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PBA: Standhardinger on SMB: “When we play hard, it’s hard to beat us“

The real San Miguel finally showed up. After a shock loss to Columbian to start their 2019 Philippine Cup title defense, the Beermen recovered rather quickly, pummeling Brgy. Ginebra Sunday at the Big Dome. While San Miguel once again got a dose of good old NSD late in the fourth period, the Beermen were dominant almost throughout, leading by as many as 23 points. The shock loss to the Dyip didn’t necessarily serve as a wake up call for San Miguel according to forward Christian Standhardinger. It’s just that when the Beermen are playing at least just near to their full potential, they’re almost pretty impossible to stop. They played well enough Sunday and they took down one of their chief contenders to the title. “I don’t know about a wake up call,” Standhardinger, who led all scorers with 26 points, said after the game. “I’m just happy we played good today and we played hard. When we play hard, it’s hard to beat us,” he added. Now missing Alex Cabagnot and Terrence Romeo to injury, the Beermen still had more than enough star power to dominate. And when the remaining stars, which included him with guards Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter, found their mark against the Gin Kings... well the result speaks for itself. “It was good, as you saw, everyone played hard,” Standhardinger said. “Like I said, when we go hard, it’s hard to stop us. But we do have to go hard everytime andd we have to adjust and sacrifice for the team,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports15 hr. 29 min. ago Related News

Chris Ross finds inner fire to light up scoreboard for Beermen

MANILA, Philippines---Looking flat out devastated when he left Cuneta Astrodome following their opening game against Columbian, Chris Ross had this fire in his eyes when he took on crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra. That couldn't be more evident when his sights aimed for the bucket in the third period of the game. Ross, only five points in the first two frames, waxed hot for 12 more that quarter to help the Beermen erect a comfortable lead heading into the stretch. "I knew I had to be a little more aggressive because Alex and Terrence were out," Ross told the press after San Miguel's 99-91 victory over Ginebra in Sunday's nightcap. "I just wanted to get going offensively and m...Keep on reading: Chris Ross finds inner fire to light up scoreboard for Beermen.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 16 hr. 50 min. ago Related News

Why *NSYNC reunion ‘trickier’ now

With the success of the Backstreet Boys' ongoing residency in Las Vegas, many 1990s kids who grew up listening to boy band pop, are now clamoring for *NSYNC to reunite and do the same. Is there a possibility? "Never say never," said member Joey Fatone. However, an *NSYNC residency will prove to be trickier, because Justin Timberlake has a solo career to focus on. "You know, that would take a lot of time, a lot of effort. I'm sure it would take a lot of money since Justin is always on tour... But you know what, you never know," Joey said in an interview with Fox News. Joey, who got together with Justin and the rest of *NSYNC---JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass---...Keep on reading: Why *NSYNC reunion ‘trickier’ now.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 16 hr. 50 min. ago Related News

