GOOD CHANCE “I was asked in January to be part of one of the squads, but because I don’t want to limit my ability I took the contract for six months. But where fast5 is concerned I think we stand a good chance, it’s how you apply yourself on the day,” she explained. “Although we have had success in the longer version, I believe we have better success in Fast5 because we came second and third was our worst, so I found this is my calling in Jamaica and I am going to give it my best shot,” she said. “I never thought that I would be back in the national program, but I am back and I am elated. Coaching is my passion, where I go and coach I try to do it to the best of my ability. Now I am more experienced, when you talk about understanding the role of management and people who hire you to do a job. I can accept changes, I can make adjustments to who is in charge,” she said. Netball Jamaica president, Paula Daley-Morris, said her return to the fold should have a positive impact. “We want to have a separate coach for the Fast5 because it is such a different game, we needed someone with experience and a good track record and she (Francis) came to mind and we approached her and she accepted,” said Daley-Morris. “She has a lot of plans for the squad and the passion she brings is infectious. We are happy to have her back. She has had success like any of our other coaches, she is the one who got the silver in FASTnet, so she has the level and we are hoping she repeats it.” Continuing, she said: “We are making sure the best minds are around the game and we are providing them with opportunities not just for their natural talent, but for the good of the country.” National netball icon, Connie Francis, who was reappointed to the national netball program recently, said the experience she gained while outside of the Jamaica set-up will serve her well in a new role as head coach of the country’s Fast5 team. Francis, who coached the Sunshine Girls from 2006 to 2011, did a stint in St Lucia from 2012 to 2015, helping the eastern Caribbean to country to qualify for the Commonwealth Games for the first time in their history. She added that her involvement and assistance with the grassroots program there helped her realise she had a knack for developing talent. “It (job) will be a challenge because some players I would like (to have) in the squad may not be possible. So it’s about going around the island seeking talent. When I worked overseas I had to develop new talent and I realised that I have some ability to work on new talent and let them enjoy the game, so it’s about growth and having experience. “I want to see what these new girls bring, but I want to let them know that playing for the Sunshine Girls is a big task and whoever is chosen will have to give their best, so I am looking forward to really coaching them,” she told The Gleaner. Netball Jamaica gave Francis the option to choose the version of the game she wanted to assist with and based on her past experience she believes they have a greater chance of success in Fast5.
HARARE, Zimbabwe, (CMC):West Indies coach Hendy Springer has urged his men to be adaptable as they gear up for the challenge of the Tri-Nations Series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka starting tomorrow morning.With the Caribbean side having not toured the African nation in nearly a decade, Springer said it was important the side was mentally prepared to face whatever conditions presented themselves.”The pitches were pretty good [back then] for batting. I don’t know now if things have gotten better or deteriorated, but we’ve got to [have] an open mind and to be able to accept the conditions and deal with the conditions that will be presented to us,” Springer warned.”The last time we went there we won the one-day series, but it’s a bit long now to say we can build on that momentum. The pitches in Zimbabwe and South Africa from my experience are a lot similar … but we’ve got to meet head on whatever confronts us.”WEEK-LONG CAMPWest Indies arrived here Saturday following a weeklong camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa, where Springer said the side were able to rest following the tough tour of the United Arab Emirates, as well as also get their preparation on track.With the preparation having gone according to plan, Springer said it was now for West Indies to focus on executing their plans in the series.”The only thing left is to get our minds in the right place to actually perform,” he pointed out.”We’ve had the benefit of some good opposition and the benefit of some good practice bowlers. I think we’ve done really well as far as preparation is concerned, and the only thing left again is to get our minds focused on the job and the responsibilities we are charged with.”West Indies enter the series on the backs of a 3-0 drubbing in the series against Pakistan last month, and Springer said they were hoping for better fortunes over the next couple weeks.
