Beijing Debate: Hejnová repeats, injuries hamper Spencer

first_imgKC Graham: Are we going to see a repeat in the women’s 400-metre hurdles like we had in the men’s event where the howling favourite failed to advance from the preliminary round? Andre Lowe: Bershawn Jackson’s disaster is the first big shocker of the championships but some US officials said he wasn’t healthy so who knows? Unlikely that we will see a repeat among the women though. KC: By the way, who do you think is the favourite here as any of the big three, in Zuzana Hejnová, Kaliese Spencer and Shamier Little look like a possible winner here. Andre: That’s a tough question. Eight weeks ago I would have said Spencer without doubt but several things have happened since then. Hejnová is again looking like the champion she is, Little has shown she can run against the big girls and run fast and Spencer has had a few injury setbacks and that is key for me. I’d say that Hejnová is now the favourite because she looks fit and has the experience. KC: I have a very sneaky feeling that Sara Slott Petersen from Denmark could be a big spoiler here as she looked extremely good in Paris when finishing second behind Hejnová. Andre: It’s the World Champs, there is almost always a spoiler and she looks like as good a bet as any to mess up the party for the favourites. I certainly think Spencer breaks her duck and wins her first ever medal at the World Championships here. KC: Despite being unbeaten so far and being the world leader with 53.74 seconds I do not see Little winning here. I know she wouldn’t mind taking the Oregon track with her around the world as she has been unbeaten there for the past two seasons, including her World Junior win last year. I definitely think this occasion though will be too big for her but she has youth in her favour and she looks a future World and Olympic champion. Andre: Hejnová for the win. This Beijing track is bouncing, look for a fast time here, 53.1 or high 52 seconds with Spencer taking the silver and her first individual medal at a major global outdoor championships with a time of 53.5. She would have won here had she not suffered those two setbacks over the past month and a half. Third to Little but she’ll be back for more in the years to come. KC: The hurdles are about rhythm so the more you compete in this event it helps you and I am a bit concerned that Spencer has not competed in a while and she has a few flaws in the latter part of the race. Hejnová is the only sub-53 seconds athlete among the top athletes here and with her great finish she will win in around 52.96. It is going to be a bang up finish for the silver and bronze among Spencer, Little and Petersen.last_img read more

It’s the USA for men’s 4×4

first_imgAndre: We saw how competitive things were in the men’s 400 metres, and the 4x400m will certainly be another event where we could see some exciting action.KC: Yeah! Gone are the days when the United States would start as overwhelming favourites. Things have changed and it should be close-going all the way to the end.Andre: Absolutely, the gap has certainly closed between the US and the other top teams in this event and nothing is guaranteed for the Americans. This is a tough one and one that has three to four possible winners.KC: Despite the gap closing, it will be hard betting against them, though, as the athletes in their line-up have all gone sub-45 secondsAndre: They are a team with a lot of class, but there are several teams with multiple guys running sub-45, such as Trinidad and Tobago and even Jamaica. That is not such a rarity these days, so it can hardly been seen as an advantage for the Americans.KC: Trinidad and Tobago, I think, have the greatest chance of upstaging the Americans, while the likes of Great Britain, Belgium, and Jamaica will ensure that the top two are fully extended.Andre: Yes. Trinidad and Tobago have a very good crop of athletes, but they have failed to deliver in the past so I don’t trust them too much.KC: I had expected The Bahamas to be major threats, but, unfortunately, they will not be there in the final and their absence will see the United States under less pressure as they have one less top team to worry about.Andre: Good point, but The Bahamas quarter-milers have not been doing that well comparatively and, pressure or not, this USA team is primed to do well at this event, like they always do. The real battle is going to be among Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Russia, and look out for Kenya on this one.KC: The key for Jamaica here is Javon Francis, but something went wrong with him after his anchor leg in the preliminary round and if he is not good to go in the final, we can forget about getting any medal here as he is the backbone of the team.Andre: He is good to go, according to the team officials, but I don’t know if there will be any lingering effects of the injury while he is actually competing. He suffered this injury when another athlete crashed into him at the end of his heat.KC: If he is good to go and with Rusheen McDonald inserted in the team, Jamaica will definitely be a medal contenders as I think this quartet is much stronger than the one two years ago that got silver. And Francis will definitely not get the baton too far off the pack on anchor this time around.Andre: I’m picking USA for the win. I’m not sure about Trinidad and Tobago. On paper, they ought to beat Jamaica, but they hardly live up to expectations these days. USA first, Jamaica repeats their Moscow performance for the silver, and Kenya with the bronzeKC: It has not been a good championship for the United States. They surely need a win here to ensure that they stay above Jamaica on the gold-medal table and will be pumped up. With LaShawn Merritt back at his best, he should anchor them to an impressive victory. I give Trinidad and Tobago the edge for silver with Jamaica just edging out the Great Britain team for bronze.last_img read more

