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Mandaluyong, Imus beat foes to end slump

Mandaluyong El Tigre and Imus Bandera finally checked their skid in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup on Thursday night......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarNov 9th, 2018

PBA: Durham, Bolts await their next opponent after big win over SMB

The Meralco Bolts get to celebrate for one night. Meralco assured themselves of at least a playoff for 8th place Saturday after destroying San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Following a win over the Beermen, the Bolts have wrapped up the elimination round with a four-game run, finishing with a 5-6 record. That means that regardless of the result between TNT and Ginebra Sunday, Meralco will play at least one more game. That one game could be a playoff for 8th, if the KaTropa win, or that one game can be in the quarterfinals as the no. 7 seed if TNT loses. "It's always nice to beat a good team like San Miguel. We'll celebrate tonight but we know our work has just started," import Allen Durham said. "Once we come back on Monday, we'll start all over again," he added. Durham led a furious second half for the Bolts, scoring 18 points in a pivotal third quarter that helped Meralco save its season. Durham finished with 35 points, 26 rebounds, and seven assists in the win and the Bolts now officially wait. "It feels good, I don't know who we're playing yet so we can't talk about our next opponent yet," he said. "But we will enjoy tonight and we'll go from there," Durham added. Meralco has been to back-to-back Finals in the Governors' Cup but a mid-conference slump almost eliminated the team. A six-game losing skid put the Bolts on the brink of elimination. A trip to Thailand for the 2018 FIBA-Asia Cup made a trying conference all the more challenging for the Bolts. And while the Thailand stint had its own set of difficulties, it did help Meralco set itself up for a huge run late in the Governors' Cup. "It was a lot of the same players from last year but some of the key guys were out and stuff so we were just trying to find our chemistry and everything," Durham said of Meralco's early-conference struggles. "The games in Thailand gave us more games and that did help us with getting our chemistry up. It was good, it was some of the best teams in Asia. There was a lot of good competition and you always want to play the best, you always try to beat the best. I think it helped my game individually and the team as well," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

Finally, that LPU monkey is off of San Beda s back in NCAA 94

The last time San Beda University defeated Lyceum of the Philippines University in the elimination round was in 2016. Since that time, the Pirates have had the number of the Red Lions – again, in the elimination round. The traditional powerhouse finally got one over the upstart contenders on Thursday, imposing its will en route to a well-earned 75-68 win. This is the first time in the last two years that they have triumphed over their new challengers in the eliminations. For that, of course, San Beda is nothing but glad. “We’re happy we got this one and that the monkey is finally off our backs,” head coach Boyet Fernandez told reporters post-game. He then continued, “Everybody’s been saying that we cannot beat LPU so that was really our motto for today. Naging barometer namin yun and I’m happy the guys stepped up today.” Humble as always, coach Boyet deflected credit for the win to his boys. “I salute the boys and sana, we continue playing this well,” he said. In fact, the always amiable mentor even gave credit to other coaches. As he put it, “I do thank the coaches from other teams because I watch their games. I say how the two teams beat Lyceum so I think we got the cue from that.” Coach Boyet was referring to University of Perpetual Help and Colegio de San Juan de Letran, which both beat LPU before the Red Lions. “Ayan naman ang trabaho at saka ng scouting,” he said. Nonetheless, the defending champions still had nothing but respect for the felled foes. “It’s a tough game, they’re a really tough team. Good job to coach Topex [Robinson] and the rest of the LPU team,” their head coach said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Knicks overwhelm Young, Hawks 126-107 in Fizdale s debut

