IPC Shares Game Changing Nature of Productivity Apps to Kick off 'DiscoverDigital Seminar Series

Local cloud services pioneer IPC (IP Converge Data Services, Inc.) opened its digital transformation seminar series this year with an insightful discourse on how productivity applications are changing the workplace for the better. Dubbed as ‘Business over Beers,’ the first of IPC’s #DiscoverDigital series for 2018 was recently held at ASPACE Greenbelt, Makati. The event […].....»»

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Perez makes sure Jawbreakers stop three-game slide

Zark’s Burger-Lyceum of the Philippines University finally put an end to its three-game slump, holding off Go for Gold 108-94 in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Monday at the JCSGO Gym in Quezon City. CJ Perez poured 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals to spearhead the Jawbreakers while Cameroonian Mike Nzeusseu tallied a double-double in the tune of his 21 markers, 11 boards, and three dimes. MJ Ayaay contributed 16 points, six rebounds, and six assists while Jaycee Marcelino added 15 markers, six of which coming in the fourth quarter where Zark’s-LPU put down Go for Gold for good. The Jawbreakers lost hold of a 27-point lead, 81-54, with 3:04 remaining in the third quarter before Matt Salem waxed hot for the Scratchers, helping his side cut the lead down to eight, 83-91, at the 5:35 mark of the fourth. But that was when twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino went to work, scoring six straight points to give Zark’s-LPU a 14-point lead, 97-83, before Ayaay put on the finishing touches late. “Nawala yung joy sa laro namin,” said coach Topex Robinson as the Jawbreakers remain alive for playoff contention at 5-4. “Joy means that you'll make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. I just let them play today.” “Again, we're happy that we got back in our winning ways. We just have to play our game, nothing is gonna change. What’s important is we learn from our mistakes and try to get better all the time.” Salem uncorked 24 points powered by six triples while also grabbing six rebounds and Yankie Haruna just missed out on a double-double with his 22 markers and nine rebounds. Go for Gold bowed for the third straight time and dropped to a 4-6 card. BOX SCORES ZARK’S BURGER-LPU 108 — Perez 23, Nzeusseu 21, Ayaay 16, Jc. Marcelino 15, Pretta 9, Jv. Marcelino 8, Caduyac 6, Baltazar 3, Tansingco 3, Marata 2, Yong 2, Ibañez 0, Santos 0, Serrano 0. GO FOR GOLD 94 — Salem 24, Haruna 22, Leutcheu 12, Desiderio 8, Alejandro 7, Gaco 5, Naboa 5, Gutang 4, Dixon 3, Domingo 2, Ocampo 2, Pasturan 0. QUARTER SCORES: 36-23, 63-44, 83-66, 108-94......»»

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Jarvey Gayoso’s biggest critic? His dad Jayvee