RJR Sports Foundation National Sportswoman of the Year 2016 nominee Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce strode into the Olympic year with a great 2015 season behind her and important goals ahead. In the year that had just ended, she had retained her World 100-metre crown and was rightly named Sportswoman of the Year. In the year to come, she had a chance to become the first woman to win the Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres three times. Restricted by injury, she sprinted through pain to win the bronze medal.That made her the most successful female 100-metre sprinter in Olympic history, outdoing the American pair of Wyomia Tyus and Gail Devers, who had both won the coveted title twice. Neither had endured long enough to face the starter in a third Olympic 100 final.Fraser-Pryce’s achievement is even more remarkable when a nagging toe injury is considered. She contributed a majestic anchor leg run to a 4×100 metre relay win at the Western Relays in February, but soon stories of pain began to emerge.”Training was going great in my background season. I was hitting the times and getting the work done and then, unexpectedly, I had a recurrence of an injury and it set me back quite a bit, but to be honest, as an athlete, you have to prepare for things like that mentally, so I am just trying to work through all the pain to try and get ready for the Olympics,” said Fraser-Pryce during a pre-meet press conference in May.”I had this problem last year, so it’s my second year running with this injury, but it has got worse,” she revealed. “We are trying to get that fixed, and right now, we are still trying to get pressure off the toe and see how best we can work around this.”Her time – 11.18 seconds – and her finish position – eighth – cast a huge contrast for a woman who had broken the 11-second barrier eight times in 2015. Yet it was a triumph. She was at last able to race, thanks to creative training schedules and shoes inserts designed to mitigate the impact of each painful footfall. A close 11.09-second win over World Indoor champion Barbara Pierre at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix in Kingston provided more encouragement.The first sign of how much the little dynamo was suffering came at the National Senior Championships. Racing behind a sensational Elaine Thompson, who joined her as Jamaican record holder at 10.70 seconds, Fraser-Pryce grimaced in pain once she had secured the runner-up spot and the right to defend her title in Rio de Janeiro, home of the 2016 Olympic Games. Her time of 10.93 was her fastest of the year, but the pain was mounting.By the time she got to Rio, she had been able to train and race, but according to Olympic head coach Maurice Wilson, the pain was back.”In the heats and semis, we saw when she came off the field, obviously in a lot of pain,” said Wilson. After a pluperfect 10.98 from the outside lane in the heats, she accelerated to 10.88 seconds in the semi-final, and 10.86 for bronze in the final, with Thompson and American Tori Bowie ahead of her.That was her 41st 100-metre run quicker than 11 seconds. The only Jamaicans with more are Merlene Ottey and Veronica Campbell-Brown.Wilson believes that the pain affected her efforts.”It’s going to create some doubt irrespective of how strong you are,” he explained, “and I personally believe that when someone can go to the Olympics with a major injury, based on what we were told, and come out with a medal, it speaks volumes of her courage.”Wilson’s observation is supported by another comment by the champion.”I am one of those athletes who are able to run through pain because I believe that all athletes, in order to get to where they need to, there is some amount of pain you will feel,” she underlined, “but I think I have surpassed my threshold, and I am just trying to stay focused and stay in the game.”Wilson also notes that the malady cost her valuable training time.”We must remember that this was a young lady who would have missed quite a number of weeks from training because of the injury,” he insisted.Despite the double-barrelled dilemma of pain and missed training, Fraser Pryce made history in Rio with her bronze medal. On the clock, she logged four sub-11 clockings during the 2016 campaign, with her fastest race of the season coming in the most important race of the year – the Olympic final. It’s no wonder she is again a nominee for the National Sportswoman of the Year Award.The awards ceremony takes place on Friday, January 13, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