Harden scores 48 points, Rockets beat Lakers 138-134 in OT

By KRISTIE RIEKEN,  AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 48 points, Eric Gordon added 30 and the Houston Rockets overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 138-134 in overtime Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). The Rockets trailed for most of the night and were down by 18 in the second-half. Gordon sent it to overtime with a 3-pointer, and made four free throws in the last seconds of the extra period. Coming off 57- and 58-point games, Harden had his 19th straight game with at least 30 and he's had 40 in 10 of the last 13. He was 14 of 30 from the field, going 8 of 19 3-pointers, and hit 12 of 15 free throws. Brandon Ingram missed a 3 for Los Angeles before Harden hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 132-130 with less than a minute left. Ingram tied it with a basket, and Harden again made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 133-132. Los Angeles missed a 3 before Gordon also made just 1 of 2 free throws to leave Houston up by two with 12.6 seconds left. Kyle Kuzma lost the ball and it went out of bounds to give Houston the ball back. Gordon added four free throws after that to secure the victory. It was the second straight overtime game for both teams after Houston lost to Brooklyn on Wednesday night and Los Angeles beat Oklahoma City on Thursday night. Kuzma had 32 points for Los Angeles and Ingram added 21 in a game where coach Luke Walton was ejected in the third quarter. Already without LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, the Lakers have another injury concern after Lonzo Ball sprained his left ankle in the third quarter. The team said he was taken to a hospital for X-rays because the machine at the arena was broken. Four straight points by the Lakers stretched the lead to nine in the fourth quarter, but Harden and Gordon made consecutive 3-pointers cut it to 112-109 with about two minutes remaining. Los Angeles made four free throws to make it 116-109 about a minute later, but Harden made two 3-pointers around a basket by Ivica Zubac to get Houston within three with about 30 seconds left. Lance Stephenson missed a 3-pointer and Harden made two free throws to cut the lead to 118-117 with 5.7 seconds left. Zubac made two more free throws before Gordon's off-balance 3-pointer with 2 seconds left sent it to OT. The Lakers built a huge lead early and were up 64-46 at halftime, with Kuzma scoring 24 points. They were ahead by 17 with about eight minutes left in the third quarter after scoring five straight points capped by a basket from Kuzma before Houston scored the next 15 points to cut it to 74-72 three minutes later. James Ennis had five points in that stretch and P.J. Tucker capped it with a 3-pointer. Ball was injured just before Houston's run began. He remained on the court for a couple of minutes talking with trainer's before he was helped to his feet where he hopped on his right foot for a few steps before being carried off the court and to the locker room by Stephenson and Michael Beasley. Walton was ejected a couple of minutes after that when he got two technical fouls after yelling at officials during a timeout. TIP-INS Lakers: James was out for the 13th straight game with a strained left groin and did not make the trip. ... Stephenson finished with 16 points. Rockets: Harden also had eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. ... Ennis returned after missing Wednesday's game after cutting his left leg in a fall at his house. ... Chris Paul missed his 14th game in a row with a strained left hamstring ... Clint Capela had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. UP NEXT Lakers: Host Golden State on Monday night. Rockets: Visit Philadelphia on Monday night......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 20th, 2019Related News

Embiid, Butler lead 76ers 120-96 rout of Pacers

By Chris Goff, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Joel Embiid had 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their seventh win in nine games, a 120-96 blowout of the Indiana Pacers. Jimmy Butler added 27 points, eight assists and five boards as Philadelphia shot 53 percent and finished with 38 assists, the most by an Indiana opponent this season. In a matchup of two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, the 76ers improved to 2-1 in the four-game season series. The road team has won all three games. J.J. Redick contributed 20 points and five assists, and Ben Simmons finished with 11 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. Indiana's starting backcourt of Darren Collison and All-Star Victor Oladipo was limited to 21 combined points on 9-of-30 shooting. What had been a competitive game turned into a rout in the third quarter. The 76ers led 28-25 after the first quarter and 54-48 at halftime, but a quick 8-0 run put them up 66-55 and prompted Pacers coach Nate McMillan to call timeout. Redick hit two three-pointers assisted by handoffs from Embiid, and Embiid scored in the lane during the burst. T.J. McConnell's driving bank shot in the final seconds of the quarter pushed the lead to 15 for the first time. Philadelphia carried that 86-71 advantage to the fourth. Redick's sixth triple made it an 18-point lead. Indiana replied with a 10-0 run, but back-to-back three's from Embiid and his backup, Mike Muscala, quieted the crowd and forced yet another Indiana timeout. Muscala had 11 points and seven rebounds. Indiana, held to 40 percent shooting, never challenged again. Ex-Sixer Thaddeus Young had 27 points and six rebounds. Oladipo ended up with 15 points and seven assists. TIP-INS 76ers: Embiid was third and Butler fifth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players in fan votes for the All-Star Game when the league announced the third set of ballot returns Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Simmons was fourth among guards. ... Listed as questionable to play because of back tightness, Embiid stretched on a foam roller during one rest. Pacers: Reggie Miller, back where he played his entire 18-year NBA career, served as an analyst on TNT's broadcast of the game and took a tour of the Pacers' new practice facility near Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miller ranks second on the NBA's career three-point list at 2,560, though Stephen Curry is on his heels at 2,313. ... Oladipo was fifth among East guards in All-Star voting as of Thursday (Friday, PHL time). UP NEXT 76ers: Return home to face Oklahoma City on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Pacers: Continue a five-game homestand Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) against Dallas......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 18th, 2019Related News