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 31 points, sparking the Knicks during their franchise-record, 49-point second quarter, and New York beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-107 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in their first game under coach David Fizdale. Hardaway had 16 points in the period, when the Knicks matched the Hawks' point total for the entire first half. New York led 72-49 at the break. Trae Young finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, shooting 5-for-14 in his NBA debut. Taurean Prince scored 21 points for the Hawks, who were overwhelmed in their first game under Lloyd Pierce. Four other Knicks scored at least 15 points, while rookie Kevin Knox finished with 10 and was just 4-for-16. Hardaway and the Knicks started slowly, as he had missed his first four shots and the Knicks started 0-for-9 when they took a timeout trailing 10-2. During that break, George Holmes of Northport, New York, nailed a halfcourt shot to win $10,000, and suddenly the New Yorkers couldn't miss. Frank Ntilikina made a three-pointer out of the timeout to get the Knicks started on a 12-0 run and then they really took off in the second quarter. That was especially true of Hardaway, who made his next eight shots against his former team. He fell seven points shy of Patrick Ewing's franchise record for opening night, and perhaps could have gotten closer if he needed to play more of the fourth quarter. Young, the No. 5 pick in the draft and the first player to lead the nation in scoring and assists in the same season as a freshman at Oklahoma, said he felt butterflies Wednesday. He recalled that he shot airballs on his first shot in high school, college and Summer League, saying he wanted to avoid that again. He did, knocking down his first shot as a pro, a runner in the lane late in the first quarter. But he missed his other six shots in the first half and the Hawks were outscored by 19 points in his 17 minutes before halftime. TIP-INS Hawks: Pierce congratulated Hawks radio play-by-play voice Steve Holman for working his 2,500th game, counting playoffs, Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Holman started his career with the team in March 1989. ... Atlanta plays its first three games on the road before facing Dallas in its home opener next Wednesday (next Thursday, PHL time). Knicks: The Knicks' record for any quarter is 53 points in the fourth quarter against Seattle on Dec. 26, 1967. ... Courtney Lee didn't play after sitting out nearly all of the preseason with a strained neck. Fizdale indicated the veteran guard wouldn't play the first few games, saying that Lee was "totally on board with how I'm approaching it and we'll see how it goes." ... The Knicks opened at home for the first time since the 2014-15 season. ... OPENING-NIGHT OLD-TIMER Vince Carter began his 21st season by starting at forward and scoring 12 points. Pierce said the Hawks' research Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) found that only Robert Parish was an older opening-night NBA starter than the 41-year-old Carter. He stands out so much on a young Atlanta team that the Hawks' average NBA experience drops from 3.65 years to 2.63 if Carter is excluded. FRIENDS AND FOES Fizdale and Pierce played against each other in college, when Fizdale was a senior at San Diego during Pierce's freshman season for West Coast Conference rival Santa Clara. "Lloyd caught a lob on my head from Steve Nash once," Fizdale recalled. "I still haven't forgave him for that but we've been friends a long time and this is obviously for both of us a big moment." UP NEXT Hawks: Visit Memphis on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Knicks: Visit Brooklyn on Friday (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Gin Kings brace for ‘big game’ vs Bolts

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is keeping its eyes on the twice-to-beat bonus heading into the playoff round while Blackwater shoots for a quarterfinal slot, when they collide against separate foes tonight in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna. The Gin Kings will be gunning for their [...] The post Gin Kings brace for ‘big game’ vs Bolts appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Madrid and Atletico draw in derby, Barcelona stays ahead

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Barcelona is getting some help from its rivals to stay ahead in the Spanish league despite falling into its worst slump in two years. The defending champion failed to win for the third straight game on Saturday, being held by Athletic Bilbao to 1-1 at home. But it was enough to retain its lead after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid couldn't manage more than 0-0 in the derby at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Real Madrid hasn't won in two consecutive games, being unable to take advantage of Barcelona's struggles. Atletico has won two in a row, but hasn't reached the top because of a poor start. Real Madrid and Barcelona are tied on points, one more than Sevilla, and two more than Atletico, which extended its unbeaten streak in league matches at the Bernabeu to six. Sevilla moved up after defeating Eibar 3-1 in a match marked by the collapse of a railing that left a few fans injured as they fell onto the pitch while celebrating a goal. DERBY DRAW The Madrid derby ended with goalkeepers Jan Oblak and Thibaut Courtois getting the better of the attackers in the few times the teams got near the goal. "I'm not satisfied with the result because we deserved the victory," Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said. "We created some clear scoring chances." The loudest celebration by Real Madrid fans came when Brazilian teenage sensation Vinicius Junior made his first-team debut, but he entered in the final minutes and didn't do much. Lopetegui couldn't count on left back Marcelo and midfielder Francisco "Isco" Alarcon because of injuries. Gareth Bale was replaced at halftime with an apparent injury. "It was a difficult match, as it always is when we play here," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "We were better in the first half but in the end it was a fair result." Atletico beat Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final in the beginning of the season. BARCELONA'S STRUGGLES Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde put Messi in the game early in the second half, but the playmaker couldn't rally the team to victory. He did set up an 84th-minute equalizer by Munir El Haddadi, but it was already too late. Athletic, winless since the first round, opened the scoring before halftime through Oscar De Marco. Sergio Busquets also was rested ahead of Barcelona's Champions League match at Tottenham on Wednesday. He entered the match early in the second half to replace the injured Sergi Roberto. "We have the squad and players to remain strong without depending on only one player," Messi said. "We have to improve on many things, but this is just the beginning, the league is very long." Messi said Barcelona has to stop "conceding goals in every match." The team has conceded five goals in its last three matches, and eight in total in the league this season. RAILING COLLAPSE Sevilla followed its 3-0 rout of Real Madrid with a 3-1 win at Eibar, a match that had to be stopped for a few minutes in the second half because fans fell onto the pitch when a railing collapsed. Some fans were carried away on stretchers, although local media said no serious injuries were immediately reported. WINLESS NO MORE Valencia's winless streak is finally over. A first-half goal by Kevin Gameiro — and a second-half penalty kick save by goalkeeper Neto — gave Valencia its first win in eight matches in all competitions. It was the fifth winless game for Sociedad in the last six league rounds, keeping the Basque Country club near the middle of the table. Sociedad has yet to win at its renovated Anoeta Stadium this season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

