Grey believes he’s perfect fit for Bolts

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco Bolts’ Draft pick Jonathan Grey. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJonathan Grey doesn’t mind dropping down to seventh in the first round of the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, opting to look at the bright side as he joins a promising Meralco crew.“Hindi ko iniisip yun. Sa akin, mula pa lang nung start, ang dream ko naman ay ma-draft lang. Basta sa akin, masayang-masaya ako na na-draft ako,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Donaire-Magdaleno headlines stacked PacVargas undercard EDITORS’ PICK View comments Grey was expected to fare among the top half of the regular draft. But despite the surprise drop, the former St. Benilde scorer believes he fits perfectly with Meralco.“Sobrang fit ako sa team,” Grey noted, acknowledging the Bolts’ need to shore up in the wing position.“Excited ako kasi makakasama ko sa practice yung players ng Meralco.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThough he doesn’t want to get too caught up with the expectations, Grey just vowed to do his best for the Bolts this coming season.“Gagawin ko yung best ko pag nag-start na yung practice. Alam naman natin kung gaano ka-grabe yung teamwork ng team nila. Excited ako talaga ako dahil marami akong matutunan, lalo na sa veterans nila. Sobrang excited ako talaga,” he said. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908last_img read more

PBA D-League: Chongson says Brickman worth the gamble for Tanduay

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PBA D-League: AMA coach hopes Teng’s arrival helps bring team to semis Chongson sees the selection as a gamble, with Brickman’s commitment still uncertain this conference.“Fifty-fifty. I’m not surprised some teams are scared of complications with his papers. But what surprised me is that no one tried to gamble on him,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I picked him at the fourth round, so it’s harmless.”Still, Chongson hopes that the gamble will bear fruit for the Rhum Masters. Fil-American guards Jason Brickman and Kris Rosales defending each other. Photo by Kuk Thew/ABLTanduay coach Lawrence Chongson anticipated that somehow, Jason Brickman will fall into his lap.And the Fil-Am guard did, as the Rhum Masters plucked the former ABL standout in the fourth round in the 2016 PBA D-League Draft on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Regardless of what Brickman and Tanduay will agree upon, he sees the former Finals MVP for Westports Malaysia Dragons as a sleeper pick.“It’s like getting a gift on Christmas day. If in the next day, his papers arrive then I’ll get ‘pogi points’ from my boss.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

The Great Insect Dying: How to save insects and ourselves

first_imgThe entomologists interviewed for this Mongabay series agreed on three major causes for the ongoing and escalating collapse of global insect populations: habitat loss (especially due to agribusiness expansion), climate change and pesticide use. Some added a fourth cause: human overpopulation.Solutions to these problems exist, most agreed, but political commitment, major institutional funding and a large-scale vision are lacking. To combat habitat loss, researchers urge preservation of biodiversity hotspots such as primary rainforest, regeneration of damaged ecosystems, and nature-friendly agriculture.Combatting climate change, scientists agree, requires deep carbon emission cuts along with the establishment of secure, very large conserved areas and corridors encompassing a wide variety of temperate and tropical ecosystems, sometimes designed with preserving specific insect populations in mind.Pesticide use solutions include bans of some toxins and pesticide seed coatings, the education of farmers by scientists rather than by pesticide companies, and importantly, a rethinking of agribusiness practices. The Netherlands’ Delta Plan for Biodiversity Recovery includes some of these elements. In recent months a debate over whether a global insect apocalypse is underway has raged in the mainstream media and among researchers. To assess the range of scientific opinion, Mongabay interviewed 24 entomologists and other scientists working on six continents, in more than a dozen countries, to better determine what we know, what we don’t, and most importantly — what we should do about it. This is part 4 of a four part exclusive series written by Mongabay senior contributor Jeremy Hance. Click on the following links to read part 1, part 2, and part 3.They formed the unlikeliest of survey teams: in 2017, University of Reno entomologist Lee Dyer, graduate student Danielle Salcido, and executives from some of the world’s biggest banks spent a week roughing it at a gathering facilitated by the Earthwatch Institute. The team chatted, laughed, hiked and scrounged the coniferous forests of Arizona’s Chiricahua National Forest hunting for bugs.At night, the researchers gave presentations about the impacts of global warming on insect populations. On the last day, a researcher offered a talk on the value of native plantings around homes — a message that really connected.“They loved that talk; discussion ensued, and they left with excitement to plant native trees in their yards,” says Salcido. But she worries whether this small-scale solution undercut a week’s worth of messaging to get these powerful people to comprehend the links between a rapidly warming world, plummeting insect populations, and the impacts both may have on ecosystems and civilization.“I was disappointed they left thinking we can solve these complicated global issues by planting a tree,” she says. “In their minds ‘doing their part’ was so distilled and small-scale; I realized that when many people are giving honest efforts to do their part, they are naïve [as] to how much change that will bring about.”last_img read more

