GEELONG, Australia (CMC): West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, has promised a fightback from his team when they face off against Australia in the second Test match bowling off Boxing Day in Melbourne. The Windies lost the series-opener by a huge margin but have regrouped and will be looking to make amends in the second match, as they try to make up for their huge disappointing showing in Hobart last week. Simmons told reporters the Windies had reflected, analysed where they had gone wrong and were now anxious to show their quality. “The guys sat down and they know exactly what they have to do and they know that they’re capable of doing it. It’s not like it’s out of their league,” Simmons said. “I’m looking forward to this next one. You saw the way how Darren Bravo played in the first innings, with a well-compiled century and the way how Kraigg Brathwaite played in the second innings, he was solid and played strokes all around the wicket. That’s what we need more of – that kind of determination.” He was speaking at the Simonds Stadium in Geelong as West Indies held a training session yesterday afternoon, ahead of their two-day tour match against the Cricket Victoria XI starting Saturday. From here, they will take the one-hour drive to Melbourne to start preparation for the Boxing Day contest. Simmons said that both the batting and bowling departments needed to prove their worth. “The bowlers have been good in the last four or five Test matches – they weren’t good in the last one – and the batting has let us down quite a bit,” Simmons noted. “The batting is at the point that we need to prove that we are as good as we’re made out to be. They’re good players, we know they can play at this level and it’s up to them to come out now and show everybody that they’re back in good nick.”
John Campbell, captain of Jamaica Scorpions, believes the wicket of Barbados Pride opener Kraigg Brathwaite will be key if the Jamaica Scorpions is to make a comeback in their WICB Professional League encounter at Sabina Park.Brathwaite, the captain of the Pride, at the close was on 66 when his team closed on 103 for three on the first day.This was in reply to the Scorpions pedestrian first-innings total of 177 after they had won the toss and elected to bat.”His (Brathwaite’s) wicket will be key, and if we can come out and get his wicket, I think their batting will be under some pressure,” stated Campbell, who is leading the Scorpions for the second time.Coming off scores of 117, 30 and 34 since his return from Australia with the West Indies Test team, Brathwaite, in his usual accumulating style, has so far batted for close to two and, half hours and hit 11 fours.Of note, as well, was his duel with the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.Closing with competitive figures of three for 22 off 14 overs, Miller got the ball to turn considerably, putting Brathwaite and others under pressure at times.”Miller put in a good spell,” conceded Brathwaite, who is eyeing a 16th first class in the process.”Once the spinners hit in the right areas, it is not easy scoring as the pitch is turning.”But its’ just about trusting my defence and staying positive when I see the ball to score and rotation of the strike.He continued: “I would like to score a hundred here at Sabina Park. The last couple of times, I scored two 90s.”I am working towards that, but, at the end of the day, I am looking to build a foundation with my team to get a big score.”With him at the close was the in-form Royston Chase, who has batted for 39 minutes and is nine not out.Earlier, the Jamaica Scorpions, hoping to break a string of three consecutive defeats, were led to their total by Andre McCarthy, 52, and opener Shacaya Thomas, 50.McCarthy, entering the fray with Jamaica at 42 for one, batted for one hour and 48 minutes and counted six fours and a six, while Thomas batted for an hour and 34 minutes on his way to hitting his second half century in as many matches.Former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Justin Greaves with five for 41, his first five-wicket-haul in his third first-class encounter, was the pick of the bowlers.New West Indies left-arm spinning recruit Jomel Warrican ended with two for 43.”We did not get anywhere close to the runs that we wanted,” Campbell highlighted.”But, having said that, the total is already there and is a task for our bowlers to go and defend.”
