Western Bureau:Forward Dijon Scott stung his former team with two clinical finishes as Munro College defeated Lacovia 4-2 in Santa Cruz yesterday in Group E of the 2015 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup.The win sealed Munro’s place in the Inter-Zone round behind group winners St. Elizabeth Technical. Lacovia also advance as one of the best third-place teams.Champions Clarendon College, 18 points, also sealed group honours with a 3-0 win over Thompson Town in Group H, while Lennon High (15 points) finished as runners-up.At the Treasure Beach Sports Park, STETHS clipped Newell 1-0 to move to 21 points and another top-of-the-group finish.Lacovia, who came into the game as leaders of a very impressive group, were undermined inside the first 15 minutes. They then, in the 61st minute, lost Akeem Brown, who was red carded for a bad foul on Munro’s Carlos Palomares.Winning goalsScott, who donned the sky blue for Lacovia last year, scored Munro’s last two goals in the 60th and 69th minutes, respectively, to follow up his teammates’ opening salvo to spark a frantic celebration on the sidelines.Roshane Walker profited from a defensive error to fire Munro in the lead in the ninth minute. Oshane Staple then levelled the score for Lacovia with a powerful shot in the 10th minute.Munro regained the lead in the 13th minute when Timar Lewis lobbed the advancing Lacovia goalkeeper.”This is a fulfilling moment for us because we prepared well for this game,” said Munro coach Keveral Stewart.Former champions Frome Tech (10 pts) and Rusea’s (15 pts) were involved in an exciting match in Group B, where the hosts rallied from a goal down to win 2-1 and qualify to the next round on goal difference over Green Island (10).The Inter-Zone qualifiers are St. James, Cornwall College, Rusea’s, Frome Tech, Green Island, Mannings, Godfrey Stewart, Spot Valley, Herbert Morrison, STETHS, Munro, Lacovia, Manchester, DeCarteret, Alston, Holmwood, Clarendon College, Lennon, Marcus Garvey, Brown’s Town, York Castle, Annotto Bay, Islington, Dinthill, Bog Walk, Port Antonio, Fair Prospect, Glenmuir, Denbigh, Vere Tech, Kemps Hill, Paul Bogle and St Thomas
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Serena Williams has never lost in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Neither has Novak Djokovic.A key difference between the defending champions is that Williams beat the most-experienced and highest-ranked challenger in her half of the draw when she extended her streak to 18 consecutive wins against Maria Sharapova with a 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final victory yesterday.Williams said she wasn’t aware that she had won the Australian Open all six previous times she won her quarter-final match, “but that’s good”.”It’s not a stat that’s set in stone,” Williams said. “I still have to win two matches.”Five-time champion Djokovic, after beating No. 7 Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, still has a daunting semi-final match against Roger Federer, who has won four of his 17 Grand Slam titles in Australia.Federer reached his 12th Australian Open semi-final, and 39th in a Grand Slam event, with a 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 6 Tomas Berdych. He hasn’t gone past the semi-finals at Melbourne Park since winning the title in 2010, but he’s a serious obstacle for Djokovic.They’re 22-all in career head-to-heads, with Djokovic catching up since usurping Federer in the rankings.TRICKY TIEBREAKERThe tiebreaker will be tricky. Djokovic lost only one of his 28 Grand Slam matches in 2015 – to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final – and has won 37 of his last 38 matches at Melbourne Park, a run that includes four titles.He beat Federer in the Wimbledon and US Open finals last year, but Federer was back contending for titles.”Any round feels like finals because of the fact that we are, you know, big rivals. We played so many times against each other,” Djokovic said. “There’s a lot of tension. There’s a lot at stake. I’m expecting a great fight in two days.”In the women’s semi-finals, Williams will be facing fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3. Radwanska has won one of her previous four semi-finals at a major, but never won a Grand Slam title.Williams is 8-0 against Radwanska, including their meeting in the 2012 Wimbledon final.Williams said she couldn’t explain her 11-year domination of Sharapova – she has won 19 of their 21 meetings overall – except to say she rises to the big challenges.”When I play her, I know automatically I have to step up my game,” said Williams, a 21-time major winner. “I think that makes me play better.”
