Oral Tracey: Windies lack pride, professionalism

first_imgFellow Gleaner columnist and radio talk show host Orville Higgins has been strident and consistent in articulating the theory that the loss of the passion for Test cricket across the Caribbean is the main reason for the demise of the once powerful and all-conquering team. Higgins opines that both the players and the people across the region no longer love the game of cricket the way they did back in the glory days, thus the players don’t do enough hard work to improve the level of their performances, and so the team itself continues to struggle to be competitive and consistent. This lack of passion, it is argued, has trickled down to the fans who are not given enough incentive to go out and watch cricket the way they used to, with the net effect being the steady and disastrous decline of West Indies cricket. While agreeing that the passion is gone, my question is: Where is the personal pride and professionalism of the players? One does not have to be passionate to have personal pride and professionalism, and as these players continue to be part of a team that slumps to spineless and record-setting defeat after record-setting defeat, where is the Caribbean pride and the hurt that would typically embarrass a West Indian to the point where that inner quest for respect and adulation would kick him into the pursuance of the necessary actions needed to lift one out of this shameful quagmire? WIMPY AND UNPROFESSIONAL Passion or no passion, the current crop of players are shameless. If it is that they really do lack passion, they are then wimpy and unprofessional. Look at their latest surrender in the first Test mauling by Australia. There were several moments during the game when players looked disconnected and distant as if they wished they were somewhere else. The timidity with which they rolled over in less than three days suggests that they had very little regard for personal or team excellence. There was one poignant incident when captain Jason Holder was batting in the first innings, with the Windies on the ropes at five down for just over 100 runs and still in arrears of over 400 runs. Holder, as the leader at the crease and with only the bowlers to come, was hit high on the pad. The umpire gave him out lbw. Holder had a little glance at non-striker Darren Bravo and then walked off. The television replays showed that the ball was heading high over the stumps by about six inches, yet the captain chose not to use his available review. That is the kind of ‘competitive softness’ that permeates the mentality of the current crop of players. Long gone are the ruthless competitors, who placed premium value on personal performances. That has nothing to do with passion. None of those champions of the golden era would ‘give themselves out’ in the heat of battle if there was the option back then of the Decision Review System. If it were just a matter of a loss of passion, then it would be much more understandable why the players and the results continue to be as disastrous as they are. But the way the players and the team continue to fold, especially in Test cricket, the embarrassing and gutless performances point to the crucial absence of personal and collective pride and shows that they have no respect for the people of the region that they represent. That is why many West Indians, me included, have absolutely no sympathy or respect for this shameless and gutless bunch. Passion or no passion, MAN MUST HAVE PRIDE.last_img read more

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Ramdin keeps Windies winning streak alive

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC):Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin stroked a half-century as West Indies kept up their winning streak with a 13-run victory over English County Warwickshire in their third unofficial warm-up Twenty20 here yesterday.The Caribbean side racked up 145 for five off their 20 overs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, with the right-handed Ramdin top-scoring with an unbeaten 52.Jason Holder struck 23 not out while captain Darren Sammy got 20.In reply, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo picked up three for 26 as Warwickshire were limited to 132 for four off their 20 overs.Opener Varun Chopra top-scored with 41, while England discard Ian Bell got 35 in an opening stand of 74. Chopra counted five fours, while Bell gathered four fours and a six.Once they were separated, however, Warwickshire lost four wickets for 38 runs to lose momentum as West Indies closed out well.SCORING RUNSRamdin had earlier dragged West Indies out of a hole, where they lay languishing at 43 for four, inspiring two stands to get them up to their eventual total.He stroked five fours and faced 36 deliveries, adding 34 for the fifth wicket, with Sammy and 68 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand with Holder.Sammy faced 14 balls and struck two fours, while Holder hit three fours off 20 deliveries.West Indies will face Warwickshire again on Sunday in their final preparation game before they head to India to take on Australia and India in their two official warm-up games for the Twenty20 World Cup.They play India at Eden Gardens in Kolkata next Thursday before clashing with India three days later at the same venue.last_img read more