Having won the Derby, Superstakes, Lotto Classic and St, Leger, trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes is enjoying a fantastic season. But as things now stand, he is hoping to put the icing on the cake on Saturday, by winning the $13.9 million Diamond Mile with leading ‘Horse of the Year’ contender BIGDADDYKOOL. With Nunes, thanks to a triple last Saturday, trailing 15-time champion and leading trainer Wayne DaCosta by $7.2 million going into the meet, victory for the recent Superstakes winner BIGDADDYKOOL in this super rich event, sponsored by Supreme Ventures Limited, could chart a course for him to catch DaCosta and win his first trainer’s title. With six racedays remaining in 2016, DaCosta leads the standings $48,389 million, while Nunes is a clear second with $40,905.800. “Bigdaddykool has improved considerably, not only winning the Superstakes, but the Lotto Classic and St. Leger while finishing second in the derby. “He has the big race credentials and while his best races have come over two turns, I don’t think he will find a mile too short, especially with a fast, early pace expected which will more than likely come back. “I expect him to finish strongly and if he wins, the championship could come into play. But let’s see what unfolds,” said the second generation trainer. Nunes will not only saddle Stephan Narinesingh’s three-year-old colt BIGDADDYKOOL, to be ridden by former champion jockey Dick Cardenas, who is on a brief visit to Jamaica, but the useful HOUDINI’S MAGIC in a maximum field of 16 top class horses. DaCosta, meanwhile, will mount a four-pronged attack, spearheaded by last year’s winner and Horse of the Year SEEKING MY DREAM to again be ridden by leading jockey Omar Walker, along with the 2013 derby winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, Oaks winner, A THOUSAND STARS, and also HOVER CRAFT.
At this stage last season, Leicester were leading the English top flight and were on their way to the most remarkable title triumph in Premier League history. After 13 losses in 24 games of its title defence, Claudio Ranieri’s side is one point above the relegation zone and in danger of becoming the first defending champion to be relegated since Man City in the 1937-38 season. Team P W D L F A GD Pts Chelsea 24 19 2 3 51 17 34 59 Tottenham 24 14 8 2 46 16 30 50 Manchester City 24 15 4 5 49 29 20 49 Arsenal 24 14 5 5 52 28 24 47 Liverpool 24 13 7 4 52 30 22 46 Manchester United 24 12 9 3 36 21 15 45 Everton 24 11 7 6 40 27 13 40 West Brom 24 10 6 8 32 29 3 36 West Ham 24 9 4 11 32 41 -9 31 Watford 24 8 6 10 29 40 -11 30 Stoke City 24 7 8 9 29 36 -7 29 Burnley 24 9 2 13 26 35 -9 29 Southampton 24 7 6 11 24 31 -7 27 Bournemouth 24 7 5 12 35 47 -12 26 Middlesbrough 24 4 9 11 19 27 -8 21 Leicester City 24 5 6 13 24 41 -17 21 Swansea City 24 6 3 15 29 54 -25 21 Hull City 24 5 5 14 22 47 -25 20 Crystal Palace 24 5 4 15 32 45 -13 19 Sunderland 24 5 4 15 24 42 -18 19 REMARKABLE TRIUMPH MANCHESTER, England (AP): The race for Champions League qualification from the Premier League intensified after contrasting wins for Manchester City and Manchester United yesterday. Gabriel Jesus started again ahead of Sergio Aguero and scored an injury-time winner – his second goal of the match – in City’s 2-1 home victory over Swansea. United had it much easier against Leicester, beating the struggling champion 3-0, thanks to goals by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata in an eight-minute period either side of half-time. Five points separate second-placed Tottenham and sixth-placed United, which extended their unbeaten run in the league to 15 games and are now just two points off the top four. City moved above Arsenal and Liverpool into third place.