Siakam scores winning basket, Raptors beat Suns 111-109

By Ian Harrison, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored the winning basket just before time expired and the Toronto Raptors beat the Phoenix Suns 111-109 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Serge Ibaka put Toronto up 109-107 on a hook shot with 47 seconds left, but Mikal Bridges tied it with a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining. Toronto gave the ball to Siakam, whose driving shot bounced off the backboard and fell through the rim as time ran out. The basket was confirmed following a video review. Pascal Siakam attacks and flips in the #TissotBuzzerBeater to win it for the @Raptors! #ThisIsYourTime #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/EyCOLXhBO2— NBA (@NBA) January 18, 2019 Siakam had 10 points and 12 rebounds, Ibaka scored 22 points and Kyle Lowry had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who have won eight straight at home and 6-of-7 overall. Devin Booker scored 30 points, Deandre Ayton had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 18 for the Suns. Fred VanVleet had 15 points and C.J. Miles returned after missing three of the previous four games because of a sore right hip to score 13 as Toronto swept back-to-back season series against Phoenix for the first time. Kawhi Leonard (rest) sat as the Raptors played the second game of a back-to-back, Lowry was originally expected to rest, but told coach Nick Nurse he wanted to play as he works his way back into shape after missing time with a sore back. The Raptors are an NBA-best 8-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. This was their ninth of 12 such sets. Lowry finished with eight assists, giving him 5,002 for his career. He's one of 10 active players to reach the mark. Phoenix was up 78-77 to begin the fourth, but Toronto took the lead at 88-87 when the Suns' Josh Jackson fouled Toronto's Chris Boucher on a dunk with 7:50 to go. Jackson argued the call and was ejected after picking up his second technical foul. After video review, the foul on Boucher was ruled flagrant. Toronto made both its foul shots and got the ball back, with Lowry hitting a triple to put the Raptors up 95-87. The Raptors made 13-of-20 shots from the field in the first, including shooting 4-of-9 from three-point range, to lead 32-20 after one. Ayton scored seven points and Booker had six as the Suns closed the gap. Phoenix trailed 57-49 at halftime. TIP-INS Suns: Jackson scored seven points in 19 minutes before being ejected. ... G Jamal Crawford (left knee) missed his second straight game. ... Phoenix F Quincy Acy was a second round pick by Toronto in 2012. Raptors: F OG Anunoby missed his second straight game for personal reasons. ... This was the first of three straight home games against Western Conference opponents. Phoenix will be followed by Memphis and Sacramento. ... G Patrick McCaw made his Toronto debut, going scoreless in six minutes. He signed with the Raptors last Thursday (last Friday, PHL time). UP NEXT Suns: Visit Charlotte on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Raptors: Host Memphis on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 18th, 2019Related News

Nets survive Rockets in OT despite 58 from Harden

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Brooklyn Nets spoiled James Harden's 58-point night with a 145-142 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Harden had his second straight season high after scoring 57 in a victory over Memphis on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), but was only 5-of-19 from three-point range. The Rockets shot an NBA-record 70 triples, making just 23. Harden has scored at least 30 points in 18 straight games and has reached 40 in nine of the last 12. He was 16 of 34 overall from the field, made 21-of-23 free throws and had 10 rebounds and six assists. Dinwiddie forced overtime, making three three-pointers in the last 30 seconds of regulation. In the extra period, he hit the go-ahead basket with 28 seconds left. After Harden made three free throws to give the Rockets a one-point lead, James Nunnally — who signed a 10-day contract Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) — hit a three-pointer to make it 142-135 with 1:28 left. Treveon Graham made a triple for Brooklyn and Jarrett Allen made a basket but missed a free throw to cut the lead to 142-140. But the Nets grabbed a rebound and Dinwiddie, who had seven points in OT, made a three-point play to put Brooklyn up 143-142. Austin Rivers missed a three for Houston, and Joe Harris made two free throws to make it 145-142 with 1.6 seconds left. Houston had a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but Gerald Green's shot clanged off the rim. The Rockets broke their own record for three-point attempts after shooting 61 against New Orleans on Dec. 16, 2016. Houston also holds the record for most three-pointers made after hitting 26 in a win over Washington this season. Green, who did not attempt a two-point basket, made 5-of-15. The Rockets were up by 11 with about 2.5 minutes left when Brooklyn used a 9-3 run to get to 127-122 with about 30 seconds left. P.J. Tucker made two free throws after that, and Dinwiddie made a triple for Brooklyn with 26.2 seconds remaining to cut it to 128-125. Harden made one of two free throws, and Dinwiddie struck again with another three about five seconds later to get Brooklyn within one. Tucker missed two free throws, but Harden grabbed a rebound with 12.7 seconds left. He made both free throws, and Dinwiddie made a third straight three-pointer to tie it up with 8.4 seconds left. Harden had a chance to win it in regulation, but his three-point attempt bounced off the rim. TIP-INS Nets: Jared Dudley missed his third straight game with a strained left hamstring. ... Shabazz Napier returned after missing one game with tightness in his right hamstring. ... Rondae Hollis-Jefferson returned after sitting out the last seven games with a right adductor strain. Rockets: Eric Gordon had 20 points in his return after missing eight games with a bruised right knee. ... James Ennis missed the game after cutting his left leg in a fall at his house. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he should return for the next game. ... Chris Paul missed his 13th game in a row with a strained left hamstring ... Clint Capela missed his second straight game with an injured right thumb. ... Brandon Knight sat out with a sore left knee. UP NEXT Nets: At Orlando on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Rockets: Host Lakers on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 17th, 2019Related News

