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Stocks sustain momentum, mark fresh record territory

MANILA, Philippines — It was another festive day at the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday as the main composite index soared to another record high......»»

Category: financeSource: philstar philstarSep 18th, 2017

PVL: Perlas Spikers, Lady Eagles stake unbeaten cards

BanKo and Ateneo-Motolite will part ways on Sunday in the clash of unbeaten teams in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. The Perlas Spikers, who finished third in the Vinh Long Cup in Vietnam recently, are currently at solo top spot with 3-0 win-loss record just one win ahead of the Lady Eagles (2-0). BanKo is coming off a four-set win over listless Adamson-Akari on Saturday in its first of back-to-back weekend schedule. Head coach Dong Dela Cruz knows that it won’t be an easy task to defeat a taller and very young Lady Eagles. “Kailangan pagalawin namin sila kasi matatangkad talaga ang Ateneo,” said Dela Cruz. The mentor will bank on veterans former Ateneo star Dzi Gervacio, who scored 24 the last time out, Amanda Villanueva, Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon. Ateneo-Motolite is fresh from a morale-boosting five-set escape over PetroGazz. Head coach Oliver Almadro hopes that his wards will sustain their momentum to remain unbeaten. Kat Tolentino, who has been averaging 22 points per game, Maddie Madayag, Bea De Leon and rookie Vanessa Gandler will be on the frontline of Ateneo-Motolite’s march into battle.   ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

ONE: Danny Kingad happy to play gatekeeper if Geje Eustaquio wins ONE title

Macau, China - ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER in Macau, China on June 23 is one of the deepest cards from top to bottom offered by ONE Championship for its 24-event calendar this 2018. From the preliminary portion to the main card of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER, there are plenty of bouts with championship and ranking implications, including the three-round flyweight encounter between former title contender Danny Kingad and Chinese prospect Ma Hao Bin. The winner of the aforementioned 61.2-kilogram tussle could earn a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, which will be on the line in the main event of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER as Adriano Moraes is slated to duke it out with Geje Eustaquio in a much-awaited rematch and title unification contest. Kingad is now trying to build some momentum towards a second crack at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, while Ma has aced six of his assignments since joining the promotion in 2016. However, the 22-year-old Baguio City native finds himself in a peculiar position if he and his teammate Eustaquio will walk out of the Studio City Event Center with respective victories. Kingad knows that he has to be relegated to a gatekeeping role if Eustaquio will be successful in unifying both titles against Moraes at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER. “I will be super happy for coach Geje if he wins the match in Macau. It’s an honor to be competing alongside him on June 23. I’ve learned a lot of things from him. For this training camp, I’ve spent more time with him. I want him to win the title,” he said. Although he could be knocking on the door for a world title shot again with a decisive win over Ma, Kingad stressed that he will gladly play gatekeeper to Eustaquio. “I don’t mind filling that role if ever he wins against Adriano Moraes. He is my senior, and we are teammates. He is like a brother to me,” he stated. “I am still young. I believe that my time will come.” Kingad is not fond of the idea of squaring off with Eustaquio for the flyweight crown, pointing out that he would not trade his treasured friendship with his Team Lakay comrade for a shot at the world title. “That's not going to happen. We always go at it in practice anyway. I'm happy that I get to spar with him all the time because he pushes me to the limit. We push each other, and we push each other to the next level,” he shared. “I will support coach Geje all the way. For now, I'll just keep getting better as a competitor. I'll wait for my time,” Kingad added. Following an unsuccessful challenge for the ONE Flyweight World Championship this past November against Moraes, which ended in his first professional defeat, Kingad rebounded with an impressive triumph over a battle-tested veteran in Sotir Kichukov four months later. Kingad seeks to sustain his winning groove in ONE Championship as he is set to take on Ma, a Chinese national freestyle wrestling champion with a mixed martial arts record of 11-2. Diligently preparing under the tutelage of head coach Mark Sangiao at Team Lakay in Baguio City, Kingad is fully aware of his opponent’s capabilities. “Training is, as usual, very tough. We are drilling very hard each and every day. I am still working on all areas, be it my striking or my grappling,” he mentioned. “Knowing my opponent is a good wrestler, however, I am particularly working on my takedown defense for this match. I want to keep this fight standing, so I have worked very hard on my takedown defense,” Kingad explained further. Despite the threat that Ma poses in the grappling department, Kingad assured that he is comfortable wherever the bout goes on June 23. “I want to test his stand-up game. I believe I am stronger, faster, and more explosive than he is,” he disclosed. “I am definitely going for a knockout in this match. However, if he does take me to the ground, I will be ready for anything.” Kingad believes that his in-ring meeting with Ma at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER is a must-win clash as he embarks on a hazy road towards the organization’s flyweight championship. “I must win this bout because honestly, I don’t know what the future holds. What if we don’t get the result that we want for coach Geje? I am ready to step up. I cannot wait to get right back in there and make another run at the title. I know things will be very different next time,” he ended......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