Why are Jason Castro and Terrence Romeo special for Gilas? 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation The Power Smashers finally ended their search for a first win after outlasting Perlas BanKo 25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 23-25, 15-12, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.But head coach Nes Pamilar has yet to see the kind of performance that his team is capable of.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s still not the kind of game I’m looking for,” said Pamilar, whose squad improved to 1-3.“I’m still searching for someone on my team who will take the lead. We need to have one player who can carry us inside the court,” he added.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’Jovelyn Prado showed signs of a potential leader as she turned in 22 points while Regine Arocha added 18.The Power Smashers redeemed themselves after dropping a game against Adamson on Wednesday. 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 loss to Adamson played a big factor with the way we played tonight,” said Pamilar.Nicole Tiamzon and Ella De Jesus combined for 42 points for the Fighters, who slid to 1-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Numerous US media outlets have reported that Irving has requested a trade, indicating he wanted to join a team where he could emerge from James’s shadow and become the focal point of the offense.“We think that Kyrie Irving is one of the best guards in the NBA,” Gilbert said. “He was part of a championship, three years straight to the Finals and we value his talent significantly.”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’Irving played the last three NBA Finals alongside James with Cleveland, winning the title in 2016 and falling to the Golden State Warriors in 2015 and this year.He has two seasons left on his contract and a player option for 2019. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Whatever his reason for wanting to leave, Altman — who served as assistant GM under Dan Gilbert, who departed in June — said reports of friction between James and Irving were “overblown”.“I think the people who are in this building every day haven’t seen any of that animosity,” Altman said. “This is, along with Kevin Love, this is a group that got us to three straight Finals and won an NBA championship together. They play great together on the floor and a lot of that I do think is overblown.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Double duty: Standhardinger takes place of Blatche as Gilas reinforcement Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (left) reacts during a game in this April 20, 2017 photo. , in Indianapolis. At right is Kyrie Irving. AP FILELOS ANGELES, United States — Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and general manager Koby Altman downplayed reports of tension between superstar LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Wednesday, but neither confirmed nor denied that Irving had requested a trade.“These things are fluid,” Gilbert said of Irving’s situation at a press conference at the team’s Ohio training facility, Altman’s first since he was confirmed as the team’s new general manager on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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 LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets View comments
Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines (red) competes against Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia (blue) in the finals of the women’s -73 kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Alora lost, 6-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Faced with an enemy four inches taller, Filipino top taekwondo bet Kirstie Elaine Alora lost a 14-6 decision to settle for silver in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Alora tried to fight through the outstretched arms of 6-foot Cambodian Sorn Seavmey up to the last second but still fell short against the opponent that has beaten her four times already.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees What she can’t solve?READ: Alora falls to familiar foe, settles for silver in taekwondoFEATURED 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’“Her height. I tried to intercept but every time she has (arms and legs) sticking to me,” said the 27-year-old, five-foot-8 Alora in Filipino.Seavmey is reigning Asian Games champion and just also recently defeated Alora in the Asian Championship/Olympic qualifying held in the Philippines. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES But he found himself in the same bracket as the Vietnamese who dealt him a defeat in the gold medal match two years ago in Singapore.The Philippine taekwondo team will go home with two golds—via men’s poomsae team and Samuel Morrison in men’s lightweight—three silvers and four bronzes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “But this was the best fight I had against her, maybe next time I can get back at her,” said the Rio Olympian.READ: Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer “No regrets. It was a good fight. I did my best,” said Alora who in the third round of the middleweight final tried frantically to score but still can’t find her range.Her defeat came after Francis Aaron Agojo fell to Vietnamese Nguyen Van Duy, 30-17, in the men’s bantamweight semfiinals.Agojo barged to the semis with a dominating 35-5 win over Cambodia’s Va Mithona.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles 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) Traffic welcomes Ray Allen in Manila View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies
Photo by Tristan Tamayo / INQUIRER.netPlaying his worthiest game since recovering from a knee injury, sophomore swingman Mac Belo announced his return to form and led Blackwater to a 92-87 nipping of Rain or Shine for the Elite’s first win in the PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay on Friday.Sitting out the latter half of the previous season and struggling big time with Gilas Pilipinas and the Elite in his comeback from surgery, Belo dropped five triples and finished with 25 points, precisely the numbers that made him the top Draft pick two years ago when Blackwater planned to build its team around him.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 Blackwater’s defense also helped, as the Elite starved the Elasto Painters’ big guns to paltry outputs.Chris Tiu’s 14 points led the Painters, who couldn’t sustain the brilliance they displayed in their 82-79 nipping powerhouse TNT KaTropa last week.Mike DiGregorio scattered 23 points and fed Belo for that win-sealing triple even as rookie Raymar Jose, the third overall pick in the last Draft, finished with 13 points and eight rebounds in just 20 minutes.“Our defense had to hold against the firepower of Rain or Shine,” Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said. “And it did. We were able to sustain our defense.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The last of those five Belo treys came with 1:39 remaining and gave the Elite the breathing room they needed, 90-85, as Blackwater tied its victim at 1-1 after a 103-98 loss to Meralco in its debut last Dec. 22.In the nightcap, TNT KaTropa made it a six-way tie at 1-1 after downing Alaska, 106-98.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 folkTroy Rosario paced the Ka-Tropa with 21 points while Jayson Castro and Mo Tautuaa fired 18 points each.Rookie Jeron Teng produced 28 points to lead Alaska, which fell to 0-2. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone PH sports celebrates 3 world champs OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nieza Viray and Daryl Raqraquin failed to communicate on a set piece and the two, sent Arellano to the 14-6 match point.And although Arellano showed its poise and composure in the final set, the same couldn’t be said for the third and fourth periods when the Lady Chiefs discombobulated under San Beda’s attack.“From what I saw, the players relaxed,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier in Filipino. “Early on in the third set, I could already see that we weren’t playing well.”“Of course they still showed in the fifth set that they really want to win, and that’s what I want from them, which is the attitude that they always want to win.”Regine Arocha led Arellano’s attack with 14 points while Jovielyn Prado wasn’t far behind with 13 points.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 The Lady Chiefs are eying their third title one in four years against a Lady Red Spikers side who are on their first title series in history.After trading shots early in the fifth set and getting into a 6-6 stalemate, the defending champions showed their pedigree and lambasted the challengers with a 9-0 run.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 folkSetter Sarah Verutiao faked a set that stopped the Lady Red Spikers on their tracks and got the ball over for Arellano’s match-winner.Necole Ebuen had a couple of aces during Arellano’s game-setting run that pushed the Lady Chiefs’ lead to 12-6. Blackwater stays in the playoff hunt, eliminates Kia MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Andrea Marzan added 11 points to the Lady Chiefs’ offense while Mary Ann Esguerra and Ebuen added 10 points apiece.Cesca Raqraquin led San Beda with 21 points while Viray and Trisha Paras had 14 and 11 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arellano University is three sets away from its second straight title after overcoming San Beda, 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6, in the opener of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball Finals Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed
Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESBOCAUE—Returning to the site of one of the most painful losses in the history of its franchise, Meralco got some measure of revenge while staying alive in the playoff race in the PBA Philippine Cup.Journeyman center Jason Ballesteros scored on a putback and split his free throws at crunch time as the Bolts hacked out a thrilling 84-82 victory over the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings at Philippine Arena Sunday night here.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Ancajas gains foreign fans after explosive US showing GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Alas continued his inspired play as NLEX turned back Blackwater, 93-90, for its fourth straight victory that also propelled the Road Warriors to a playoff spot.Alas sizzled in the final period with 16 of his career-best 25 points as the Road Warriors climbed to 6-4 for a tie of fourth spot with Alaska.Rookie Kiefer Ravena also knocked in four triples on his way to 23 points.“Kevin Alas saved the day for us,” coach Yeng Guiao said of the former Letran star.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Acquired at the start of the season as Meralco shored up its roster following a spate of injuries on the likes of Ranidel de Ocampo and Cliff Hodge, Ballesteros finished with seven points and 16 rebounds as the Bolts pulled level with TNT KaTropa and Blackwater with a 4-6 record for ninth spot.More importantly, the Bolts gave themselves a chance of catching the last bus to the quarterfinals with a victory against the same team that handed them a Game 7 loss in the Governors’ Cup finals last year.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 folkBallesteros was at the right place at the right time for the putback off a Chris Newsome miss with 35 seconds remaining. He stood his ground against Japeth Aguilar and came up with his last rebound before drawing a foul with 17 seconds left.It was Kevin Alas’ turn to shine for NLEX in the other game. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano