How realistic are the chances of the six Jamaica representatives participating in non-traditional events medalling at the World Championships?Men’s discus throwers Jason Morgan, Federick Dacres, and Chad Wright make up half the list, while respective men’s and women’s shot putters O’Dayne Richards and Danniel Thomas, along with female decathlete Salcia Slack, complete the roster.The best medal prospect is O’Dayne Richards in the men’s shot put. He is definitely the country’s best-ever athlete in the event as he has three major titles in his career – World University, Commonwealth, and Senior Pan Am Games champion.At the recent Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada, he had a career-best and national record 21.69 metres to win the gold medal. This mark by Richards has him at number three on the World list, with the United States’ Joe Kovacs being world leader with 22.56m and two-time World and defending champion David Storl of Germany second with 22.20m.Four years ago in Daegu, Dylan Armstrong of Canada threw 21.64m for silver, while two years ago in Moscow, Ron Whiting of the United States heaved the ball for 21.57m to mine silver.Assessing these results, Richards would be motivated as anything close to his personal best could lead to his greatest achievement ever in the event.Hoping to medalLooking at the leading performers in the men’s discus, Morgan, who ranks number two with 68.19m, just behind world leader Piotr Malachowski of Poland, with 68.29m, could also medal.However, as he has done over the past few years, after making a big throw before a major Championships, Morgan has failed to replicate. In fact, since making that throw, he has been to several meets and is yet to go close to his top throw.Dacres, who has shown in the past that when it comes to major championships he can compete with the best as he was World Youth and World Junior champion in 2011 and 2012, will be hoping to rise to the challenge. He is ranked at 11, with 66.30m.For the others, it will take a miracle for them to be on the podium as Wright, with 65.03m, is at number 24 in the men’s discus; Thomas is ranked 38th with 17.76m; while Slack, with 6141 points, is rated number 27 in the women’s heptathlon.
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A leader by nature, national senior team goalkeeper Andre Blake, who was appointed captain for Jamaica’s crucial Caribbean Cup qualifying match against Suriname at the National Stadium tomorrow at 6 p.m., says he is not the least bit fazed by the role. Blake will lead the team in the absence of the injured Je-Vaughn Watson, and the former Glenmuir High and Sporting Central ‘shot stopper’ says his intention is to always give his best effort for his country and help the team play with one aim. “Every time I represent the country I always give a hundred per cent on the pitch. That’s my objective. So it is an honour as a lot of people want to be in my position, and a lot of people think that they should be in my position, so when I get my chance I have to go out and prove that my selection is justified.” But despite the good feedback he has been getting from local football fans over the last year, Blake insists he is still a work in progress. “It’s great (being the number one goalkeeper) but it’s still work in progress, I am still a growing goalkeeper. Getting a lot of games has helped me to grow a lot and, hopefully, I can continue playing and develop into a goalkeeper that Jamaica can rely on for the next 10 years,” he continued. Pressure However, Blake has been in the role of captain before and knows how to handle this pressure, and he says it will be business as usual for him. “I have been captain before but this is my first role as captain at the national level. It’s a privilege, it’s an honour, so my job now is to try and get the players on the same page so we can go out and do what we have to do. For me it’s no added pressure. I think I’m a leader, I don’t need to go out and do anything out of the norm to put additional pressure, I will just be me, as I have been a leader all my life. “They (Suriname) are a good team and we will have to respect that. We cannot take them lightly, because if we take them lightly it could cost us because. ‘”These days, anybody can beat anybody on any given day. But that is one of my responsibilities, to let the players know that this is a war, we are the champions of the Caribbean, and everyone wants to beat us, so it’s about being focused and going out and giving our best. Hopefully, we can correct that and start better.”
