREWELL, ORACLE Game 4 or Game 6 of this series will be the last time the Warriors call Oracle Arena home. The team is moving from Oakland to the new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. The Warriors have played more than 2,000 games at Oracle, and since this run of NBA Finals appearances began when Steve Kerr took over as coach five years ago they are a staggering 218-40 in their soon-to-be-former home building. “You cannot tell the story of professional basketball without including Oracle,” said ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, a former Warriors coach. “Those fans have been incredibly loyal from the beginning to the end. ... As a former coach, as a former player coming into that building, as an analyst, it’s as good as it gets.” STILL WAITING With Toronto now in the finals for the first time, that means there are only six active franchises that still haven’t been to the championship series. The Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies are still waiting for their first trip to the NBA Finals. MONEY MATTERS The Warriors and the Raptors are playing for a little bit of money — $1,295,117, to be exact. That’s the difference between winning the finals and losing the finals, at least in terms of the take from the NBA playoff pool. The Warriors are already guaranteed $4,435,312 from the playoff pool; the Raptors have clinched $4,325,888. This year’s playoff pool was $21,676,510, which all 16 postseason teams shared. No playoff team got less than $323,506. Milwaukee got the most, by far, of any non-finals team — after finishing with the NBA’s best record and reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the Bucks will share $2,516,774. SECOND TO ONE Golden State is in the finals for the fifth consecutive year. That’s the second-longest such streak in NBA history, only to Boston’s run of 10 consecutive appearances from 1957 through 1966. Boston (this time in 1984 through 1987, separate from the 10-straight streak), Miami (2011-2014), Cleveland (2015-2018) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1982-1985) had all reached the finals in four consecutive seasons. FINISHING STRONG Even with the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference locked up, the Raptors finished the regular season with a flourish — winning seven of their last eight games. This was why. A 58-24 record meant the Raptors finished a game ahead of Golden State’s 57-25 mark, and that’s why Game 1 of this series is in Toronto. A good omen for the Raptors: Under the current playoff format, teams with home-court advantage in the NBA Finals have ultimately prevailed 26 out of 35 times. ’NOVA NATION It’s been a long time since a Villanova player won a championship ring, and even longer since a Villanova player actually played in a series where his team won the title. Kyle Lowry is looking to change all that. The Raptors’ point guard — who played for Jay Wright at Villanova — is in the NBA Finals for the first time. He’s looking to be the first Villanova player to win a ring since John Celestand got one with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000; Celestand didn’t appear in any playoff games that season. The last player from Villanova to actually play in a victorious NBA Finals was Chris Ford with Boston in 1981. Lowry spoke on the eve of Game 1 about the lessons he learned from Wright that still apply. “If you make a mistake, apologize, kind of just accept everything,” Lowry said. “Accept everything as a man and bounce back from it. If anything negative, just bounce back, take it and keep going. I think those are the things that stick with me today. I never shy from anything, I never shy from negative criticism, constructive criticism, I take it all, I understand it, learn from it, digest it and move on.” RECORD CHASING Stephen Curry already has the NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers made in a career, with 98. He enters this series with 247 attempted 3s in his finals appearances, four shy of tying LeBron James for the most in NBA history. And while not a record, here is an odd stat: If Shaun Livingston makes his first shot of these finals, he’ll pass Wilt Chamberlain and move into fourth place on the NBA Finals all-time shooting percentage list. STARTING EARLY The May 30 (May 31, PHL time) start date for these finals is the earliest for the NBA’s title series since 1986, when the Houston-Boston matchup began on May 26. So the 2019 finals started earlier than has been the norm. That doesn’t mean they’ll be over early. If they go the distance, they’ll end on June 17 (June 18, PHL time) — nine days later than last season’s final game......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2019

PVL: Johnson brings fire, Angels torch Perlas Spikers

American import Janisa Johnson displayed her superb attacking accuracy as PetroGazz spoiled the debut of BanKo with a clinical 25-19, 25-21, 25-12, beating on Wednesday for the early solo lead in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Johnson hammered 21 points highlighted by a 19-of-34 attacking clip for the Angels, who won their second straight match after opening the conference with a straight sets drubbing of defending champion Creamline on Sunday. Cuban reinforcement Wilma Salas had an all-around effort for PetroGazz., scorin 18 points with eight digs with 14 excellent receptions. “Swerte ulit. We have two high percentage imports,” said Angels coach Laniog. “But overall 'yung game plan nasunod at nasa part ng coaching staff talaga. Second game, it's too early kaya one game at a time lang.”   PetroGazz controlled the game early as the Perlas Spikers struggled in form under new coach Thai Apichat Kongsawat. The Angels opened the second set with a 9-1 lead before BanKo cut it to 12-11 only to see PetroGazz pull away. Johnson and Salas fired at will in the third set to create a comfortable cushion before cruising for the win. Nicole Tiamzon was the only Perlas Spiker in double figures with 11 points while Turkish import Yasemin Yildirim and American reinforcement Kia Bright combined for only 15 points.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2019

Mighty Sports braces for tougher, more competitive Jones Cup

Mighty Sports could be in for a tough competition this time when it represents the country anew in this year’s Jones Cup. The club team will be facing national teams of different countries in the July 12-21 cagefest annually being held in Taipei. National teams of Iran, Japan, South Korea, Jordan, and Tunisia are confirmed to see action in the meet which they are using as part of their preparation for the coming FIBA World Cup in China this August. Their presence will have Mighty Sports hard-pressed to duplicate the same feat the team had in the 2017 edition of the Jones Cup when it won the championship being an impressive eight-game sweep. “The participating teams right now are all strong, national teams lahat. So it’s much more competitive and stronger,” bared Mighty Sports assistant team manager Jessie Angchonghoo at the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Amelie Hotel-Manila on Tuesday. “But we’re ready. We have all the tools to compete with them.” Charles Tiu will call the shots again for Mighty Sports, which will be reinforced by former PBA imports Renaldo Balkman, Zachary Graham, and Eugene Phelps while the local sides are led by Fil-Ams Jason Brickman, Jason Gray, Roosevelt Adams, Mikey Williams, Aaron Black, Gab Banal, and Joseph Yeo. For the 35-year-old Yeo, the stint will be the second time he’ll be playing in the Jones Cup after previously suiting up for the national team under then coach Chot Reyes. “Very excited to be back and represent the country again. At tsaka ang daming nanonood lagi (na mga Pilipino), so parang everybody is cheering for you. Masaya, masarap,” said Yeo, who was also at the session presented by San Miguel Beer, Braska Restaurant, Amelie Hotel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). Mighty Sports is also not taking chances as it tapped former Gilas Pilipinas mentor Rajko Toroman as part of the coaching staff. It was Tiu who invited the Serbian coach to come over and help him handle the team. Tiu served as one of Toroman’s deputies during his stint with the original Gilas Pilipinas national squad. “He’s a very experienced coach,” said Angchonghoo of Toroman, who Mighty Sports plans to bring in here around June 25 when the team begins to practice together......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

PVL: Hopefully, walang serious na nangyari -- Valdez on injury

Creamline ace hitter Alyssa Valdez remains upbeat about her chances to get back into action on Wednesday after an injury scare in the second set of the Cool Smashers’ straight sets loss to PetroGazz in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. “Hopefully, walang serious na nangyari sa akin and hopefully, I can play on Wednesday,” said Valdez after Creamline’s 22-25, 24-26, 22-25, defeat on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Valdez sustained a left ankle injury midway in the second frame and was carried out of the court. The two-time league Most Valuable Player hurt her ankle after slipping while trying to retrieve the ball off a block with the frame tied at 16.   [Related story: Valdez hurts ankle in second frame of debut] Valdez never returned in the game, scoring only five points. The Cool Smashers never recovered with Valdez out. “PetroGazz really played well today and we had lapses also,” said Valdez. “This is the first game of the conference and siyempre hindi pa namin kilala 'yung isa't isa and ang mga makakalaban. So, hopefully we can adjust throughout the season. Props to all the imports of PetroGazz.” “They really helped the PetroGazz to win 'yung mga locals also contributed kaya maganda talaga 'yung ginawa nila,” Valdez added. Creamline will take on BaliPure, which lost to PacificTown Army in four sets.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 26th, 2019

PBA: Nothing to worry about Terrence after ejection says Castro

TNT has some odd history with imports in a sense that the KaTropa always seem to get uber-talented reinforcements. Uber-talented but a hothead. Ivan Johnson and Glen Rice Jr. come to mind. TNT has another uber-talented import for the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup in Terrence Jones but the former Houston Rocket didn’t even get to finish his second PBA game Saturday. Jones had a minor incident with Alaska’s Jake Pascual late, and was ejected with about two minutes to go in a sure TNT win. He finished with 43 points and 22 rebounds. The KaTropa simply brush off the incident, saying Jones is good. “Obvious naman na wala talaga siya ginawa. Sobrang napaka-humble na tao and napaka-good guy,” TNT leader Jayson Castro said of Jones. “Nagha-hi sa lahat, nangangamusta. Even yung import ng kabila sinasabi na you have a great import. Di lang as in sa basketball, pati sa outside makikita mo talaga,” he added. Jones is averaging 42 points per game so far and TNT is at 2-0 after back-to-back double-digit wins. The trend in the PBA now is to get resident imports and Jones could be that guy for the KaTropa. It could be a possibility unless Jones makes his way back to the NBA. He’s that good and that young still. “Pero syempre, sa age niya at sa nilalaro niya, makikita mo parin na pang NBA parin siya,” Castro said. “At alam namin gusto niyang makabalik doon, at tutulungan namin siyang makabalik doon,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 26th, 2019