Do-it-all Thompson shines for Ginebra in Game 2 of PBA Finals

first_imgPBA IMAGESLUCENA—Joe Devance may have sent Game 2 into overtime but Barangay Ginebra’s win had Scottie Thompson’s fingerprints all over it.Thompson posted jaw-dropping numbers Sunday night with 18 points, career-high 18 rebounds and eight assists as the Gin Kings evened the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals at 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite NBA: Spurs pounce early to post big win over Lakers Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READcenter_img View comments China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Ginebra seeks to sustain that run in Game 3 on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I just didn’t stop. I was thinking that I hope they tire out looking for me when rebounding,” Thompson said in Filipino after Ginebra outlasted San Miguel, 124-118, in OT.“Coach Tim said that whoever wants this more will be the one to get the win. And I really wanted to win this to tie the series.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThompson and the Gin Kings had to muster whatever strength they had left after blowing a 26-point lead and nearly dropping the game had it not been for Deviance’s last-second followup off his own miss at the end of regulation.“It was really a tough game. We got up early, but San Miguel knows how to fight back. It was really a credit to the coaching staff, to coach Tim, because they really looked at how San Miguel played defense on us. They gave everyone of us confidence, so the least we wanted to do was to repay that faith they had on us.”last_img read more

Delos Santos on crucial loss to UST: It wasn’t for us

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University head coach Shaq Delos Santos didn’t take long in explaining his team’s disappointing loss to University of Santo Tomas Saturday in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.Both the Golden Tigresses and the Lady Tamaraws were in dire need of wins if they wamted to go the semifinals and UST took that all-important win in four sets, 17-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-21, and improved to 7-4.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES EJ Laure, though, had other plans and scored her 20th point and stopped the Lady Tamaraws’ advance.Delos Santos said the Lady Tamaraws he saw on the floor didn’t come out like they wanted to win such a crucial game heading into the Final Four.“I know if they want to play well but that wasn’t the team we saw and expected today,” said Delos Santos. “Now we have to win our remaining three games if we ever want to get to the Final Four.”ADVERTISEMENT Final 4-bound La Salle still wary of upcoming foes, says Dy Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home “We were just off today, everything we expected to happen in the game never happened,” said Delos Santos as his team slipped to 5-6 and stayed at sixth seed with the elimination round winding down.READ: UST bolsters Final 4 bid, blasts FEUFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I guess the win wasn’t for us.”FEU had a chance to extend the match to a fifth set after scoring six straight points to cut a 24-15 deficit to 24-21. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View commentslast_img read more

Raymundo, Fernandez forge fruitful partnership

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThey may have started as rivals in the collegiate league, but coach Boyet Fernandez and guard Pamboy Raymundo seemed to have found the right formula to reap trophies in the amateur leagues.In their return to the developmental league, the two led Cignal-San Beda to the championship this 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup in the duo’s return in the developmental league.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 5 players get second chance in PBA after stellar D-League stints Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “The feeling is different because we don’t have a Calvin Abueva, we don’t have a Garvo Lanete, and we don’t have a Kevin Alas. We have no stars in this team and we’re all equals here,” he said.“We felt how hard it is to win the title and that’s what makes this championship more special.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But if you think there’s a method to their madness, Raymundo can’t quite explain why their partnership has been bearing fruits whenever they wage into war.“Maybe it’s because I treat him like a father. We already know each other that well that whatever play he wants to run, I think I can translate that on the floor,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRaymundo averaged 10.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.2 rebounds this past conference as he served as the elder statesman in the Hawkeyes’ camp, ready to relay Fernandez’ orders to the other four on the floor.Though the two has been used to winning in the PBA D-League, Raymundo shared that this conquest with Cignal is truly a unique one because of the challenge of leading an untested crew to unchartered territories. View commentslast_img read more

