Tenorio flourishing in finals despite playing through injury

first_imgView comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “Our defense kept us in the game,” Tenorio said. “We didn’t play that well offensively, but our defense kept us in the game. Like what I’ve said from the start, it’s gonna be defense versus defense. It’s gonna be a grind out win, and then we expected it this game that it’s not gonna be easy compared to Game 1.”“True enough, they came out really aggressive and attacked the basket. They attacked our bigs, they attacked the mismatches, but good thing that down the stretch we came out really focused and aggressive.”Tenorio uncorked 10 of his 14 points in the payoff period, on top of three rebounds as he and teamed up with import Justin Brownlee to lift Ginebra down the stretch.The Gin Kings are halfway into their bid to retain the title and Tenorio wants no letup with Game 3 set on Wednesday.“To be honest, 2-0 is still nothing. We know miracles can still happen in this league, so we really have to come out stronger,” he said. “The series is not yet over. It’s still far, far from over.”ADVERTISEMENT “Before we get the championship we have to get win number three first. We’re not gonna look for win number four. We just have to come out really, really, really aggressive and strong on the third game. That’s our focus. We haven’t achieved anything yet by winning this game, so we’re taking it one game at a time.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Legends Jaworski, Arnaiz grace Game 2 of PBA Finals LA Tenorio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLA Tenorio will be the first to admit that his shot clock-beating triple in the clutch was nothing but a stroke of luck.“It was a hail mary shot,” Tenorio proudly said.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Tenorio drilled the miraculous triple with 1:07 remaining to give Ginebra a commanding 84-76 lead. The shot turned out to be the dagger as the defending champions  took a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.What makes Tenorio’s clutch performance in Game 2 more awe-inspiring was the revelation of his head coach Tim Cone that the star playmaker is actually playing with an elbow injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He’s gonna have a surgery on his shooting elbow at the end of the conference. He’s playing through it and still shooting the ball well,” bared Cone.The 33-year-old Tenorio, though, said that it was the Gin Kings’ defense that won the game and not his stellar play in the endgame. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Hugnatan relishes role as Meralco’s floor spacer in Finals series

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco’s Reynel Hugnatan is not the same player who had the role of enforcer for the Coca-Cola and Alaska teams of yesteryears.Hugnatan has transformed from a bruiser in the interior to the Bolt’s reliable floor spacer.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games And in Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals series between Meralco and Ginebra, Hugnatan’s floor spacing was in full effect.Hugnatan practically made things easier for Allen Durham underneath as it left the Bolts’ import just one defender to deal with.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I watched the tapes of our previous games and I think what I did in my floor spacing was very important because AD was able to freely move inside,” said Hugnatan in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“And during the game I was just telling myself that I should be able to shoot the ball from deep so AD would be open.” Hugnatan finished with 14 points, 12 coming from deep, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals as he helped the Bolts to an 85-83 win to tie the series at 2-2.And Hugnatan’s presence on the floor allowed Durham to finish with a team-high 28 points and 18 rebounds.“What happened was, Ginebra’s bigs were forced to go outside and if they stay in the middle I would be left open from deep,” said Hugnatan, who had seven seasons in his 19-year career where he finished with a zero percent clip from long distance.“And if Ginebra’s big men start guarding me outside, I’ll just pass it inside to AD who will just contend one-on-one against whoever’s defending him.”A crucial play between Meralco’s big men happened with 47 seconds left in the game when Hugnatan, who was standing at the top of the key, forced Ginebra power forward Japeth Aguilar to closeout on him allowing Durham space inside for the game’s final field goal.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brownlee defends lack of timeout: We had good looks, just didn’t convertcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Alaska’s Abueva vows to get back at NLEX in Game 2