Federer relieved after getting past mirror Evans

    MELBOURNE, Australia – Defending champion Roger Federer reached the Australian Open 3rd round for a 20th straight year Wednesday, January 16 but admitted it had been tough to get past his "mirror" image Dan Evans. Britain's world No. 189 slowed the Fed Express to a crawl, keeping the Swiss master battling ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 16th, 2019Related News

PBA: Calvin hits winner and Phoenix survives Meralco in OT

A win is a win. Phoenix had to scratch its way to victory Wednesday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, needing extra five minutes to escape Meralco, 93-92, at the Big Dome. Down one with 11 seconds to go after a booming three pointer from Chris Newsome on the other end, the Fuel Masters were saved by Calvin Abueva after the Beast connected on a putback with four seconds to go. Meralco then went the length off the floor to try and steal the win back but the Pulse Fuel Masters were able to set a decent defensive stand, forcing Newsome to shoot from near halfcourt to no avail......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 16th, 2019Related News

PBA: Patience is a virtue for Calvin, Phoenix

With star forward Calvin Abueva struggling against Meralco, Phoenix head coach Louie Alas could have easily shut down the Beast for the night. In some ways he did, but when Rookie of the Year Jason Perkins fouled out, the Pulse Fuel Masters had no choice but to have Abueva back in the game. It paid off the have the Beast in the end, as Calvin eventually hit the game-winning putback in overtime as Phoenix survived the Bolts in a thriller. Abueva only made two baskets all game, both came in the extra five minutes. Calvin finished wiith nine points on 2/13 shooting. “Really, patience is a virtue. Actually understatement eh, yung masama yung laro. Walang shinoot,” Alas said of Abueva. “Pero good thing yung mga assistant coach ko sabi, ‘coach pagpasensyahan mo, kailangan mo yan sa dulo.’ And it happened, it happened. Sa kanya yung winning basket,” he added. Phoenix looked like it had no business winning the game against Meralco, especially in regulation. The Pulse Fuel Masters lost an early 18-point lead and failed to cash in on multiple attempts to break an 83-all deadlock in the fourth quarter. Come overtime, Phoenix was down one after giving up a clutch three from Chris Newsome with 11 seconds to go. “I have to give credit sa resiliency ng mga players ko,” Alas said. “Siguro isang overtime pa, puro cramps na yan. Sabi nga sa akin ng assistant coach ko, 'coach, tigil na natin yung full court pressure.' But sabi ko, 'doon tayo nagli-live up.' So we just have to finish it. Kahit ilang overtime mangyari,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 16th, 2019Related News

How Chris Pratt won over the Schwarzeneggers before proposal

Chris Pratt's proposal to Katherine Schwarzenegger may have surprised many, but her family is said to have expected it. The "Jurassic Park" actor talked to his fiancee's parents, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, prior to getting engaged, a source told People yesterday, Jan. 14. But even from the start, the "Jurassic World" actor had made it clear that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Katherine, the source said. This was evident with the effort Pratt, 39, made to spend time with the 29-year-old motivational author's family. He already had mom Maria Shriver's seal of approval---she is said to have set up her daughter with the actor---and Pratt made sure t...Keep on reading: How Chris Pratt won over the Schwarzeneggers before proposal.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 15th, 2019Related News