PSEI tries to cling to once familiar 8,000 mark

  Defying the downturn across regional markets, the local stock barometer retested the 8,000 mark on Thursday as foreign investors started picking up large-cap stocks. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) gained 99.14 points or 1.25 percent to close at 8,043.07. Elsewhere in the region, stock markets mostly faltered on fresh geopolitical tension in the Middle East alongside worries on the US Federal Reserve's increasing bias for monetary tightening. "In terms of technicals, 8,050 remains to be a formidable level to beat," Papa Securities said. "Momentum as shown by RSI (relative strength index) also remains weak and until any major development, th...Keep on reading: PSEI tries to cling to once familiar 8,000 mark.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Alveo’s sales take-up at record P45.6B

Alveo Land, the biggest property brand under Ayala Land group, posted a banner year in 2017 as sales take-up hit a record high P45.6 billion, driven by strong demand for urban dwellings in Metro Manila and Southern Luzon. The sales take-up last year - a good indicator of revenue growth in the coming years - increased by 20 percent from the previous year, allowing Alveo to meet its goal for the year. This year, Alveo expects to sustain the momentum and top last year's sales output, Alveo president Jennylle Tupaz said in a press briefing on Tuesday. "(This) 2018 is all about raising our game," Tupaz said. Around P40 billion of fresh property inventory will be launched thi...Keep on reading: Alveo’s sales take-up at record P45.6B.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

PBA: Chris Tiu records career-high once again in a Wednesday game at the Cuneta Astrodome

A week after setting a career-high 23 points last Oct. 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome, Chris Tiu once again exceeded his threshold for point production on Wednesday. The Rain or Shine point guard fired for 24 points on 8 for 16 shooting, including a hot shooting display in the second quarter, where he got 11 markers. His team however did not pull away with the victory, as their playoff chances got slimmer after slumping to a 2-7 record. Tiu was hit with a bittersweet moment, but more on the negative side, since the Elasto Painters were not able to carve out a much-needed win against Phoenix. Instead, their post-season berth will not lie in their own hands and instead will rely on the MVP trio of NLEX, TNT and Meralco's performances down the stretch.  "At least I know, I put out the effort and did what I could. Kinapos lang talaga. Wala, ganoon talaga ang basketball eh," the 33-year old said. When asked if the rims of the Astrodome were to his liking, the former Blue Eagle dismissed it as the ball bouncing his way. Playing at an age when many others' basketball careers begin to decline, Tiu stressed the importance of taking care of his body since he still has other committments off the court, which he needs to fulfill. The guard also knows that some of the younger players need to step up eventually in the veteran-laden squad, and knows it is his duty to be a mentor. "[The younger players have] shown a lot of promise and potential this conference despite the standing of our team. I guess, as one of the veterans of the team, I hope I can impart something to them para next time sila naman," Tiu said happily.  Leading by 16 in the third, 71-55, ROS could not sustain their momentum as the Fuel Masters zoomed in the payoff period to wrest away the win. Without the interior presence of prized big men Beau Belga (injury) and Raymond Almazan (team suspension), the team gave away too many rebounds against their liking, as their opponents emerged with 20 more boards. And just like the previous games, their fluid offense seemed to have dried out too early which eventually led to another disappointing L. "We controlled pretty much throughout the game and also some timely turnovers led to transition points that really hurt us. They made shot when it mattered and we couldn't score." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Stocks back below 7,000 mark

