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Jayson Tatum scores 24 points, Celtics edge Knicks 103-101

By BRIAN MAHONEY,  AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics withstood his careless foul with 1.9 seconds left to beat the New York Knicks 103-101 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Tatum had just given the Celtics a three-point lead with two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and the Knicks called their final timeout. They had trouble getting the ball inbounded from the sideline, and Knicks guard Trey Burke had to race into the backcourt to retrieve it as the clocked ran down. He pulled up for a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc and Tatum jumped to contest it, fouling Burke for three free throws that could have tied it. But he missed the first and the Knicks couldn't grab the rebound when he intentionally missed the third. Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each added 16 points for the Celtics, who rebounded from their loss in Toronto on Friday night. They won despite giving Gordon Hayward a night off to rest his surgically repaired left ankle. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 24 points for the Knicks, who lost rookie Kevin Knox to a sprained left ankle in the first quarter. Enes Kanter had 17 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out of their second two-point loss in two nights. The Celtics are considered one of the Eastern Conference favorites but coach Brad Stevens said the Raptors were clearly better now and Boston needed to improve after Toronto's 113-101 victory Friday night. On Saturday night, they were just good enough to beat the rebuilding Knicks. The Celtics looked sharp early in racing to a 26-10 lead Saturday and still had a double-digit cushion midway through the second quarter before Damyean Dotson's second straight 3-pointer trimmed it to 50-48 by halftime. Boston seemed to be regaining control early in the fourth quarter but again the Knicks came back, tying it at 89 on consecutive 3-pointers by Hardaway. But Irving had five points and an assist in a 7-0 burst that put the Celtics on top again and they held on from there, with Tatum hitting a tough turnaround jumper with 21 seconds left and missing a dunk earlier in the possession. TIP-INS Celtics: Aron Baynes got the start with Hayward out and scored 10 points. But he played only 12 minutes before leaving with a sore right hamstring. ... Jaylen Brown was only 2 for 9, finishing with seven points. Knicks: Coach David Fizdale said G Courtney Lee would see specialists Monday after experiencing neck spasms that went down into his chest. Lee was sidelined throughout the preseason by a neck injury. ... Kanter became the first Knick since Zach Randolph (2007-08) to start the season with three straight double-doubles. KNOX KNOCKED OUT Knox was driving for a layup on a fast break when his ankle appeared to roll badly as he was fouled by Terry Rozier III. Knox stayed on the court briefly, appearing in pain, then was carried off by a pair of teammates. Because the No. 9 pick wasn't able to shoot the free throws, he was, by rule, forced to miss the remainder of the game. The Knicks said X-rays on his ankle were negative. HAYWARD'S HEALTH Celtics coach Brad Stevens said there wasn't a plan to rest Hayward on back-to-backs, but his minutes are being watched and he's being evaluated on a game-by-game basis. He said Hayward, who broke his ankle last year in the season opener, was just experiencing general soreness Saturday and didn't think it was anything overly concerning. UP NEXT Celtics: Host Orlando on Monday night. Knicks: Visit Milwaukee on Monday night......»»

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Walker scores 39, Hornets survive Heat rally 113-112