LSGH, Mapua remain 1-2 now in stretch run of NCAA 94

STANDINGS LSGH 12-2 MAPUA 11-3 SAN BEDA 9-4 JRU 8-6 LPU 6-7 ARELLANO 5-7 SAN SEBASTIAN 5-8 PERPETUAL 5-9 LETRAN 3-10 EAC 3-11 The top two spots in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament remain in the hands of the favorites to go to the Finals. Defending champion College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and runner-up Mapua High School both protected their inside tracks to a twice-to-beat advantage by pounding on their respective foes on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The Junior Blazers officially clinched a playoff berth after making quick work of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 77-61. Inand Fornilos led a total of five players in double-digits for the defending champions with 14 points on top of four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Joshua David and Joel Cagulangan also did their part with the former finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds, and three assists and the latter ending with 10 markers, 10 boards, seven dimes, and two steals. Now at 12-2, CSB-LSGH has assured itself of a spot in the next round. Meanwhile, the Red Robins moved one step closer to their own playoff berth after routing University of Perpetual Help, 96-73. The return of Clint Escamis only energized Mapua as their main man had 16 points, three rebounds, and three assists in just 20 minutes of action. Karl Mariano also scored 16 points of his own as they improved to 11-3. Dan Arches and Roseler Sarias each chipped in 14 points as well while Jonnel Policarpio had 10 markers and seven rebounds all while leading their domination of their opponents in inside points, 50-30. Their respective losses dropped the Junior Altas to 5-9 and the Brigadiers to 3-11. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME MAPUA 96 – Escamis 16, Mariano 16, Sarias 14, Arches 14, Policarpio 10, Hernandez 7, Smith 5, Diaz 4, Tagal 4, Quimado 2, Dennison 2, Lazarte 2, Chavez 0, Fransman 0, Samonteza 0 PERPETUAL 73 – Galman 17, Kawamura 16, Ogunsanya 10, Orgo 9, Galoy 7, Nunez 5, Lauchengco 4, Barcuma 2, Dela Cruz 2, Romilla 1, Defante 0 QUARTER SCORES: 20-16, 43-34, 72-49, 96-73 SECOND GAME CSB-LSGH 77 – Fornilos 14, Lopez 13, David 12, Calimag 11, Cagulangan 10, Morales 6, Mosqueda 5, Valenzuela 4, Palencia 2, Lao 0, Sangco 0, Cortez 0, Arciaga 0, Lepalam 0, Natividad 0 EAC 61 – Balowa 26, Ilustrisimo 15, Quebral 8, Sanosa 4, Boado 2, Pascual 2, Lozano 2, Sumagaysay 2, Rivera 0, Calara 0, Mejia 0, Encila 0, Murillo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-16, 36-22, 56-42, 77-61 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

Pumaren reminds Adamson not to take foes lightly

Adamson beat University of the East convincingly but head coach Franz Pumaren expressed his displeasure with how the Falcons approached the game.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: 3 Pinoy pugs aim to reach gold medal round

