Levi dela Cruz steps out of Salado’s shadow to lead Chiefs

first_imgLevi Dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s no secret that Arellano will live and die by Kent Salado this NCAA Season 93.But it doesn’t mean that there’s no contingency plan for the Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Enter 22-year-old Levi dela Cruz.The diminutive Davaoeño playmaker has bid his time playing behind the spitfire guard all season long but he stepped out of the shadows on Friday to help Arellano nab the 87-81 come-from-behind win against St. Benilde.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 shutoutDela Cruz exploded for 24 points, 12 coming in the fourth quarter in the Chiefs’ huge fightback against the Blazers, on top of four assists, three rebounds, and a block.But the transferee credited his breakout performance to coach Jerry Codiñera, who has put a premium on team defense.center_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “All they’re asking me is to do defense and pressure on the backcourt. Our offense will come. We’re not rushing things, but today, I think I was a little more aggressive because I was confident with the work I’m putting in after our practices,” he said.Dela Cruz has thrived in Codiñera’s frantic system with the Chiefs’ speedy backcourt that include Salado and Marwin Taywan able to terrorize the opposing team’s guards may it be on offense or defense.“I’m used to running teams like this, playing in transition so I believe I fitted quickly to the system,” he said, looking back at his previous stops in NU and UST before arriving in Arellano last year.Dela Cruz relishes his time with Salado the most, noting that the lead Chief has undoubtedly been “a role model” for him.“It’s really all Kent. He’s our senior. All I want is to do my role whenever I’m on the floor,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments San Miguel overcomes Globalport behind Santos’ heroics For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. But one good game isn’t enough, and Dela Cruz knows that he has to sustain this good showing if he wants to find his niche in Codiñera’s rotation moving forward.But more importantly, he and the Chiefs must exhibit poise in their drive to the Final Four in the second round.“We’re all positive. Coach Jerry encourages us to not be down, not get caught up by the losses and criticisms, and to stay positive,” he said.Arellano finishes its first round schedule in a Finals rematch against San Beda on Tuesday. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

UAAP Starting 5: Week 10

first_imgThe Final Four is complete with Ateneo, De La Salle, Adamson University, and Far Eastern University heading to the playoffs.That, however, wasn’t the only thing to happen at the end of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo suffered its first defeat after going undefeated in its first 13 outings while University of Santo Tomas finally won a game after a 0-13 start.And with all that out of the way, here are the top players by position in the final week of eliminations.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 shutoutCenter: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBig Ben Mbala exacted revenge on Ateneo in the final game of the elimination and he did it the only way a Ben Mbala does and that was to dominate. MOST READ In the two games Far Eastern University played this week, Tolentino was the unquestioned offensive focal point as he averaged 17.5 points and a respectable 7.5 rebounds.Forward: J-Jay Alejandro (National University Bulldogs)Jay Alejandro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro played his last two games in the UAAP, and walked off the collegiate league leaving stellar numbers.NU’s heart and soul did what he does best in his final week with the Bulldogs and that is by filling up the stat sheets. Alejandro averaged 16.5 points, five rebounds, three offensive rebounds, and 8.5 assists on his way out of NU.Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines) Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio likes to score, and that statement is indisputable.And he did that in UP’s last week in Season 80.Desiderio matched his career-high of 30 points on Saturday when he lit NU up in the Fighting Maroons’ 106-81 win.And for his weekly average, Desiderio scored 23 points a game. Guard: Juan Gomez de LiañoJuan Gomez de Liaño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDesiderio isn’t the only one who likes to score for the Fighting Maroons.Rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño does too.In the two games UP played this week, Gomez de Liaño breached 20 points twice and averaged 21.5 points with 9.5 rebounds.Honorable mentionsSteve Akomo (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)Steve Akomo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas won its lone game of Season 80 thanks in large part to its starting big man.Steve Akomo is the owner of this year’s highest single-game rebounding total of 20 boards, and he did that once more in UST’s 88-85 win over University of the East while also scoring 18 points and blocking six shots.And Akomo’s mark of six blocks is tied with Mbala and Issa Gaye’s record for most in one game. Ricci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers) John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt seems La Salle has settled with Ricci Rivero as its secondary offensive option.And although Mbala’s 20 field goal attempts against Ateneo were almost 30 percent of La Salle’s total output, Rivero still had plenty for him as he put up 13 and making seven of those. Rivero also got to the line for his fair share of charities as he went 5-of-7 from the stripe. Overall, Rivero finished with 21 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Elite rookie Jose vows to work hard after signing 3-year max dealcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. With a second straight MVP in the bag, the La Salle center went crazy and dismantled Ateneo in every statistical category.Mbala registered 28 points, 19 rebounds, six steals, six blocks, and a big defensive stop down the stretch to preserve the Green Archers 79-76 win over the Blue Eagles.Forward: Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)Arvin Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArvin Tolentino has often been an unassuming player, to the point of being lackadaisical that his head coach Olsen Racela repeatedly challenged him to give more effort. Well Tolentino may be lackadaisical, but his numbers aren’t.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Hotshots slip past Fuel Masters for third straight win

