Back from the dead, Aces stay in playoff hunt

first_imgCalvin Abueva. PBA IMAGESAfter Alaska’s 0-6 start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the players know that they have no choice but to play like there’s no tomorrow.Not only are the Aces’ campaign this conference is hanging in the balance, but so are their careers as well.ADVERTISEMENT However, if there’s one positive thing their slump gave the Aces, it’s that they can’t take any team lightly.“Before, we’re a bit overexcited. We felt that we could beat anyone, but we were wrong. We realized that it’s not going to be easy,” said Abueva. “Now, I think we’re being more solid. We’re getting our momentum back and I hope we continue this.”Alaska stakes its three-game winning streak against Meralco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That mentality was in full display in the game against the Picanto as Alaska pulled itself back from 10 points down.Abueva was at is best, doing a little bit of everything including getting into Kia import Geron Johnson’s head.With Johnson losing his focus, Alaska capitalized with its import Buck Henton and starting point guard JVee Casio coming through down the stretch.Abueva admitted that Johnson’s aggressiveness caught the Aces by surprise.“We were rattled,” he said. “We knew we needed a win, but we struggled getting any momentum in the first three quarters. But in the fourth quarter, everything clicked and that was when we were able to show our energy and hustle. All we wanted was to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game runcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Our captain (JVee Casio) said that a lot of us have expiring contracts. So if we want to get extended, get a raise, we have to make it to the playoffs,” said Calvin Abueva in Filipino.That explains the heightened sense of urgency of the Aces for the past three games as they snapped their inglorious 14-game losing skid dating back to last conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlaska has now won three straight games with its latest victory at the expense of Kia, 102-94, on Sunday.“We’re willing to die just for us to play well and make it to the playoffs,” the energetic forward said. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

Tahir will be our secret weapon at World Cup: Smith

first_imgThe latest addition to the South African squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup, Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir will be the country’s ‘secret weapon’ at the mega-event, starting from February 19 in the sub-continent, said Proteas skipper Graeme Smith.South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir. APSmith explained that it was a conscious decision not to expose Tahir, who only received South African citizenship midway through the just-concluded tour of India, in the one-day series matches against the visitors.”(Tahir) is someone we want to keep fresh and not allow people the opportunity to see so much of. It was also a tactical decision, with our batting being slightly light in this series (against India),” Smith told a daily SportsDay.Tahir, who came up with some superb performances in local games, is also familiar with the sub-continental pitches.”The conditions in India will be a lot more batting friendly, and we will need to adapt our mindset from a batting and bowling perspective,” Smith said.”The great thing about our squad is that it’s hard to predict what the line-up is going to be. It’s the first time we’re going to a World Cup with a lot of different options.”We need to assess the conditions going into our first game and pick the team accordingly. I don’t think we are going there with a set XI in mind. We are going to pick the best combinations for each game; players we believe can win that game,” added Smith.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Reality check

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte A marked man as mentioned by Eriksson before the match, Wu proved to be a cut above the rest as his well-placed effort in the 40th minute opened the scoring for the Chinese.In front of 16,000 fans, most of them Filipino workers spending their day off at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, another moment of magic from the Chinese striker in the 66th minute doubled the advantage, before substitute Yu Dabao cashed in on some indecision from Azkals defenders off a corner.“We knew that one of the two things we needed to before the match was that we cannot give him space, but he still finished twice unmarked. We have to do a better job in this situation,” said Schrock.Defender Daisuke Sato said the Azkals have to be physically stronger at this level after the Chinese refused to pull up on some heavy challenges during the course of the match. Sato had a swollen lip after getting hit in the first half.“You cannot switch off in these types of games, in this level we are playing now,” said Schrock.The midfielder warned his team from looking past Kyrgyzstan, a newcomer in the tournament, which the Azkals have beaten twice two years ago.“We cannot overlook anyone in this group especially now that Kyrgyzstan has a chance to advance to the next round. Like I said, it’s a final. We have more time together and work something out for this game and we will take the challenge.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phil Younghusband shrugs off the challenge from Wu Xi. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ryan LimABU DHABI—The Philippines left this city tired and disappointed after a heavy 3-0 defeat to China last Friday night that left its hopes of reaching the next round of the AFC Asian Cup hanging by a thread.Getting a grim reality check on the level of competition they are facing, the Azkals were punished by a sharp and incisive Chinese side, which capitalized on some poor defending from the Philippines to secure their second straight win and progress to the Round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT A few tactical tweaks by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson did not go as planned as the Chinese overran the Azkals midfield. Manny Ott was relegated to the bench with Carlie de Murga getting a first start.Schrock took an advanced role on the left wing, while Luke Woodland played at rightback.The Azkals, however, seemed to run out of ideas when they had the ball and struggled to settle into the match, unlike in the Korea encounter where they looked comfortable soaking up the pressure, before breaking forward in numbers.Javier Patino, just like against Korea, again couldn’t find a way through the Chinese goal, after he was released by Patrick Strauss on the counterattack.“We were all very disappointed with the outcome but just to defend in a game like this is not enough,” said Schrock. “We barely created our opportunities from our side. We had one golden opportunity with Javier on the counter and that was it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ginebra, TNT kick off season of chasing San Miguel Beer LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening On a high after their impressive performance in the 0-1 loss to South Korea, the Azkals’ pride was pricked by China’s workmanlike and classy display that was highlighted by two sublime goals by Wu Lei.The Azkals still have an outside chance of reaching the next round after South Korea nipped Kyrgyzstan, 1-0, last Friday night, but they would need to beat the Kyrgyz side first and hope that other results go their way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe final group match is slated on Wednesday at Rashid Stadium in Dubai.“We still have hope,” said captain Stephan Schrock. “As you know, South Korea beat Kyrgyzstan last night and so we can still have a little final for the third place for maybe a place in the next round.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more