JAKARTA --- Three Filipino boxers climb the ring on Friday hoping to beat their respective foes to reach boxing’s gold medal round in the 18th Asian Games. After five Filipinas bagged for the country four gold medals, the men on the 272-member Team Philippines will try to get close to capturing golds of their own. They are Eumir Felix Marcial, Carlo Paalam and Rogen Ladon. “We have three remaining boxers chasing the elusive medal. Hopefully, they can survive the great odds like they did in the past,” said Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines Executive Director Ed Picson, referring to Ladon, Paalam and Marcial, who have assured the Philippines of at least three bronze medals and will shoot for the gold-medal round in their respective semis bouts. Of the three, the middleweight Marcial has the biggest chance of advancing, owing to his credentials as a two-time SEA Games champion and a silver medalist in the 2015 Thailand International Boxing Tournament and the Asian Boxing Championship in the same year and country. Marcial, whose most impressive performance here was a Referee-Stopped Contest against pro boxer Nn Kuok Kun of Macau in the preliminaries, takes to the ring at 7:45 p.m. (8:45 in Manila) against Uzbekistan’s Israel Madrimov, who himself isn’t a slouch as he was a former Asian Boxing Champion in 2017. The flyweight Ladon, a SEA Games silver medalist (2015), takes on at 2:15 p.m. Thailand’s Tongdee Yuttapong, a recent champion of the 2018 Thailand Boxing Tournament. Meanwhile, the light flyweight Paalam, a Presidents Cup (2017) and Thailand Boxing Tournament (2018) titlist, fights at 6:15 p.m. India’s one-named boxer Amit, a Grand Prix Usti (2017) and Strandja Memorial (2018) champion. “They have to dismantle all obstacles in the last two stages to reach the podium. It’s a difficult task. I have trust and confidence they can do it because they possess innate boxing skills and experience. They are grizzled veterans and battle-tested,” said Picson. The last time a Filipino boxer won a gold medal in the Asiadwas during the 2010 Guangzhou Games, courtesy of flyweight Rey Saludar. During the 2014 Incheon Asiad, lightweight Charly Suarez settled for a silver after he was beaten by Mongolia's Otgondalai Dornjyambuu in the finals. In Jakarta, five Filipino boxers could not make it past the first round, namely Joel Bacho, Mario Fernandez, James Palicte, Nesthy Petecio and Irish Magno, leaving the huge task of carrying the fight to Ladon, Marcial and Paalam......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

PSL: UP, Foton meet for 7th place

University of the Philippines-United Auctioneers, Inc. and Foton arranged a battle for seventh place in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference at Imus Sports Center in Cavite. Isa Molde came through for the Lady Maroons, who shook off a slow start to beat Cocolife, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-13, for their first win in the tournament. The Tornadoes, meanwhile, didn't break a sweat after it won by default against University of the East-Cherrylume. The Lady Warriors couldn't get to the venue due to the heavy rain and flood as 'Henry' intensified to a tropical storm midday Tuesday. The game between UP and Foton is on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Molde fired 1...Keep on reading: PSL: UP, Foton meet for 7th place.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Cardinals in winning start vs Bombers

MAPUA turned to its youth movement to beat Jose Rizal University, 72-60, for a winning start in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament last night at the newly-refurbished JRU Gym in Mandaluyong. Rookies Warren Bonifacio and Eric Jabel made an early impression to help the Cardinals prevail in their season-opener. Bonifacio….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Ateneo dumps San Beda for Filoil crown

They beat the defending champions while their big man wound up bagging the Most Valuable Player award. In just one game, Ateneo sent a chilling message to its foes in the coming UAAP season.   Knocking the crown off the Eagles' heads will be a tough challenge.   Ateneo made dismantling NCAA champion San Beda look so easy, coasting to a 76-62 victory to claim the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup crown on Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.   "We talked about our defense and we had to take something from what worked for us and learn from the past games and the players responded," Ateneo assistant head coach Sandy Arespacochaga said. &n...Keep on reading: Ateneo dumps San Beda for Filoil crown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Parks silences critics, leads Mandaluyong past Zambo

Photo from Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Facebook page IMUS, Cavite--Ray Parks turned in a record-setting performance as Mandaluyong bounced back with an emphatic 71-61 victory over Zamboan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Ray Parks makes everybody look good in Mandaluyong El Tigre first MPBL victory

IMUS -- Challenged by his coach to let his game do the talking, Ray Parks put on a solid performance, one that would speak volumes of how a great player he is. The post Ray Parks makes everybody look good in Mandaluyong El Tigre first MPBL victory appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Parks sets MPBL record in El Tigre win; GenSan holds on