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Big day for RSPL’s cellar dwellers

first_img Today’s games 3:30 p.m: Portmore United vs Arnett Gardens – Juici Park, Clarendon 3:30 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Harbour View – Montego Bay Sports Complex 3:30 p.m:  Reno vs UWI FC – Frome Complex 3:30 p.m: Humble Lion vs  Rivoli United F – Effortville Community Centre 3:30pm Tivoli Gardens United vs Cavalier – Edward Seaga Stadium 3:30 p.m: Waterhouse vs Boys’ Town – Drewsland Stadium Points standing                         P         W        D         L     GF       GA      GD      Pts    Portmore                    32       18         7       7         41      26        15       61      Arnett                         32       17         6        9        46       28       18       57  MoBay United            32       15        11      6         51       26       25       56 Humble Lion FC        32       12          11       9       28      27        1         47 UWI FC                     32      12           10     10       37      40       -3         46      H.View                        32      10           13       9       39      32        7        43     Tivoli                                 32        11              7        14        38        40         -2          40 Boys’ Town                 32      10          8        14      35       49      -14       38    Reno                            32        7          13      12       34      52      -18        34  Rivoli                           32       8           9       15        38      45        -7       33 Cavalier SC                 32       8           9       15        24       35       -11      33 Waterhouse                 32       7          10      15       29        40      -11       31 The possession of the worst record over the last five games in the Red Stripe Premier League could seriously cost one of the more storied clubs in local football when the final whistles are blown today to signal the end of the 2015/2016 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) regular season. Four losses in the last five games including three successive ones over the last three games and the only other result being a draw means that Cavalier have attempted the tragic act of committing suicide. Only a miracle or a lack of interest in the proceedings by their opponents, Tivoli Gardens who have very little to play for, could save them. With two teams set to be relegated the lower leagues today, Cavalier, who just weeks ago were in with a chance, albeit slim, of finishing in the top four now find themselves the second least likely team to survive of the four that could go down. Of the four the favourites tag still belongs to Waterhouse who have basically made the relegation zone their residence more most of the season. Waterhouse have shown fight of late and with a victory over Boys’ Town today could end up on a maximum 34 points, one above the total currently held by both Cavalier and Rivoli. Their survival therefore depends on the loss of both teams and in the event of a Rivoli draw Waterhouse would have to win by at least five clear goals – improbable. Cavalier can end the season with a maximum 36 points and stay up but would have to beat Tivoli Gardens and see Rivoli lose to Humble Lion or Reno lose to UWI FC. The University team still has chance of being on the right side of another decision to be made today that of the fourth semi-finalists and they will not give up that fight easily even though Reno will be at home. That situation makes Cavalier’s task much tougher. last_img read more

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Tony Becca | A day or two to forget