Owayne Gordon performed the Moses act of leading his team to the promised land of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final but, like the biblical character, he will not set foot in it this year, at least. Gordon, the 24-year-old attacker and a shoo-in for this season’s golden boot after a haul of 20 goals, including one in the first-leg semi-final, left the island yesterday morning to take up a contract with United States Soccer League team INDY11. The former Anchovy High School player, who had a stint with Arnett Gardens in the RSPL, was Montego Bay United’s most consistent player this season. While not scoring in Sunday night’s 2-2 second leg semi-final draw, he played a major part over the two legs and scored the first to give them a 2-1 win in Montego Bay. This is despite knowing that he would not be around to physically lift the cup if they should win. “I told my team from minute one of the semi-final that I am going to be the one who puts you guys in the final, so I want when I get there, I hear good things,” Gordon said of his mindset going into his final two games of the season for Montego Bay United. Despite his psychological preparation, Gordon confessed that it was still hard not being part of the big occasion. “It is bittersweet. I am definitely sad about it because after playing so well throughout the tournament, not playing a part in the final is a bit hard. It really means a lot, but I will not be here in physical presence, but my spirit will be here. “On the other hand, it is a big plus for me and my team, as I am moving on to a bigger stage. It is good for my team, too, as it shows the work that we are putting in that someone recognises that and has given me the chance to play in a different environment. Honestly, I am very pleased about that,” explained Gordon, who said he made a pledge last season to climb to the top. Having had his first professional break outside the country, the St James resident said his approach will be the same. “This opportunity is a big thing for me because it is my first signing to a club outside of Jamaica. My plan is to go there and do as well as I have done here in our Premier League, go there and score some goals. “I went to Vietnam once and it was OK. I did not play for the club. I just went on a trial, but didn’t get a contract. I have a contract now to show what I am really made of, so I will go out there and do my best,” he promised.
“Ungrateful English,” read the headline on the front page of Friday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, Ranieri’s native country. Look deeper, though, and there was a sense of inevitability about the ruthless decision made by Leicester’s Thai owners. Ranieri is simply the latest manager to be toppled by player power. In short, his players had stopped playing for him. Only last weekend, Ranieri accused his team of lacking “heart and desire” in a 1-0 loss to third-tier club Millwall in the FA Cup. The virtues that carried them to the most unlikely title triumph in the history of English football – notably team spirit, organisation and hard work – had vanished. yesterday, sections of the British media reported that senior players told Leicester’s owners in a meeting after the Sevilla game that things were not working with Ranieri. Player power isn’t a new phenomenon in the Premier League. In December 2015, Jose Mourinho was fired by Chelsea seven months after guiding the London team to the Premier League title. Days before he was fired, Mourinho said after a 2-1 loss at Leicester that he felt his work was “betrayed” by his players. In May 2013, Roberto Mancini was fired by Manchester City, less than a year after winning the Premier League. “It’s not right that the players decide if the manager must be sacked or not,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said yesterday. “If this happens, it means the club is poor, without power. I don’t believe this. I don’t trust this. I don’t want to listen to these types of stories because it’s frustrating for a manager to imagine that the players can decide your destiny.” “CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER of THE YEAR. Sacked,” read a post on Mourinho’s Instagram account late Thursday. “That’s the new football Claudio. Keep smiling.” Ungrateful English For many, Claudio Ranieri deserved a job for life at Leicester. What he achieved last season, turning a bunch of mostly journeymen and cast-offs into Premier League champions, was the stuff of dreams and comic books. Ranieri had made the impossible possible, bringing a touch of romanticism back to a sport that has become a cold, hard, money-driven industry in so many ways. It meant that there was an outpouring of dismay and incredulity when Ranieri’s firing was announced on Thursday evening. He was informed of his departure by Leicester’s board immediately after his return to England after the Champions League match at Sevilla, where Leicester lost 2-1 on Wednesday. The general opinion was that he deserved so much better. “Unforgivable,” tweeted Gary Lineker, the former Leicester and England striker.