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Camson willing to apologize to Almazan, says elbow wasn’t intentional PBA IMAGESMagnolia used a late run to escape Phoenix, 97-91, and keep its winning streak going in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday night at Cuneta Astrodome.The Hotshots closed the game on a 13-2 in the last 3:01 to erase an 89-84 deficit and chalk up their third consecutive victory.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was all about mental toughness to win, perseverance and desire in the end,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. “We knew Phoenix will bounce back after their loss and we expected this kind of game.”Rafi Reavis was instrumental in just his second game back from injury as he wound up with 11 points, all of which came in the final frame, 11 rebounds and three blocks for Magnolia, which climbed to 4-1 just half a game behind idle league-leader San Miguel Beer in the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutReavis was at the right place at the right time for the game-sealing basket after picking up Paul Lee’s air ball and laying it in for a 95-91 lead with only 12.8 seconds left.The Hotshots held the Fuel Masters, who blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, to without a field goal in the final three minutes. View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Citycenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lee led all scorers with 20 points while Ian Sangalang added 16 points and seven rebounds for Magnolia, which out-rebounded Phoenix, 55-39, thanks to Marc Pingris’ game-high 17 boards.Sangalang put his team ahead, 91-89, with a jumper from the free throw line with 1:05 remaining before Lee made it a four-point game, 93-89, with 42.1 ticks to go.Magnolia also drew a stellar showing from Rome dela Rosa, who contributed 17 points and four rebounds.Gelo Alolino had 19 points while Matthew Wright scored 17 for the Fuel Masters, who slipped to 2-3 after suffering their second setback in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Ross displeased after Miranda says groin kick ‘part of game’

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ross was slapped with a technical foul during the incident before getting ejected later in the game after engaging in a verbal altercation with NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chris Ross vs Michael Miranda. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross was left confused over Michael Miranda’s comments about the NLEX big man’s actions that led to a hefty fine and a one-game suspension.Miranda was fined P20,000 and will miss the Road Warriors’ next game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Friday after kicking Ross in the groin last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Gab Banal savors chance to play for dad Joel, uncle Koy in Marinerong Pilipino LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In an interview with Spin.ph, Miranda didn’t seem apologetic when he spoke with the media after being summoned by PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial at the PBA Office on Tuesday. Miranda justified his kick, saying that the move is just “part of the game.”READ: PBA suspends Camson, Almazan, MirandaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiranda’s unapologetic demeanor didn’t sit well with Ross, who expressed his displeasure on Twitter.“Part of basketball!?!? Never was taught that part! Could possibly ruin someone’s future by kicking in that area. It’s ok I accept your apology and send prayers your way!” Ross, a five-time champion, wrote.last_img read more