first_imgThe fourth and final Test match between the West Indies and India is presently under way in Port-ofSpain, and without looking into the crystal ball, India may well be in their way to winning the match for a three-nil scoreline. The question, however, is this: what happened to the West Indies in the third Test match in Castries? Set 345 runs in 87 overs to win or draw the Test match after rain had washed out a day, the West Indies were demolished for a paltry 108 runs in 47.3 overs, in less than two sessions, before tea on the final day, to lose by 237 runs and to go two down in the contest. And this followed after the West Indies had India on the ropes at 126 for five on the first day, and after some lovely bowling after tea which forced India to score at less than two runs an over for a while. The West Indies, however, followed that up by losing 17 wickets for 131 runs off 63.1 overs on their way to defeat. In the West Indies’ first innings of 225, the score was 129 for one and 202 for three before they collapsed with seven wickets falling for 23 runs in 15.4 overs. In the second innings, they died without a fight. It was as simple as that. Some may put it down to India’s bowling and fielding. As good as the Indians were, however, others definitely will not. In the first innings, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled well. He took five for 33 off 23.4 overs from some beautiful and telling swing bowling with the second new ball, including a spell of four for seven off eight overs; and spinner Ravindra Jadeja supported well with one wicket for 27 runs off 28 overs. In the second innings, the two pacers, Kumar and Mohammad Sami, went to town, Kumar with figures of one for 13 off 12 overs, and Sami three for 15 off 11 overs. Looking at the Test match in Kingston, one is tempted to ask what caused the difference in the performances of the West Indies batsmen on each occasion, especially on the last day of the two matches. For a start, it was the difference in the quality, or the lack of it, of the West Indies batsmen, and the difference in the two pitches. SWING CONSISTENTLY The Sabina Park pitch on the last day was easy-paced, and at the Darren Sammy Stadium, Kumar, especially, got the ball to swing consistently both ways off a difficult spot for the West Indies batsmen. The truth is that the West Indies’ performance in St Lucia once again exposed the weakness, or weaknesses, of West Indies batting. The batsmen have a lot to learn about batting, about good batting, and about Test match batting. The batsmen, all of them, cannot move their feet. They move their feet improperly, they do not get behind the ball often enough, they play from beside the ball even in defence, and they do not know when to play forward and when to play back. Whenever the pitch is ‘flat’ and offers nothing to the bowler, they look good, very good. Whenever ‘something’ is in the pitch, however, they are, most times, nothing but sitting ducks, and except for the odd one or two, that has been the case over the last 20 years or so. Except for a few, a Brian Lara or a Shivnarine Chanderpaul, it has been proven on many, many occasions. The two senior batsmen on the West Indies team, for example, are dismissed the same way almost every time. Darren Bravo gets out caught in the slips, and Marlon Samuels gets out bowled, and bowled off stump at that. The West Indies batsmen cannot defend their wickets, and if they cannot defend the good deliveries successfully, they will hardly ever be around to take advantage of the bad ones. WAS UNWORTHY I wonder sometimes, or most times, what are the four coaches on the West Indies team roster doing, what are they looking at, do they speak to the players, what are they paid for, or can they speak to these ‘superstars’ any at all? The bosses of West Indies cricket should listen to Sanjay Manjrekar and to their captain, Jason Holder, as they speak about West Indies batting. Speaking after the third Test collapse, Manjrekar, a former Indian batsman, said that it was unworthy of Test match cricket, and that the batsmen seldom played the line or length of the ball, and as such, never got behind the ball or seldom to the pitch of the ball. Most of all, they should listen to Holder. Holder, a young captain who has said he would like some day to bat up the order for the West Indies, said that the batting is not up to Test standard. “I can’t speak for every batsman, and it is a situation where each batsman needs to cope, needs to know how we are going to score runs and how we are going to occupy the crease.” Apart from saying that they should be held accountable, Holder also said, “It is a situation where many of us come into international cricket and are trying to learn on the job. Test cricket is far different from first-class cricket.” Both men are right. West Indian batsmen have a lot to learn about batting, good Test match batting. You only have to look at club cricket, and you only have to look at regional first-class cricket, and you will see the number of wickets falling in bunches, the number of teams getting bowled out for embarrassingly small scores, and the number of four-day matches finishing in two or three days on good pitches right across the region. Something must be done about this, it must start at the school level, and it must be done quickly. That is where the coaching is most needed, that is where it will really help. Coaching will hardly help those at the Test level, although to be honest, the West Indies batsmen seem to need it.last_img read more

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WICB turns ‘allegations of wrongdoing’ over to lawyer

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday said it was contemplating legal action in the face of what it considered to be allegations of “wrongdoing and misappropriation of WICB funds by present members” by former board officials. Pointing to calls for a forensic audit of the WICB’s finances in a media report carried last week by noted cricket website ESPNCricinfo, the board said these were “without any basis in fact” and “completely false, and seriously damaging” to the board’s members and auditors. Further, the WICB slammed the calls by former officials as an “emotional reaction” to its decision to snub the recent CARICOM Governance Report, which had recommended the immediate dissolution of the board. “The WICB notes that these allegations appear triggered not by fact or evidence, but an emotional reaction to the WICB’s response to the CARICOM subcommittee’s report and other matters. These officials have completely ignored the written responses of the WICB,” the board said in a strongly worded release. “The board has been advised that in a number of instances, the call for a forensic audit carries the suggestion of wrongdoing and misappropriation of WICB funds by present members of the WICB. DAMAGING ALLEGATIONS The release continued: “Additionally, it suggests the auditors are either incompetent or complicit. These allegations are completely false and seriously damaging to the reputation of the WICB, its members, and auditors.” “The WICB has, therefore, decided that these are serious allegations and has referred the matter to Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan of Dominica for his advice and recommendations.” In the ESPNCricinfo article, former WICB president Ken Gordon was quoted as saying that a forensic audit of the board was needed in order to “lift the clouded veil which now surrounds that body”. Trinidadian Gordon, who led the WICB between 2006 and 2008, said such an audit would be the starting point of “getting the WICB right”. He had made a similar call in July, according to ESPNCricinfo. Ex-corporate secretary Tony Deyal also agreed with Gordon’s call, warning of a “deep threat of the absolute and total downfall of West Indies cricket”. INDEPENDENT AUDITS But in its pushback against the former officials, the WICB said yesterday that audits had been conducted by independent companies Price Waterhouse and KPMG, and reports had been made available to the public. “These calls for a forensic audit by the former officials are without any basis in fact, and importantly, notwithstanding that these former officials are aware that the WICB has for many years retained internal and external auditors,” the board argued. “The board’s internal and external audits are done and authorised by Price Waterhouse and KPMG, respectively, and accounts are published by or available from the WICB on all its platforms, including the website, where the reports are available.” Last weekend, following a board of directors meeting in Roseau, the WICB announced that it was forecasting a surplus for the financial year ending September 30.last_img read more