Ray Parks notched another double-double and this time, the Mandaluyong El Tigre ended up winning after beating Zamboanga Valientes, 71-61, in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup Saturday night at Imus Sports Complex in Cavite. Parks collected 13 points and an MPBL record 15 assists to lead the El Tigre to their first win. The 6-foot-4 guard's sterling showing came 10 days after recording 21 points and 10 rebounds in his MPBL debut in an 86-74 loss to the Muntinlupa Cagers at Araneta Coliseum. Meanwhile, the General Santos Warriors also chalked up its first victory after holding off the Imus Bandera, 79-73. Leomer Losentes led the way for the Warriors with 20 poi...Keep on reading: Parks sets MPBL record in El Tigre win; GenSan holds on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Q& A: Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com A year ago, on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls switched gears. Jimmy Butler was traded to Minnesota, taking with him any pretense that the Bulls were a legitimate playoff team. In that moment, Chicago committed to a rebuild, which is to say, a dive into the draft lottery where coach Fred Hoiberg and his team presumably would be rewarded not for how many games they won but how many they lost. By whatever means necessary. Soon after Butler was moved to the Timberwolves, veteran point guard Rajon Rondo was waived. A few months later, Dwyane Wade was cut loose (via a handsome buyout) to bounce through Cleveland to Miami. The Bulls moved forward with three young pieces courtesy of the Wolves -- wing Zach LaVine, guard Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in 2017, rookie forward Lauri Markkanen -- and a general acceptance that getting from there to here was going to bring a lot of pain. Some of that was literal: Bobby Portis slugged teammate Nikola Mirotic in a preseason practice, breaking two facial bones and putting Mirotic on the shelf for 23 games. Some of it was figurative: the frustration of a season that began as a 3-20 mess and ended in a 10-28 slog. In between, though, the Bulls somehow put together a 14-7 stretch that offered a glimpse of what 2018-19 might be. It also cost them precious lottery balls, eventually leaving them with the No. 7 pick (and No. 22, after dealing Mirotic in February to New Orleans) in Thursday’s (Friday, PHL time) Draft. Hoiberg, who went from an alleged coaching “hot seat” during two .500 seasons, wound up with more job security as a coach headed toward 50 defeats and beyond. He spoke with NBA.com about his and the Bulls’, er, challenging season. This is edited from a pair of longer conversations, one at the end of the regular season, the other within the past week. NBA.com: So you go through everything that was 2017-18, dutifully lose 55 games and wind up at No. 7 instead of in the top three for the Draft. The inevitable question is, was it worth it? Fred Hoiberg: Obviously you’re disappointed. You were hoping to move up. But we’re confident we’re going to get a good player with the No. 7 pick and we’re confident we’ll get a good player with the 22nd pick. NBA.com: C’mon, this isn’t our first rodeo. I get that people don’t like to use the word “tanking,” but the Bulls’ marching orders last season were pretty clear. FH: I don’t think you can look at it that way in the midst of your season. The players are competitive, your staff is competitive. You want to play as well as you can and put yourself in a position to win. When you look at the successful stretch that we had in December and January, you think about carrying those things forward and then adding, based on who we get, to the roster. There was some real frustration that we didn’t get a lot of wins at the end. But we developed some younger players and saw what we had with some of our guys. NBA.com: When you guys had that run before the season’s midpoint, winning seven in a row (first team in NBA history with such a long winning streak immediately after a losing streak of 10 in a row) and 10 of 12, did you and the front office ever consider a Plan B? As in, maybe, show potential free agents how good your supporting cast could be, in hopes of luring big-name help this summer? FH: I think we did. What we showed was a really good foundation and a young core that we can build around. When I look back at it, I just wish we could have had more opportunity to work with it and see what it would have looked like. When Zach LaVine came back [Jan. 13 from ACL knee surgery], the plan was for him to play about 20 minutes a night. Then his third game, Kris Dunn fell against Golden State and had that concussion [that cost him 11 games, before missing the final 14 with a toe injury]. It’s too bad we didn’t get the full look. But players like Cam Payne, Denzel [Valentine], Bobby, Robin [Lopez], Justin Holiday all had career years.   