Canadian boxer Dave Leblond has set his sights on a possible rematch with Jamaican rival Tsetsi Davis. Leblond defeated professional debutant Nico Yeyo in what many described as a disappointing “hugging match” in their Wray and Nephew Contender Series bout last Wednesday and is now hoping to meet Davis by the luck of the draw in the next round. Leblond had lost controversially to Davis in the second match of the season and, after losing an “egregious judging” appeal, was recalled to the competition in place of countryman Ryan Wagner, who was not medically cleared to face Yeyo. His trainer, Patrice Trudeau, said that he believes the public would be interested in seeing a rematch with Davis. He said their first encounter felt similar to the events of the movie Rocky 4, where Rocky Balboa (played by Sylvester Stallone) was able to win over the support of hostile Russian fans who were cheering for the hometown favourite, Ivan Drago. Trudeau compared Leblond to Balboa. “We see it as a love story with the Jamaican fans,” Trudeau told The Gleaner. “Before the fight, we were live on Facebook telling Canadians that Tsetsi is a crowd favourite in Jamaica and we were comparing Rocky 4 with Tsetsi being Drago.” Trudeau said moments before the fight with Davis, they faced direct hostility from fans but said that had changed during the course of the match. “We had a guy come into the dressing room and tell Dave to his face: ‘You’re gonna get a whipping’, so we saw how much he was a favourite,” he said. “But in the live video, I said ‘You know what? We’re gonna do just like in Rocky 4. Maybe we’ll make people start cheering for the underdog, the guy that’s a new fighter and has the fire in him to prove he’s a good boxer.’ “It was an underdog story. People were cheering for Dave more than Tsetsi at the end of the fight. We’re blessed, we’re really loved.” The Gleaner reached out to Davis to get a response on how he would feel about a possible rematch, but he declined to speak. Leblond said that if he does not get to face Davis in the competition, he would still welcome a chance to have a match later this year, even in Canada. He continued that he hopes not to face another fighter like Yeyo, whom he described as “frustrating”, because of how much time he spent holding him to prevent being hit. “It was impossible to have a plan against Yeyo,” Leblond said through translator Trudeau. “Everything we had set up was impossible to do because that guy just held on. That threw us off and, of course, it was frustrating.” Trudeau said they have to now make a game plan in case they encounter another match like last week’s. “We’re gonna work on something else. This fight was harder than Tsetsi. Tsetsi knows how to fight. This guy (Yeyo) was very difficult and unorthodox because he’s a young boxer.” THE UNDERDOG
Que shoots 68, posts 3-shot ICTSI classic lead 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 It marked the second straight week that the visiting team conquered the home squad in the NCAA on Tour. Last week, San Sebastian stunned Arellano, 76-67, at the Chiefs’ home for its first victory.The Cardinals struggled to contain Eze’s strong inside presence as the Nigerian nailed a basket inside the paint for a 44-34 lead with 3:19 remaining in the third period.But the Cardinals started making headway from there as Laurenz Victoria and Orquina combined to give the Cardinals a three-point edge with 4:05 left.“We expected them to come back because this is their home court and fatigue affected our players,” said Gican.Despite falling to 1-2, Mapua coach Atoy Co saw plenty of positives from his squad.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Unfazed by the large home crowd, Perpetual Help overcame Mapua’s last-ditch surge to escape with a 63-60 victory last Thursday night for its first win of the NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at the newly refurbished Mapua Gym in Intramuros, Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ AJ Coronel finished with only 10 points but he buried the biggest basket of the game—a triple with 1:22 remaining—to extend the lead to four for the Altas, who watched Andoy Estrella and Almel Orquina miss desperation triples in a frenetic endgame sequence.GJ Ilagan finished with 13 points, while Prince Eze added 11 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as the Altas chalked up their first victory in three outings. The Altas’ record should have been at 2-1, but their opening win against St. Benilde was nullified because they wore the wrong uniform color.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“This is a good win for us,” said Altas coach Jimwell Gican.“We always tell the players to keep working hard and trust that we will get rewarded and this is what happened today. It’s a good sign because we won on Mapua’s home floor.” “At least the boys really fought their heart out,” said the PBA legend turned coach.“The problem is there are some players who always want to take the credit. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you have to look at the situation, whether you can take it, you can make it or not.”“I just hope they’re going to be more matured as this season keeps going,” he added.Leo Gabo paced the Cardinals with 12 points while Estrella, the hero of last week’s 78-75 win over Letran, finished with 11 points, four assists and four boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Vince Carter’s illustrious career will head to the big screen and it’s only fitting it will be first shown where it all began.A documentary titled ”The Carter Effect” will be featured at the Toronto International Film Festival, which will be held on Sept. 7-17.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings As confirmed by the Toronto Star, the biopic, directed by Sean Menard, will delve into Carter’s undeniable impact in Canada during his six years as a member of the Toronto Raptors basketball team from 1998 to 2004..@seanmenard’s documentary THE CARTER EFFECT, an unprecedented look at @Raptors @NBA All-Star Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15). #TIFF17 pic.twitter.com/ElC2XBTum2FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) August 9, 2017 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 Dubbed as “Vinnsanity” and “Air Canada” for his off-the-charts, high-flying antics, the current Sacramento Kings guard played a monumental role in putting the once obscure expansion franchise on the basketball map and into a legitimate playoff contender in the Eastern Conference in the early 2000s.The dynamic eight-time All-Star also become one of, if not the best dunker of all time—punctuated by his now iconic performance at the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk contest.The film will also go through Carter’s ugly split with the team, after he left for the New Jersey Nets in 2004.Now 41 years old, Carter may no longer possess the same youthful athleticism he once had, but he continues to be an effective player in the league.He also helped raise the popularity of the sport in the hockey-dominated country and helped foster a generation of today’s brightest Canadian stars including Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Kelly Olynyk, Cory Joseph and Jamal Murray. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Hot-shooting San Beda humbles Mapua for 6th win Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View comments
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees The WBO said in a statement then that three of the five independent judges who scrutinized the bout awarded it to Horn, one awarded it to Pacquiao and one scored it a draw.The review concluded that Horn won seven rounds to Pacquiao’s five. The fight took place before 51,000 fans at an outdoor stadium in Brisbane.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perpetual takes NCAA Shooting Stars crown Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jeff Horn, left, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (Photo by TERTIUS PICKARD / AP)BRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao won’t box Jeff Horn in a rematch of their WBO world welterweight title fight this year because the Filipino senator will be busy with government duties.Pacquiao’s unavailability for a proposed Nov. 12 bout was announced Friday by Australian promoters of the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Horn beat Pacquiao in a contentious unanimous decision in Brisbane on July 2. Pacquiao at the time said he wanted a rematch.“On behalf of the Philippines government, he (Pacquiao) will be part of a delegation that will visit China in the middle of his proposed preparation period for the fight,” local promoter Dean Lonergan said. “Pacquiao is committed to fighting again in 2018 and a rematch with Jeff Horn for the WBO world welterweight title.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’American contender Jesse Vargas, a former world title holder, could possibly take Pacquiao’s place for a fight later this year against Horn, the promoters said. Pacquiao beat Vargas in a unanimous decision last November in Las Vegas.A week after his loss to former schoolteacher Horn, Pacquiao said he still disagreed with the unanimous decision that resulted in him losing the welterweight title, despite an independent re-scoring of the fight confirming the unheralded Australian’s win. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal 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 comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “We only won one game and we haven’t won a championship yet. So we’re still the underdog,” said Fernandez. “They beat us twice and they’re still the best. If you total it, they’re 18-1 and we’re 17-2. So they’re still the favorites for this.”What Fernandez won’t take away from his boys, though, is the way they fought from behind and pulled away the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSan Beda saw itself down, 62-45 early in the third quarter before Robert Bolick and Donald Tankoua buckled down to work and got their team back in the game, setting up the close finish in the fourth period.“I just give credit to my players today. We’re down by more than 12 points and they never gave up,” he said, applauding how hard the Red Lions worked to put the first dent in the Pirates’ armor. Nguyen knocks out Folayang for ONE lightweight title MOST READ More than anything, Fernandez is glad to show that his boys also have hearts as big as Lyceum’s in this title retention bid.“People said the heart of LPU is really big, I think the heart of my players are really big as well. So we just matched up on that.”However, with a chance to sweep the Finals series next Thursday, the multi-titled mentor acknowledged that San Beda must up the ante if it wants to close the series out on Game 2.“We’re happy to get this one because it’s my boys who really stepped up in this game. But we need more heart and energy and we have to match them. But it’s going to be our composure, especially the championship experience, which we have to bank on until the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEven with San Beda nearing another title after a Game 1 win, coach Boyet Fernandez refused to shed the underdog tag for his team.The Red Lions dealt Lyceum its first loss of NCAA Season 93, 94-87, and could wrap up the championship series next Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 View comments
Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERKiefer Ravena may be the youngest player in the Gilas Pilipinas roster, but he showed on Monday that he can already hang with the big boys.Ravena was vital in the Philippines’ comeback victory over Chinese Taipei as he was part of the second group that got the team going after trailing by as much as 14 points early in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “I just try to contribute in whatever way I can, whether it be playing defense with the point guard or making sure that when kuya Jayson (Castro) rests, there won’t be any let-ups,” he said. “We’re just about giving energy, us Calvin (Abueva) and (Roger) Pogoy. That’s our role in this team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Even I was surprised,” he said. “But I knew that I had to suck everything up and try to contribute. If I can’t score or I’m not the main scorer of the team, I have to make stops, try to get steals, try to get easy points on lay-ups.”It also helps that Ravena is familiar with majority of the Chinese Taipei players, whom he had faced in the 2017 Jones Cup last July.“Most of these guys, we’ve played against in the Jones Cup in Taipei. They just turned it up a notch, especially knowing that they lost their first game so it was practically a must-win for them here,” he said.“They practically surprised us at the start. Our game plan was to make Quincy Davis shoot from outside, but he was making it. It was a good thing that he got in foul trouble and our bigs played well, especially June Mar.”Ravena’s showing against Chinese Taipei could be considered as his breakout game in the senior’s level, but he doesn’t want to get lost in the glitter of his performance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set National team coach Chot Reyes wasn’t suprised with Ravena’s showing considering that the 24-year-old guard already has vast international experience.“I’m not surprised because Kiefer is already ripe. He was a part of that second group, that energy group that really gave us a lift and got us back in the ball game,” said Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneRavena, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft collected nine points, five assists, two rebounds, and a steal as he and his fellow substitutes June Mar Fajardo and Calvin Abueva sparked Gilas’ rally.The former Ateneo Blue Eagle didn’t expect to have such an impact in the game after coming off a silent outing against Japan. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Davis thinks his foul woes ‘cost’ Taipei the game vs Gilas LATEST STORIES