Thomas sets sights on trials ton

first_imgFormer West Indies ‘A’ batsman Shacaya Thomas will be eyeing a century when play resumes today, the second day of Jamaica Scorpions’ third four-day trial match at Sabina Park.The usually aggressive Thomas, in his best knock of the three games thus far, closed the day on 56 not out, as Paul Palmer XI, responding to a meagre 124 made by John Campbell XI, closed the day on 84 for one, 40 runs behind.Earlier, former Scorpions’ vice-captain Nikita Miller, with four for 51, led the way for Palmer XI.The sidelined West Indies left-arm spinner was supported by young pacers Gavan Brown and Chris Powell, who earlier on did most of the damage, before finishing with three for 30 and two for six, respectively.last_img

Fireworks expected at Digicel Grand Prix finale

first_imgTOP TEAMS and individuals will be on the hunt for major prizes as the Digicel Grand Prix Finals takes place today with the staging of the G.C. Foster Classics starting this morning at 9 a.m.This will culminate after the staging of five meets, which included the Youngster Goldsmith Classics, Western Championships, Camperdown Classics, Central Championships and Corporate Area Championships.Defending champion Edwin Allen along with St Jago Boys are in pole position to take home top prize of $1 million, as both teams have big leads going into today’s grand finale.After their big win at the Central Championships and good results at Youngster Goldsmith, the Michael Dyke-coached team Edwin Allen is on 133 points – 52 points ahead of second place St Jago on 82 points. Excelsior (80), Holmwood (77) and St. Elizabeth Technical (70) close out the top five.St Jago Boys are in a dominant position among male teams as they have a 55-point lead over nearest rival Calabar, who are on 110 points. Kingston College are in third with 82 points, ahead of defending champions, St Elizabeth Technical, on 76 points in fourth, while Munro College are in fifth position on 58 points.While Edwin Allen girls and the boys of St Jago look a cinch for the top team prizes, it is expected to be keen competition in individual events as with the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships a few weeks away, athletes will be hoping for bragging rights as they seek psychological advantages going into ‘Champs’.MORE WINNINGCalabar’s Christopher Taylor, the World Youth champion in the 400m, looks set to continue his winning ways here and after his fast time in the 100m a week ago, he looks ready to go faster than his 47.18 seconds posted at the Youngster Goldsmith meet and should come out on top here as overall winner.St Elizabeth Technical’s Nigel Ellis has been having a great season so far in both the 100m and 200m and he is down to defend his title in the 100m for Class I boys.Among the girls, the 100m and 400m are expected to keep the crowd on their feet throughout as both events should be thrillers. In the 100m, Edwin Allen’s Shellece Clarke will be hoping to avenge her mid-week defeat to St Jago’s Kimone Shaw, who won the Class II event at Central Championships in a close finish.The Class I 400m will see two sub 53 seconds girls in action as St Elizabeth Technical’s Junelle Bromfield and Holmwood’s Ashley Williams are expected to have an epic battle. At Western Championships, Bromfield cracked 52.43 seconds, but the vastly improved Williams with her 52.72 seconds clocking at Central Championships will be hoping to go much faster.Today will also see the staging of the Ben Francis Invitational meet. This will take place at Jamalco Sports Club in Halse Hall Clarendon starting at 9 a.m:last_img read more