Honeymoon of Gwyneth Paltrow and new hubby joined by her ex Chris Martin

It was a "modern honeymoon." That was how movie star-entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow described her recent holiday getaway in the Maldives with her new husband, Brad Falchuk... and her ex-husband, Coldplay lead vocalist Chris Martin, with whom she had been married for 10 years. "We just took our honeymoon in the Maldives, and we had a big family honeymoon over Christmas," Gwyneth said in an interview in "Live with Kelly and Ryan." Joining them were Brad's ("Glee" cocreator) and Gwyneth's children from their previous marriages, as well as some of their closest friends. Good time The vacation, she related, had everyone having "such a good time" with "great conversation" and ...Keep on reading: Honeymoon of Gwyneth Paltrow and new hubby joined by her ex Chris Martin.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 13th, 2019Related News

Roger Federer to talk with Novak Djokovic about ATP board woes

Roger Federer Sunday said he planned to speak to fellow big guns Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray about the future of ATP Tour chief Chris Kermode after reports of a move to oust him. Britain's Daily Telegraph said it had seen a strongly worded email sent out by ATP player councilmember Vasek Pospisil to players ranked between 50 and 100. It reportedly called for the workforce to "start acting and running like a business not like a bunch of scared kids ... we need a CEO that first and foremost represents OURinterests". The email added that "the governance structure of the ATP favors the interests of thetournaments and its (their) owners ... It's time for a change and it ...Keep on reading: Roger Federer to talk with Novak Djokovic about ATP board woes.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 13th, 2019Related News

Top of golf now belongs to youth

HONOLULU --- Leave it to the oldest rookie to best illustrate how the PGA Tour has become such a young man's game. Chris Thompson tried for 19 years to reach the highest level of golf, and he finally earned a PGA Tour card when he was 42. With every year he spent on mini-tours from Florida to Arizona, he couldn't help but notice that getting better only meant keeping up. "It's a profession that not many good players get out of, but there's always good players getting into it," Thompson said. Stewart Cink knows what he's talking about it. Cink and Tiger Woods arrived on the PGA Tour at roughly the same time and were voted rookie of the year in consecutive seasons (1996 a...Keep on reading: Top of golf now belongs to youth.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 12th, 2019Related News

Internet goes wild with Tito Boy s newfound basketball stardom

The internet is a wild place. Make that especially wild if you happen to be a public figure, a celebrity of some sort, an icon in Pinoy popular culture so ingrained in Filipinos' psyche that one small moment can catapult you into tons of internet memes and onto people's screens. Such is the case of Boy Abunda, the King of Talk, a veteran host and is considered as one of Filipino television's gems. What started out as a rather pedestrian interview with teen celebrity Grae Fernandez, son of action star Mark Anthony ended with Tito Boy giving the younger Fernandez a basketball as a Christmas gift. The veteran host then immediately showed off his handles --replete with a low and wide stance-- that would eventually spawn all sorts of hilarious memes online. Memes such as this video, which has already garnered over four million views on Facebook, that shows Tito Boy wearing a Gilas Pilipinas jersey dunking all over Ricky Rubio and the Utah Jazz, taking off from the free throw line ala Michael Jordan:  Here's one depicting Tito Boy as he crosses up Chris Paul:  Some memes even crossed Abunda over to anime territory, putting the host in the hit anime 'Kuroko No Basket', all to hilarious results:  Tonight With Boy Abunda's official Twitter and Instagram accounts even joined in, mashing up his name to other popular NBA players and making him a cover of NBA 2K19:          View this post on Instagram                 Change of career ngayong 2019? Why not 😂😂😂 Happy Sunday, Abundants! 💙 📷:ctto A post shared by Tonight With Boy Abunda (@twbaofficial) on Jan 6, 2019 at 5:03am PST LeBoy James, Kareem Abdul Abunda o Lonzo Boy? pic.twitter.com/OHMjlED1Ug — TONIGHTw/BoyAbunda (@TWBAofficial) January 10, 2019 In case you were wondering, yes, the memes have reached the King of Talk himself, and has reacted in stride, even thanking the people behind the memes......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 11th, 2019Related News

Chris Tiu walks away from basketball to fulfill commitment with family, business | Inquirer Sports

Chris Tiu said he seriously reconsidered postponing his retirement from basketball for one more conference in the PBA at the very least. Tiu officially called it quits after six seasons in the PBA all.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJan 10th, 2019Related News

Live now on Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM till 3PM, HIMIG ATENEO with Cholo Mallillin …

Live now on Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM till 3PM, HIMIG ATENEO with Cholo Mallillin and Chris Castillo. Tune in to Radyo Katipunan on *87.9 FM *facebook.com/radyokatipunan *radionomy.com/radyokatipunan *jescom.ph/radyo-katipunan *liveonlineradio.net/philippines/radyo-katipunan *radio.org.ph/katipunan/ Source link: Live now on Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM till 3PM, HIMIG ATENEO with Cholo Mallillin ….....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jan 10th, 2019Related News

PBA: Rookie Trevis Jackson credits teammate Chris Newsome for smooth transition into Meralco

When asked which of the veterans on the Meralco Bolts team has assumed somewhat a mentor role to him, fifth-overall pick Trevis Jackson grinned and looked over to the person on his right, Chris Newsome.  "The one who took my number," Jackson said before bursting into laughter.  "I didn't take it if it was already mine!" Newsome snapped back playfully, as if taking offense to what the rookie had said.  "He didn’t want to play me one on one for it, you know?" Jackson continued, still trying to keep from laughing.  "I don’t need to, that’s why!" Newsome again responded, before falling into laughter as well.  The playful exchange between the two frontcourt figures for the Bolts showed just how well Jackson was fitting in with the team, with Newsome of course being considered one of the leaders of the squad.  Jackson then went deeper into how he and Newsome have formed quite the bond.  "After my first workout here, Chris just took me under his wing and showed me the ropes and helped me relax. With the draft, there’s a lot of anxiety and you feel the pressure, but he helped me realize that hey, you’ve been doing this, just believe in it," Jackson shared with ABS-CBN Sports. "So I was able to relax and once I got here, it’s was just like ‘see, I told you, just trust it’ and every day, he’s always giving me little pointers, just helping me stay within my game. I don’t have to do too much, I don’t move too fast, he’s been reminding me like hey, you’ve been doing this, do what you do. Don’t do too much, never too little, just give everyone confidence and be there for your teammates and play the game you always play," he continued.  If this bond can translate on the court, then expect Newsome and Jackson to be quite the formidable frontline force for Meralco once the new PBA season begins. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 9th, 2019Related News

ABL: Malaysia extinguishes red-hot Alab Pilipinas

Just as Alab Pilipinas could not get going the way they usually do, Malaysia just seemed to be able to hit the mark all game long at home in the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. Torching the nets to the tune of a total of 14 triples before Jonathan Wong took care of the game-winner, the Dragons doused cold water on the defending champions with a well-earned 72-71 win in the continuation of the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. The Filipinos were up by five with six minutes remaining and one with 31.6 ticks to go, but Wong kept the home team in the game all throughout with a total of 21 points on top of six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. It was also the Singaporean reinforcement who willed in a layup over Caelan Tiongson to lift Malaysia to just its third win in six games. Still, without a doubt, this is their biggest win of the season – becoming the first team to put a blemish on the Philippines’ record. Of course, Wong was no one-man show as Nnanna Egwu and Chris Eversley also made an impact with 21 and 15 points, respectively. They also combined for five of the Malaysians’ total triples that, in all, frustrated their opponents. Alongside being unable to defend the three-point line, Alab also lacked contributions from its locals as only Puerto Rican reinforcements Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos proved effective with the former finishing with 31 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, and three assists and the latter ending with his own 16-marker, 11-board double-double to go along with five dimes. Back-to-back Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. just had five points to his name as he and his squad suffered their first setback in six games. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 9th, 2019Related News

Chris Tiu: I seriously reconsidered playing another PBA season

MANILA, Philippines – After announcing his retirement  from the PBA, Chris Tiu made sure that his fans knew that he had also reconsidered continuing his basketball career.  "In all honesty, I took to heart their words and seriously reconsidered playing another season or at least just one conference," wrote ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 9th, 2019Related News