By TIM REYNOLDS,  AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 39 points, including the game-winning free throw with a half-second left, and the Charlotte Hornets spoiled Dwyane Wade's final home opener by topping the Miami Heat 113-112 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). The Hornets led by 26 points midway through the third quarter, then wasted it all before Walker saved them on a night when he eclipsed the career 10,000-point mark. Wade scored to tie the game with 12.3 seconds left, setting up the final play. Walker drove on Miami's Rodney McGruder, wound up on the ground and referee Scott Wall called a blocking foul — one the Heat argued to no avail. Walker made the first, missed the second and time expired before anyone could contain the rebound. Malik Monk scored 15 for Charlotte, and Marvin Williams added 13. Wade led the Heat with 21 points. Goran Dragic scored 20, McGruder finished with 19 and Hassan Whiteside grabbed 15 rebounds for Miami. Charlotte was 12 for 20 from 3-point range in the first half, fueling its run to the huge lead. The Hornets then went 1 for 12 from beyond the arc in the third quarter, and missed their first three tries from deep in the fourth quarter before Monk rattled one down for a 103-97 lead with about 5 minutes left. But it wasn't over, not by a long shot. Wade made a pair of 3-pointers, then set up Whiteside for a basket that got the Heat within 107-105. Miami kept chipping away, getting within 111-110 on a drive by McGruder with 46 seconds left. After Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made one of two foul shots, the Heat had the ball down two with 24.7 seconds left. Wade tried a 3 for the lead and missed badly — so badly that he knew where the rebound was going. He scooted in, got the board himself and laid it in for a tie with 12.3 seconds left to mark the first time that the Hornets hadn't led in the second half. That's when the Hornets gave the ball to Walker for their final play, and he delivered. The Heat led 15-6 early, and it didn't last long — as the next 24 minutes were basically all Charlotte. The Hornets had separate runs of 11-2 and 20-6 in the second quarter to take a 72-52 lead, and Cody Zeller's dunk midway through the third put the Hornets up 82-56. Miami outscored Charlotte 26-10 over the remainder of the third to get within 92-82 going into the final quarter. Dragic had 13 of his points in the third, and his alley-oop to Bam Adebayo for a dunk got the Heat within six less than a minute into the fourth. TIP-INS Hornets: Charlotte had lost six straight against Miami. ... Walker got his milestone basket on a drive in the third quarter, and coach James Borrego said getting to 10,000 is something to celebrate. "You're talking about being in an elite class," Borrego said. "You've got to work. You've got to get better every single year. You can't relax." Heat: Miami's three games have been decided by margins of three points, one point and one point. ... Miami is 9-2 in home openers under coach Erik Spoelstra. Both losses have come to Charlotte. ... The Heat outrebounded Charlotte 49-40, but saw their 16 turnovers converted into 25 points. SIZZLING WALKER Walker has 106 points through Charlotte's first three games. That's more than he's ever scored in his first four games of an NBA season — he had 92 in his first four appearances of the 2016-17 season. ONE LAST DANCE It was the final home opener for Wade, who has dubbed this season "one last dance." He and fellow 16-year veteran Udonis Haslem addressed the Miami crowd before the game. "We want to thank each and every last one of you guys," Wade said. UP NEXT Hornets: Visit Toronto on Monday. Heat: Host New York on Wednesday......»»

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Griffin, Smith lead Pistons over Bulls 118-116

By JOHN JACKSON,  Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Blake Griffin had 33 points and 12 rebounds, Ish Smith scored all 15 of his points in the second half, including the game-winning basket, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Bulls 118-116 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) in Chicago's home opener. Griffin was 12 for 23 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, as Detroit won its second straight to start the season. Zach LaVine had 33 points on 12-of-22 shooting for Chicago, which dropped its second consecutive game. The Bulls played without starters Kris Dunn (excused absence) and Lauri Markkanen (sprained right elbow), and reserve Denzel Valentine (left ankle). With the score tied at 116, Smith drove through the defense for a layup with 5.4 seconds left. Detroit had a 60-58 halftime lead despite shooting 34 percent in the first two quarters. Griffin had 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. LaVine had 19 first-half points for Chicago. The Pistons led 85-84 entering the fourth before the Bulls scored four straight points. Smith put Detroit back on top 89-88 and the Pistons held a slim advantage until LaVine hit a 3-pointer with 24.6 seconds left. After Smith's basket, Chicago had a chance to tie or go ahead with a 3, but LaVine lost the ball — he was pressured by Griffin — as he rose for a 3-pointer. TIP-INS Pistons: F Reggie Bullock (illness) and F Stanley Johnson (toe) returned to the starting lineup after missing the opener against Brooklyn. Bullock finished with 16 points in 24 minutes, while Johnson had 10 points in 30 minutes. Bulls: Valentine will be out for at least another two weeks after a scan on Friday revealed a bone bruise in his left ankle. He'll be re-evaluated in two weeks. "It's not that bad," Valentine said. "My ankle's feeling better, so it's just time." . Dunn missed his second straight game following the birth of his first child. He is expected to rejoin the team Monday in Dallas. UP NEXT Pistons: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Bulls: At the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night......»»