Warriors pull away in 3rd, quiet Beal to win in Washington

first_imgRead Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa The Wizards were again without All-Star point guard John Wall, who sat out his 14th game in a row after surgery on his left knee, but they trailed only 58-56 after two quarters Wednesday. Washington was playing on the second half of a back-to-back after winning at Milwaukee on Tuesday night, and a bit of lethargy showed early on while falling into a 16-point deficit in the second quarter.“We came out a little lackadaisical, a little sluggish,” Beal said.The Warriors, meanwhile, were well-rested after getting Tuesday off. They dispensed with the reigning NBA champs’ traditional White House visit while in town, opting to spend the day touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture with students from Durant’s nearby hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland.“We left it up to the players — what they decided to do, what they wanted to do. And this is what they decided to do, and it was a wonderful day yesterday,” Kerr said. “I think everybody enjoyed it.”In September, Curry said he would not visit the White House if invited; Trump then announced on Twitter that the “invitation is withdrawn!”TIP-INSWarriors: 21-3 against Eastern Conference opponents this season, 12-1 on the road. … Entered the day tied with the Rockets for the most wins in the NBA this season with 47.Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. led Washington with 29 points and 10 rebounds. … Washington has scored at least 100 points in 15 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the East.TURN, TURN, TURNThe Wizards helped create an early deficit with five turnovers that led to 11 points for the Warriors, including a Curry-to-Durant alley-oop dunk that put Golden State up 32-21. Washington finished with 18 turnovers, which translated to 26 points. “Unfortunately for us,” Brooks said, “that’s been sneaking up on us.”UP NEXT: Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Asked for the secret to such success at the outset of the second half, Kerr couldn’t help but respond with a joke.“Mainly fiery halftime speeches from the coach — Knute Rockne style, ‘win one for (assistant) Ron Adams’ type speeches,” Kerr said with a chuckle. “No, it’s not about adjustments. It’s about our guys, I think, just wanting to make a push coming out of the break. I can’t really explain it other than throwing that at you.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn his team’s previous game, a win Monday at the New York Knicks, the Warriors held a 39-18 edge in the third quarter, the seventh time this season they outscored an opponent by at least 20 points.This time, it was 27-14. Wizards coach Scott Brooks’ take on the Warriors’ dominance right after halftime? John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Warriors: At Atlanta on Friday.Wizards: Host East-leading Toronto on Friday. AFP official booed out of forum “You could probably easily start off with saying they have four All-Stars. That’s a pretty good start. They should have a pretty good ‘every’ quarter,” Brooks said.Beal came in averaging a team-leading 23.7 points but he missed his first nine shots and had zero points at halftime. His first basket came with under 5½ minutes left in the third quarter.“They took a lot of my shots away. They doubled. They switched,” Beal said. “Their main objective was to take the ball out of my hands.”A lot of the credit goes to Thompson.“Klay did a really good job,” Kerr said. “We assign Klay with the most difficult job night after night.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rockets start fast, turn back Clippers for 14th straight Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Washington. The Warriors won 109-101. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Coach Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors allowed a 16-point lead shrink to two at halftime against the Washington Wizards. Nothing that a typically dominant third quarter by the Warriors couldn’t solve.Using a 16-4 run out of halftime, Golden State won for the seventh time in eight games by beating the Wizards 109-101 as Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 25, and Klay Thompson helped limit Bradley Beal to eight Wednesday night, a day after the Warriors took schoolkids to a museum instead of visiting President Donald Trump at the White House.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ 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 View commentslast_img read more

Vettel shows speed again with fastest time in final practice

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast In a further boost for Ferrari, his teammate Kimi Raikkonen was second quickest Saturday with 1:12.74.Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was third quickest while teammate Lewis Hamilton could only manage fifth and was nearly one second behind Vettel. Teen star Max Verstappen’s Red Bull split the two Mercedes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingIt has been a largely frustrating weekend for Mercedes so far. In Thursday’s second practice, the team botched a tire switch to the ultra-soft compound that saw Hamilton finishing P2 in eighth place with Bottas down in 10th.Hamilton’s best mark this weekend so far was 1:13.425 when he topped P1 ahead of Vettel — his title rival. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the free practice for the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco, Saturday, May 27, 2017. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)MONACO — Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel warmed up for qualifying at the Monaco Grand Prix with the fastest time in the third and final practice session on Saturday.The four-time Formula One champion looks in scintillating form, clocking the fastest-ever lap time in Monaco to top Thursday’s second practice and setting a new mark Saturday with 1:12.395. The German driver will be confident of a 48th career pole position in qualifying later.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Ocon found that out the hard way, and his mechanics had two hours to get his car ready for qualifying.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Vettel leads the standings by six points ahead of three-time F1 champion Hamilton. They have won two races each and Bottas clinched the other.P3 was briefly held up near the end after Esteban Ocon — driving at the Monaco GP for the first time — crashed his Force India.Ocon misjudged a turn coming out near the Swimming Pool exit and went straight on into the barriers, mangling his car’s suspension.The car was lifted off the track by crane and the 20-year-old Frenchman, who finished fifth at the Spanish GP two weeks ago, was unharmed.The smallest braking mistake on Monaco’s tight and sinewy 3.4-kilometer (2.1-mile) circuit — through the winding streets of Monte Carlo, past its famed casino and around its glittering, yacht-dotted harbor — can send a driver into the barriers.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast NLEX nips Phoenix, ends campaign with back-to-back wins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Mbala erupts for 32 as La Salle barges into semis with FEU rout

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? 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 Fernandez: Potts deserves to be in PBA Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle secured a spot in the semifinals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with an 78-53 dismantling of Far Eastern University in the quarterfinals Wednesday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Green Archers let loose in the first quarter building a 20-11 lead and the defending UAAP champions never relented from there against the Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT Aljun Melecio ran the point for La Salle and he finished with 13 points, seven assists, and three steals while Ricci Rivero and Andrei Caracut had 13 and 11 points, respectively.Arvin Tolentino and Richard Escoto led the Tamaraws with 10 points apiece. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hulking center Ben Mbala was too much for FEU as he put up 32 points and 19 rebounds much to the delight of the Green Archers.Although Mbala seemed to carry much of La Salle’s offense, head coach Aldin Ayo thinks otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not just Ben who carried the load,” said Ayo. “All of the players are motivated because this is the quarterfinals, and this is a knockout game. They all have this sense of urgency to win.”Apart from Mbala, there were four other Green Archers who scored more than 10 points. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Austin relishes second basketball life as part of Gilas

first_imgAnd if there’s one thing his sickness taught him, it’s to take every single minute with a renewed passion. “I wasn’t even supposed to be playing basketball so it’s a second go around for me,” said Austin Thursday at Meralco gym. “It’s a second go-around for me so I take every day very seriously.”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 opening“I know what it’s like to have the game of basketball taken away from you so I’m not taking anything for granted.”Austin averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 boards, and 2.4 blocks per game in his time with Baylor and these types of numbers was what attracted the likes of Chot Reyes to take notice of the 7-footer. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “Each day is a new day for me to get better somehow, some way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo ONE: Eustaquio won’t let foe use him as stepping stone NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES 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’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIsaiah Austin had the sad reality of never realizing his NBA dream after Marfan Syndrome sidelined him for two years. More than three years after the NBA selected him as an honorary player, Austin gets to wear the Philippine colors as part of Gilas Pilipinas. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

A new celebration in Sikkim

first_imgLord Padmasambhava’s statue at NamchiThere are monumental things happening in the ancient state of Sikkim. And that’s not just because of the giant Buddha Statue coming up at Rabong in South Sikkim. The proposed 125 ft statue of Sangay Chomden Dey sitting in meditation when complete should be the largest of its kind in the world. It began in 2006 to mark the 2550th birth anniversary of the Lord Buddha. Covering an area of 22.5 acres, the project includes an eco-garden and other amenities along with the giant statue. In Namchi you’ll find the current record holder, a 45m statue of the Padmasambhava, looking towards Sikkim and the mountains. This one was finished in 2004 after seven years of construction and the sun glints off its shining gold, making it visible for miles around.Across the valley, Solophok is hard at work constructing its own giant statue, this time a 108 ft one of Shiva sitting on a hilltop. Besides the Shiva statue there are a number of smaller statues, temples and visitor attractions under construction for what is hoped to be a major pilgrimage centre. But this is not all that’s happening in Sikkim.Beyond SpiritualityTraditional dance at the Hee Bermiok Heritage Tourism FestivalThe prosperous market town of Namchi also plays host to the recent Namchi Tourism Mahotsav. Thousands of tourists have started flocking to Namchi in October to meander through the stalls of handlooms and handicrafts that are put up along the traditional houses. Cuisines of Sikkim’s different communities are also on offer along with free-flowing rice wine. And in between all the music and entertainment there are pony rides and short treks to be enjoyed–you can even see how Sikkim’s different ethnic groups conduct their wedding rites.Aritar, in East Sikkim, hosts the Lampokhari Tourism Festival from the end of March to early April. This includes boating in the Lampokhari Lake, archery competition and short treks to scenic points on the hills. For the more adventurous, there are activities like rock climbing and paragliding. And of course there are cultural shows, flower exhibitions and plenty of local cuisine. Lampokhari, with its lush green surroundings, is one of the oldest lakes in Sikkim. An artificial embankment has been built to make boating easier, which is quite a first for the State.A Little AdventureSikkimese women performing traditional songsThe Hee Bermiok Tourism Development and Heritage Conservation Society has been hosting a heritage festival in West Sikkim since 2005. Apart from the usual art and culture the festival has an interesting display of items like the dhinki or wooden husking machine and the jhato, or grinder. The height of the festival is a spectacular mountain biking rally that draws tourists from all over. This festival coincides with SHAN, the Sikkim Heritage Adventure Nature International Camp. First held in 2008, the camp introduces participants to the East Himalayas, situated as it is next to the Rhododendron Sanctuary. Accommodation is organised in high altitude tents in camping areas, local lodges and homestays. Savour local Himalayan and Indian recipes.Flower PowerBeautiful yellow orchids are on display at the flower festivalIn May, Sikkim’s wealth of flowers and ferns are in full bloom. To showcase them Gangtok goes to town with a huge outdoor flower festival. You’ll find the State’s 600 varieties of orchids, 240 trees and 240 types of ferns, 150 kinds of gladioli, 46 varieties of the world-famous rhododendrons, different kinds of magnolias and many other leafy plants showcased. Experts gather from all over the world and there are seminars on the subject. It’s usually held next door to the Governor’s Residence at White Hall.Snow ManWhile all these are held in summer, Gangtok’s Winter Festival offers visitors a ‘taste of nature, culture and adventure’ for four days in December. Inaugurated in 2005, the festival consists of a colourful ethnic extravaganza with stalls serving piping hot local delicacies to combat the winter chill. Adventure sports and white water rafting add to the fun. The music festival contributes to the friendly rivalry.Along with traditional village homestays, Sikkimese heritage homes have been developing to provide a ethnic base for tourists. Among these are the Turuk Kothi Heritage House, a 160-year-old house and estate, 45 minutes down the dirt road from Malli Bazar. And there’s Gangtok’s tranquil Hidden Forest Retreat spread over three acres of lush green garden with all kinds of trees, bamboos, ferns, flowers and orchids. These beautiful places to stay provide the right backdrop to enjoy the colourful Sikkimese culture. What’s more, 2010 has been declared Sikkim Year of Tourism and things, one hopes, will only get better.advertisementadvertisement Fact fileNamchi Tourism Mahotsav In OctoberLampokhari Tourism Festival Scheduled for March-April this yearHee Bermiok Heritage Tourism Festival Held in MaySHAN May 10th-13th this yearInternational Rhododendron Festival May 3rd-20th this yearWinter Festival In DecemberTuruk Kothi Heritage House Malli Bazar, Turuk, South Sikkim; tel: (03595) 266 042; www.sikkimeco.comlast_img read more