The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) closed in negative territory yesterday, finishing below the 7,000 mark again even as it performed well during the early morning trade......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Dutch humiliate Germany in Nations League, Gibraltar wins

By The Associated Press Germany's UEFA Nations League campaign took a humiliating blow after a 3-0 loss at old rival Netherlands on Saturday. Germany remains without a win in the top-tier League A and has yet to score a goal. In the second-tier League B, the Czech Republic got its first win in the new competition — beating host Slovakia 2-1 — and Ireland and Denmark drew 0-0. In League D, Gibraltar won its first competitive game on a memorable night for the tiny territory. Here's a look at Saturday's games. NO GOALS FOR GERMANY Following its disastrous World Cup defense in Russia, Germany has been under pressure to show some progress but it didn't come at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Saturday night. The Germans failed to score for the third straight competitive game, including a humiliating 2-0 loss to South Korea in Russia and a 0-0 draw with France at home in the Nations League. Captain Virgil van Dijk scored only his second international goal before Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum added two more as the Dutch ran riot late in the game. The comprehensive defeat left Germany at the bottom of Group 1 with a single point, days before it heads to Paris to take on group leader and World Cup champion France. France leads the Dutch by a point at the top of the standings. The result also heaped more pressure on Germany coach Joachim Loew, who opted to stay in the job after the 2014 world champion crashed out of the summer's World Cup in Russia at the group stage. "Why are we not scoring? That's difficult to answer, we have clear chances," Loew said. "Had we lost 1-0, it would have been acceptable but breaking apart like this in the last 10 minutes is not good." Germany's scoring woes were personified by Loew's decision to play Mark Uth as a lone striker despite the 27-year-old Schalke player failing to score a goal this season. Uth didn't impress and was substituted in the second half. A corner from the right by Depay exposed German defensive frailties in the 30th. Ryan Babel rose between Jonas Hector and Mats Hummels to head against the underside of the bar and the ball bounced up invitingly for the unmarked Van Dijk to head in. Depay doubled the lead in the 87th, calmly finishing after a quick break down the right by substitute Quincy Promes. The Olympique Lyon striker then hit the crossbar in extra time before Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum made it 3-0 with virtually the last kick of the match as Germany crumbled. CZECHS WIN Substitute striker Patrik Schick scored the winning goal for the visiting Czech Republic to beat Slovakia 2-1 in Trnava. All the goals were in the second half. Three minutes after coming off the bench, Schick rose in the area in the 76th minute to head in a cross from captain Borek Dockal for his second goal in two matches. It was the first win for the Czechs in the competition after losing to Ukraine. Ukraine leads Group 1 in second-tier League B, with three more points than the Czechs. Slovakia remains pointless. Playmaker Marek Hamsik marked his record 108th appearance for Slovakia with his 22nd goal, a rebound after a corner, after Czech striker Michael Krmencik scored the opener following a through ball from Dockal. Ireland drew with Denmark in Group 4 in the only other game in League B later Saturday. Denmark tops the group with four points, one more than Wales in second. Ireland has one point. BULGARIA LEADS Ole Selnaes scored the only goal for Norway to beat Slovenia 1-0 in Group 3 of League C for its second win and trail leader Bulgaria by three points. Bulgaria rallied from a goal down to beat Cyprus 2-1. Cyprus has three points while Slovenia is on zero. GIBRALTAR ENDS LOSING STREAK Gibraltar's national team has recorded its first victory in a competitive match, a 1-0 win at Armenia, after losing its previous 22 competitive games. Joseph Chipolina got the historic winner from the penalty spot in the Group 4 game in League D. Gibraltar players had to listen to the national anthem of Liechtenstein before the match, a mistake for which Armenia FA apologized. Gibraltar hosts Liechtenstein on Tuesday. Macedonia kept a perfect record in the same group with a 4-1 victory over Lichtenstein to lead with nine points. The other three teams are tied on three points. In Group 1 of League D, Georgia made it three wins in three by beating Andorra 3-0 to dominate the standings with nine points. Andorra, Latvia and Kazakhstan all have two points after Latvia and Kazakhstan drew 1-1......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Stocks slump to lowest in over 3 months

The stock market ended in the red yesterday, with the index falling below the 7,000 mark as foreign selling and the lack of fresh market catalysts prompted investors to continue dumping shares, traders said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

PSE index clings to 7,000

The local stock barometer ended a tad higher on Tuesday, clinging to the 7,000 mark in thin trade amid mixed sentiment across the region.   The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) added 8.56 points or 0.12 percent to close at 7,059.38 on selective buying of large-cap stocks. "Technically, we might be seeing some of the bullish divergence (weakening selling momentum) take effect especially with the PSEi trading briefly in the green (Monday) morning," Papa Securities said. Papa Securities expects more of these short-term periods of strength in the coming days especially with the divergence situation of the relative strength index, a key technical indicator, r...Keep on reading: PSE index clings to 7,000.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Stocks fall further on foreign selling

The stock market fell further into bear territory on Tuesday due to continued foreign selling and repositioning ahead of Friday’s release of September inflation data. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) plunged by 1.24 percent or 89.72 points to close at 7,132.36, down 21.3 percent from January 29’s record finish of 9,058.62. The broader All [...] The post Stocks fall further on foreign selling appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball: Tams secure a semis spot

Far Eastern University dropped a set for the first time Friday in the UAAP Season 81 men’s beach volleyball tournament. But even the gritty resistance from Adamson University couldn’t stop the Tamaraws pair of Jude Garcia and Kevin Hadlocon as they repulsed the Falcons duo of Paolo Pablico and Jesus Valdez, 21-19, 18-21, 15-6, to clinch a semifinals seat at the Sands SM by the Bay. FEU extended its winning streak to five straight to remain the only unbeaten team in the contest. After a second set meltdown the Tams regrouped in the deciding frame to move within two wins to advance outright in the Finals. “Nag-usap lang kami na mag-focus at bumalik sa dating galaw namin. Dapat 'yung composure namin nandoon pa rin na willing kami manalo,” said Garcia. “Dapat ipakita namin sa kanila na angat 'yung laro namin kesa sa kanila. “'Yung third set po, 'yun talaga ang game namin. Kaso 'yung unang dalawang set medyo nagkumpiyansa kami,” he added. FEU opened its day with a 21-13, 21-13 demolition of University of the East’s Clifford Inoferio and Alven Aljas.   The Falcons slid to 3-2 card after failing to sustain their momentum following a 21-15, 21-18, sweep of Abail Llenos and Kurt Aguilar of Ateneo de Manila University. Meanwhile, reigning champions Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad of National University improved to 4-1 slate in a twin kill over University of the Philippines’ Nico Consuelo and Mark Millete, 21-13, 21-13, and the De La Salle University pair of Geraint Bacon and Raphael Sumalinog, 21-15, 21-17. University of Sto. Tomas’ Jaron Requiton and Krung Arbasto tied NU with 4-1 card after defeating UP, 21-16, 21-7, and UE, 21-9, 21-9. Ateneo finally barge in the win column after taking down listless DLSU, 21-11, 21-19. UE dropped its third straight game for a 2-3 card, UP and Ateneo are tied at 1-4 mark while DLSU remained winless in five outings.   ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

PVL: Ebon fuels FEU charge in Game 2

Far Eastern University head coach George Pascua found an unlikely inspiration for his veterans to wake up from an early funk. With their backs against the wall in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference Final Four, the Lady Tamaraws started on the wrong foot Saturday. The Morayta-based squad opened a 9-0 lead in the first set but saw the Tigresses gobble up their advantage before stealing the frame. Amid their chaotic start in Game 2 of the best-of-three series, Pascua saw a spec of hope in rookie Lycha Ebon. Pascua gave his veterans a little pep talk, pointing out the freshman’s effort in both offense and defense – a work he expected to see from his more seasoned players.         “Sabi ko nga kanina china-challenge ko ang mga beterano ko. Sabi ko sa kanila, “‘yung first year na wala pa talagang sungay kumbaga sa FEU baby pa lang ay lumalaban dapat kayong may mga sungay na kapag sinabing charge, charge,’” he said. And it was enough to lit the fire on the core of the FEU squad which finished runner up in the UAAP Season 80 and in the conference’s inaugural edition. The Lady Tams responded with a rousing 22-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20, victory that evened the series to one game apiece and forced a decider Sunday. Ebon scored 10 points and her effort boosted the confidence of her seniors. But the rookie downplayed her role in FEU’s crucial win. “Para sa akin po, basta on-game kami, walang angat o walang mababa. Lahat pantay-pantay lang,” she said. “Ako, as a rookie, kailangan magstep up talaga para makasabay sa mga seniors ko.” The victory snapped the Lady Tams consecutive losses to the Tigresses this conference including a four-set defeat in the series opener last Wednesday. Celine Domingo led FEU with 19 points, Jerrili Malaban scored all of her 17 markers from attacks while setter Kyle Negrito dropped 12 points on top of 26 excellent sets. Pascua now hopes his wards will sustain their momentum to advance in the Finals.   “Hopefully, fresh pa rin ang ginawa nila ngayon, na ‘wag silang makalimot para bukas,” he said. “So ‘yun isa sa pampataas ng morale nila ‘yun.” “Bukas kasi labanan ng character na lang yan, lagi ko yang sinasabi sa mga players ko,” Pascua closed.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Manganang punishes PHI in Indonesia win

Aprilia Manganang made the Filipinas remember who she is. The Indonesian hitter played with the same power and intensity she displayed three years ago in their first meeting as the host team beat the Philippine squad, 25-20, 25-20, 24-26, 25-22, Saturday night in the 18th Asian Games women’s volleyball tournament at the GBK Hall. Manganang gave the Filipinas all kinds of problem on defense and energized Indonesia in the tight fourth set to finish off the PHI.  Manganang dropped 28 big points with all but one coming off attacks that wreaked havoc on the Filipinas' net and floor defense while Amalia Nabila had 11 markers from seven kills and four service aces for Indonesia.  Indonesia grabbed its second win in three games and reasserted its mastery over the PHI, duplicating its emphatic straight-set win, 25-22, 25-20, 25-14, in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore back in 2015. After stealing the third set, the revitalized Filipinas engaged Indonesia in a see-saw battle in the fourth frame with Manganang resting on the bench and her sister Amasya playing. The PHI took an 18-17 lead before Indonesia sent Manganang back, who instantly made an impact scoring on a kill that sparked a 6-0 blitz to take a 23-18 lead. The Filipinas saved two match points only to commit its last of 26 errors on a reception miscommunication.       The PHI finished the pool play with 1-3 record and advanced in the quarterfinals straight to a collision course with either Olympic champion China or defending Asian titlist South Korea.    Alyssa Valdez had 16 points, 14 coming off attacks, while Jaja Santiago had 13 to lead the Filipinas, who failed to sustain the momentum they had when they defeated Hong Kong in straight sets - the country's first win after 36 years.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

PSEI firms up, gains 2.42%

The local stock barometer rebounded to the 7,100 mark yesterday as local investors picked up oversold stocks, making up for sluggish foreign investor appetite. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) racked up 169.22 points or 2.42 percent to close at 7,176.43, firming up for the second straight session. The market entered bear territory last week. All counters ended higher, with the holding firm and property counters, which surged by over 3 percent, as the biggest gainers. The financial counter added 1.17 percent while the industrial, services and mining/oil counters also slightly rose. Value turnover amounted to P6.5 billion. For the first time since May 15...Keep on reading: PSEI firms up, gains 2.42%.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Philippine stocks dive into bear territory

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) plunged to its weakest level in more than 19 months, closing at 7,098.15 on Thursday, June 21. The sustained bloodbath in the PSEi confirmed that it is now well within bear market territory. The index shed over 20% from the record high of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