FLAWED POLICY Owner of the Phoenix football academy, guardian, agent and manager of Leon Bailey one of the best young football talent in Europe, Craig Butler, has come out swinging at current Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) director Vin Blaine, as well as the federation’s failed policy of scouring the lower leagues of England in search of eligible and willing players to represent Jamaica . Butler was emphatic in stating that in pondering his role and the role of his young charges in the future of Jamaica’s football, he will have nothing to do with Blaine. Butler has indicated that he wants the job of Jamaica’s director of football. The outspoken football man also used the term ‘dregs’ to refer to some of the players recruited from England by the JFF. Of course, Butler is being roundly chastised for his lack of tact, and political correctness in making these forthright pronouncements. To speak out publicly of his desire to have Blaine’s job is premature and inappropriate, while he is being accused of disrespecting the national representatives by calling them ‘dregs’. All this while the substantive and fundamental issue at stake, which is the necessary and inevitable changing of the thinking about the way forward for our football, is getting lost in the firestorm of yet another exercise of majoring in the minor. Butler’s claim to fame is in his conviction, belief and success in developing young Jamaican players. His entire ideology of identifying and grooming young players and teaching them the basics of the game before seeking to export their talents to the lucrative leagues of Europe, contrasts sharply with what has obtained within the corridors of power in the JFF for the last decade and a half. The difference is simple but fundamental. Butler is about believing and developing young Jamaican talent, while the ‘old order’ has shown nothing but disdain and disrespect for local players, which manifested itself in the flawed and failed policy of begging half good, half-committed players from England and elsewhere to come and represent Jamaica. We are now at a crossroads with our football, and while Butler is totally in sync with the modern trends and football best practices, the JFF leadership has been caught napping. They are basically left with no choice but to announce a cliched roundabout turn, and spout a new found confidence in the abilities of young Jamaican players. One wonders how genuine this new-found confidence is. With that kind of paradigm shift in the thinking around the football, Butler taking over the role of director of football from Blaine would make a lot of sense. If Blaine is hurt by the way things are evolving, that represents a minor personal inconvenience in the pursuance of the wider good. As for Butler’s reference to some of the foreign born recruits as ‘dregs,’ of course it is harsh and probably inappropriate, but again we are creating a storm in a teacup. This is clouding the more fundamental message – that the time is at hand for us to formulate policies, programmes and philosophies that will enhance the development of our talented young players and stop the wholesale sponging of overseas journeymen. Fundamentally, Butler is right. He may be a little eccentric, arrogant and unorthodox, but again, dwelling on those human imperfections is another debilitating exercise of majoring in the minor, while missing the fundamental, which is the progressive winds of change that are currently engulfing local football.
Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph believes that despite being in dire straits, the West Indies still have what it takes to pull off a positive result against Pakistan in the first Brighto Paints-Q Mobile Test at Sabina Park. Heading into today’s final day, the West Indies are 93 for four in their second innings and still require another 28 runs to make Pakistan bat again. This is after the Pakistanis, on the back of an undefeated 99 from captain Misbah-ul-Haq, had earlier posted 407 in their first innings in response to the West Indies modest first innings effort of 286. Not out at the crease when stumps were drawn are debutant batsman Vishaul Singh and nightwatchman, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who are both not out on zero. The specialist batsmen to have been dismissed are openers Kieron Powell and Kraigg Brathwaite, debutant Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope with Roston Chase the only other left in the pavilion. They were all victims of leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who has so far claimed four for 33 off nine overs. “There is a lot left to go in the game. We just have to stay focused and do what we have to do,” expressed an optimistic Joseph. “We are in a tight spot at the moment, but I think every batsmen remaining still has a role to play as it’s a team game, and we will just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.” The West Indies, who started 121 in arears, were never allowed to settle in their bid to share control of the encounter, and as early as the 11th over, saw one of their main batsmen, Brathwaite, revert to the pavilion. He was bowled by a straight delivery from Shah, which cannoned into his middle stump with the scoreboard on 22 runs. This brought together Powell and Hetmyer, and in an entertaining partnership, which yielded 50 runs. They appeared steadfast in reducing the deficit runs all by themselves with a flurry of straight drives and cuts. However with the total on 72, Hetmyer