Leicester move closer to EPL title, Spurs humble Man U

first_img POOR CHANCES FOR UNITED LONDON (AP): Leicester’s first target was exceeded long ago: Premier League survival. Another landmark was achieved yesterday: Champions League qualification for the first time. By the end of the month, Leicester should have secured the prize once simply unthinkable for such a team: the Premier League trophy itself. Jamie Vardy’s double at Sunderland sealed a 2-0 victory that guaranteed a coveted top-four finish. Leicester remain seven points clear at the top and are starting to resemble a Premier League thoroughbred with their effortless march to a first title. This isn’t what a title run-in should look like for a team yet to win the league title in its 132-year history and were in a relegation scrap this time last season. Tottenham are waiting to pounce on any slip-up by Leicester. The second-place London club responded to Leicester’s Sunderland success by ending a 15-year wait for a home win over Manchester United. A 3-0 victory was secured by Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scoring within five minutes, 46 seconds in the second half. It pushed Tottenham a step closer to joining Leicester in the Champions League next season, having only featured in Europe’s top competition once before. United look unlikely to be with them, given that cross-town rivals Manchester City are four points ahead in fourth place. As things are progressing, record 20-time English champions United could see Leicester guarantee the title by winning at Old Trafford in three games time. Leicester are in unfamiliar territory but not showing it. There are no nerves, no sign of anxiety from Claudio Ranieri’s team. Some observers suggested the manager was crying when he entered the field after yesterday’s fifth successive win. “It’s fantastic when you see before the match a lot of old ladies with Leicester shirts outside the stadium,” Ranieri said later. “I said, ‘Unbelievable, they came from Leicester to support us.’ That is emotional; that is fantastic; that is football. “I want, through you, to say thank you for the support. It’s unbelievable. They are amazing. They are dreaming and we want to continue to dream. But to do this, we must be concentrated.” It’s looking bleak for Sunderland, who are four points from safety but with a game in hand over Norwich. There was little at stake in yesterday’s third game apart from Liverpool gaining confidence ahead of their Europa League quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund, which is locked at 1-1. Liverpool dislodged Stoke from eighth place by beating the Anfield visitors 4-1. Alberto Moreno’s fine Liverpool opener was cancelled out by Bojan Krkic in the 22nd minute. But Daniel Sturridge restored Liverpool’s lead before half-time and substitute Divock Origi netted twice after the break.last_img read more

We are underdogs, but we are ready – Reynolds

first_imgThey are one step away from lifting the title and are quite familiar with the venue, but head coach of the Wolmer’s Boys School Vassell Reynolds, says his team will step into today’s ISSA/FLOW Super Cup finale as underdogs. Wolmer’s will come up against the offensive machine that is Cornwall College at Sabina Park in a 6 p.m. kick-off, on a turf that might as well have been the Maroon and Gold’s backyard given their successes there. Wolmer’s, one of the more consistent teams in the island particularly in knockout competition, will face a stern test in Cornwall College, who are unbeaten after 16 games. “The fact that most people don’t expect us to win, we will be a little bit more relaxed and comfortable. I want my boys to feel that way, and play freely,” underlined Reynolds as he looked forward to today’s contest. “Possibly 10 percent of the public expects Wolmer’s to win, but we are gearing up to use that as a motivating tool and we relish that, to perform under the under-dog status banner,” he told The Gleaner. “Ninety per cent of the public will expect Cornwall to steam roll us but we are not daunted, we are just confident and privileged to go out there and perform against a very good Cornwall College team,” he added. Reynolds is adamant his charges will not allow Cornwall to take the game to them, dismissing any notion his team will play boring football. “It won’t be any boring football, sometimes to grind out a result you have to do what you have to do, and we will do whatever is necessary to win important games,” Vassell noted. “We have to take our chances, I am certain that the sort of fire-power they have in terms of the number of goals they have scored, we have to defend well. Reynolds will have a fully fit and focused roster of players today and ready to rotate properly for extra-time or penalties. He contends there will be room for error, and while Wolmer’s have not scored big in the campaign, they will be hard to score on. “We are positive that we are capable of winning the game, the guys will have to come out and play to the best of their ability. Tomorrow’s performance will have to be our best for the season so far,” Reynolds warned.last_img read more

Arsenal’s Wenger not worried by Sanchez, Ozil speculation

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not worried about speculation surrounding his star duo of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and does not expect their contract situation to affect performance. Both players have just over a year remaining on their current deals with the North London club, and some sections of the media have reported that the two are pushing the club to match the figures earned by the Premier League’s other top names. Sanchez is reportedly expected to be offered a mega-deal from the cash-rich Chinese Super League, with claims that former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is now in charge of Hebei China Fortune, is ready to make a move for his fellow Chilean, with wages as high as £500,000 a week. “There is no concern, not at all. There is no concern. I answer you straight away,” said Wenger when asked if he was worried that he might lose his two stars. “You waste your time because these players have 18 months (left on their) contract, and I don’t see why there is any urgency in every press conference to have that question. Maybe you lack a bit of creativity in the newspapers and you always come up with the same subject. I don’t see why that should turn up in every press conference,” Wenger added. “If people want to go to China, they go to China. You can understand that I have completely different worries than China today ahead of the Manchester City game.” Arsenal have the financial ability to pay Sanchez and Ozil what they are asking for, even if it means breaking the club’s wage structure after years of being unable to compete with Europe’s richest teams. Ahead of the team’s clash this weekend, Arsenal have actually lost quite a few of their better players to Manchester City, who have not had any issue with paying out big wages while Arsenal focused on balancing their books after their move to the Emirates. Players such as Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Bacary Sagna have all moved to City from Arsenal. “It has reduced, but it is still there,” Wenger said when asked if the financial gap between the two clubs had lessened. “We are not (as vulnerable) because today, I feel we can give financial satisfaction and support ambitions and values that can make the players happy at this club. Before, perhaps the financial gap was too big a difference to keep our players. We could not compete. we had to sell players,” Wenger reasoned.last_img read more