Rain or Shine comes back to beat Phoenix for 5th straight win

Rain or Shine erased an early game deficit to edge Phoenix, 108-106, to retain its spot atop the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Elasto Painters chipped away at Phoenix' 19-point lead, 29-10, in the first period and slowly built up their momentum in the second half to take their fifth straight victory and get a league-best 8-1 record. With Rain or Shine trailing, 96-90, early in the fourth, James Yap scored six straight points to start off the Elasto Painters' 14-2 run for a 104-98 lead at the 4:11 mark of the quarter. The Elasto Painters, however, were unsteady at the start of the game and allowed Jeff Chan and Eugene Phelps to match them in ...Keep on reading: Rain or Shine comes back to beat Phoenix for 5th straight win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Stocks bounce back as May inflation below target

Market investors cheered the lower–than–expected inflation figure, sending the benchmark index back in positive territory, above the 7,600 mark......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

PVL: Fighting Warays close prelims with back-to-back wins

Tacloban built its momentum heading into the quarterfinals with back-to-back wins at the expense of the defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force, 25-17, 17-25, 25-20, 16-25, 15-10, Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Fighting Warays closed the preliminary round with a 4-3 win-loss record. Thai import Hyapha Amporn finished with 19 points with all but one coming off attacks while Jovielyn Prado added 18 markers anchored on 17 kills including the match-clinching through the block hit to cap the victory for Tacloban, which will play in the round robin quarterfinals starting Saturday where the last two best-of-three Final Four seats are at stake. League-leading Creamline (5-1) and PayMaya (4-2) clinched the two outright semis seats. Thai reinforcement Patcharee Saengmuang finished with 15 points and 14 digs for the Fighting Warays.    “Unang-una medyo high morale ‘yung mga players, ang ina-ano ko lang kasi, ‘di ba nagpalit kami ng player, so ‘yung adjustment and teamwork mabuo ulit,” said Tacloban head coach Nes Pamilar. The Fighting Warays raced to an early 4-1 lead only to see the Lady Warriors tie it at 4-4. Tacloban answered with a scoring spurt of its own to take a 9-4 advantage. Pocari Sweat threatened again as they chipped away their deficit, 10-12, before the Fighting Warays closed the match with three straight points.   “Kanina sa second set and fourth set niremind ko sila na bakit ganoon kapag nananalo ng isang set nagre-relax,” said Pamilar. “Kaya noong fifth set sabi ko kaiangan mabago natin, kailangan itong fifth set all out tayo.” Myla Pablo led the Lady Warriors with 20 points and 11 excellent receptions while American imports Ari Love and Maddie Palmer posted 16 and 15 markers, respectively. Jeanette Panaga had 11 points for Pocari Sweat, which ended the prelims with back-to-back losses and a 3-4 mark tied with Petro Gazz and BanKo.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Don t worry, Warriors-Cavaliers won t last forever

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com OAKLAND, Calif. – If you don’t like another round of Warriors-Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, just wait a few minutes, relatively speaking. Obviously that paraphrase of the old Mark Twain quote about New England weather swaps minutes for years as it pertains to this Finals IV of Golden State vs. Cleveland for the league’s 2018 championship. But this stuff flies by so fast – on the calendar, we haven’t hit three years yet since Team LeBron and Team Curry met in the 2015 Finals, with the opener of that one on June 4. And for those who still might feel bored by the sameness of the matchup, rest assured, says Golden State general manager Bob Myers. Change is coming, inevitably so. “I definitely know this is ending,” Myers said Wednesday, talking with reporters on the floor at Oracle Arena on the eve of Game 1. “I don’t need any reminders. I know a lot of people in the Bay Area think this is going to go on forever. On the record, it won’t. “It can’t. Nothing does,” Myers continued. “Especially in a sport where the competition is so great. There’s financial pressures. There’s all kinds of things – injuries, personalities, everything, that don’t allow you to... No team should last forever. It’s not good for anybody.” Fans of the Warriors and the Cavaliers would argue otherwise, but there is a reason what we’re seeing now – two franchises butting heads for the fourth consecutive time in a championship round – never has happened in the four major U.S. professional sports. Staying on top, holding teams together, overcoming injuries, coping with age and egos and constant challenges from a field of rivals can wear even on a champion. Notice how both the Warriors and the Cavaliers worked through less-than-fulfilling regular seasons and had to overcome 2-3 deficits in the conference finals to reach this stage this time. “I didn’t need a reminder from Houston to know how fragile this whole thing is,” Myers said. “That’s part of it. That’s why you’ve got to appreciate it. The notion that these things go on forever? At one point, players get older. Teams get broken up. It always happens. You never know when.” Invariably, that sizes up an executive in Myers’ position for a black hat. He is the one charged with renewal, which often means shedding players with whom fans have fallen in love through the high times. Or maybe Myers ends up as the bad guy because he doesn’t refresh the roster soon enough and a team of former champs gets old together. “My day’s coming at some point,” said Myers, one of the NBA’s acclaimed “golden boys” through this Warriors run. “Everybody gets hammered for something they do or not. It’s part of the deal. Who knows? You’d like to treat the players with respect – they’ve earned it. Our fans are very important. You just do the best you can. “I had no idea we were going to win any championships. ... Every decision, signing players, keeping a team together is difficult. Not keeping a team together is difficult. Making trades, not making trades. It’s all part of it.” So give it time. Change will come. Now, for how that relates to this Finals and its opponents, so familiar with each other and to the world, the real question ought to be: What was the alternative? Should Cleveland and Golden State have laid down and gotten out of the way of new blood just ... because? “It may not be as suspenseful as a lot of people want it to be or as drama-filled, but that's what you've got movies and music for,” Golden State’s Kevin Durant said. “I think this is a great display of basketball on the court from both sides, and if you're a real lover of the game, you can enjoy how both teams play it, even though it may be different. “It's still organic and true to the game, pure to the game. So if you enjoy basketball, I don't feel like you should have any complaints because it's a great set of players on both teams.” Cleveland star LeBron James was more blunt and business-focused. A Rockets-Celtics Finals might offer new storylines and fresh faces, but there’s always appeal – and marketability – to the defending champions taking on the game’s best player, again. And again. “You’ve got to ask Adam Silver,” James said, referencing the NBA commissioner as the fellow whose opinion matters most on the sameness of this Finals. Then he elaborated. “Teams have had their opportunities to beat the Cavs over the last four years, and teams have had the opportunities to beat the Warriors over the last four years,” James said. “If you want to see somebody else in the postseason, then you got to beat them.” Warriors guard Klay Thompson echoed that view. “I think the rest of the NBA has got to get better,” he said. “It's not our fault. “The only people I hear saying that are fans from other teams, which is natural. I don't blame them. But as long as our fan base is happy, that's all that matters.” 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 NewsMay 31st, 2018

PVL: Ultra Fast Hitters connect back-to-back wins

National team members Mark Alfafara and John Vic De Guzman led PLDT Home Fibr’s relentless assault to ambush the stunned Philippine Army, 25-15, 25-10, 25-23, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference men’s play at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Ultra Fast Hitters annexed their second straight win to even their record to 2-2. Alfafara and De Guzman, who represented the country in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, scored 11 points each for PLDT. The duo had nine attack points apiece in the Ultra Fast Hitters’ 41 kills that submitted the Troopers in just 70 minutes. Alfafara, who dropped 29 points in PLDT’s four-set win over defending champion Cignal last week to end a two-game slide, added seven digs while libero Rence Melgar tallied 16 excellent receptions and eight digs. Jayvee Sumagaysay and Kheeno Franco added nine points each while Ronchette Villegas dished out 24 excellent sets for the Ultra Fast Hitters. Army absorbed its third loss in four games and failed to capitalize on its momentum after a morale-boosting win over Philippine Air Force a week ago. No Trooper scored in double figures with Benjaylo Labide, Patrick Rojas and Antonio Torres punching only seven markers each.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018