In just his third season in the UAAP, Ateneo Football’s Jarvey Gayoso has already bagged three straight Best Striker nods, an MVP trophy, and a men’s championship. The star striker has come up big for his team on countless occasions and has emerged as the team’s go-to-guy, even more so now as the young Blue Eagles continue their quest for repeat titles. This year, Gayoso is on pace for another Best Striker nod with 13 goals in eleven matches played, and the defending champion Blue Eagles are second in the league, one point behind top-seeded University of the Philippines. With the way things are going, it may be hard to criticize Gayoso’s play… …that depends, of course, who you ask. Sunday afternoon, Ateneo avenged their first round loss to University of Santo Tomas with a 2-0 win, and Gayoso again had his hand on the win, scoring one of the goals. Watching from the stands was Jarvey’s dad Jayvee. In fact, it was Jayvee’s first time to see Jarvey and the Blue Eagles win a match in the UAAP live, and the younger Gayoso jokingly said that maybe his dad was a bringer of bad luck. “Honestly, this is his first game to watch na we won. I think he’s watched three games na one draw, tapos dalawang talo. After a while I was feeling na baka malas, alam mo naman mga Pinoy, superstitious,” Jarvey said with a laugh. “But then after today, of course, I’m blessed to have him here, he’s a busy guy, and my father drives all the way from Laguna to watch me, along with my mom and my siblings, it’s a nice experience to have him,” While most parents are their child’s biggest fan, Jayvee will be the first to tell you that he isn’t like that. Being a former athlete himself, the former Ateneo basketball star and PBA standout will always see areas of improvement, especially in his son. “I have every reason to be proud of what Jarvey does, but because of my knowledge on sports and how I’ve handled so many players before, Jarvey knows that I’m always tough, I’m here to criticize him, I’m always here to point out the wrong things he does, I always stress to him that without his teammates, his greatness is just 50 percent.” “I’m not the typical type of dad who will, you know, I’m more of the critic rather than, but at the end of the day, of course, my heart, I’m trying to do things to help him out even more, for his life.” Jayvee added. And for Jarvey, it becomes a source of motivation and a different perspective on his growth as a player. “Because my dad’s also an athlete, he’ll always see the things that I can improve on, which is good for me, because I’ll be able to understand what I can’t see and what he sees, and I’ll be able to know what I can further work on.” So far, it seems to be working. As for finally getting to see his son get a win in the UAAP, Jayvee was of course happy, but that doesn’t mean it’s a reason to stop working to get better. “I’m happy of course that they won, I’m happy he was able to score, ako kasi defensive player ako nung ako’y player, so I’m always…I fight him all the time, Jarv, help on defense! Pero nakikita ko nakakapagod din yung ginagawa niyang pagtatakbo ano, but of course I’ll never stop.” “Even if I’m content with what he does, at the end of the day, I am still gonna criticize, like I said, and tell him, may kulang pa din, Jarv. Never be satisfied. Never be satisfied.” Jayvee continued. The win over UST was of course a sweet one, especially for Gayoso, who was visibly down after their first round loss to the Growling Tigers. It was sweeter more so, having his dad around to see it happen. “Nakaka-kaba, siyempre, because your biggest critic is here, but at the same time I love it when he watches, I love doing well and and being able to know that he’s in a good mood because of the way I played, because it’s fulfilling.”.....»»

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The league table of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament has been nothing short of confusing. After Sunday’s action, there are two teams who share the second seed and another set of two teams who are the sixth seed but that doesn’t mean the third and fifth seeds are in stable ground. Far Eastern University, the no. 3 team, and no. 5 Adamson University can both either go up or down in the standings on one simple whim. Amid the confusion, however, is a glaring constant and it’s the defending champion De La Salle. The Lady Spikers were perfect this week and remained atop the league with an 8-2 record securing themselves of at least a playoff for one of the spots in the Final Four. And in the middle of that perfection is Kim Kianna Dy. La Salle’s belle of an opposite hitter was the offensive focal point in both of the Lady Spikers’ victories against University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University, on her way to winning the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week. And although the wins against the Lady Maroons and the Lady Tamaraws are as far apart as Diliman and Sampaloc, Dy seemed to be a delicate pendulum in the middle of the chaos. Dy was solid in the Lady Spikers’ three-set sweep of University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19, with 14 points, five of which were aces and four were blocks, in an uneventful game La Salle easily shrugged off. It was against the Lady Tamaraws’ however that Dy showed a little more of her magic when she put up 18 points in a five-set win, 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5. Dy, despite starting dormant against FEU, rose up like a lotus in the middle of the dirge and scored four of La Salle’s 10 points, five came from the Lady Tamaraws’ errors, in the fifth set. “Yung mindset namin coming into the fifth set was dapat mauna kami, kasi FEU is very aggressive so pag dumikit mahihirapan kami,” said Dy. “So game plan talaga is unahan sila.” Dy’s scoring may not be considered outrageous as compared to Cherry Rondina, Jaja Santiago, and Diana Carlos—all three of which average more than 18 points per game with Rondina putting up 21.2 a game—but her elegant style saw her climb the scoring table in an impressive way. After scoring a total of 32 points this week, Dy went from 11th in the total points list to sixth leapfrogging Ateneo’s Jhoanna Maraguinot, teammate Majoy Baron, Adamson’s Jema Galanza and Mylene Paat, and University of the East’s Mary Ann Mendrez......»»