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Richards wrecks Waterhouse

first_img “My ambition for the rest of the season is to keep focused and continue doing what I have been doing, because I have played three matches so far and I have got three man-of-the-match award, so I just want to keep doing what I am doing,” the former G.C. Foster College player said afterwards. The visitors were the better team from the opening whistle and they deservingly went ahead when Theo Brown’s poor clearance, after Richards’ penetrating run, gifted Roshane Sharpe a sitter. Sharpe slotted home from six yards. Waterhouse continued to have problems containing Richards, and 63 minutes into the match, he slipped AndrÈ Dawson through on goal and the former Boys’ Town man fired under Roshane Patterson to double the lead. Four minutes from the end, Richards capped a fine individual performance when he ran through the Waterhouse defence before hitting a shot that struck the post and deflected into the net. With two wins from three games, Jamalco’s coach, Rayon Johnson, is pleased with his team’s start to life in the top flight. He also had high praises for Richards. “This start is good for us. Teams will get stronger as the competition goes on, so we have to accumulate points and look what comes further down the road. But I was really impressed with my team’s performance,” he said. Johnson added: “Richards is a quality player He comes every day and works hard and once you work hard, you are going to get your reward, and that’s what happened today. He’s one of the key players in our system. Meanwhile, as pressure continues to mount on Waterhouse coach Marvin Tate, he was locked in a meeting with his players after the game and unable to comment. POOR CLEARANCE Newcomers Jamalco continued Waterhouse’s miserable start to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season, handing the Drewsland-based club a 3-0 win at Waterhouse Stadium yesterday and condemning the former champions to their third defeat from as many games. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder, Rohan Richards, was the chief architect of the home team’s demise, providing a goal and an assist while tormenting the Waterhouse defence all afternoon. The former Denbigh High player, who is in his first season in the Premier League, has won the Man of the Match award for all three matches he has played this season and is really taking to life in the top-flight. “I have a good influence on the Jamalco attack. Jamalco fans are looking for hard work from me, so I put in the hard work for my team to come out victorious in games. This is my first year in the Premier League and I knew I could do it, from I put in the work and do what I have to do,” He said.last_img read more

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Jordan, Pollard fail to save Strikers from defeat

first_imgPERTH, Australia (CMC):Chris Jordan and Kieron Pollard shared three wickets but failed with the bat as they saw Perth Scorchers beat Adelaide Strikers by 49 runs in the Big Bash League yesterday.Jordan, the Barbados-born England all-rounder, captured two wickets for 48 runs from his allotted four overs, and Pollard added one for 10 from one over, as the Scorchers posted 197 for seven from their allocation of 20 overs.Jordan’s former England teammate Ian Bell hit six fours and two sixes in the top score of 61 from 42 balls for the Scorchers, after they were put in to bat in the fifth match of the competition played at the Western Australian Cricket Association.Pollard was dismissed for four off former Australia left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson and Jordan was trapped leg before wicket to discarded Aussie spinner Ashton Agar, as the Strikers were restricted to 149 for nine in their 20 overs. It was their second straight defeat.The Strikers have eight days off before they face Sydney Sixers on Old Year’s Day on home soil at the Adelaide Oval.last_img read more

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GOLDEN GIRLS: Ja women win 4x200m at IAAF World Relays

first_img “This is my first gold medal at the World Relays and so I am very grateful for it,” said Forbes.  Meanwhile, Jamaica’s men and women 4x400m teams advanced to Sunday’s final of the meet. Javere Bell, Javon Francis Peter Matthews and Demish Gaye, clocked 3:03.52 for second in heat three of the men’s 4x400m. The race was won by Botswana in 3:03.09. The women also had to settle for second in their heat in 3:29.93. Jamaicans, who won silver in 2015, were led off by Christine Day, followed by Janieve Russell, Dawnalee Loney and captain Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby. The event was won by Poland in 3:29.42.  Defending champions the United States have the fastest time,  3:29.27, going into the final.      Action on the second day begins at 6:35 p.m. (Ja time) with the heats of the men’s 4×200 metres. Jamaica’s quartet, led by Rio Olympics double sprint champion Elaine Thompson,  produced a brilliant performance to capture the gold medal in the women’s 4×200 metres at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas tonight. .  The Jamaicans won the event in a championship record 1:29.04 erasing the previous mark of  1:29.45, which was set by the United States in 2014. The team was led off by Jura Levy, then to Rio de Janeiro Olympics 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, who ran a spectacular leg to hand over to Sashalee Forbes. The latter then handed safely to Olympic sprint champion Thompson, who sped away from the field to win the event by more than 10 metres. Thompson said they were all very happy after their golden run. “We came out in the final and passed the baton safely around … we were not aiming for a championships record but fortunately we got it …,” said Thompson who is competing at the championships for the first time.   Forbes who is also competing at the championships for the first time was overjoyed.last_img read more