was bowled by Shah after playing on for 20, and with it brought another two quick wickets. The first was that of Hope, who after facing 14 deliveries, was trapped leg before wicket with another straight delivery from Shah for six to take the score to 84 for three. This was followed by arguably the biggest wicket to fall in the innings when the free-flowing and by then well-set Powell was caught for 49 after driving at a wide delivery to make the total 84 for nine. Earlier, Pakistan, who had resumed the day on 201 for four, in addition to Misbah, who was put down in the field twice, were parried by 54 wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and 22 from Asad Shafiq. Joseph with three for 71 and Shannon Gabriel three for 92 were the leading West Indies bowlers. ”I thought I bowled well by sticking to the good areas and being as patient as possible and reaped the rewards,” highlighted Joseph. Play is scheduled to resume at 9:30am. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES 1st Innings 286 PAKISTAN 1st Innings (overnight 201 for five) Azhar Ali c wkp Dowrich b Joseph 15 Ahmed Shehzad lbw b Holder 31 Babar Azam b Gabriel 72 Younis Khan c Brathwaite b Gabriel 58 *Misbah-ul-Haq not out 99 Asad Shafiq c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 22 +Sarfraz Ahmed b Bishoo 54 Mohammed Amir c wkp Dowrich b Joseph 11 Wahab Riaz b Joseph 9 Yasir Shah run out 8 Mohammed Abbas lbw b Chase 1 Extras (b4, lb10, w1, nb12) 27 TOTAL (all out; 138.4 overs) 407 Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Azhar Ali), 2-54 (Ahmed Shehzad), 3-185 (Younis Khan), 4-186 (Babar Azam), 5-236 (Asad Shafiq), 6-324 (Sarfraz Ahmed), 7-341 (Mohammad Amir), 8-355 (Wahab Riaz), 9-373 (Yasir Shah), 10-407 (Mohammad Abbas) Bowling: Gabriel 29-6-92-3 (nb6), Joseph 31-8-71-3 (nb2), Holder 30-6-65-1 (nb4), Bishoo 33-2-106-1 (w1), Chase 8.4-1-37-1, Brathwaite 7-1-22-0. WEST INDIES 2nd Innings K Brathwaite b Yasir Shah 14 K Powell c Younis Khan b Yasir Shah 49 S Hetmyer b Yasir Shah 20 S Hope lbw b Yasir Shah 6 D Bishoo not out 0 V Singh not out 0 Extras (lb4) 4 TOTAL (4 wkts, 28 overs) 93 Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Brathwaite), 2-72 (Hetmyer), 3-84 (Hope), 4-89 (Powell) Bowling: Mohammad Amir 9-2-11-0, Mohammad Abbas 6-0-21-0, Yasir Shah 9-0-33-4, Wahab Riaz 4-0-24-0. Position: West Indies trail by 28 runs with six second innings wickets intact. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: R Illingworth, R Kettleborough; TV – B Oxenford. STAY FOCUSED
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) It was duplicated only in triathlon when the country won the gold and silver in both men’s and women’s divisions.Amit, 35, stormed to 5-2 lead in final but Centeno managed to come back and even went on the hill ahead of her.“I missed the 3 ball that’s why she went on a hill also, from then I thought it’s all lost,” said Centeno whose mother hugged her after the final match.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — In a sure-gold match for Team Philippines, Chezka Centeno managed to pull off a heart-stopping victory Sunday.The 18-year-old defending champion battled back from a three-rack deficit to defeat two-time world champion Rubilen Amit, 7-6, in the Southeast Asian Games women’s 9-ball singles at KLCC Hall 4.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees McGregor awed by clinical Mayweather Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Amit blew what could have been a clear victory when she scratched hitting the 6-ball in the 13th game in an open table, sending Centeno back to steal the victory via run-out.“In my mind I said I lost it already,” said Centeno in Filipino referring to the point when she missed the 3-ball in the 12th game that brought Amit back on the table.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’“But she scratched. I didn’t expect that. Ate Champ (Amit) is a great player,” said Centeno.Her victory, a repeat of the 2015 Singapore edition, once again stamped the Philippines’ dominance in women’s pool. MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies
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Westbrook’s 3-pointer lifts Thunder past Hawks Gary Harris scored 17 points for Denver.C.J. McCollum led Portland with 15 points, while Shabazz Napier had 14. Rookie Zach Collins scored a career-high 10 points, but fouled out after playing 18 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPortland played without Damian Lillard, who strained a hamstring strain in Wednesday’s game against San Antonio. Lillard is the Blazers’ leading scorer at 25.2 points a game.The Blazers, who lost their sixth consecutive home game, heard scattered boos from the crowd during the fourth quarter. Denver, establishing its offense in the paint, shot nearly 50 percent (42 of 85) from the floor. Portland couldn’t get untracked offensively, particularly from 3-point range, where it was just 5 of 21.The Nuggets led 52-41 at halftime as Jokic scored 18 first-half points. They separated themselves from