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Youngsters Doncic, Smith lead Mavs past Wolves 140-136

By SCHUYLER DIXON,  AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 26 points in the teenager's home debut, Dennis Smith Jr. converted a tiebreaking three-point play with six seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 140-136 in a wild offensive game Saturday night. DeAndre Jordan had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Mavericks in his first game in front of the fans who used to boo him unmercifully after the Texas native backed out on a pledge to join Dallas in free agency three years ago. The Timberwolves didn't seem to miss Jimmy Butler much after letting the disgruntled guard stay home to rest on the second night of their first back-to-back this season. Minnesota matched the most points Dallas has given up a first quarter while going up 46-37. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 31 points, including an off-balance 3-pointer that helped get the Timberwolves close in the final minute. Derrick Rose scored 28 for Minnesota but got beat on the decisive play by Smith, who hit the jumper over Rose and drew the foul after Taj Gibson hit a tying jump hook in the lane with 27 seconds left. Smith's free throw put the Mavericks up 137-134. He scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. Doncic, the No. 3 overall pick and second-youngest to play in a game for the Mavericks, bounced back from a slow start and finished 8 of 16 from the field and 4 of 9 from 3-point range. With 40-year-old fellow European Dirk Nowitzki watching from the bench in a light blue suit while deal with an ankle issue, Doncic missed his first three shots and committed two quick turnovers. But the 19-year-old sparked a second-quarter flurry of 15 points in the final 6:41 of the quarter with a floater that drew a foul, although he missed the free throw. He poked away a loose ball and hit a second straight 3-pointer to give the Mavericks their first tie at 54-all. The Mavericks, who trailed by 15 in the first quarter, took their first lead at 62-61 in the second quarter on Jordan's layup on an alley-oop pass from J.J. Barea, who finished with 11 assists. TIP-INS Timberwolves: The Timberwolves shot 63 percent while building their first-quarter lead. ... Jeff Teague had 22 points and a team-high nine assists. ... Andrew Wiggins scored 19 before fouling out in the final seconds. Mavericks: Harrison Barnes (right hamstring strain) and Devin Harris (left hamstring strain) joined Nowitzki on the sidelines. ... The Mavericks set a franchise record with 50 3-point attempts. ... Wesley Matthews and Dwight Powell scored 19 points apiece. Barea had 12. ... Jordan and Powell combined to go 14 of 17 from the field. UP NEXT Timberwolves: Indiana at home on Monday. Mavericks: Chicago at home on Monday......»»

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Jokic s triple-double leads Nuggets past Suns 119-91

By ARNIE STAPLETON,  AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 35 points, posted a triple-double and didn't miss a field goal in leading the Denver Nuggets past the Phoenix Suns 119-91 Saturday night (Sunday PHL time). Jokic, who had 10 assists and 10 rebounds, joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to post a triple-double with 30 or more points without missing a field goal. Chamberlain did it twice, in 1966 and '67. Jokic made all 11 of his shots from the floor and missed just one of 11 free throws on a night the crowd serenaded him with chants of "MVP! MVP!" Jamal Murray added 26 points for the Nuggets, who are off to their first 2-0 start since 2011-12 and will go for their first 3-0 start since 2009-10 when they host the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. They'll be without starting forward Will Barton, who injured his right hip on a reverse layup in the third quarter and was wheeled off the court in obvious distress. Devin Booker's 25 points led the Suns. Barton's injury took some air out of the Pepsi Center, where Jokic stretched Denver's 65-49 halftime lead to 81-59 on a dunk, which was followed by a 3-pointer from Murray for a 25-point lead midway through the third quarter. The intriguing matchup between Jokic and top overall draft pick Deandre Ayton down low never really materialized. Ayton, who had 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in his debut against Dallas, scored 5 points on 2-of-7 shooting. Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov knew it was going to be a learning experience as his prized rookie worked against Jokic. "He makes everybody else better. He's a tricky player. He's going to try to sell a lot of tricks to Deandre," Kokoskov said before tipoff. "Deandre has to play smart. He has to play to his strengths, his energy and high motor. He also has to match all of his tricks." He didn't come close, and neither did the Suns. TIP-INS: Suns: Phoenix was without G Troy Daniels, who sustained a concussion at practice. "It was a contact practice, guys were scrimmaging and it happened right in front of me," Kokoskov said. "It didn't look that hard but he didn't pass the test. He's in concussion protocol and he's expected to come back in a few days." Nuggets: Denver was 31-10 at home last season, fourth-best in the NBA. ... Murray tried to get too fancy on a steal and layup and was stripped when he tried to go behind his back before scoring. ... The Nuggets' second string kept letting the Suns back in the game as Phoenix's big runs came when Denver's starters were getting breathers on the bench. The Nuggets were outscored 13-2 at the end of the third quarter and saw their lead go from 25 to 13. UP NEXT Suns: visit Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Nuggets: host Golden State Warriors on Sunday night......»»

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Nabalan erupts for 40

Ria Nabalan became the first player to drop 40 points in six years as National University (NU) scored a wire-to-wire 111-64 win over De La Salle Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The victory was the five-peat seeking Lady Bulldogs’ eighth in the elimination round — and […].....»»

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NU, UST stay perfect

National University (NU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) scored straight set wins over their respective foes to remain undefeated in the girls division of the UAAP Season 81 high school volleyball tournament Saturday at the Blue Eagle Gym. Alyssa Solomon had 12 points, including two blocks, as the five-peat seeking Bullpups topped UP Integrated […].....»»

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UAAP: Kouame drops 33 as Ateneo crushes FEU for share of no. 1

Despite the absence of its key cogs, Ateneo still dominated Far Eastern, 82-62, in their second round meeting in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament.........»»

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Nabalan drops record 40 pts as NU nails No. 72

Ria Nabalan became the first player to score 40 points in six years as National U routed La Salle, 111-64, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday......»»

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Fighting Warays snap skid, shock Lady Warriors

      MANILA, Philippines – On the brink of another late-game collapse, Tacloban fought back from a fourth-set defeat and shook off an early struggle in the deciding frame to stun Pocari-Air Force, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, and revive its floundering campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open ........»»

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Racela, FEU hoping for best after Orizu injury

      MANILA, Philippines – Prince Orizu was the FEU Tamaraws’ best hope in containing the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ rookie-MVP candidate Angelo Kouame in their UAAP season-sweep bid on Saturday, October 20. However, all that came to a screeching halt after Orizu went down with a yet unidentified leg injury after just under ........»»

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Rejected by La Salle in high school, Sean Manganti shows how far he’s come

Rejection has a way of making people better. Take for instance the case of Adamson University forward Sean Manganti, who was technically a reject of De La Salle's basketball program. Manganti tried out for one of the high school teams under De La Salle's educational system but he was cut off without even having met the head coach of the squad. READ:From zero to hero: Sean Manganti redeems himself with game winner This rejection has been a source of motivation for Manganti and seven years later he relishes being able to savor a win over La Salle. Manganti led Adamson University to 57-50 win over the Green Archers in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball, which incidentall...Keep on reading: Rejected by La Salle in high school, Sean Manganti shows how far he’s come.....»»

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Texas could be Ferrari’s last stand in 2018

AUSTIN, Texas --- Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene watched his red cars slip and splash around a wet Circuit of the Americas while Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton cut the quickest laps of the U.S. Grand Prix practice session. A few minutes later, Arrivabene sized up the task in front of Ferrari and driver Sebastian Vettel: Win Sunday or stay close enough to Hamilton to keep alive their rapidly-vanishing hopes of winning the season championship. "We are here to compete with a mission impossible," Arrivabene said Friday. "I know the numbers are all against us ... our job is to go there to the track without giving up." That's an apt summation of Ferrari's fading title chances o...Keep on reading: Texas could be Ferrari’s last stand in 2018.....»»

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Montalbo on another La Salle loss: We need to learn

  De La Salle had an opportune chance of creating chaos in the upper half of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament, if only it completed its botched comeback attempt against Adamson University. The Green Archers were still within distance of the Soaring Falcons with less than a minute remaining but they couldn't hold possession in the two chances they had in the final minute of the game. Adamson held on to win, 57-50, but La Salle captain Kib Montalbo believes the loss has given them vital lessons moving forward. "We need to learn, we're a young team," said Montalbo Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum as his team stayed at the fourth spot with a 5-4 record wh...Keep on reading: Montalbo on another La Salle loss: We need to learn.....»»

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Rising star Kouame wants to motivate players interested in playing in UAAP

  Angelo Kouame is undoubtedly the biggest impact player of Ateneo for the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament. The 6-foot-10 center out of Ivory Coast was, literally, the Blue Eagles' largest producer in their 82-62 victory over Far Eastern Univesity when Kouame put up a preposterous double-double of 33 points and 27 rebounds. Kouame's Herculean performance fueled the Blue Eagles' rise to the top of the standings with a 7-2 record and tied Adamson University for the no.1 seed. Even though he has been unstoppable in the basketball court, Kouame said he wants to be seen more than as an athlete. "I want to motivate the new foreign players who are about to com...Keep on reading: Rising star Kouame wants to motivate players interested in playing in UAAP.....»»

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Caitriona Balfe on intimate ‘Outlander’ scenes

  LOS ANGELES---"Shhh," Caitriona Balfe reacted with a smile when she was asked recently about turning 39. The "Outlander" star looked stunning in a yellow turtleneck and a black skirt.   "Because I am in a place in my life where I'm very happy, It's easy to be OK about aging and life," said the actress about turning 40 next year. "I've been so lucky I've had such an incredible experience. I've had the opportunity to travel the world. I've had the opportunity to live in so many different places.   "If the next 40 years of my life are like the previous 40, then I'm very excited. It will be, yeah, bring on the adventure."   In Season 4 of "Outla...Keep on reading: Caitriona Balfe on intimate ‘Outlander’ scenes.....»»

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No definite date yet for UAAP 81 return of Nieto twins

Matt and Mike Nieto were with Ateneo de Manila University as they dueled Far Eastern University on Saturday. The twins, however, were not suited up as they were just coming off a bout with dengue. This is the second game they have missed. Through nine games in the season, Matt has normed 6.9 points, 2.4 assists, and 2.2 rebounds while Mike has averaged 6.1 markers and 5.4 boards. The faithful over at Katipunan need not worry, however, as team captain Mike and floor leader Matt are already on their way to a return. “Recovering na kami,” the former told reporters post-game. Exactly when their return to action would be, however, is yet to be determined. What’s important is that they two were already up and about and did not look like they had just been downed by dengue. As it turns out, Matt had been battling the illness for more than a week now. “Nung UP game pa yun. Nung sinabing high fever ako, pagka-check sa akin, dengue na pala,” he said. And from there, the mosquitoes also got to Mike and, later on, to their younger brother. The good news is that the Nietos are all good now. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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UAAP Season 81: Ateneo s Angelo Kouame is playing like his NBA idol Joel Embiid

Ateneo de Manila University's Angelo Kouame gave another MVP-worthy performance in the UAAP Season 81 after dropping 33 points and 27 rebounds. Kouame was heralded with "MVP! MVP" chants once again from the Ateneo crowd as he found his way to the bench in the dying seconds of the match. MVP chants from the Ateneo crowd as Angelo Kouame walked to the bench. He finished the game with 33 points (15-of-17), 27 rebounds. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/9PjA2P0G01 — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) October 20, 2018 "I'm really thankful for whatever they give. It's also kind of motivation for me so I'm really thankful," he said. In the end of the first round, the student-athlete from Ivory Coast placed third among the possible MVP candidates in the UAAP next to UE's Alvin Pasaol and UP's Bright Akhuetie. With how his performance is going and how Ateneo has been racking up wins, he is well on his way to the highest individual honors in the UAAP. But the 6-foot-10 center has bigger dreams than an UAAP MVP plum. "My own mindset is I want to be more than that [MVP], I'm trying to make it to the NBA if I can," he shared. Interestingly, his 33-point performance came a day after his NBA idol, Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, had a 30-point game too. "Joel Embiid is [my favorite NBA player], of course! He has the skill, he can dribble, his really strong, he can shoot, he can do everything on the court," shared Kouame to ABS-CBN Sports. Cameroonian Embiid made it rain in the NBA on Friday with 30 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks in the Sixers' win over Chicago Bulls. When Kouame was informed about Embiid's statistics and realized the similarities, his face lit up. "God blessed us! 30 points also? Oh! I watched the video of that but I didn't know what was happening," Kouame exclaimed. Just like Kouame, Embiid is also included in the very early MVP talks in the NBA. "He is such an example for me. I want to be like him," added Kouame. To make things more interesting, Kouame shared that some friends of his told him that he has little bit of physical resemblance with Embiid. "People said that [we kind of look alike] actually," Kouame shared in between laughs. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

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PVL: Pacres out to prove her worth

Dimdim Pacres is out to prove that she’s still a vital cog for the University of Sto. Tomas. When Tacloban head coach Nes Pamilar asked Tigresses mentor Kungfu Reyes for the services of Pacres, the Cebuana native saw it as an opportunity to make up for her less than stellar performance in the last season of the UAAP.  In just two games with the Fighting Warays in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference, the opposite hitter has been showing her brilliance on offense averaging 19.5 points per outing. On Saturday, Pacres dropped 21 points including 18 from attacks in the Fighting Warays’ 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, win over Pocari Sweat-Air Force to snap a three-game losing slump to end the first round elimination.  “Malaking opportunity siya kasi doon ko lang ma-prove ulit ‘yung self ko kasi ang panget nga ng pinakita ko nu’ng (UAAP) season,” said Pacres, who joined Tacloban last week together with Jeannie Delos Reyes. The hitter was considered as one of UST’s top hitters heading into Season 80 together with Sisi Rondina and then rookie Fil-Italian Milena Alessandrini especially with EJ Laure sitting out because of a shoulder injury after a great run in Season 79 and in pre-season tournaments. But Pacres admitted that she underperformed in the last UAAP tournament and this is a chance for her to bring back her dangerous form especially with newcomers vying for position in the Tigresses' lineup which include top rookie opposite hitter Eya Laure.     “Kailangan ko talaga i-prove sa kanila at ibalik ko ‘yung sarili ko kung paano ako maglaro sa loob,” said Pacres, who also played in the Philippine Superliga Invitational for Smart. Pacres is one of Pamilar’s replacements for Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez, who were recalled by the University of the East. “Nakipag-tune up kami sa UST sakto naman na nakausap ko si coach Kungfu at Rev. Fr. (Jannel) Abogado. Nagpaalam ako kay Father so maganda naman ‘yung tanggap niya sabi niya, ‘sige kung kailangan mo na paglaruin mo na,’" said Pamilar. “Actually dalawa ‘yan ‘yung isa (Alina Bicar) naglalaro pa sa Unigames siguro pagbalik ng isa mas magiging buo kami.” Pacres debuted last Wednesday, scoring 18 points in a five-set loss to Ateneo-Motolite. “Kasi naubos ako,” she said of her last outing." Kakabalik ko lang kasi ng laro kasi ang tagal ko nakapahinga kasi simula sa PSL pa ko huling naglaro, sa ust training-training tapos tuneup, pahinga. So kakabalik ko lang talaga as in sa animan.” Against Pocari Sweat, Pacres pounded 18 kills and had three kill blocks including the intangibles on floor defense that helped Tacloban escape with the win. Now steadily jelling with her team, expect Pacres to be at the forefront of the Fighting Warays’ drive for a Final Four spot.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Lady Oragons end slump, down Lady Falcons in five

Iriga-Navy went through the wringer before notching its first-ever win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. Grazielle Bombita connived with the Army duo of Nene Bautista and Joanne Bunag to power the Lady Oragons to a 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-11, win over Adamson-Akari to close their first round of eliminations on a high note Saturday at the FilOil Flyin V Centre in San Juan. Bombita hammered down 18 kills to highlight her 21-point outing as Iriga-Navy barged in the win column for a 1-6 win-loss record. Bautista scored all but one of her 18 points from attacks while Bunag finished with 15 markers capped by a game-clinching hit. Divine Eguia got 12 points while Hezzymie Acuna had 11 markers for the Lady Oragons. Shyrra Cabriana tallied 28 excellent sets in Iriga-Navy’s 66 attack points. “Malaking tulong ang mga veterans namin kasi naging matibay ang pundasyon namin ‘di kagaya noong una na parang on and off,” said Iriga-Navy coach Edgardo Rusit. “Pero ngayon kapag matibay ang kasama mo sa loob medyo makaka-sure ka na lalaban ng todo talaga.” The Lady Oragons trailed 8-9 in the fifth set before sparking a closing 7-2 scoring blitz to hand Adamson-Akari its seventh loss in as many outings. Chiara Permentilla led the Lady Falcons with 21 points while Bernadette Flora had 16.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

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