NBA.com: You had a lot of injuries down the stretch. Not to suggest that they weren’t all legit, but were you instructed at any point by VP John Paxson or GM Gar Forman to dial it back after that 14-7 success? FH: No, we weren’t. And the big thing from the very beginning of last season, the two things we wanted to see, was competing at a high level every night and the development of our players. I think we accomplished that. NBA.com: What -- in your background as a player, coach, competitor, you name it -- prepared you for this past season? FH: Part of what prepared me for this was, I had been through this as a player. I went from four really competitive teams in Indiana, playing with someone as driven and helpful as Reggie Miller, taking me under his wing. There were other great veteran players who helped me just to survive and taught me a lot. Larry Brown was the coach, then Larry Bird my last two years.   Then when I came to Chicago, I knew it would be an opportunity to play. But it was a rebuild. Eventually I got thrust into the role of captain, as the oldest player on team at 28. It really helped me with what we’re going through now. I learned how important it is to keep guys’ morale up and be positive through the ups and downs. I give our guys all the credit in the world for remaining so positive, keeping up a great work ethic and still being sponges in wanting to learn. NBA.com: What were the takeaways from the best and healthiest part of last season? FH: We got a pretty good feel for what Kris Dunn can be. He really evolved into being a closer for our team. Lauri was closing games for us, taking big shots as a 20-year-old kid. Zach had the game against Minnesota. What people fail to remember about Zach, he averaged over 22 points a game in February and really got into a pretty good rhythm. Then he had some knee soreness and wound up sitting for the rest of the year. But we had some flashes of what this can turn into. NBA.com: Niko paid for his role in sparking that hot streak. FH: Niko was great. He missed those first 23, and I thought our team handled that adverse situation about as well as anybody could, not letting it affect us in a negative way. We were able to move past it. You even saw the chemistry that Niko and Bobby played with when they were out there together. NBA.com: How hard was it personally downshifting from a team that had gone to the playoffs to one that didn’t put a priority on winning? FH: When the move was made on draft night, when those three kids came in, right away there was an excitement. Everyone had seen what Zach had done. He was a highlight reel and had those slam dunk championships. He plays the game with ease on the offensive end. His athletic tools and ability to get up and down the floor. Kris, everybody absolutely loved coming out of the draft [in 2016]. Then he had an up-and-down rookie season. Helping him to get that swagger back that he had coming out of Providence took some work, but he was aching to put that work in. Markkanen, I know the guys upstairs knew how good he was but I had no idea. I didn’t study him because we had the 15th pick. He comes over after a grueling summer -- summer league, Eurobasket with all that pressure in front of his home fans -- and he was exhausted. But then you saw every day, “Man, this kid is really good.” You’re thinking, we could probably put the ball in this kid’s hands. Then he goes up and dunks over a whole team and you say, “My God, this kid’s more athletic than we thought. He uses his feet, he’s got anticipation, he’s got toughness.” He showed a little more every day. NBA.com: Was it difficult asking a proud veteran like Robin Lopez to put it in idle over the final 25 games? FH: I think he understood. He’s been a part of a lot of different situations. He was great. He continued to lead. He continued to practice hard. He talked to the bigs as they came off the floor. NBA.com: Was your own health challenged at all by the stress of this season? Your past issues related to your heart are widely known, and coaching an NBA team even in the best of times is a demanding job. FH: After two open-heart surgeries, I do have to sometimes check myself. There are so many things you can over-concern yourself with in this business. Then you look back a week or two later and say, “My God, why did I put so much effort into that one stupid thing that happened?” You have to let go sometimes. My family is so important for me with that. You get some normalcy in your life. [At night, lying in bed, Hoiberg can hear a valve in his heart every time it beats. He let a visitor listen, too, and sure enough... ] If this ever affected me to the point where I had to throttle back, I would move on to something else. When I had my first surgery and they removed the diseased tissue from the aorta that had an aneurysm in it, they got rid of the problem. The valve deteriorated after they put a new valve in and they had to go in again, but the diseased tissue no longer was there. If it was a risk, I’d be doing something else. But it’s a constant reminder. You think you’re going to get used to it, but you never really do. My wife will be lying next to me and she hears it. NBA.com: When you look back on 2017-18, is it like “Casablanca” for you guys? As in, you’ll always have December? FH: It was fun to see how much the work paid off. Everyone was putting so much into it to get out of that slump. You can say, we had something to build on there. But whenever I talked to our team, before or after, it was all about competing on a nightly basis. Being consistent with their effort. I couldn’t be more proud of how they handled it. They were on time. They kept trying to get better. They worried about what they could control. I didn’t have to have even one of those conversations where I sat a guy down and said, “You’re not playing hard enough.” I did have a few conversations where I said, “You need to move the ball more.” [laughs] NBA.com: Big difference, coaching relative kids after the so-called “three alphas” of Butler, Wade and Rondo? Jimmy seemed eager to stay here to win. FH: Jimmy did so many things for this team. He was great to coach. You knew every night you were going to get an unbelievable effort. A guy who never backed down. Who never shied away from the big shot. And was going to defend at a high level every time he stepped on the floor. So Jimmy was missed in a lot of ways. But when you look at the young guys’ abilities, it’s exciting. NBA.com: What do you make of having better job security now that the losses are mounting, compared to those .500 seasons? FH: I don’t think any one of the 30 guys in our position pay attention to that. You can’t do your job if you do. You go in and try to improve as an individual, as a staff, as a team. Our first year, Derrick Rose suffered an orbital fracture in the first workout. We had 10 rotation players who missed double-digit games. Two starters missed 50 or more [Mike Dunleavy, Joakim Noah]. Niko had that botched appendix surgery. The next year was a completely different team. Nobody predicted we’d be a playoff team but we were and had a good chance to beat Boston before Rondo got hurt. NBA.com: When you’re not coaching veterans, is it a purer form, as far as installing “your” system vs. tailoring things to them? FH: You always look for the best system, the best approach. The basics don’t change, but [in 2016-17] we had a lot more isolation players, so we ran more of those types of actions. This [past] year, more ball movement, player movement fit this group better. We had longer, harder practices as opposed to a veteran group as the year went on. NBA.com: Since the end of the season, how much time have you put in on developmental activities and draft preparation? FH: We’ve had a lot of guys in and gotten a lot of work in, in the early part of the offseason. We’re looking forward to working again after the draft with some new young players as part of the roster. It’s all about moving forward. NBA.com: As you look back over the past year, with the script flipping to the point where the Bulls wanted to win by losing and maybe lost -- some draft position, anyway -- by winning, what goes through your mind? FH: What was Donovan Mitchell [the Rookie of the Year finalist chosen by Utah]? The 13th pick? You just never know with the draft. You play hard, you get the culture established the way you want it and things take care of themselves. What really would have been devastating would have been ending the season with negativity, with your team not playing hard, with your team disinterested. That’s something that would be a real cause for concern going into an offseason. But our guys felt good about themselves. Some were sacrificing in a big way and pulling for younger guys. They were playing hard, they were cheering for each other. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. 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 19th, 2018