Portland late in the second quarter with a 10-0 run.Denver continued to punish Portland inside during the third quarter, as Chandler scored eight points and Jokic seven in taking an 80-66 lead. The Nuggets led by as many as 19 points during the third quarter.Portland was unable to get closer than 10 in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, shoots past Portland Trail Blazers center Zach Collins, left, and forward Ed Davis, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APPORTLAND, Oregon — Nikola Jokic scored 27 points and the Denver Nuggets won for the first time in Portland since 2013, beating the Trail Blazers 102-85 on Friday (Saturday Manila time).Jokic hit 12 of 21 shots and grabbed eight rebounds as the Nuggets ended a nine-game losing streak to the Blazers in Portland. Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina
JRU improved to 2-8, while sending AMA to its fifth straight defeat and fall to a 1-8 card.Robbie Manalang showed the way for the Titans with 26 points and three assists, while Carlo Escalambre had 21 markers and eight boards.The Scores:JRU 98 — Porter 21, Apinan 17, Grospe 17, Pontejos 17, Yu 8, Mendoza 7, De Guzman 6, Dela Virgen 2, Silvarez 2, Esguerra 1, Bordon 0, Sawat 0.AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 87 — Manalang 26, C. Escalambre 21, Martinez 16, Andaya 7, Garcia 6, Paras 6, Lao 5, Antonares 0, Quijano 0, Taganas 0.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Kris Porter scattered 21 markers and six rebounds, while Ervin Grospe and Jeckster Apinan both tallied 17 points and five boards apiece.JRU coach Gio Lasquety commended his players for stepping up to the plate despite the team’s struggles this conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It was evident that the team’s maturity wasn’t there during that eight-game losing skid. Bright side there is we’re learning and we’re gaining valuable lessons in this campaign,” he said.The Heavy Bombers didn’t shy away from seizing this opportunity in a battle between two also-ran squads, setting the tone and taking a 16-5 advantage to open the game before extending the lead to as high as 20, 59-39. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES 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 Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Quarters: 28-13, 53-35, 77-66, 98-87.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina PBA IMAGESJose Rizal University saved some semblance of pride after ending its eight-game losing skid with a 98-87 victory over AMA Online Education in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Paolo Pontejos made the big shots late for the Heavy Bombers as he dropped seven of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to fend off the Titans’ late rally that cut what was once a 20-point advantage down to just seven, 81-74 with 7:19 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao to fellow boxers, athletes: ‘Humble yourself’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments
Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames BIÑAN — Kiefer Ravena welcomed NLEX’s 120-115 overtime victory over Phoenix as a much-needed relief as another loss would further endanger his side’s playoff chances in the ongoing 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Paraiso’s UST stint not yet final, says Ayo Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ The win, their first in four tries, was a big confidence boost for the Road Warriors who have struggled to sustain their good showing last conference.“It’s really a big thorn that was taken out of us,” said Ravena on Friday. “We’re barely breathing. The water is already up here on our necks. We’re already in survival mode.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe victory, however, wasn’t a pretty as NLEX lost hold of a 19-point lead in the first half and allowed Phoenix to force overtime before coming through in the end.“We kind of played not to lose instead of fighting it out and really waiting for the final buzzer,” admitted Ravena. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Luckily, import Arnett Moultrie played his best game to date with 37 points, 17 rebounds, and eight assists.It may not have been the best of games from the Road Warriors, but any win is welcome at this point for the team which has worked tirelessly to get over its winless start.“We had 37 assists and I don’t know if it’s the conference-high. But it just goes to show the hours and hours of hard work and repetition that we put in. Everybody is stepping up and it’s all spread out. We had our usual numbers from our net which was very key to our victory tonight.”Ravena, however, knows better not to get too overconfident as NLEX is looking at a long and challenging road ahead, starting on Wednesday against GlobalPort.“We’ll take it. We’re in a situation where we couldn’t afford to be choosy. We just need to win,” he said.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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments