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

BREAKING NEWS: DEVINE LEAVES DERRY CITY BY MUTUAL CONSENT

first_imgDerry City and Declan Devine parted ways this evening by mutual consent.Declan Devine celebrates winning the FAI Cup with Derry last year.In a statement on the club’s official website, chairman Philip O’Doherty thanked the former City player for his contribution to the club.The statement reads: “Derry City FC Board of Directors wish to announce that Declan Devine has parted company with the club by mutual consent. “The club wish Declan well for the future and thank him for his contribution over the years.Devine (40) was appointed manager of Derry City on 6 January 2012, beating off Willie McStay to land the post left vacant by Stephen Kenny.He agreed a two-year deal along with Paul Hegarty who was appointed as his assistant manager.In his first season in charge, the club finished fifth in the league, won the FAI Cup, and were runners-up in the Setanta Sports Cup. In the wake of this success, Devine signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at the club until the end of the 2014 season.At the beginning of his second season in charge, after an opening day defeat to Sligo Rovers, Devine guided his team to a 10-match unbeaten run and top of the table until they were defeated again by Sligo in the second series of fixtures.However, results took a downward spiral, especially at home, where attendances also dropped.Derry finishing fourth in the league –  which could still see City play in next season’s Europa League if Sligo win the FAI Cup on Sunday next – was not enough to save his job.A goalkeeper, Devine began his career with Ipswich Town but was unable to make the breakthrough at Portman Road and returned home to ply his trade with a number of Irish League clubs as well as Derry City and won the Ulster Young Footballer of the Year Award in 1994 when playing for Roy McCreadie’s Omagh Town. He was capped right up to under-21 level with Northern Ireland, winning an under-21 cap in a 0–0 draw against Romania in 1994.He tasted success with Glentoran, helping them to defeat Glenavon in the Irish Cup final in the 1995–96 season.However, at the end of that season he moved to the Brandywell for a combined fee of £42,000 which included Liam Coyle, where he provided backup to Tony O’Dowd as Derry City went on to win the title under Felix Healy.Devine was restricted to a limited number of appearances and his highest profile appearance was that in the 1997 FAI Cup final. Derry City, aiming for the double, were rocked with the news of the sudden death of the younger brother of Tony O’Dowd just days before the final and Devine stepped up to take his place between the sticks. They were defeated 2–0 by Shelbourne in Dalymount Park on a weekend where football very much took a back seat. Devine remained at the Brandywell for the start of the 1997–98 season but again found his opportunities limited and returned to Omagh Town.He moved following season and ended up with Institute, becoming one of the many players who have played for the two clubs in the Derry.Having stopped playing at the end of the 2001–02 season, Devine became involved in coaching at an underage level. He returned to Derry City as the Youth Development officer in 2003 and was initially involved in the delivery of the community coaching and Football in the Community programmes which were run by the club at that time.The installation of former teammate, Gavin Dykes, as manager in 2003 meant a promotion for Devine and he took on the role of first team coach.Stephen Kenny opted to retain Devine as first team coach when he arrived at the club the following season, and the back room setup, including Paul Hegarty, guided Derry City to successive second place finishes as well as success in the FAI Cup, League Cup and memorable European runs.Following this success, Kenny lured Devine to join him at Dunfermline Athletic when he left for Fir Park and he was appointed first team coach there on 5 December 2006.Devine described the move as a “massive wrench” but felt for personal reasons that he needed to move on. However, after Stephen Kenny’s return to Derry City in late 2007, Devine, too followed him back to the club and was instrumental in guiding the team to the First Division title and a third place finish in the 2011 season.Following the departure of Stephen Kenny to Shamrock Rovers in December 2011, Devine was appointed manager of Derry City in January 2012.BREAKING NEWS: DEVINE LEAVES DERRY CITY BY MUTUAL CONSENT was last modified: October 27th, 2013 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:consentdevinemutuallast_img read more