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Alaska coach Alex Compton said the Aces need to play with more control if they want to tie the best-of-three series in Game 2 on Wednesday.“We were too overeager and the competitive spirit needs to be a little more directed to executing our game plan,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRaring to jump out the gates, the Aces found themselves behind, staring at an 11-point hole, 50-39, at one point.“In the first half, we were stagnant. We didn’t move and we didn’t move the ball, and that really helped them get transition baskets. I thought that was the biggest part of the first half, that they did a good job right from the get-go against us,” shared Compton. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Alaska did a much better job after the break, getting back in the game and even held a five-point lead, 84-79 with 8:59 left to play that set up the tight finish.“I think our energy was much better directed in the second half,” he said. “I really felt like we started to play the way we have talked about playing, the way that we wanted to play: keeping the aggression and the energy on defense and with the press, and moving the ball on offense and sharing it.”The Aces even had a shot to steal the game late, but Abueva and Sonny Thoss missed their shots from close range while Road Warriors rookie Kiefer Ravena owned the endgame.“Hats off to NLEX. They did a really good job of closing out late,” remarked Compton. “I felt like it seemed to me like we must have missed five around-the-basket little bunnies, and even that last possession, we executed our play great but it felt just late. We got a lot of good looks but we couldn’t just knock it down.”Despite the loss, Compton is optimistic leading up to Wednesday’s do-or-die tiff.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games NLEX rookie Ravena flourishes in first playoff game Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDefiant in defeat, Alaska forward Calvin Abueva vowed to get back at NLEX after the Aces’ 99-105 loss in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals on Monday.“Makakabawi kami sa kanila (We’ll get back at them),” Abueva promised.ADVERTISEMENT “Hopefully, we’ll be able to bounce back,” said Compton. “The great thing about a series is we’re not done. Hopefully, we’ll be able to clean some things up and prepare for adjustments on their side.” View comments Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Madison Keys wins opening match at Wimbledon

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Meanwhile, Nick Kyrgios has retired from his first-round match at Wimbledon after losing the first two sets.The 20th-seeded Australian was trailing Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-3, 6-4 when he called for a trainer to work on his left hip. He then decided to stop the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKyrgios also retired with an injury from his first-round match at Queen’s, a Wimbledon warm-up tournament.Despite warm temperatures with sun peeking through the clouds, Kyrgios was wearing white tights under his shorts. MOST READ Madison Keys of the United States returns to Japan’s Nao Hibino during their Women’s Singles Match on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 3, 2017. (Photo by ALASTAIR GRANT / AP)LONDON — Madison Keys won her opening match on Monday at Wimbledon, beating Nao Hibino of Japan 6-4, 6-2.The 17th-seeded American reached the quarterfinals at the All England Club in 2015 and the fourth round last year.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Defending champion Andy Murray will be up first on Centre Court at about 1 p.m. (8 p.m. PHT) against Alexander Bublik.First up on No. 1 Court will be Venus Williams, a five-time champion who faces Elise Mertens.This is Williams’ first match since she was involved in a car accident in Florida on June. The American is being sued by the estate of a man who died about two weeks after the crash that police say Williams caused.Other major title winners on the Day 1 schedule include Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Petra Kvitova.Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge has offered praise to Wimbledon‘s ball boys and ball girls, saying their professionalism made a huge difference to the players.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games TNT import Smith still feels like a winner with birth of daughter Jayden The former Kate Middleton made her first visit to the tournament in her capacity as patron of the All England Club. The duchess told two ball girls and a boy that their work “makes the game happen.”After praising their dedication, she also added, “You look so smart.”Kate will take her place in the royal box to watch Andy Murray on Centre Court on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gameslast_img read more

Petron blanks F2, closes in on PSL title

first_imgPetron blunted F2 Logistics’ sharp fast-game by marching on its own pace to score a 25-23, 25-21, 25-19, Tuesday night and move a win away from clinching the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference title.Using all its tools from a talent-heavy shed, Petron didn’t give F2 Logistics a chance to impose its usual fast-paced game that worked like magic for the Cargo Movers in the past five matches.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ravena sees Gilas stint as gauge of progress LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference PLAY LIST 03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Instead, national team players Mika Reyes, Ces Molina, Aiza Pontillas joined forces with rookies Bernadeth Pons and Remy Palma to help the Blaze Spikers carve out the dominating win before a big crowd at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.The Blaze Spikers can wrap up their second title in two years if they win in Thursday’s Game at FilOil Flying V Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPetron charged its serves to produce eight points compared to five by F2 Logistics who had a hard time setting up its plays all match long.F2 Logistics actually had more attack points, 29-27, but Petron got the upper hand in doing the intangibles like excellent digs (34-22) and excellent sets (32-21). China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