Davao Occidental, Zamboanga trip foes in MPBL Datu Cup

Davao Occidental Tigers vs Imus Banderas-GLC Truck & Equi. Photo from Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. Two Mindanao teams made a successful debut Thursday night in the Maharlika Basketbal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

PVL: High Flyers seek solo lead

PayMaya guns for back-to-back wins to and the solo lead when the High Flyers collide with freefalling BanKo in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Saturday. Opening serve is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream. The High Flyers share the top spot with Creamline and high school standouts-bannered BaliPure-National University with 3-1 win-loss record. PayMaya defeated Iriga-Navy, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, last week in Batangas to bounce back from a straight sets loss to Creamline in Tuguegarao the week before. The Perlas Spikers, on the other hand, are now struggling with their form after an impressive conference opener that saw them beat the crowd favorite Cool Smashers. BanKo is on a four-game losing slump including a 22-25, 22-25, 25-22, 30-32, loss to the Water Defenders last Wednesday.   ---         Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

At least 24 teams to do battle in MPBL’s second conference

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is just getting started in its aim of giving a bigger stage for players from all over the country the chance to shine. And now, the upstart league will have a 24-strong stable of squads all ready and raring to push it farther. “The vision of the league is to give a chance to homegrown players. Now may 24 teams tayo, we’re still striving to be a place for many more homegrown players,” commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said in the league-wide owners’ meeting on Wednesday at the Raffles Hotel in Makati. Last month, the MPBL closed the curtain on what was a successful first conference with the Batangas Athletics topping nine other teams to win the league’s inaugural championship. Then, the Bataan Defenders (now Risers), Bulacan Kuyas, Caloocan Supremos, Imus Bandera, Muntinlupa Cagers, Navotas Clutch, Paranaque Patriots, Quezon City Capitals, and Valenzuela Classic rounded out the leaderboard. Now, at least 14 new squads will be challenging both Batangas and the already established league hierarchy. Joining the MPBL are the the Cebu Sharks, Davao Occidental Tigers, General Santos Warriors, Laguna Heroes, Makati Skyscrapers, Mandaluyong El Tigre, Manila Stars, Pasay Voyagers, Pampanga Lanterns, Pasig Pirates, San Juan Knights, and Zamboanga Valientes. Rizal and Marikina are also new members of the league, but their monickers are yet to be determined. Meanwhile, Basilan and Sta. Rosa have also signified their intent to compete, but their memberships are yet to be finalized. Whatever the final number of teams is, Duremdes has no doubt that the league will only be bigger and better in its second conference tipping off in June. “You can expect every game to be a full-packed game. Yun yung naging initial success ng liga - yung nakakalaro yung sinasabi nating local heroes,” he said. League owners are still discussing the format, scheduling, and venues of the tournament as of press time. What’s sure is that the games will all be in Luzon. “Big thanks to our teams from the south kasi they all agreed na yung games nila, Luzon muna,” the commissioner said. If and when any from Cebu, Davao Occidental, General Santos, or Zamboanga make the playoffs, though, then the MPBL will have to consider granting them home games. “Kung nakapasok sila ng playoffs, who knows, yun yung chance nila to host home games,” Duremdes remarked. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Stars, Tigers in final

IT will be Quezon City versus Mandaluyong in the final of the North Division in the 2018 Metro Manila Sportsfest basketball tournament. Quezon City overcame scary moments to subdue Manila, 97-87, while Mandaluyong played true to forn to beat Valenzuela, 104-74, and arrange a title showdown at the San Andres….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

How Ponggay Gaston, Maddie Madayag reawakened Ateneo s happy-heartstrong mentality

Lost in the thrilling UAAP season 80 women's volleyball Finals series between eventual champions De La Salle University and worthy challenger Far Eastern U was one of the most underappreciated feats of the tournament. The Lady Eagles lost to the Lady Tamaraws in disappointing fashion in the Final Four, and FEU didn't have to use its twice-to-beat advantage to do so.  But even with the exit, discounting Ateneo's path to the Final Four would deny all the heart-stopping comeback wins, and hardwork they've shown, considering that they weren’t even expected to compete all that much, given the problems they faced during the offseason. After an alarming 0-2 start to the season, things somehow clicked for the Katipunan-based ladies. Having adjusted to the loss of veteran setter Jia Morado, among other key players, communication started getting better, and they became the league's best defensive team at the net.  That surprising turnaround changed Ateneo from an afterthought, into a legitimate title contender. And the Lady Eagles, along with its legion of fans, can specifically thank two players for their reawaking, namely Maddie Madayag and Ponggay Gaston. After being thrusted into a leadership role, Madayag was not afraid to call out the team whenever its members fall short of expectation. More than words, though, Madayag also motivated the team through her improved net defense, helping Ateneo make up for its other shortcomings, eventually led an upstart Ateneo squad many experts had already written off before the start of the season to fight until the Final Four. On the other side, Ponggay offered a somewhat intangible trait, but it helped Ateneo immensely. Mid-slump, Ateneo was looking for a ray of light to follow so it can finally rise. That proverbial light came in the form of Ponggay Gaston, a hitter that has captured the hearts of many fans for her antics on the court. Ponggay's happy-happy ways may have irked a few people, accusing her of not taking the game seriously, but it proved to be her way of towing the Lady Eagles past their troubles. She brought the carefree disposition back to the Lady Eagles' camp, while also giving a huge boost to their floor defense when she accepted the role of a libero at the middle of the season. The move was the ultimate test of Ponggay's versatility, and she delivered, proving to be the dependable player who's ready to adjust for the good of the team. Ponggay brought the happy-happy, while Maddie had the heartstrong as they reclaimed the Lady Eagles' identity and winning culture before it disappeared for good. Off the court, however, Maddie and Ponggay can also pull off stunning feats of style with the help of H&M Philippines. Their busy sched may have prevented them from exploring different looks. But now, their jerseys are going to take a rest because they’re up for their much-deserved full makeover. See Maddie Madayag sporting tonal dressing trends and Ponggay Gaston pulling off an all-denim look in their style transformation videos below. They may have lost in the #UAAPSeason80Volleyball championship, but these two are winners in the beauty and fashion arena—without doubt. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018