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No upsets as Ateneo, other top teams advance in NBTC Sweet 16

All the higher seeds in the First Round of the 2018 Exped Socks National Basketball Training Centre National Finals advanced to the Sweet 16, Monday evening. Behind the towering Kai Sotto, UAAP champions Ateneo Blue Eaglets dominated the New Ormoc City Eagles, 98-47. The UAAP Season 80 Finals Most Valuable Player had 15 points on 70 percent shooting to go along with six rebounds and three blocks in just 16 minutes of game time. The Blue Eaglets will face the 16th seeded Australia Pinoy Selection as AusPinoy was able to eke out an 86-79 win over Aussumption Montessori of Cagayan de Oro. It was also a smooth sailing first round for the other top seeded teams. Second-ranked La Salle Green Hills Greenies walloped Jesus the Loving Sheperd of Naga, 85-46, while the third-seeded Chiang Kai Shek College pounced on St. Columban College of Pagadian, 68-44. Reigning CESAFI champions University of Visayas Baby Lancers routed the University of Luzon of Dagupan, 100-73. UAAP runners-up NU Bullpups survived an early scare before blasting the Tay Tung High School of Bacolod, 81-63. The team B of the number 7 San Beda Red Cubs scored the biggest blowout of the day, notching a 105-40 victory over the St. Louis-Don Bosco of Dumaguete. One of the top performers of the day was Harvey Pagsanjan of Hope Christian High School. After dropping 33 markers during the first eight showdown on Sunday, the gunslinging guard rallied Hope from 15 down to pick up an 84-77 win over St. Benilde International School of Calamba.  Pagsanjan finished the game with 35 big points on 13-of-26 shooting Outside of Camp David of New Zealand, as they lost to the Lyceum-Cavite Junior Pirates 85-59, the three other international teams made it to the next round. Number 11 Durham Crossover of Canada escaped University of Baguio 80-75; number 13 FilAm Sports pounded De La Salle-Lipa, 92-59;and number 16 AusPinoy triumphed over Assumption-Cagayan de Oro, 86-79. Completing the Sweet 16 are #6 Mapua Red Robins, #8 Sacred Heart Magis Eagles, #10 San Sebastian Staglets, #12 Adamson Baby Falcons, #14 Letran Squires......»»

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Drake breaks new streaming record — in video games

NEW YORK — Hip-hop superstar Drake has broken a new record in streaming — this time in video games. The most streamed artist on Spotify, whose latest hit “God’s Plan” has spent the last seven weeks at number one on the US singles chart, made waves last week when he joined the streaming video-game platform […] The post Drake breaks new streaming record — in video games appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Coach Lue taking leave from Cavaliers to address health issues

CLEVELAND --- Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence from the team to address health issues that have included chest pains and loss of sleep. Lue said Monday in statement that tests have offered no conclusion about what the issue is, but he feels he needs to step away "and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation" from which to coach the rest of the season. Lue spent the second half of Cleveland's victory in Chicago on Saturday in the locker room because of an illness, the second time this season he left a game because he wasn't feeling well. The former NBA guard also sat one out against Chicago at home in December. He says he will use a "pre...Keep on reading: Coach Lue taking leave from Cavaliers to address health issues.....»»

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Torn ACL sidelines NLEX s Kevin Alas for 6 to 8 months

MANILA, Philippines – Kevin Alas' biggest nightmare just came to life. Alas will be missing the rest of NLEX's best-of-7 semifinals series against the Magnolia Hotshots after injuring his right knee early in the Road Warriors' 78-87 Game 5 loss last March 18.  According to Manila Bulletin's Waylon Galvez , renowned orthopedic ........»»

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Zark’s-LPU snaps 3-game skid, downs Go For Gold-CSB in D-League

MANILA, Philippines – The Zark’s-LPU Jawbreakers finally regained their formidable form in emphatic fashion in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup, drubbing fellow playoff contender Go for Gold-CSB Scratchers, 108-94, at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao, Monday, March 19. The game was competitive early on, as both teams traded leads until ........»»

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Hotshots go for it

Game today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) Game 6, best-of-7 semifinal series 7 p.m. – NLEX vs. Magnolia Score: Magnolia leads, 3-2 MAGNOLIA has never come this close to PBA finals under coach Chito Victolero. The Hotshots try to finish off NLEX as they gun for a finals berth in the PBA….....»»

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Hotshots go for it

Game today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) Game 6, best-of-7 semifinal series 7 p.m. – NLEX vs. Magnolia Score: Magnolia leads, 3-2 MAGNOLIA has never come this close to PBA finals under coach Chito Victolero. The Hotshots try to finish off NLEX as they gun for a finals berth in the PBA… Source link link: Hotshots go for it.....»»

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So falls to Russian foe, hits cellars

MANILA, Philippines – Wesley So blundered away a drawish game and lost to Russian Sergey Karjakin in 40 moves of a Bogo-Indian to fall back to the bottom aft.....»»