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After placing 8th in AVC, PH aims for better finish in SEA Games

first_imgAgainst the region’s volleyball team, the Filipinos are not only shooting for a better record than in the AVC but are also aiming for the top prize.“We will give out best come the SEA Games,” said national team veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga in Filipino Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena. “The goal is to bring home a medal for the Philippines, and we’ll put on our best performance there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Philippines had a chance to take the seventh place in the tournament but its spirited comeback against the 21st-ranked Kazakhs lasted just two sets.Gonzaga said they failed to adjust quicker to the Kazakhs’ constant attacks in the fifth set and she hopes they can improve on their mental toughness come the Games at Kuala Lumpur. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ronaldo says his ban for pushing referee is ‘persecution’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as hercenter_img Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ “I think our opponents read our strategy and we had a hard time adjusting,” said Gonzaga who had 10 points in the loss. “Holding on to your momentum all depends on the team’s mental toughness and that’s the area we have to improve on.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines had a disappointing end in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after losing in five sets to Kazakhstan 25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 15-3, to finish at eighth place.But the AVC is just the first part of the national team’s grueling August schedule as it will also compete in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbatelast_img read more

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Road Warriors hold off Batang Pier, bolster Top Four bid

first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We need eight wins to make the top four. We have two more games, hard games against TNT and Star, so if we luck on one of those, we’ll get what we’re waiting for,” said Guiao.Murphy Holloway paced GlobalPort (3-4) with 29 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, six steals, and three blocks, while Terrence Romeo came off the bench and fired 24 markers, but went 6-of-13 from threes and committed eight turnovers in the loss.The scores:NLEX 109 – Fuller 33, Tiongson 21, Quinahan 18, Alas 12, Baguio 10, Mallari 8, Fonacier 4, Ighalo 3, Al-Hussaini 0, Lastimosa 0, J. Villanueva 0, Soyud 0, Taulava 0.GLOBALPORT 99 – Holloway 29, Romeo 24, Anthony 15, Cortez 9, Arana 9, Guinto 6, Cardona 4, Baracael 3, Mamaril 0, Hubalde 0, Celiz 0.Quarters: 33-22, 56-54, 78-76, 109-99. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES PVL: FEU tramples San Sebastian in straight sets Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taalcenter_img Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJuami Tiongson caught fire late while JR Quiñahan did the dirty work as NLEX repulsed GlobalPort, 109-99, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The pint-sized playmaker dropped 14 points in the payoff period, 12 of which coming from beyond-the-arc, as he triggered the Road Warriors’ early fourth quarter blast.ADVERTISEMENT Tiongson wound up with 21 points on 5-of-7 clip from three and four assists.“Juami Tiongson played really good today. That’s the way we want it, we want players stepping up,” said coach Yeng Guiao. “Kevin Alas did not play bad, but Tiongson was just playing so well that I let him finish the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The burly Quiñahan followed suit, scrapping his way down low to rack up 18 markers and off the bench as he helped NLEX grab a 102-91 lead with 4:03 remaining.Aaron Fuller topscored with 33 points that went with 20 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists as the Road Warriors moved up to 7-2 in the standings with two games remaining in their schedule. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Guiao felt relieved to have survived the Batang Pier, who missed the services of Stanley Pringle.Pringle left for the United States to be with his ailing father.“We’re lucky that Pringle wasn’t there. I was watching the game against TNT and I was already contemplating on how will we stop this guy. But sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good,” said the veteran mentor.NLEX jumped out of the gates firing, establishing control early, 27-9, with 3:00 left in the first quarter before GlobalPort made a huge run that paved way for a nip-and-tuck battle in the middle quarters.But Tiongson was just stellar, holding off the Batang Pier as the Road Warriors inched closer on nabbing a top four seat that comes with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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