Campesino clocks fast time

first_img SHARED RIDING HONOURS Apprentice Anthony Thomas, who rode both TIMEFORARMS and FRANCIA’S PRIDE, shared the riding honours with Halledeen, who also rode two winners. Meanwhile, CTL presented cash awards to the winners and runners-up in the 2016 overall monthly winners in each category – Garth Samuels and Oneil Hinds (owners), Wayne DaCosta, Anthony Nunes (trainers), Bebeto Harvey (jockey), Sterling Smith, Ferron Hall (grooms). Racing continues on Wednesday. CAMPESINO confirmed his status as one of the country’s top sprinters with a facile victory in the season’s first grade one race, the $1.2 million Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres, at Caymanas Park yesterday. Toting topweight of 57.0kg with Robert Halledeen riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and popular owner Howard Hamilton, CAMPESINO, running as the 4-5 favourite in a field of five, chased the leader, SIR BUDGET, for most of the way before going by entering the straight. Thereafter, it was smooth sailing as he moved away to win by 33/4 lengths from 8-5 second favourite BRAWN and FRANFIELD in the smart time of 1:17.3 JAMAI RAJA (lame) was declared a late non-starter. This was CAMPESINO’s second consecutive win and his third from his last four starts. The consistent seven-year-old gelding by Campadre out of Yaella had previously won the St. Catherine Cup open allowance feature over 1100 metres on January 7 and the prestigious Glen Mills O.J. Caribbean Sprint Championship over 1200 metes on November 12, ahead of his more fancied stable-companion BUZZ NIGHTMARE. On a day when O&S Tack Room provided product prizes, a bag of Alfalfa Cubes feed to the winning owner of each race, trainer FItzroy Glispie highlighted the 11-race programme with three winners. These were BIRD CATCHER (2-1), who humbled the highly-thought-of three-year-old colt FEARLESS SAMURAI (1-9 favourite) in the opening race over a mile, 3-5 favourite FRANCIA’S PRIDE in the second and the veteran campaigner TIMEFORARMS (2-1), who produced a tremendous late run on the rails to win the overnight allowance race over 1500 metres in a driving finish.last_img read more

Lonzo Ball’s numbers drop in Under Armour, Lakers win

first_imgLIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Federer vows to defend Wimbledon title in 2018 Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball. APLonzo Ball’s stat line was down after two big games. He still had the building buzzing Saturday night at the NBA Summer League.The Los Angeles Lakers overcame a double-digit deficit to advance to the semifinals with a 115-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, with much of the focus again on Ball’s feet.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The Celtics decided not to play the last two No. 3 overall picks, Jaylen Brown (right quad contusion) and Jayson Tatum (knee soreness), and also sat 2016 first-rounder Ante Zizic (left hamstring strain) and 2017 NBA G League Rookie of the Year Abdel Nader (left calf strain). The Mavericks played their marquee players. The difference in decisions showed on the court.The Mavericks never trailed after the first quarter as all-rookie second-team selection Yogi Ferrell put up 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Nicolas Brussino added 18 points and five rebounds.Dallas knocked down 15 compared to Boston’s nine.Rosco Allen led the Mavericks with 12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES Ball had a triple-double and a 36-point, eight-rebound, 11-assist performance in his two previous games.No. 15-seeded Los Angeles (4-2) advanced to play third-seeded Dallas on Sunday.“Team effort,” Ball said. “They came through in the fourth quarter and got the win as a collective unit. Moving on.“Long as we’re winning, (summer league is) successful. That’s all I care about.”Two weeks of summer play in three cities has been enough for teams to hold out many marquee players late this week, though there was plenty of intensity on the floor Saturday in the quarterfinal round of tournament play in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet The losers go home instead of the semifinal round Sunday.In other action:GRIZZLIES 98, HEAT 95, 2OTWayne Selden scored 24 points to lead Memphis.“It was a real sloppy game on our part,” Selden told the ESPN broadcast. “But down the stretch we got back to what we do and that’s guard and play defense. It was an ugly game, but we made it happen.“We’ve got to get the ball moving.”Gian Clavell, who finished with 20 points, hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but the Heat would manage just five total points in the two extra periods.Selden hit a pair of free throws to force the second overtime and Wade Baldwin hit two more after rebounding his own missed free throw to go up 97-94 with 16.6 seconds left. Clavell missed a 3-pointer to tie just before the final buzzer.The No. 4-seeded Grizzlies (5-0) will face the No. 16 Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.Dillon Brooks, the second-round pick from Oregon, scored 14 and had four steals for Memphis, and 2016 first-rounder Baldwin had 12 points on 4-for-17 shooting. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Miami guard Matt Williams scored 18 and knocked down six 3-pointers.The Heat held out No. 14 overall pick Bam Adebayo.TRAIL BLAZERS 94, SPURS 87Portland’s Jake Layman warmed up in the fourth quarter and finished with his summer league-high 23 points, including 13 in the final quarter. The 2016 Maryland second-rounder scored nine of the Trail Blazers’ 11 points during a fourth-quarter stretch and his 3-pointer with 4:46 pushed lead to 84-74. The Spurs never recovered.“I was staying aggressive,” Layman told ESPN. “For me, the most important thing is defense. I’ve worked a lot on that this summer. That’s what I’m most proud of.”Big Ten Player of the year Caleb Swanigan had 16 points and nine rebounds, while 2015 first-rounder RJ Hunter added 16 points for the Blazers.Spurs guard Bryn Forbes, who entered the day as Summer League’s top scorer at 29.3 points per game, fouled out in the fourth quarter with 13 points.Derrick White, the former Division II player who went No. 29 in the 2017 draft, paced the Spurs with 20 points and five rebounds.The Spurs did not play 2016 first-rounder Dejounte Murray.MAVERICKS 91, CELTICS 74 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 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 happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano His choice of footwear has become one of the biggest stories of Summer League. After wearing his own ZO2 shoes in his first two games, which sell for $495 under his family’s independent Big Baller Brand, Ball wore the Nike Kobe AD and a James Harden signature Adidas in the following games. It was Under Armour’s turn Saturday when Ball played in a pair from Stephen Curry’s signature line.“When I wake up, I decide that,” Ball told ESPN.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’When asked if the shoe rotation is part of a bigger plan, the No. 2 overall pick replied, “You could say that.”Ball had 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Vander Blue and No. 27 overall pick Kyle Kuzma carried the offensive load. Blue scored 27 and buried a 3-pointer with 1:07 left to give the Lakers a 111-103 lead. Kuzma added 26. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Alapag confident of Gilas’ chances in another PH-Korea duel

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ 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 “When you think of Korea, it’s their perimeter shooting. So it’s gonna be important for us to try to limit their perimeter game because all of them can shoot from outside,” he said. “At the same time, we have to be solid defensively and we’re gonna have to make our shots as well because in the past, Korea loves playing zone, and the only way to get them out of the zone is to make shots,” said former Gilas veteran Jimmy Alapag.READ: Gilas five needs pluckFEATURED 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’Alapag has had his fair share of wars with the Koreans as a former member of the national team since 2002, suffering a number of heartbreaks at the hands of the Philippines’ fierce rivals.His dagger three from way downtown punctured the bottom of the net to lift Gilas past Korea in the semifinals of the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship here and, in the process, book a ticket to the 2014 Fiba World Cup. Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino, punches D-League Finals ticket Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings READ: Great Fiba Asia start for long shot Gilas“I’m confident with the guys. We’ve all seen their performance so far. The guys have been playing great,” he said. “I think if they can continue with the way they’ve been playing, we’ll have a good chance to advance to the semifinals, but we all know Korea. The important thing is we come out and play well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Alapag had his last joust with Korea in the 2015 Jones Cup, where the Nationals bowed, 82-70.READ: Gilas PH squad underdog no moreThe 2011 PBA Most Valuable Player expects a lot of emotion to come up in the game, saying the Philippines is going to be in an uphill battle in the quarterfinals.“It’s gonna be a big game. If you look at the quarterfinals in Lebanon, each quarterfinal game is a tough game,” said the Gilas assistant coach.But Alapag is confident that the Philippines can pull the win off against the Koreans, especially with the way the team has been playing in the group stages.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith Gilas Pilipinas set to face Korea in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup on Wednesday, Filipinos are immediately reminded of bitter memories against their fierce rival.But after countless battles in the Asian stage, the Filipinos are already familiar with the Korea’s deadly style of play and it’s just a matter of sticking to the system if they want to advance further in the continental tilt.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more