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Road Warriors try to force Game 7 sans ACL-riddled Alas

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Olsen Racela sees a lot of Danny I in Dave Ildefonso

Ildefonso and Racela were together again in the 2018 SLAM Rising Stars. The circumstances were different, however, last Sunday at the Gatorade Hoops Center. Olsen Racela now called the shots from the sidelines while instead of Danny, it was Dave Ildefonso on the floor. It was just like the good old times, though, as Racela called out a play that led to Ildefonso’s miracle shot forcing overtime. This ain’t over yet, says Dave Ildefonso who hits a difficult shot over Ateneo teammate Jason Credo. #SLAMRisingStars — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Marso 18, 2018 There, Racela, Ildefonso, and Team Punks pulled away from Team Hype for an eight-point win. For the younger Ildefonso, who had just experienced winning a UAAP Juniors championship with Ateneo de Manila High School, playing for his godfather was something special. “Si coach Olsen, ninong ko yun e. I saw him play with tatay and alam naman natin na he’s really a smart player and good guy on and off the court,” he said. He then continued, “Ngayon, getting a chance to be able to play (for) him, parang full circle na rin ang nangyari.” Olsen Racela and Danny Ildefonso were together for around a dozen years and won several titles for San Miguel. And for Racela, Danny’s second son is as talented a player as he has seen coming out of high school. “Grabe yung skill level ni Dave. He can play multiple and he has the right mindset,” he said. He then continued, “Napakaganda ng future ni Dave.” Of course, “Rah-Rah" Racela knows full well that much of that has to do with his good friend who just so happened to be a back-to-back MVP. “Grabe rin kasi magsumikap yan just like his dad. Kaya rin alam kong maganda yung future ni Dave.” With the exhibition game now over and done with, though, Racela goes back to head coaching duties for Far Eastern University while Ildefonso now turns his attention to his first year suiting up for National University. And when their first meeting comes, Dave will be nothing but excited for matching up with ninong Olsen. “I’m definitely looking forward to battling him and his team,” he remarked. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Inako lang namin ang responsibility -- Baron

Just as expected, the veterans of De La Salle University stepped up when needed the most. With the game on the line, graduating players Kim Kianna Dy and reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron delivered the much-needed points while providing leadership to steer the Lady Spikers on the right track as they downed an equally dangerous team Far Eastern University Sunday.   Dy and Baron scored 18 points each in DLSU’s 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5, escape over the Lady Tamaraws to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four berth in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “Siguro inako lang namin ‘yung responsibility na kailangan fifth set, nandun na yung character namin,” said fifth year middle blocker Baron. After the Lady Spikers clawed their way back from a 1-2 deficit, the Taft-based squad opened with a 5-0 lead in the fifth frame.    FEU gave DLSU a scare when it narrowed the gap to 4-7 before Dy, Baron and Desiree Cheng took the lead in the Lady Spikers' closing 8-1 scoring spurt to reassert their mastery over the Morayta-based squad. “Well ‘yung mindset namin coming inside the fifth set is dapat mauna kami,” said Dy. “Kasi ‘yun nga, FEU is very aggressive so pag dikit, mahihirapan kami. So game plan talaga namin is unahan sila.” Head coach Ramil de Jesus also lauded his veteran duo for responding to the challenge of carrying the team at crunch time.   “Actually nu’ng second and third sets, sila rin yung nawala eh,” said De Jesus. “Kaya sabi ko walang magbubuhat nitong team kung lahat tayo mahihirapan sa adjustments ng FEU.” Still, Baron was quick to deflect all the credit for the win, saying that it was team effort that brought them to their eighth win in 10 outings.   “Nakita naman na ‘yung teammates ko nag-effort and teamwork talaga ‘yung nangyari,” she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Eze keeps Perpetual s playoff flame flickering

University of Perpetual Help stayed alive in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup while also eliminating AMA Online Education in the process with an 89-81 win on Monday at the JCSGO Gym in Quezon City. Nigerian big man Prince Eze captained the Altas with 22 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks as they halted their three-game losing slide. Rey Anthony Peralta poured 12 of his 17 markers in the telling third quarter, as Perpetual jumped on AMA after the halftime break and built a lead as high as 25, 69-44. John Rey Villanueva also drilled 13 points powered by three triples while Edgar Charcos wound up with 13 markers, eight assists, and six rebounds. It almost looked like an easy win for the Altas after building a sizable lead in the third frame, but James Martinez put AMA on his back and got the Titans within five, 79-84, with 1:57 remaining. Luckily for Perpetual, Villanueva connected with an open three before Eze glided for the easy layup to stave off the uprising and clinch the victory. “Nag-relax eh tsaka nag-iisip ng puntos yung mga players. So we just have to be unselfish pagdating sa ganoon and just try to get the win instead,” said coach Frankie Lim. At 3-5, the Altas still have a remote chance to make a late run to the top six if they sweep their remaining games. For Lim, that’s exactly what he needs as he eyes to continue building his wards in preparation for the collegiate season. “We'll try to come up with a game plan for our next few games and hope we make it. It’s good for the team,” he said. Robbie Manalang paced AMA with 23 points, four rebounds, and four assists while Martinez unfurled 18 markers, 13 coming from the fourth quarter. The Titans join Batangas-EAC and JRU at the bottom of the standings at 1-7. BOX SCORES PERPETUAL 89 — Eze 22, Peralta 17, Charcos 13, Villanueva 13, Precillas 10, Coronel 8, Tiburcio 3, Salvador 2, Mangalino 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Pido 0, Tamayo 0. AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 81 — Manalang 23, Martinez 18, Lao 15, Antonares 10, C. Escalambre 9, Quijano 3, Taganas 2, J. Escalambre 1, Garcia 0, Velasquez 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-18, 41-36, 70-51, 89-81......»»

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League-leading UP reaping rewards of JB Borlongan’s breakout season

When University of the Philippines opened the men’s football tournament of UAAP Season 80, they did so by handing defending champions Ateneo de Manila their first and so far only un-avenged loss of the season. Third-year forward JB Borlongan was the difference-maker as he scored late to give UP the opening day win. As it turns out, that first match would be an indication of how Borlongan’s season would be going, as the Cagayan de Oro native has been having a breakout year in terms of offense, and the league-leading Fighting Maroons are enjoying every bit of it. While Borlongan has already been showing flashes of his goal scoring capabilities his first two seasons in the UAAP, he’s taken it to another level this year. With a team-high nine goals in nine matches, Borlongan is the league’s second-best striker, and with UP already clinching a seat in the Final Four, it’s highly likely that he isn’t done scoring. Along with fellow third-year striker King Miyagi, who’s netted eight goals of his own this season, Borlongan is on the forefront of UP’s attack, and the significant jump in terms of scoring output was the product of the need to step up, especially with the departure of key players, including former skipper Daniel Gadia. “Coach told King and I na since sila Gadia aren’t here anymore on the team, it should be us stepping up already, since we’re the seniors on the attacking line.” Borlongan told ABS-CBN Sports. “So that’s what we did, in training we made sure that we worked on our finshing drills so that we’ll be able to convert our goals.” With even more veterans set to call it a UAAP career at season’s end, Borlongan knows that it’s up to them to take the reins and make sure that UP remains competitive in the coming seasons. “That’s also what we’re trying to do, because after this season, next season, sila Ian Clarino, our captain, wala na. It’s gonna be our batch na, King’s batch and my batch that’s gonna lead the team.” So far, so good. “I think it’s a good sign naman, we’ve been scoring goals naman diba, so next season we hope we can do the same.” Borlongan added. His coach Anto Gonzales hopes so too. “I think with JB, he’s more focused this season, and he’s been working very hard. During our first four games, he was our best performer, medyo nag-dip after that, but he came back very strongly in the last two games. I hope he continues playing that way.” Ten matches into the season, the Fighting Maroons own the best record in the league at eight wins and two draws. They’re also the only team in the league that hasn’t suffered a loss. When asked what’s fueling this impressive Maroons run, Borlongan shares that it’s the same thing that helped fuel them to men’s and women’s titles two seasons ago. “Our fight. Every game, we make sure we really wanna win, and we wanna do it for Rogie and the UP community.” In 2016, Rogie Maglinas, a member of the UP men’s football team, passed away after a battle against a rare form of cancer. Maglinas’ passing became the emotional spark that helped UP claim men’s and women’s football titles back in UAAP Season 78. Two years later, UP hopes to once again find themselves at the top of the UAAP men’s football mountain, and Borlongan is helping lead the fight......»»

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Next Kobe Bryant Fil-Am to showcase skills in NBTC Slam Dunk Contest

Jalen Green, the top-ranked sophomore in the USA, is living up to his billing in two games thus far in the 2018 National Basketball Training Center National League. Jalen Green, the top-ranked sophomore in the US right now, has Filipino blood. Here he is, being all tall and long-limbed in the #NBTC. #MadnessInMOA — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Marso 19, 2018 The 6-foot-6, 16-year-old has been showing his touch Jalen Green can shoot it. — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Marso 19, 2018 His finishing ability Jalen Green can finish strong. — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Marso 19, 2018 And his athleticism while playing for Fil-Am Sports USA. And Jalen Green can oop the alley. — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Marso 19, 2018 All those, combined with his length clearly shows where he takes inspiration for his game from. Asked about his NBA idol, he answered, “Kevin Durant for sure. He can shoot, dribble, get to the rim, everything.” He then continued, “He’s one of the greatest in the game right now, that’s why he’s my role model.” However, American media has been aligning Green to another NBA great. “Green has been compared to Kobe Bryant,” the Sacramento Bee said in its report. Green, who has a full-blooded Filipino as great grandfather and who traces his roots in Ilocos Sur, is well aware of the hype he has already been getting as a sophomore. “(Being compared to) Kobe, I think it’s amazing. It’s a lot of weight on my shoulders, but it’s great,” he said. Father Marcus Green also acknowledges that being compared to a surefire Hall of Famer is a burden, but also a challenge at the same time. “A lot of people misunderstand that it’s (not) Kobe Bryant the finished product, but Kobe Bryant in the 10th grade. He’s nowhere near there, but he works at it,” he shared. He then continued, “Being one of the top kids in the country, it’s good, but he also knows he has to work hard.” For now, Jalen is doing just that – both in the USA and here in his first time in the Philippines, playing in the 2018 NBTC Nationals. Aside from seeing him play with Fil-Am Sports USA, his kababayans will also get to witness his tantalizing talent when he takes the floor alongside the best of the best the country has to offer in the NBTC All-Star Game on Friday. “This is an opportunity to show people what I’m made of. I gotta go out there and prove something every time I step on the court,” he said. And for a more focused look at his jaw-dropping athleticism, we can all see him in the NBTC All-Star Dunk Contest. There, we can expect things like this: Of course, all of the action will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE via livestream and on a delayed basis on S+A and S+A HD. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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June Mar bags PBA Player of the Week honors

Four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo’s size, skills and experience worked beautifully for San Miguel Beer, which went on to complete a 4-1 semifinal series win over Barangay Ginebra to march to its fourth straight Philippine Cup Finals stint Saturday night. The 6-10 Fajardo averaged 20.67 points and 12.67 rebounds to earn the PBA Press Corps Player of Week for the period of March 13-18, keying the Beermen’s victories in Games 4 and 5 to keep their All-Filipino conference “four-peat” bid alive. Stung by Ginebra’s 95-87 win in Game 3 last Tuesday, the Cebuano big man finished with a double-double stats line of 14 points and 13 rebounds, engineering SMB’s blazing start as the Beermen hammered the Gin Kings, 102-81 two days later. San Miguel, then finished off Ginebra’s Finals aspirations as the 28-year-old Fajardo barrelled his way in for 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor, along with 9 rebounds, 3 assists and a block in 100-94 win in Game 5. While Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot also dished off excellent performances in San Miguel’s sensational back-to-back wins, Fajardo earned the nod for the weekly citation. With a league-best 24 PBA titles at hand, San Miguel Beer looks to extend its domination of the Philippine Cup since reigning supreme in the season-opening conference from 2015 to 2017. The 2017 Philippine Cup conquest in fact, gave SMB the Perpetual Jun Bernardino trophy. San Miguel now awaits the winner of the other semifinal series between sister team Magnolia and NLEX. The Hotshots took Game 5 Sunday night, 87-78 to gain the driver’s seat, 3-2. .....»»

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NBA fines Pelicans coach Gentry, Pistons Van Gundy for ref rants

The NBA dropped $15,000 fines on New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry and Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy on Sunday for their bitter criticism of officiating in games on Saturday. Gentry was seething after the Pelicans' 107-101 home loss to the Houston Rockets. He was especially angry about a foul called on New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday while Houston star James Harden was shooting a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter -- a call that drew jeers from the home crowd and eventually saw Gentry whistled for a technical for arguing it. "All we want is an equal opportunity to win the game, not have a situation where we are guessing on the biggest play of the game," said a...Keep on reading: NBA fines Pelicans coach Gentry, Pistons Van Gundy for ref rants.....»»

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