POSITION MAINTAINED “First of all, the team maintained its position from the last World Relays by coming second behind the United States of America. Based on the fact that this year, we were without a lot of our more seasoned athletes, I think the team did extremely well because the team was selected on the athletes who made themselves available,” said Wilson. “Most of these athletes are on a second or third tier ranking in terms of positioning … .” Thirty-three of Jamaica’s 77 Olympic medals were mined at the last three instalments which took place in Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016) with another 33 of the country’s 110 World Championships medals coming since the 2009 event in Berlin. Additionally, 15 of the country’s 22 Olympic gold medals came since the 2008 Games, while 24 of the 31 World Championships gold medals won by Jamaica were secured since 2009. Meanwhile, Wilson expressed disappointment and surprise at Blake’s criticism after the sprinter suggested that the technical team had to take some blame for the team selection after a blunder on the second exchange between second leg runner Kemar Bailey-Cole and Jevaughn Minzie resulted in a disqualification in the men’s 4x100m heats. The coach, however, explained that athlete selections were made based on availability, but also agreed that there is a need for more practice sessions ahead of relay events. “I felt that he (Blake) was extremely frustrated because this would have been the first time that I can recall clearly for a very long time in his career that he would have been on a team that is not in the final of a major championships, so I can understand his frustration, but I was a little surprised and disappointed by the utterances because we have such a good relationship as a team,” Wilson said. “We are not playing any blame game, but if the baton falls, we go back and try to correct the issues, but they are professionals and need to accept responsibility when there is an error. I don’t understand how you could blame the dropping of a baton on the selecting of a team, especially when the options were limited,” he added. “As far as I was told by the head coach (Michael Clarke), he wanted an experienced athlete to run the third leg, but could not get the cooperation from the person who he had in mind to run the third leg, so he had no choice but to run the team based on who he had,” Wilson further explained. The other member of the team was lead leg runner Everton Clarke, who was making his first appearance at the senior world level. Jamaica ended with 39 points to finish behind the Americans (60 points) after a first-place finish in the women’s 4x200m, second in the women’s 4x100m and third in the women’s 4x400m, men’s 4x200m, mixed 4x400m and men’s 4x400m. Australia finished third on 24 points, with Poland fourth on 23. Maurice Wilson, who served as technical director for Jamaica’s team to the recently concluded World Relays in The Bahamas, says he is satisfied with the team’s performance in the archipelago, but is warning Jamaican fans to brace for less international success in the coming years. Jamaica’s performance was seen as lukewarm in some quarters, and Wilson had to respond to criticism from male team captain Yohan Blake after a baton mishap in the men’s 4x100m heats, but the respected coach maintains that the team’s efforts should be applauded given its composition and the quality competition they faced in Nassau. Furthermore, Wilson believes that it is unrealistic to expect Jamaica’s golden period of athletics success, which began at the 2008 Olympic Games to continue for much longer. “It is a good time for us to get back down to earth. From 2008, we have been having some glory years, and at some point in time, there has to be some transition. I said before the team left Jamaica (for the World Relays) that once the other countries were to bring most of their seasoned athletes, then it would not be an easy run for us,” said Wilson. “It was clear that Canada, America and Germany had some of their seasoned campaigners who brought a lot of stability to the performance of their team, so taking all of that into consideration, I think we did very well,” he added.
Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite It’s final: PBA veteran superstars to beef up Gilas in Fiba Asia in Lebanon IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass the ball as he drives against Dennis Smith Jr. #1 of the Dallas Mavericks during a semifinal game of the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 108-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLonzo Ball seems to be just what the Lakers needed.Yes, it’s only summer league, but Los Angeles is mired in a playoff drought and in much need of some excitement. Enter the No. 2 pick in the draft.ADVERTISEMENT The circus atmosphere off the court somewhat overshadows what Ball has done on the court.Ball has been impressive with is play-making skills.It all makes the 6-foot-6 Ball seem like an ideal for La La Land.He grew up in the suburb of Chino Hills and the City of Angels is used to big point guards with next level passing ability. Fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma has averaged 20.5 points per game in large part due to Ball’s pinpoint passes.Magic Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations, immediately laid out his expectations after drafting Ball — for the rookie’s number to hang from the Staples Center rafters. And the former UCLA star is making the architect of Showtime and owner of five championship rings look like a soothsayer.“Passing translates, I don’t care what level you’re on,” Johnson told Lakers.com. “Lakers fans are thirsty. … This team will be exciting and it starts with that point guard position. ”Lakers fans in Vegas are all on board for the Ball era.“I like the idea the Balls are taking control of their own lives and trying to start their own brand and do things their way,” said Mark Appelbaum, 51, who sat courtside in a Kobe Bryant high school jersey. “It’s brought life and excitement back to the Lakers because Lonzo brings life and excitement with the way he plays.“I don’t look at it as being brash I look at it as being confident. … I think it’s funny that people are making a big deal about it, he’s just doing what he wants.” Ball has created a buzz around the Los Angeles franchise — on and off the court.He has averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds in six summer league games in Las Vegas. The California native with Showtime-like flair has two triple-doubles and four double-digit assist games while leading the team to Monday night’s championship game. He will miss the final contest with a mild calf strain.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’His absence Monday is almost throwaway line in the final chapter of Ball’s summer league story.The 19-year-old Ball made more headlines wearing different brands of sneakers each game. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation “All press is good press, technically,” Finish Line content manager and creative strategist Brandon Edler said. “Just the fact that we continue to talk about their every single move is amazing for their brand. … Maybe his dad is just on a completely different level and he’s sitting there thinking, ‘Maybe this isn’t a great way to sell the shoe, but we’ve got everybody talking about us and every time somebody’s talking about us, that’s great for Big Baller Brand.’”Ball and his boisterous father, LaVar, just might be marketing geniuses with how they’ve kept his sneaker choice as headline news despite turning down lucrative offers from the major brands.The sneaker rotation is clearly a deliberate plan and LaVar continues to tell people he’s asking for a huge deal with one of the major companies.Many have criticized the hype machine and multiple summer league players have said they wouldn’t wear the brand. But those same players were supportive, even envious, of the concept of having their own independent fashion and sneaker line.The Ball method is certainly unconventional. Rarely does someone promote their own brand by featuring products from other companies. But Lonzo said that’s part of the Big Baller Brand — having the independence to do what one wants.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Uichico, Gilas confident as PH shoots for 18th basketball gold Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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) Nicole Marie Tagle. Photo from Philippine Sports Commission Facebook pageArcher Nicole Marie Tagle settled for silver in the individual women’s recurve, bowing to Diananda Choirunisa of Indonesia in the gold medal match in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Sunday at National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia.Engaged in a tight battle, the final went down to the fifth set before the 15-year-old Dumaguete native yielded to the top-seeded Choirunisa, 4-6.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES Tagle earlier beat Myanmar’s Thida New in the semifinals, 6-2, to assure herself of the podium finish.It was still a triumphant campaign for Tagle, who gave the Philippines its second silver medal in the biennial meet.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’Male standouts Luis Gabriel Moreno and Florante Matan missed out on advancing to the semifinals of the individual men’s recurve.Rogelio Miguel Tremedal, Mark Javier, Pia Elizabeth Biduare, Kareel Meer Hongitan, and Mary Queen Ybañez all failed to progress to the quarterfinals. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her
Wushu bet Balangui trips US foe, assures Team PH of Universiade medal LATEST STORIES Greg Slaughter is slowly but surely getting back to peak form, and Japeth Aguilar has improved tremendously ever since Tim Cone took over as they form, hands-down, the most athletic, tallest frontline in the conference.Tip-off time is at 7 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where the Fuel Masters hope to author an upset and arrest a six-game losing streak to get back in the playoff hunt.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’The other Ginebra weapons that complement its twin towers are import Justin Brownlee and a guard rotation—veteran LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson—which could stand out as the most efficient in the league.Thompson is an all-around talent who, whatever is needed, gets things done. In a 94-80 ripping of luckless Alaska on Saturday in Cebu City, the 6-foot-1 former Perpetual Help ace in the NCAA missed a triple double by two points after getting 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matthew Wright, Jeff Chan and import Brandon Brown will be leading the Fuel Masters.Meanwhile, Blackwater, another team that has a hot streak going—actually its franchise-best run—will shoot for a fourth straight victory when it clashes with TNT KaTropa in the 4:15 p.m. contest.Henry Walker arrived and rejuvenated the Elite, who will be seeking to claim another big fish in the Texters and step up their drive for the next round.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESWith a four-game winning streak and looking more fearsome, Barangay Ginebra slugs it out with slumping Phoenix Petroleum to try to inch closer to a quarterfinal berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup.Playing like a well-oiled machine and with plenty of time to get even better in their bid for a repeat, the Gin Kings are one of only a handful of sides given a chance of thwarting sister team San Miguel Beer’s Grand Slam bid.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles View comments Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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
The usually reserved Irving also issued a challenge to his doubters to conduct their own studies and not rely on the information made by experts.“The whole intent was for people to open up and do their own research,” he said. “It wasn’t to say, ‘OK, let me figure out and go against science. Let me go against what I’ve been told is right, and all this stuff.’ It was just literally with the intent of, ‘Just to wake up and do your own research for once, instead of just assuming everything that’s told to you.’”Meanwhile, Irving joins a long list of celebrity “flat-earthers” including B.O.B and Tila Tequila. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Rapper B.O.B raising money for own satellite to prove Earth is flatADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Despite the backlash from netizens, the 25-year-old former Duke product has no intention of retracting his sentiments, as he stands by his bold claim.In an appearance on the “Holding Court” podcast of 11-time NCAA Women’s Champion coach Geno Auriemma, Irving expounded the thought process behind going against the assumptions made by scientists and experts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The whole intent behind it, Coach, it wasn’t to bash science,” he said, as relayed by Bleacher Report. “It wasn’t to have the intent of starting a rage and be seen as this insane individual. When I started seeing comments and things about universal truths that I had known, I had questions.”He added: “I won’t sit here and say that I know, but when I started actually doing research on my own and figuring out that there is no real picture of Earth, there’s not one picture of Earth – and we haven’t been back to the Moon since 1961 or 1969 – and it becomes like conspiracy, too, like, ‘OK, let me question this.’” 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 Dodgers’ title drought reaches 30 years with Series loss LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on October 18, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBoston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving made headlines outside of basketball last February, when he made public his belief that the world is flat.READ: Kyrie Irving: Reaction to world is flat comment ‘hilarious’ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Dwyane Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with LeBron James while playing the Chicago Bulls during a pre-season game at Quicken Loans Arena on Oct. 10, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)After volunteering to be a part of the second unit for the first time in his career, Dwyane Wade has finally settled in with his new team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.Although he now seems well acclimated with the Cavs’ system, Wade’s arrival in Ohio wasn’t well received by some of his teammates initially.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Now 35 years old, Wade doesn’t have the same freakish athleticism that he once had, but James understands the importance of 12-time All-Star’s championship pedigree.“I still know what he’s capable of doing. Why wouldn’t you want another guy in the locker room that brings a championship mentality and a guy who can still play?” he said. “So, of course, it bothered me, but f**k it. It is what it is.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:James, Love lead Cavs past Hawks for 10th win in a rowADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene James, Love lead Cavs past Hawks for 10th win in a row It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson This was recently revealed by LeBron James, who told The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd that some players disapproved of the Cavs’ decision to bring the wily veteran aboard on a one-year deal at the start of the season.“There was a couple guys with it,” James, who refused to name the players, said. “But it wasn’t a lot.”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 folkTheir displeasure reportedly stems from the fact that the team had to let go of well-liked veteran Richard Jefferson and required coach Tyronn Lue to reshuffle the starting lineup—relegating J.R. Smith to the bech at the beginning of the season.James and Wade’s tight bond, meanwhile, has been well documented both on and off the court, as the pair won back-to-back championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013
Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pelicans, Davis, hope new faces, faster pace mean more wins Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Pirates improved to a 15-2 record to claim one of the top two spots and in the processed eliminated the Blazers, who dropped to an 8-8 record. Benilde can win as much as 10 games but fourth seed University of Perpetual Help already has 11 wins after 16 matches. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissReymar Caduyac lit up for the Pirates, scoring six points in the last two minutes and effectively took the fight out of the Blazers. Lyceum showed no remorse on Benilde in the final minutes, forcing the Blazers to three straight turnovers off a timeout with Caduyac capping off a 7-0 Pirate run with a layup that came off a steal from Justin Gutang for the 75-62 lead with 1:08 left. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lyceum notched the twice-to-beat bonus come the Final Four after taking down College of St. Benilde, 77-64, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center. ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ 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 Despite Caduyac’s performance, Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson still poked fun at his point guard. “I call him Speedy Bagal (slow) because what he lacks in physical ability in speed he makes up for it with smarts,” said Robinson. “The things he does in games, I don’t see it in practice. He’s always full of surprises. It’s a blessing to have somebody like him.”CJ Perez led all scorers with 17 points with 10 rebounds, and four steals for the Pirates while Mike Nzeusseu had 13 points and eight boards.Caduyac finished with 10 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. Justin Gutang had 13 points and seven boards for the Blazers. ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments