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Alas heats up as NLEX earn playoff spot with win over Blackwater

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “Our last four wins were just grind out wins and this is no exception. Good thing Kevin Alas saved the day for us. He made fantastic shots and even I was surprised,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.It turned out to be a career night for Alas, who finished with a career-best 25 points, while also hauling down eight rebounds and dishing out five assists as NLEX rose to fourth place with a 6-4 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGuiao bared that he has been urging the fourth-year guard to rely on his three-point shooting more.“I’ve been getting on Kevin’s outside shooting past games. But I did not expect that it will pay dividends this early,” he said. “Today, he showed us that he’s an outside threat. That’s just incredible shooting, the best I’ve seen him shoot from the outside this past one and a half years.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Rondina powers UST past Adamson in 3 sets for 2nd win Read Next The scores:NLEX 93 — Alas 25, Ravena 23, Tiongson 9, Quiñahan 8, Al-Hussaini 6, Baguio 5, Mallari 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 3, Miranda 3, Fonacier 2, Gotladera 0, Taulava 0.BLACKWATER 90 — DiGregorio 16, Erram 14, Jose 14, Maliksi 13, Sena 12, Belo 10, Palma 6, Marcelo 5, Pinto 0.Quarters: 23-20, 41-46, 65-74, 93-90. PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Kevin Alas caught fire in the payoff period to propel NLEX past Blackwater, 93-90, and into the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday at Philippine Arena here.Alas, the former Letran hotshot, pumped in 16 points built on four treys in the fourth quarter as he led the Road Warriors’ comeback en route to their fourth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Alas’ hot-shooting allowed NLEX to overturn a 65-74 deficit to start the fourth canto to build an 84-78 lead with 7:04 remaining.Blackwater rallied with Allein Maliksi cutting the deficit down to three, 93-90, with a split from the free throw line with 7.4 ticks left, but Mac Belo missed a potential game-tying triple as time ran out.Kiefer Ravena continued his stellar play inside, this time, uncorking 23 markers on top of three boards, and three steals, while Juami Tiongson got nine points, four rebounds, and three assists.Mike DiGregorio led Blackwater in scoring with 16 points, while JP Erram had a double-double of 14 markers and 17 rebounds.The defeat brought the erstwhile-streaking Elite back to earth as they drop to 4-6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Serena Williams asks McEnroe for respect after comparison to men

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based,” she wrote.“I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”Williams, 35, won this year’s Australian Open for her seventh Melbourne crown and her 23rd Slam singles title, setting an Open Era record and moving one shy of Margaret Court’s all-time Slam singles title record.In April, Williams announced that she was pregnant and would not compete for the remainder of the season.Williams has won Wimbledon and the Australian Open seven times, the US Open six times and the French Open three times.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Serena Williams . AP File PhotoNEW YORK—Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, fired back Monday at John McEnroe’s remark that she would only rank about 700th on the men’s tennis circuit.McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles winner, called Williams “best female player ever — no question,” in comments to National Public Radio aired Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire But asked why she should not be considered the best of all time, McEnroe added: “If she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.”McEnroe, speaking on a tour to promote his new book “But Seriously,” said he would place Williams “like 700 in the world” on the ATP Tour.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Tennis: McEnroe ranks Serena 700th on men’s tourOn Monday (Tuesday, Manila), Williams responded in two Twitter postings. McEnroe, 58, is a former world number one like Williams. He won four US Open and three Wimbledon singles titles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Brother of boxer Julio Cesar Chavez slain in home in Mexico Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more