Haunted by last year’s botched shot vs Ateneo, Arvin Tolentino makes up for it big time

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I remembered what happened last year, and last year we had a chance to go to the finals,” said Tolentino in Filipino. “That wasted opportunity, that last shot, it still haunts me and that’s what I was thinking about earlier and I told myself ‘never again.’”And Tolentino made good on his promise when his soul-crushing three-pointer with 3.1 seconds left was like a blazing spear that struck the collective hearts of the Green Archers.What made the blow even harder for De La Salle was FEU were able to go on a 7-2 run that started with just 1:28 to play.Whether it was fate or just sheer coincidence, Tolentino found himself with a crazy amount of daylight after La Salle’s defense collapsed to the paint in an attempt to trap Barkley Eboña, who rolled to the basket after giving a pick for Jasper Parker to go through.Justine Baltazar tried to scramble and challenge Tolentino’s shot but the distance between the two big men was just too much and FEU’s star forward was able to knock down, arguably, the biggest shot of his collegiate career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Last year, Tolentino botched what could’ve been the game-winner in the Tamaraws’ do-or-die match against Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Final Four. The Blue Eagles, who went on to win the title, won 88-84 in overtime.That haunting memory lingered in Tolentino’s mind but the sweet-shooting forward was able to exorcize his demons with his team back on the brink of elimination.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: FEU crashes UAAP Final Four party, eliminates De La Salle for no. 4Tolentino nailed the game-winning three-pointer to send Tamaraws to the Final Four after with a 71-70 win over De La Salle in the fourth place playoff Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. LATEST STORIES It was exactly 364 days ago when Arvin Tolentino missed his chance to become one of the many heroes who has worn Far Eastern University’s colors.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments PH Azkals near Suzuki Cup semis after holding Thailand to 1-1 stalemate Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I just want to give everything to FEU and this could’ve been our last game and I was just thinking that I won’t waste this opportunity and I won’t waste the sacrifices of my teammates,” said Tolentino who finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Bullet train promises fast relief

first_imgHigh-speed trains connecting Northern and Southern California have been in the talking-about phase for, it seems, my entire life. But with congestion getting worse (does it ever get better?) and traffic jams now common occurrences in the middle of the state’s vast nowhere, the talk has turned serious. Rights-of-way are being established, and the preliminary environmental review is under way. Throughout the next few weeks, Los Angeles is getting its first glimpse of the bullet-train plan in a series of community meetings in places close to proposed stations, such as Glendale on April 4 (Burbank station) and Sylmar (which will be getting its own station) on April 10. I caught up with the show at the Friendship Auditorium in Griffith Park on Wednesday night. Dan Templis, a project manager with the engineering firm Hatch Mott MacDonald, which is working on the L.A.-to-Palmdale stretch, outlined the plan with the help of a mostly animated DVD showing the sleek and futuristic train zipping down the 99 Freeway, through tunnels in the hills of Central California and into the mega train stations of Tomorrowland. The catch, of course, is cash. Building the train requires an investment of $40 billion, at least. That’s the equivalent of $1,000 per person for the 40 million people expected to live in California in a few short years. That’s also about half of what the governor proposed for fixing all state infrastructure. It’s a whole lot of money for a state that doesn’t much use the trains it’s got already. We’ll find out soon if the public is ready for a bullet train. The first of the bonds of the project – $10 billion – is expected to be on the November 2008 ballot. It’s considered seed money. And it’s a steep price for something that won’t do us much good for another 13 years. But imagine what that could be like. I have been traveling the Southern California-Bay Area section of Interstate 5 for nearly 30 years, ever since as a kid I shuttled between my San Diego mom and San Francisco dad. The trips became even more regular during my college years, when I missed home and warm weather. I still regularly travel the route to visit family and friends who stubbornly refuse to move south. All the while, the drive has been getting incrementally worse. I noticed, but didn’t really care. Not until the fateful Thanksgiving weekend in 2002, when I got stuck in a 200-mile traffic jam between Los Banos and the Grapevine. What used to be a fairly pleasant trip is now an ordeal, and costly, too. I’ll never forget the night my niece was diagnosed with leukemia. I jumped into my car at 10 p.m. and headed for Stanford Children’s Hospital, planning to set the cruise at 90 mph for an easy, late-night drive. Instead, I got a harrowing, truck-congested, windblown nightmare of a long, slow and dangerous drive. Like the 405, traffic through the Central Valley is a 24/7 kind of thing. That was 19 months ago. My niece beat her cancer, but Interstate 5 probably never will beat its affliction. And that realization makes me wonder whether $40 billion is really all that much. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at mariel.garza@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TWO and a half hours. It’s the amount of time it takes to watch a Scorsese movie. It’s the length one must sit still for a haircut and color. It’s the time it should take to drive from Los Angeles to San Diego, but usually doesn’t. It also used to be the time – way back in the pre-Sept. 11 era – that it took to step into LAX, get on a plane and end up in San Francisco, ready for some high times in North Beach. Ah, those were the days. That 21/2 hours travel time from Union Station to downtown San Francisco might be a possibility once again – or at least that’s the sales pitch for the proposed Fly California bullet train. With a little luck, and a whole lot of love from voters next year, the train will be running regular L.A.-S.F. routes starting in 2020. That short travel time is what the High Speed Rail Authority hopes will sell the state on the most expensive public-works project in U.S. history – a 700-mile system of super-fast electric trains (125 mph in the city; 220 mph in the open country) from San Diego to the Bay Area and Sacramento. Watch out, cow! last_img read more