Commonwealth Games: The party is on

first_imgThe people responsible for the mess.Click here to EnlargeTime the worst seems over. Less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told all those involved in organising the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to “leave no stone unturned” to make the event a success, there was a sea-change at the much-maligned Games Village near the Akshardham temple in east Delhi.Upbeat English athletes arrive at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Friday as anxiety over the conduct of the Games lifted.The sudden activity to clean up the Village and get the Games going meant that five countries that were circumspect about India’s ability to host the mega event – Scotland, Australia, Canada, England and New Zealand – joined the party on Friday by confirming their participation.Sixty-one English athletes checked into a fivestar hotel on Friday. They are expected to move into the Games Village on Monday.It was also a day of hectic diplomatic activity.CLICK HERE FOR MOREHow showpiece turned shocker CWG: Army to bridge the gap Village filth that raised a global stinkFrom Village to Nehru stadium in 7 min flatOrganising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, vice-chairman Randhir Singh and secretary-general Lalit Bhanot took Commonwealth Games Federation boss Michael Fennell to the Village while sports minister M. S. Gill made phone calls to nations whose participation seemed in doubt after they complained of the “filthy” and “unlivable” conditions at the venue.In a statement, Fennell, who arrived in Delhi on Thursday night, said: “I am certainly pleased to arrive in Delhi to the news that Australia has moved into the Village to ready for the arrival of their athletes, and with the conformation that England and Wales will be on their way to Delhi shortly.” He added that ” considerable improvements have been made to the Games Village.” Sources said these improvements were done after the PM showed his annoyance by stopping sports minister Gill from making a presentation during a meeting of the cabinet on Thursday. Singh was understood to have told Gill, who had come with a file, that the situation had already been reviewed earlier that evening and that it was the time ” to act” and “not talk”. Minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office, Prithviraj Chavan, also hinted at Singh’s annoyance although he termed it as ” concern” over threats of pullout by some teams.advertisementInsiders associated with “Operation Cleanup” say that work in the last 48 hours has been going on a war-footing. Bhanot said: “Teams will arrive in large numbers from Saturday. Those who were mocking at the sanitation standards in the Village would themselves be laughed at. There were issues, but now the CWG Village is as clean as Beijing Olympics Village. The visiting teams will vouch for it.”Close to 2,000 workers were involved in Friday’s clean- up. The organisers were helped by the sunny skies instead of the cloudy gloom that covered the city for the last three weeks. “The Village is in a festive mood,” a government official, who was at the Village on Friday, said. “With just eight days to go for the opening ceremony, the Village workers were joined by Delhi government staff to ensure that there are no health or sanitation concerns.” Members of the Indian contingent that moved into the Village said they were happy with their accommodation. “We had a comfortable night’s stay and we even had a practice session today,” said Indian men’s hockey team assistant coach Harender Singh. Other sportspersons such as archers, weightlifters and table tennis players staying at the Village echoed a similar sentiment.Village officials said some of the smaller Commonwealth nations were, in fact, surprised over the brouhaha. A top Indian Olympic Association official said, “The mood has changed dramatically.Those who thought England would pull out were wrong. England could not have pulled out of a Commonwealth event. And whatever may have been Scotland’s fears about coming to India, it is also true that they are the next hosts and they couldn’t have risked skipping these Games.” The official said that Fennel met cabinet secretary K. M. Chandrashekhar on Friday and the two reportedly discussed the lastminute preparations for the Games. “There has been considerable speculation about Fennell’s meeting with the PM,” he said. ” But that is unlikely to happen. Fennell wrote to the cabinet secretary after which all hell broke loose and things moved fast forward.” On Friday, Commonwealth Games England’s chef de mission Craig Hunter gave the thumbs up to the arrangements and said India was gearing up for the event.advertisement”It’s a great Games Village. The venues are absolutely world-class. We are looking at getting the rest of the team out there and have a great Commonwealth Games,” Hunter said.UK sports minister Hugh Robertson spoke with his Indian counterpart M. S. Gill and assured him England was committed to the Games. Robertson reportedly confirmed that England’s participation was also encouraged by British Prime Minister David Cameron. CWG officials said the Canadian contingent, which screamed blue murder over the filth in the Village, was scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on Friday night. ” This will be a big boost for the Games,” an official said.Not that the day was entirely without any hiccups. Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates said India should never have been awarded the hosting rights.”Delhi is racing against time to be ready for the Games after several missed deadlines,” he said.But International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge said he hoped India could come through just as Greek organisers overcame doomsday scenarios to stage the Athens Olympics in 2004.last_img read more

