No hurdles a big mistake by Digicel GP organisers

first_imgThe revelation that there would again be no hurdles event in this year’s Digicel Grand Prix series at the recent launch came as a big shock for many individuals close to the sport.On the schedule are the: 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres and 4×400 metres relays, along with the long and high jumps. The latter was added to the list this year.This snub can be seen as a slap in the face for the athletes who are involved in both the intermediate and sprint hurdles. One can understand the hurdles’ absence during last year’s introductory season of the Grand Prix, but it is indeed a big mistake that for the second year in a row this discipline is not one of those events that will be contested.The people who make up the Technical Committee are competent individuals and they do understand the strength of the country’s track and field, so why add the high jump and not one of the hurdle events? Why is it that both the 100m and 200m are being contested at the same meets? They could simply have replaced the 200m with either the 100m hurdles or the 400m hurdles.Outside of the 100 metres, hurdle events have been the country’s most successful at the international level, and athletes doing this discipline should be encouraged.At the last IAAF World Junior Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, Jamaica had two medallists as Jaheel Hyde won gold in the 400m hurdles, while Tyler Mason won silver in the 110m hurdles.Last summer, it was gold for Danielle Williams in the women’s 100m hurdles with her sister Shermaine also making the final. In the men’s 110m hurdles Hansle Parchment, an Olympic bronze medallist, won the silver medal here, while Omar McLeod almost made it to the final. Also, the defending champion in the men’s 110 metres hurdles at the Commonwealth Games is none other than our own Andrew Riley.If we are getting success in a particular discipline, we must continue to give the younger athletes in the event the support and encouragement that they need.EXCELLENT TRACK RECORDJamaica’s track record in the hurdles has been excellent over the years with several athletes winning major medals.Among the juniors it started with Gillian Russell and continued with Camille Robinson, Shermaine Williams, Natasha Ruddock, Latoya Greaves, Sherene Pinnock, Yanique Thompson, Jeneive Russell, Marvin Williams and Keiron Stewart who have all won medals at the junior level internationally.Among the seniors the likes of Michelle Freeman, Deon Hemmings, Delloreen Ennis- London, Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Winthrop Graham and Danny McFarlane have all had major success.The Digicel Grand Prix series will start on Saturday February 6 with the Western Championships in Montego Bay and the Youngster Goldsmith inside the National Stadium.There is hope that good sense will prevail and it will not be too late for the organisers to have a change of heart and replace one of the sprint events with either the sprint or intermediate hurdles.- R.G.last_img read more

Cameron welcomes BCCI’s move to resume ties

first_imgMUMBAI, India, CMC – West Indies Cricket Board president, Dave Cameron, has hailed the resumption of bilateral ties with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), as the region prepares to host India in a four-Test series starting in July. The BCCI announced yesterday it had resumed relations with the WICB after resolving “outstanding issues” pertaining to the controversial abandoned tour of India two years ago, when West Indies players quit the one-day tour over pay issues with their board. “We are extremely delighted that concerns which arose due to the incomplete tour have been addressed and would like to thank BCCI for reviving our ties,” Cameron said in a statement. “West Indies cricket appreciates the support of BCCI and the cricket loving fans of the islands keenly look forward to witness some exciting contests between the two teams.” Last December, the WICB announced an agreement to play the four-Test series in the Caribbean, following discussions with BCCI president, Shashank Manohar. The agreement was a crucial step in the thawing of relations between the two bodies and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur yesterday underscored the importance of the upcoming series. “The BCCI is happy to resume their bilateral ties with WICB. We recognise that West Indies has a huge role to play in the development of cricket and we are happy to support their endeavours,” he said. “This tour will further strengthen the bond between the Indian and the West Indian fans, who have over the years patronised this glorious game of cricket.” The BCCI had moved swiftly to suspend relations with the WICB, following the abandoned tour which also led to the cancellation of the scheduled Test tour. An upset BCCI blamed the WICB for the abandonment and lodged a US$42 million claim for losses incurred due to the cancellation, and threatened legal action if the Caribbean board did not show how the amount would be settled. At the time, the BCCI labelled the Windies pullout a “monumental disaster” and said it had been faced with “huge revenue losses, a loss of reputation and is at risk of losing valuable commercial partners.” The BCCI has since waived the US$42 million claim.last_img read more

‘Justin Gatlin is not going to beat me’, says Bolt ahead of IAAF World Championships 200m final

first_img No final for Weir Pesonal best for Russell Her younger teammate, Janieve Russell, fared much better, placing fifth in a personal best 54.64 behind winner Zuzana Hejnova (Czech), 53.50, with the American pair of Shamier Little, 53.94, and Cassandra Tate, 54.02, taking the other podium positions. It was a shocking end to a less-than-ideal day for the Jamaicans, who also saw protests filed by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) management team here on behalf of 5000-metre man, Kemoy Campbell, who finished 15th in his heat in 14:00.55 and Natoya Goule, who ended her 800m heat in fourth place in 2:02.37, rejected by the IAAF after claims of obstruction were denied. Simoya Campbell, the other Jamaican competitor in the women’s 800m, also failed to advance from the heats, finishing fifth in 2:01.43. In the men’s 110m hurdles heats, Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment was slow out of the blocks, but it hardly mattered as he comfortably won his heat in 13.33, as all three Jamaicans advanced to today’s semi-final round. National champion Omar McLeod had an early scare or two in his heat, but he recovered well to finish second in a time of 13.43, the same time registered by Andrew Riley in his heat. Things were less dramatic in the women’s 200m qualifying, as all three booked their lanes in today’s semi-finals in relative ease. Elaine Thompson was impressive, running 120m before shutting off the engine and cruising to an easy 22.78 win, while Veronica Campbell-Brown, who laughably ran in the lane to her right – importantly, without impeding the athlete – also won her heat, posting 22.79 as she crossed the line. Sherone Simpson registered her best time of the season, running 22.52 in placing second in her heat. Still, most eyes will be on Usain Bolt as he prepares for his sprinting sequel with American archrival Gatlin, who is eager to make up after losing out to the big Jamaican in Sunday’s much-publicised 100m blockbuster. Bolt posted his first sub-20 seconds time in a World Championships or Olympic 200m semi-final and his first since the final of the last World Championships in Moscow two years ago, jogging the last 80m to stop the clock at 19.95. Gatlin was also smooth and easy in qualifying, posting a qualifying leading 19.87 to win his heat as Nickel Ashmeade, the national champion, ensured that Bolt had some Jamaican company in the final, set for 7:55 a.m. today – running on strongly to take second place in 20.19 behind Great Britain’s Jamaican-based sprinter Zharnel Hughes, 20.14. BEIJING, China: Sprint titan Usain Bolt has levelled the crosshairs squarely on rival Justin Gatlin as he goes on the prowl for his third World Championships sprint double, while Jamaica’s history-making women’s 400 metres quartet will look to add medals after yesterday’s drought at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Days after confirming his status as the top man of sprinting, Bolt was in a bullish mood as he looked ahead to what will be another mouth-watering clash against Gatlin – this time in the 200m final. “My 200m is my best event. I live for this. I know I’m going to do well. It’s not even a question. I’m not going to lose my favourite event,” said Bolt after his semi-final. “I can tell you, Justin Gatlin is not going to beat me.” Kaliese Spencer was largely expected to add to the country’s three medals yesterday, but things went inexplicably wrong for the hurdling standout, who finished at the back of the field in the 400m hurdles final in a time of 55.47. Olympic and World Championships medallist Warren Weir’s miserable season continued as he had to settle for a seventh-placed finish in 20.43, missing out on the final, as did Julian Forte, who was eighth in his semi-final in 20.57. Jamaica could win their first medal in the women’s 400m since Shericka Williams’ silver medal at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, when Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills, Shericka Jackson and Christine Day line up in today’s final. It’s the first time that a country has qualified four athletes to a 400m final at the Olympics or World Championships.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgGibbs slamsregional pitchesBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Legendary former West Indies off-spinner, Lance Gibbs, says poor pitches in the Caribbean are inflating the ability of spinners in the region and compromising their development.”I believe the wickets in domestic cricket are too under-prepared and spinners are being made to look better than they are,” ZIZonline quoted the Miami-based Gibbs as saying.”In my day, for example, when we played in Barbados or Guyana, spinners had to work hard for their wickets, because there were very good batting surfaces.”The wickets in Guyana now, and at times in Trinidad, turn too excessively which is not helping in proper development of spinners or batsmen and their ability to play spin.”Gibbs, who turns 81 at month end, remains the finest spinner to ever emerge from the West Indies. In 79 Tests between 1958 and 1976, he snared 309 wickets at an average of 29, with 18 five-wickets and two ten-wicket hauls.Chelsea’s Courtois out with injuryLONDON (AP):Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois faces a long spell on the sidelines after picking up a right knee injury that will require surgery.Just back from international duty, the Belgium international picked up the injury during a training session on Wednesday.”I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee,” Chelsea manager JosÈ Mourinho said yesterday. “As a consequence of that, he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out.”Warner to miss Bangladesh tourMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Cricket Australia says Test opener and newly appointed vice-captain David Warner will miss the team’s two-test Tour of Bangladesh because of a fractured left thumb.Warner sustained the injury while batting at Lord’s in the second one-day international against England on September 5. He won’t require surgery and is hoping to be fit for Australia’s home series against New Zealand in November.Australia play Bangladesh in a three-day tour match in Fatullah beginning October 3 before Tests in the coastal city of Chittagong from October 9 and in the capital Dhaka beginning October 17.It will be the third Test series between the two countries and the first since Australia’s 2-0 victory in Bangladesh in 2006.last_img read more

