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FIBA: Gilas draws Mighty Sports in practice game

Gilas Pilipinas tied Mighty Sports in a practice game Monday at the Meralco Gym, 85-all. Down six, the Philippines got two clutch triples from Marcio Lassiter and CJ Perez to force the tie and then stopped Mighty on the other end to secure the draw. Gilas ran two great plays to get Lassiter and RR Pogoy open. Marcio drilled his attempt on the first try but Pogoy missed. The national team had to scramble after RR’s miss and the ball wound up at the hands of Perez. The PBA’s no. 1 rookie then calmy sank the game-tying triple with 14.7 seconds to go. “Coming into the game, I didn’t really expect much but the giys really showed good effort,” Gilas coach Yeng Guiao said. “I’m happy with the results. This is a relly good quality team [Mighty]. This is a good practice, good exercise for us in terms or our preparations,” he added. Even though the national team was playing with limited players, Gilas was overall better after the break, weathering an initial storm from Mighty’s Eugene Phelps. Behind sharper movements and plays, the national team took a 60-59 lead heading into final period. Despite a strong second half effort, Gilas got a slow start in the opening period as Mighty started with four imports and point guard Jason Brickman to overwhelm the Philippine national team. Halfway through the first quarter, Gilas still only had four points and both baskets were courtesy of reigning five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo. The Philippines was already down 10 afrer the first, 13-23. Gilas’ second unit played much better with guard RR Pogoy at the lead. TNT’s top sniper sparked the Philippine offense in the second quarter, allowing Gilas to cut the deficit to one, 37-38, before ending the half down by three.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 8th, 2019Related News

Bottas replaces Rosberg at Mercedes, Massa back at Williams

LONDON (AP) — Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas will race alongside three-time champion Lewis Hamilton at Formula One team Mercedes this season. The 27-year-old Bottas will fill the seat left by world champion Nico Rosberg's retirement. With Bottas moving on, F1 team Williams said Monday that Felipe Massa will come out of retirement to race with them for a fourth consecutive season. Rosberg retired only five days after beating Hamilton to his first world title in November. Mercedes also won its third straight constructors' championship. 'Sometimes in life, unexpected circumstances provide interesting opportunities,' Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said in a statement. 'Nico's decision in December was a big surprise - certainly a challenging situation for the team to handle. But weathering the storm makes you more resilient and we see this as another opportunity for the team to grow.' Bottas finished eighth in the drivers' standings with 85 points last season. In four seasons with Williams, he started 77 races and achieved nine podium finishes. Wolff said it was time for him to step up to the next level and 'how he can challenge for race wins and championships.' 'Valtteri is a no-nonsense guy: down to earth, straightforward and very focused,' Wolff said. 'Pretty Finnish, to be honest, and a great fit for us.' Massa will head back to Williams only a few months after retiring from Formula One. The Brazilian has agreed to a one-year deal and will race alongside F1 debutant Lance Stroll. 'I am very happy to have an opportunity to return to Williams. I always intended to race somewhere in 2017, but Williams is a team close to my heart and I have respect for everything it is trying to achieve,' Massa said. 'Valtteri has a great opportunity, given the turn of events over the winter, and I wish him all the best at Mercedes.' Earlier, Mercedes' young driver Pascal Wehrlein, who had been linked with replacing Rosberg, joined Swiss team Sauber. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 17th, 2017Related News

Philippine firms seen weathering impact of weak peso, rate hike

COMPANIES in the Philippines can withstand the impact of a weakening peso and rising borrowing costs in the wake of the US Federal Reserve‚Äôs rate hike last week -- a double whammy for those exposed to dollar-denominated debt......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsDec 18th, 2016Related News