Maken pleads for inclusion of sports in Bharat Ratna category

first_imgPleading the case of eminent sportspersons who have won laurels for the country at international level, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ajay Maken Monday sought the inclusion of sports as a category for conferring the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna.Sports minister Ajay MakenMaken has written to Home Minister P Chidambaram in this regard, urging him to take up the issue of inclusion of sports as a separate category for the selection of Bharat Ratna Awards.”Unfortunately, sports is not a separate category for the selection of awards and thus no sportsperson has yet got a Bharat Ratna. I have written to the Home Minister in this regard,” said the minister.Asked if his initiative came in the wake of growing demand for conferring the Bharat Ratna on iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, the minister said, “I took this decision after I became Sports Minister. This should not be linked to anything else.”Maken said “the Sports Ministry does not select the candidates for the Bharat Ratna awards. The Prime Minister selects the awards and the President approves them. The Sports Ministry is intervening only to help the sportspersons.”Asked which sportsperson could be the first one to get the award, the minister said, “I would be pleased if any sportsperson gets a Bharat Ratna. If Sachin gets it, I will be happy that a sportsperson got a Bharat Ratna. The Sports Ministry’s intervention is not name specific, it is only to help include sports as a category.With inputs from PTI.advertisementlast_img read more

Peter Karlsson says Ankita Das and Soumyajit Ghosh can create upsets

first_imgPeter Karlsson has been working with Indian paddlers for some time now. It is at the academy of the five-time world champion that Soumyajit Ghosh honed his skills for two years. Ankita Das, too, trained for a short duration.The two teenagers have qualified for the Olympics and Karlsson feels that it augurs well for the future of table tennis in the country.The Swede, who was here for a three-day coaching clinic for the Manav Rachna Sports Academy, said the two players have it in them to register a few upsets in London.”It is absolutely fantastic that two young Indian players will compete at the Olympics. They deserved their places. They have not been picked, they have qualified. They have a lot more potential and if they continue to work hard they will achieve more success.””They can surprise a few at the Olympics, but if that does not happen there is no reason to feel disappointed.”Soumyajit and Ankita left senior players like Sharath Kamal, Anthony Amalraj, Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das in the shade as they booked their berths for the London Games.Karlsson has guided Ghosh for most of the last two years as part of an ITTF scholarship programme. “He is a talented player. At the moment, Ghosh’s game is dominated by his tactical and mental ability. He needs to improve on the technical aspect and also physically.”Ankita was also selected for the scholarship, but she could not go, though she attended short-term coaching clinics under Karlsson.advertisement”The two players are just 19 and they have a bright future. It is definitely not their peak. As I can see, playing the Olympics at young age can only be positive. Olympics is totally different. They cannot imagine how it will be. When an athlete is competing at his first Olympics at his peak, maybe it’s not so good. But when you compete at a young age, you collect experience. They may have at least two, may be three, more Olympics in their career.”The Swede was a World Champion in men’s doubles in 1991 and also helped his team win on four other occasions.”There is a risk that being part of a big event can lead to emptiness thinking that they have achieved something big. But I don’t see that happening with Ghosh. He is an intelligent boy.”Karlsson said that he will have a chat with Ghosh.”He should not be satisfied with what he has done. You can be happy and proud. But don’t stop working.”Karlsson said that though Sharath Kamal has not qualified, he is an inspiration for the youngsters.”What Sharath has done is extremely good. The way he has performed over the years is great. I often tell the young Indian players that Sharath has shown what you can achieve. They need to respect and admire him for what he has done.”last_img read more