Batsmen struggle at Sabina

first_imgFast bowler Sheldon Cottrell produced a five-wicket haul to help bowl out the Leeward Islands Hurricanes for 164 on the first day of their fourth round WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park yesterday.However, at the close, the game was evenly balanced, as the Leewards, led by fast bowlers Azarri Joseph and Gavin Tonge, twowickets a piece, had the Scorpions struggling at 69 for six.The left-handed Cottrell, playing in his first game of the season following a foot injury, claimed five for 38, his third five-wicket haul at the first-class level, as the Leewards, after winning the toss, were blown away just before tea.Only three Leewards batsmen offered any form of resistance.They are returning wicketkeeper-batsman, Jahmar Hamilton, Jamaican-born Nkrumah Bonner, and opener Chesney Hughes, who is playing his first game since returning from county cricket in England.Hamilton, after hitting six fours and a six, ended unbeaten with top score of 51, Bonner, stuck around for just over two hours for 35, while Hughes scored 25.Wickets fell quicklyJamaica reached 39 without loss in reply but then wickets fell quickly.John Campbell was trapped leg before wicket by Cornwall for 29 and the innings went into a slide.Campbell was followed two balls after by captain Paul Palmer, bowled by impressive 19-year-old Joseph for eight with Barbadian-born Kirk Edwards, zero, falling two overs later, bowled by Joseph, without scoring to leave the total at 44 for three.Third match centurion AndrÈ McCarthy was next to go 10 runs later, caught at bat pad off Cornwall for seven, while former captain Tamar Lambert, after sticking around for 22 balls, was caught at slip off the bowling of Tonge for eight.Wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr and all-rounder David Bernard Jr, then tried to see out the final overs of the day with a partnership of 12 runs off 8.3 overs.However, with the floodlights on – for the first time in a first-class fixture in Jamaica, and 1.1 overs to go, the latter was bowled off the inside edge by Tonge for six.Joseph ended with two for 20, while the experienced Tonge finished with two for 31.Baugh Jr, eight, and Nikita Miller, zero, will resume batting today.SCOREBOARDHURRICANES 1st InningsS. Jeffers c wkp Baugh b Cottrell 0C. Hughes st Baugh b Miller 25D. Cruickshank lbw b Cottrell 0N. Bonner c Miller b Cottrell 35O. Peters c and b Miller 1*S. Liburd lbw b Cottrell 1+J. Hamilton not out 51R. Cornwall c Miller b Cottrell 0J. Taylor c wkpr Baugh b Miller 18G. Tonge lbw b Jacobs 17A Joseph c Palmer b Miller 4Extras (lb8, nb4): 12Total (all out, 63 overs): 164Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-0, 3-42, 4-56, 5-59, 6-74, 7-74, 8-107, 9-134, 10-164.Bowling: Cottrell 13-5-38-5, Mindley 9-2-19-0, Bernard Jr 7-0-19-0, Miller 23-8-53-4, Jacobs 11-3-27-1.SCORPIONS 1st InningsJ. Campbell lbw b Cornwall 28*P. Palmer b Joseph 8K. Edwards b Joseph 0A. McCarthy c Liburd b Cornwall 7T. Lambert c Liburd b Conrwall 8+C. Baugh Jr not out 8D. Bernard Jr b Tonge 6N. Miller not out 0Extras (b1 lb2, nb1): 4TOTAL (6 wkts, 27 overs) : 69To bat: D Jacobs, S Cottrell, M Mindley.Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-39, 3-44, 4-54, 5-56, 6-68.Bowling: Tonge 10-4-31-2, Joseph 7-2-20-2, Cornwall 10-3-15-2.Position: Scorpions trail by 95 runs with four wickets intact.Toss: Hurricanes.Umpires: Verdayne Smith, Nigel Duguid.last_img read more

Suarez on target twice for Barça

first_img Early header In yesterday’s other quarter-final match, Arturo Vidal’s early header was enough for Bayern Munich to beat Benfica 1-0 at home for a slender advantage. The Chilean midfielder struck in the second minute, heading home from five metres after being picked out by Juan Bernat. Vidal had most of the chances for the rest of the game, with Benfica’s defenders doing well to stifle Robert Lewandowski and Thomas M¸ller, the home side’s top-scoring forwards. Lewandowski missed the best opportunity to wrap it up in the final minutes, when he sent a wayward pass for Philipp Lahm with an open goal beckoning. Bayern are bidding to reach their fifth consecutive semi-final, while the Portuguese league leaders are hoping to reach their first since 1990. BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Luis Suarez scored two second-half goals to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 comeback victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final yesterday. Fernando Torres opened the scoring in the 25th minute, but quickly went from hero to villain for Atletico when two reckless tackles saw him sent off in the 35th. Atletico resisted the defending champions’ push for an equaliser until Suarez finally levelled with an opportunistic goal in the 63rd. Suarez then put Barcelona ahead in the 74th when he played Dani Alves wide before sending the Brazil defender’s cross past goalkeeper Jan Oblak with an unstoppable header.last_img read more

Smith cameo takes Lions into top spot

first_img Lions have 18 points, two clear of Sunrisers Hyderabad, with Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai and Delhi Daredevils, all two points back on 14 points. Sent in, Mumbai were carried by Nitish Rana’s top score of 70 off 36 deliveries, while Englishman Jos Buttler gathered a patient 33. Smith, who grabbed a career-best four-wicket haul in his last outing, again shone with the ball, picking two wickets for 37 runs from four overs of seam. Fellow medium pacer and West Indies player Dwayne Bravo also claimed two wickets. In reply, Australian Aaron Finch fell to the second ball of the innings without a run on the board, but Raina and opener Brendon McCullum, who scored 48 off 27 balls, added 96 to put Lions back on course. When three wickets fell for 26 runs in the space of 18 balls, Smith put his head down, belting four fours and two sixes, to ensure Lions got home safely. KANPUR, India (CMC): Dwayne Smith’s late cameo earned Gujarat Lions a convincing six-wicket victory over Kieron Pollard’s Mumbai Indians with 13 balls to spare here yesterday and propelled them to the top of the Indian Premier League standings. The West Indies all-rounder, batting at number five instead of his usual position at the top of the order, stroked an unbeaten 37 off 23 balls as Lions overhauled their target of 173 at Green Park. Lions were 122 for four in the 13th over when top-scorer and captain Suresh Raina departed for 58, but Smith ensured there were no hiccups as he added 51 for the fifth wicket with Ravi Jadeja, who finished on 21 not out. Smith raced to 27 from 18 balls to kick off a methodical run chase Last outinglast_img read more

Nara upsets 2004 champion Kuznetsova at US Open

first_img‘Not a god’: Federer tops cramping Youzhny in 5 sets at Open 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The No. 8-seeded Kuznetsova’s exit Thursday night means five of the top eight women in the field are already gone before the third round. She joins No. 2 Simona Halep, No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 6 Angelique Kerber and No. 7 Johanna Konta. Kerber was the defending champion.Kuznetsova won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2004 and was the runner-up in 2007. She also was the French Open champion in 2009. The Russian came to New York this year as one of eight women with a chance to move up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings after the tournament.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’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia diescenter_img Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, returns a shot from Marketa Vondrousova, of Czech Republic, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Past U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset in the second round by 116th-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.This was Nara’s first victory in nine career matches against opponents ranked in the top 10. It also allowed her to get to the third round at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2013, equaling her best showing at any Grand Slam tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Sterling scores in injury time, City beats Southampton

first_imgMOST READ Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, right, scores his side second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England—Raheem Sterling scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time to earn Manchester City a dramatic 2-1 win over Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday, re-establishing his team’s eight-point lead.Amid wild celebrations from City players and coaching staff, manager Pep Guardiola ran onto the field, pumped his fists and jumped in delight after Sterling curled a finish into the far corner from just inside the area. The full-time whistle was blown immediately after Southampton restarted.ADVERTISEMENT On his confrontation with Redmond, Guardiola added: “(I was telling him) how good a player he is. Last season he destroyed us.”Oriol Romeu looked as if he had earned a point for Southampton in the 75th minute when he swept home from close range. That canceled out City’s opener, which came when Virgil van Dijk sliced a free kick from Kevin De Bruyne into his own net in the 47th minute.The only time City has dropped points in the league this season was a 1-1 at home to Everton in the second round of games. City remains unbeaten after 14 games and opponents might finally be working out how to compete with Guardiola’s side.Perhaps seeing how an ultra-defensive Huddersfield frustrated City, Southampton lined up with five defenders and three defensive midfielders — and the tactics worked in the first half.In fact, Southampton came closest to scoring, with Wesley Hoedt heading against the crossbar after a near-post corner was flicked on.ADVERTISEMENT It was a different story in the second half thanks to a stroke of luck two minutes after the restart. De Bruyne whipped in a low free kick from the left wing and, in attempting to smash the ball clear, Van Dijk sliced it into his own net.It meant Southampton needed to come forward more and City looked to pick them off, with Gabriel Jesus curling one shot off target and another being kept out by goalkeeper Fraser Forster.The equalizer came from a rare Southampton attack and owed much to a great touch from Sofiane Boufal. The substitute brought a high ball down at the far post, got to the byline and cut it back for Romeu to steer home.There was still time for Sterling’s last-gasp intervention and wild scenes inside Etihad Stadium.“They made it really difficult for us,” Sterling said, “but we have a feeling in the dressing room that nobody wants to drop points.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ City won a 12th straight league game — and just like against Huddersfield in a 2-1 victory on Sunday, Sterling was a late match-winner. He has 13 goals now this season, making him City’s top scorer.Sterling celebrated by running the length of the field, with his teammates chasing after him. Benjamin Mendy, out with a serious knee injury, hobbled down the touchline to join in the celebrations and attempted to take a selfie with Sterling.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkA frenzied Guardiola was uncontrollable — he was told to calm down by the referee, and Guardiola then confronted Nathan Redmond as the Southampton winger walked off the field, shouting at him and patting him forcefully on the chest.“You have to enjoy these situations, you never know what will happen in the future,” Guardiola said. “We want to win the league but you have to celebrate when you score in the last breath like that.”center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barcelona cruises to victory over Murcia in Copa del Rey Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View commentslast_img read more

Alas takes blame for Phoenix loss to SMB

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Fuel Masters return to action on December 27 against Kia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNew Phoenix coach Louie Alas took responsibility for his team’s 96-104 defeat to San Miguel on Sunday to open the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “I saw some positive things. Easily, we could have given up early, but when we changed personnel, from 17-points down, we were able to trim it down to five,” he said, noting his squad’s huge rally to slice the lead down, 85-80 with 6:30 to play.Alas also thinks the Fuel Masters have come a long way.”If we didn’t have the preseason, we would have been down by almost 30 points. But part of that loss should be charged to me. If I did good thing in rotation or handling the doubling scheme, maybe the result would have been different and we could’ve stopped them. So we need to prepare ourselves that we need to play.”Alas believes Phoenix just have to play with a little bit more consistency next time.“It’s just consistency. We’ll close in, we’ll change players, and then the game will change too. We just have to find the right combinations. Even if we change the players on the floor, we still have to be consistent. And that’s my job.”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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Chris Ross shows out with mom in attendance “It’s my fault. We knew the ball will go to June Mar (Fajardo), but we still doubled him,” he said.With no one to match against the four-time PBA MVP, the Fuel Masters desperately tried to double the behemoth, a move that spaced the floor perfectly for the Beermen and opened their shooters as Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot punished them from distance late.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 folk”From there, the lead got bigger and bigger. I just told my players that next time, I’ll be sharper. You can’t make mistakes on those situations and we really paid for it,” he said.Still, Alas would rather look at the positives especially with how Phoenix fared against the three-time defending Philippine Cup champions. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more