10th grader from Bukidnon sets new Palaro javelin throw record

first_imgMOST READ View comments Sylvian Faith Abunda. Photo by June NavarroSAN JOSE, ANTIQUE—Another javelin throw record fell on the second day of athletics competition in the 60th Palarong Pambansa at the Binirayan Sports Complex here.Sylvian Faith Abunda of Bukidnon flung the spear to 42.85 meters for the gold that shattered the old mark of her teammate Efrelyn Democer (42.34m) accomplished last year in Legaspi City, Albay.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos King Johnzeus Alabastro of Calabarzon struck gold in elementary boys javelin throw and Marvin Ramos of Central Luzon topped the primary boys long jump during the week-long sportsfest organized by the Department of Education and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission.James Lozanes of Estancia, Iloilo smashed the secondary boys javelin record on Monday after a 59.46m throw to erase the mark of Bryan Pacheco from Central Luzon (57.81m) in the 2013 Games held in Dumaguete City.Over at the Patnongon municipal covered court, Janella Dihnezze Rendon of Bicol grabbed two golds in arnisafter winning the Anyo individual single and double weapon events for elementary girls.Other winners in the single weapon were John Clark Segutier of Western Visayas and Cordillera’s Eza Rai Yalong in the secondary level and grade schooler Jeko Jan Heynes from Socsargen.NCR’s Hannah Lalaine Perez (secondary girls) and Lucia Gabriel Gutierrez (elementary girls) topped their all-around events in artistic gymnastics.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR The 10th grader from Lantapan National High School achieved the feat on her fourth attempt in secondary girls javelin at the sun-baked Evelio B. Javier Jr. track and field oval. Ann Katherine Quitoy of Negros took the silver with 40.64m and Democer placed third (40.43m).“I trained with Efrelyn before the Palaro. She’s the record-holder and I learned a lot from her,’’ said the 16-year-old Abunda in Filipino, the oldest of three siblings and daughter of an engineer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAbunda, who dreams of becoming a policewoman someday, wound up fourth in the shot put, the event where she finished silver last year. She will aim for a second gold in the discus Wednesday.Western Visayas flexed its might on the track with long jumper Elvy Villagoniza and high jump specialist Mary Rose Billones dominating their events in the high school level while National Capital Region plucked a pair of golds through Kassandra Alcantara (secondary girls shot put) and Bryan Oxales in secondary boys’ 2000m walk, which was categorized as a demonstration event. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Oraeme refutes Co’s claims: I didn’t tell him I won’t be coming backlast_img read more

Ahanmisi goes back-to-back in Obstacle Challenge

first_imgMOST READ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Maverick Ahanmisi wins the Obstacle Challenge for the 2nd straight year. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.jetLUCENA — Maverick Ahanmisi retained his Obstacle Challenge crown Friday in the 2017 PBA All-Star Week at Quezon Convention Center here.The Rain or Shine sophomore easily bested his foes with a flawless final run, setting the standard with 25.8 seconds. No one else was able to close.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Mangosong tapped as favorite in Diamond Supercrosscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte “It was tough. I was lucky in the final round that I was able to go hard and not make any mistake,” he said. “I had great players behind me to chase my score but I’m just lucky to come out with the win.”San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnot placed second with 26.7 seconds, followed by NLEX’s Emman Monfort at third with 27.1 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRJ Jazul, Simon Enciso, and Sol Mercado all advanced to the final round but were unable to dislodge the titlist from his throne.Mon Abundo, Ed Daquioag, Stanley Pringle, LA Revilla, Kris Rosales, and Roi Sumang also were in the field but got the boot in the first round. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going homelast_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay | School first, country second?

first_imgThat Calabar High School has created for itself an overwhelmingly significant mark in the annals of Jamaica’s track and field is not up for debate. There can be no credible argument to topple or even downsize that opinion. Such a status was attained on the heels of outstanding, world-level achievements by the institution’s products, Sir Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley, both departed, as well as a former sprint world record holder, Dennis Johnson. Recently, the school, backed by a conglomerate of avid supporters, including some nation leaders, acquired a synthetic running track. With it came infrastructure which saw them, at the time of commissioning, the only high school so blessed. This should go a far way to their maintaining a dynasty of Boys’ Champs successes, which is already threatening to mirror that of their arch rivals, Kingston College in the period 1962-1975. It should be noted, too, that sensing this, the North Street school is well on the way to establishing its own. Foster’s Fairplay, which, for a long time, has agonised over the substandard surfaces on which our young athletes have been compelled to train, is celebrating these developments. Driving this good feeling is the thought that not only will the schoolboys benefit, but their elite-level coaches will seize the opportunity of establishing at the enhanced venue senior programmes built around athletes capable of performing with distinction, similar to the three giants mentioned earlier – a major plus for Jamaica. However, there is that proverbial fly in the ointment. Ominous sounds are coming from the Calabar principal that are interpreted as being a locking down of the new track. The words used, in the view of this columnist, establish both intent and guilt. When the question of this action being taken in the middle of the season was raised, the head honcho, Albert Corcho, disagreed. In his view, it was “the end of the season”, which would make the ruling, according to his judgment, a natural one. It is useful to mention that from the same quarter, there was talk of damage being done to the track by the use of oversized spikes. Foster’s Fairplay is not sure how that can be attributed to either party – the school’s track team or the Akan Club – both coached by the highly celebrated Michael Clarke. As such, that argument as to the reason for the boss’s seemingly unrelenting positions should be discounted. Another point, worthy of consideration is that Clarke has chosen silence as his response. To read disgust into that cannot be too far off the mark, and he could be seeking other options to prepare both sets of his athletes. Corcho spoke of plans to reopen the track after repairs, at the same time suggesting that athletes from the school, having finished their duty to Calabar at the so-called “end of the season”, as well as the club team, could go elsewhere to prepare themselves for their international exploits. Therein rests a problem in the opinion of this columnist. In these times of falling standards and the “I” being placed on a higher pedestal than the “we”, school administrators need to exercise due caution. They should not be sending a message that representing your country is of a lower-level status. What are you saying to your students other than, “school first, country second” when you give them all the support for school engagements but abandon them in this “don’t care” manner when they try to take their skills to the national level? Corcho has, undoubtedly, been a contributor to the high-profile Calabar is having in the schoolboy track and field marketplace, so one should view his stance as a transient moment of irrational thinking. He should now do a rethink, and, along with other responsible in-house voices, of which Calabar is not lacking, arrive at a decision that is more supportive of the nation’s cause. The joy and glory of an Olympic or World Championships gold medal by a former “Here, Sir” student, should not escape him. He needs to set the necessary guidelines, but not deny those who attempt to progress to the higher level, the use of the new facility. Send feedback to lauriefoster2012@gmail.com EXERCISE DUE CAUTIONlast_img read more

Gaters surrender lead again

first_imgFor Clarendon Gaters, it seems to be a story of same thing, different day, in terms of how their results are playing out in this season’s Berger Elite League competition.In losses to Kingston Hummingbirds and St James Sharpes, the Gaters started the match well, leading against the Hummingbirds for much of the early portion, and against the Sharpes, Clarendon Gaters led for a much longer period, even into the fourth quarter.Against St Ann Orchids on Tuesday night, it was the same story, with the Gaters leading 11-9 after the first quarter and 36-33 to end the third quarter of Netball Jamaica’s competition before falling 48-43 in the end.”It’s something we have to work towards as a team, because each time we’re leading and we get into the final quarter, we tend to lose the game because we’re over-thinking,” said Shedieky Hamilton-Barnes, the team’s goal shooter.”I think we’re thinking too much and not focusing on what needs to be done by converting the shots. In the last three minutes we started to miss the shots that really mattered and it cost us the game. We just have to learn from this,” she added.Barnes, Clarendon Gaters’ goal shooter, sank 21 goals from 32 attempts, while Amanda Pinkney, 14 from 21, and Danielle Masters, eight from 15, scored the other goals.LACK OF TRAININGAssessing her team’s capabilities, Hamilton-Barnes noted that lack of training might be affecting the Gaters, as well as her own form.The Gaters only have three points from four matches, while St Ann Orchids moved to seven from four.Attacking player Adean Thomas said slowing down the game contributed to the Orchids’ excellent fourth-quarter play, which yielded 15 points to their opponents’ seven.”We were going too fast so we were losing the ball in attack. So when we went back out in the fourth quarter we decided to slow it down, take it one step at a time, and we remained disciplined,” noted Thomas, who earned the MVP award.St Ann Orchids’ scorers were Thristina Harwood, with 33 goals from 41 attempts; Simone Gordon, 12 from 13; and Tricia Brown, three from four.In Tuesday’s other game, Kingston Hummingbirds beat St James Sharpes 51-36 to move to nine points from four matches. They led 15-7, 25-17 and 38-26 after the first three quarters. Sabrina Spence was their main scorer, with 26 goals from 34 tries, while Hasana Williams, 19 from 24, and Shanice Beckford, who shot six of seven in the first quarter, netted the other goals.St James Sharpes, with one win and three points from four matches, got goals from Kestina Sturridge, with 22 from 37, Conique Moore, nine from 13 and Shanice Howe five from eight.Meanwhile, the competition continues today with a double-header, unbeaten St Ann Orchids (nine points) vs St Catherine Racers, the reverse fixture of a 39-39 clash, at 7:45 p.m., and Clarendon Gaters vs Manchester Spurs at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more