Bali Pure strikes first for 1-0 lead over Pocari in PVL Finals

first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Aiko Urdas led the Water Defenders with 15 points while Jerrili Malabanan and Grethcel Soltones added 14 and 10 points, respectively.Elaine Kasilag had 11 points to lead Pocari while MVP Myla Pablo added nine. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Philippines, Myanmar set semis target for football Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure struck quick and humbled Pocari Sweat in straight sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 to get a 1-0 lead in the final round of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Risa Sato, who was awarded as the league’s 2nd Best Blocker, handed the finishing blow with a quick kill down the middle of the Lady Warriors’ defense.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The Water Defenders, after getting in the brink of elimination in the preliminaries, have now won five of their last six games including two straight victories over Creamline in the Final Four.Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb knows his team has now built enough confidence, after their topsy-turvy eliminations, as they are one win away from the title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re confident and we’ll just capitalize on this win,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “We will go to the next game with the psychological advantage.”“Again we were almost eliminated and it was a really difficult road going to the championship.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

Iowa State romps past Kansas to win Big 12 tourney title

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I think it was our best team win of the year because it was gritty,” said Shayok, who like Jacobson sat out last season after transferring. “Everybody stepped up.”Dedric Lawson had 18 points and Devon Dotson added 17 for the third-seeded Jayhawks, whose last chance to win some hardware will be the NCAA Tournament. Their run of 14 consecutive regular-season crowns ended last weekend, and they failed to defend their Big 12 Tournament title.“The way we competed, we showed some signs where we really wanted to win this game,” Dotson said. “But they hit some tough shots. We were missing some of our easy shots we usually make.”Meanwhile, the Cyclones made a tremendous about-face during their stay in Kansas City.They arrived having lost five of their last six regular-season games, and looked rudderless in losses to Texas and lowly West Virginia. But beginning with a blowout of Baylor and continuing with a quarterfinal win over regular-season champ Kansas State, the Cyclones found their stride.ADVERTISEMENT After cutting their deficit to single-digits on several occasions, including 72-63 with 1:21 to go, the Cyclones kept answering. And after Grimes was called for a foul on Wigginton, Lawson spiked the ball under the basket and was whistled for a technical foul.Shayok made the two technical foul shots, Wigginton made two more, and the chants of “Let’s Go Cyclones!” began to reverberate throughout Sprint Center in celebration of another title.“This is a special night. Kansas is a tremendous program,” Prohm said, “and you can talk about Coach Self forever. But our guys answered the bell We came down here and won each game in different ways. We showed our toughness. We showed our togetherness.BIG PICTUREIowa State has leaned on Shayok and Talen Horton-Tucker much of the season, but Wigginton and Haliburton shined in Kansas City. Wigginton is averaging more than 15 points over his last five games while Haliburton continues to lead the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio.Kansas started freshman center David McCormack, but the Cyclones’ guard-oriented lineup forced the Jayhawks to match their personnel. Charlie Moore and the rest of their guards struggled shooting the ball, and they were unable to get crucial defensive stops down the stretch.UP NEXTBoth teams will learn their NCAA Tournament destinations Sunday. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The trio helped the fifth-seeded Cyclones race to a big early lead against No. 17 Kansas on Saturday night, then contributed to enough crucial stops down the stretch, preserving a 78-66 victory over the Jayhawks in the Big 12 Tournament finale at Sprint Center.“When you do something special, you win a championship, you got a connection for the rest of your life,” said Cyclones coach Steve Prohm, who brought together his team from far and wide.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics UP stops slide, downs Adamson for share of 4th spot Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker (11) celebrates a basket during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in the final of the Big 12 men’s tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lindell Wigginton found his way to Iowa State from Canada, Marial Shayok took a detour through the University of Virginia, and Michael Jacobson started his career at the University of Nebraska.Three players from three very different backgrounds now have something in common: a title.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIEScenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event “Hopefully this is just step one. We’ll enjoy this for a while, figure out where we’re going for the NCAA Tournament and then we’ll focus on that.”Wigginton finished with 17 points, Shayok had 15 on his way to winning tournament MVP, and Jacobson finished with 14 for the Cyclones (23-11), who became the lowest-seeded team ever to win the conference tournament. They also improved to 2-0 against Kansas (25-9) in the finals. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Google Philippines names new country director Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other The Jayhawks, still looking for their own, were fortunate to trail 32-22 at halftime.Lawson, who had 24 points in the semifinals, was 2 of 11 from the field. Marcus Garrett was 0 for 6 from the floor and 1 of 4 from the foul line. Quentin Grimes was 0 or 4 from beyond the arc after hitting five 3-pointers in their win over the Mountaineers on Friday night.All told, the Jayhawks shot 27.8 percent from the field and missed all nine of their 3-point attempts in the first half. They also were just 2 of 8 from the free-throw line.“Just one of those nights,” Grimes said. “Every one of the shots we put up was a good shot.”Iowa State had its own trouble on the offensive end of the floor, getting five shots swatted into the seats. But the Cyclones were effective at getting to the rim, and easy layups by Wigginton and Tyrese Haliburton allowed them to take control.Their lead swelled to 41-24 early in the second half. And even when the Jayhawks managed to nip into it, they would inevitably miss an open layup or throw the ball away.Or, Jacobson would knock down an unlikely 3-pointer.That was the case when the Jayhawks trimmed the deficit to 45-35 with 14 minutes to go. Iowa State’s big man calmly drained one from the top of the arc — all Kansas coach Bill Self could do was smile in disbelief — and Steve Prohm’s squad promptly ripped off seven straight points.“We just didn’t make those plays that you need in order to put some real game pressure on them,” Self said. “They were better than us, make no mistake.”Frustration eventually set in for the Jayhawks down the stretch. View commentslast_img read more

You now sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account

first_imgAdvertisement Social Networking giant Facebook announced that it is no longer required for Messenger users to have a Facebook account, and has opened it up to the rest of the world.Previously, it was only available to those in Canada, the United States, Peru, and VenezuelaYou can sign up using your phone number if interested, but you can also use your Facebook account. – Advertisement – This means making Messenger more accessible and perhaps more enticing to people who might opt not to download Messenger because they dislike the standalone app.This could also be beneficial to those in developing countries, where a large percentages of emerging nations have cell phone owners sending and receiving payments on their devices.Currently, facebook Messenger has a massive audience of monthly active users. In May, the app passed 600 million monthly active users, a gain of 100 million since November when it last released numbers.Via VBlast_img read more