A nail-biting finish between Wolmer’s Boys’ and Hillel High in the Under-19 boys competition was the feature of the four-day Access/Proven All-Island High School Tennis Tournament, which ended on Sunday at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre at Piccadilly Road in Kingston.The four days of competition saw 34 teams from 17 high schools vying for honours in two age categories, boys and girls’ Under-19 and boys and girls’ Under-15.Hillel, defending champions in the boys’ Under-19, seemed set to retain their title with a 3-2 lead and their two highly fancied doubles teams left to play. The Wolmer’s pair of Kyle Martin and Gregory Spencer, however, scored a very close victory over John Azar Jr and Daniel Hill to make it 3-3.In the next match, Reuben Pinchas and Aman Chatani seemed to have it all sewn up when they moved to a 5-2 lead and served for the match, but Damani Cain, one of Jamaica’s most promising juniors, led a rearguard action with his partner, Mark Hardy, to win 7-5 in the most thrilling match of the four days. They were hoisted on the shoulders of their happy and wildly cheering schoolmates at the end of the match.Montego Bay High School for girls retained their Under-19 title by beating Immaculate Conception 4-2.Immaculate rebounded to win the girls’ Under-15 title by defeating St Andrew High, while Campion College won the boys’ Under-15 by defeating Hillel.Shaeda Nickle of Montego Bay High was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the Under-19 girls’ class, while Damani Cain from Wolmer’s was the Under-19 boys’ MVP. Campion’s Joseph Richards was the boys’ Under-15 MVP, while Immaculate’s Kailey Chin was the girls’ Under-15 MVP.Immaculate garnered other awards through Alex Marzouca, the Most Disciplined Player, plus the Fair Play Trophy.
This year’s derby winner SEEKING MY DREAM, running as the 3-1 second favourite, turned in a ‘Horse of the Year’ performance at Caymanas Park yesterday to win the inaugural running of the rich Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile.Ridden by four-time champion jockey Omar Walker in the green and black chequered silks of Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, the classy 3-y-o colt from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta stormed through on the inside early in the straight to win by 2 1/4 lengths from the 2012 derby winner and two-time ‘Horse of the Year’ TYPEWRITER (9-2) with jockey Aaron Chatrie aboard, followed by the DaCosta-trained PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, the 2013 derby winner, finishing another two lengths away third.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was the 2-1 favourite for the race which had a purse of $13.5 million, the largest ever offered for any race in the English-speaking Caribbean.With the winning owner receiving a record $6.5 million and purse money paid to the first 10 past the post, DaCosta, who is safely on course for a record 15th trainers’ title, not only saddled the winner and third horse PERFECT NEIGHBOUR with Robert Halledeen aboard, but fourth past the post ALI BABA (19-1) as well.BLISTERING EARLY PACEDaCosta, who saddled as many as six horses in the field, sent his speedy American 5-y-o gelding FORTUNEONEHUNDRED (74-1) to ensure a blistering early pace from the outside post position. He was joined by another fleet-footed American horse, UPPA TUNE (9-2), under champion jockey Dane Nelson and both had a prolonged duel for the lead in the backstretch, as SEEKING BY DREAM bided his time off the pace in fifth before starting his winning run on the inside approaching the 600-metre pole to win in a fast 1.36.2.Bred by Sherman Clachar and Norman Gordon, SEEKING MY DREAM, by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 ‘Horse of the Year’ and Triple Crown winner Alsafra, has now won the two biggest races for the year to become the season’s leading stakes winner with $13.7 million.For owner Derrick Smith, it was part two of a dream come true. “My dream was always to win the derby. But having realised that back in June, I had to dream again and this time it came up big with the Diamond Mile,” said the former minister of national security, who was accompanied by his wife Karleen and their three sons, Derrick Jr, Jay and Duane.DaCosta said that following his close second to PHINEAS under topweight in the recent Coca Cola Invitational Mile, SEEKING MY DREAM had the conditions in his favour.”Walker rode a perfect race and I am happy with the outcome, in that Perfect Neighbour placed third and Ali Baba fourth,” he explained.Sales went through the roof with records falling all around. The Diamond Mile sold $2.5 million in win tickets alone and sales touched close to $70 million on 14 races.
Jamaica Scorpions opening batsman Shacaya Thomas was the second-highest runs-scorer in regional first-class cricket two years ago.He was, however, lukewarm last season and was in and out of the team at different stages.Fast-forward to this season, where after finishing as one of the top batsmen in the national trials, he did not get a chance to parade his skills until yesterday.So what did he do? On seasonal debut, the 27-year-old hit a second-highest score of 64 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park, to put Jamaica on 197 for six at the end on the first day of their WICB First-Class Tournament clash at Sabina Park.”Not bad for me just starting the season,” he said following his 249-ball knock.”The pitch was hard to bat on at the start, but credit to Trinidad. I thought they bowled in some good areas. Instead of coming at us, they played the patient game with us, causing me to play an uncharacteristic innings,” Thomas said.Bereft of his normal attacking flair, Thomas batted throughout all three sessions before falling 17 minutes before the close.The former West Indies Under-19 representative, who following his breakout season in 2014 was called up to the West Indies ‘A’ team, also hit four.”Normally, I am an aggressive player, so facing close to 250 balls and making 64 was really uncharacteristic for me,” he stated.EXTRA WORK”I have been doing some extra work with coach Robert Samuels and Junior Bennett, so I know I could bat as much balls. It was just to do it in a game.”Starting out with Campbell, who fell for eight within the first 20 minutes of play, Thomas shared in two crucial partnerships for the Scorpions, who have been having batting problems all season long.The first was with number-three batsman, Barbadian-born Kirk Edwards, who scored 66 to anchor an even 100 runs second wicket stand, and the second with Antiguan-born, Devon Thomas, who made 38, and with whom he put on 66 for the fourth wicket.Thomas’ knock, which was cheered by the sparse crowd that was on hand to witness the match, was also produced amid a penetrative spell of bowling from off-spinner, Jon-Russ Jagessar.The 29-year-old, who played a key role in Trinidad lifting the regional one-day tournament last month, and was drafted by the Jamaica Tallawahs for the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 later this year, ended with figures of three for 53.But what about his thoughts of being left out of the team from the start of the season?”It is the game of cricket. Today, you up; tomorrow, you down,” Thomas said.”If you check the team, I play as an opener, and the (then) captain (Paul Palmer Jr) and vice-captain (John Campbell) are openers,” he shared.”It would (therefore) have always been difficult to get into the team.””But I think that nothing happens before its time, so I just had to put in the work and wait until I get my chance.”Now that I have gotten my chance, I just want to grab it with both hands.”Play is scheduled to resume today at 10:00 a.m.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st InningsS Thomas lbw b Imran Khan 64*J Campbell c Lewis b Richards 8K Edwards lbw Jagessar 66A McCarthy lbw b Jagessar 14J Blackwood lbw b Jagessar 1D Thomas c Emrit b Imran Khan 38+C Walton not out 1N Miller not out 1Extras (lb2, w2) 4TOTAL (6 wkts, 91 overs) 197To bat: D Jacobs, M Mindley, S Cottrell.Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-111, 3-127, 4-129, 5-195, 6-196.Bowling: Emrit 16-3-33-0, Richards 16-5-24-1, Khan 31-10-59-2, Jagessar 21-3-53-3, Ottley 5-1-17-0, Mohammed 2-0-9-0.RED FORCE – *J Mohammed, E Lewis, J Solozano, Y Cariah, K Hope, Y Ottley, +S Katwaroo, R Emrit, M Richards, Imran Khan, J Jagessar.Toss: Scorpions.Umpires: V Smith, L Reifer.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Freed from fretting about the future, Luis Enrique wants to put a happy ending to his three years in charge at Barcelona. The coach said yesterday he was “relieved” to be stepping down after the season, two days after he made the surprising announcement. “In a certain sense I am relieved, and clearly focused on the end of the season and the goals that we have,” Luis Enrique said. “I am only obsessed with my final three months here, with enjoying them, giving my players the best solutions I can, and winning titles.” Luis Enrique insisted that his decision to leave the club was purely personal and denied any tensions within the club or his players. “I need to disconnect,” he said. “I see other coaches who enjoy their profession for years, but that is not my case. It is a personal and private decision. “I have an ideal relationship with the team. I think that as time has gone by my relationship with my players has improved.” Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said that while surprised by his manager’s choice, he understood. “The job of a manager is a difficult one,” Suarez said. “It requires many hours of work, and he needs to spend time with his family.” Luis Enrique announced his decision on Wednesday following a 6-1 victory over Sporting Gijon. That, combined with Real Madrid’s 3-3 draw with Las Palmas, left the defending champions in first place in the Spanish league. Increasing pressure But Luis Enrique has been under increasing pressure because of several subpar performances that culminated in a shocking 4-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain two weeks ago in the Champions League. His decision to not stay on for a fourth campaign comes a week before Barcelona hosts PSG needing a huge result to avoid their earliest elimination from the European Cup in a decade. First, though, Barcelona host Celta Vigo, which Luis Enrique coached before moving to Camp Nou today. Celta were the last Spanish league team to beat Barcelona, dealing them a 4-3 defeat in October. Hired after a trophy-less season under Gerardo Martino, Luis Enrique quickly restored the Catalan club to their winning ways with a success rate on par with Pep Guardiola by winning eight of a possible 10 titles. While in the thick of the Spanish league title chase, Luis Enrique will also have the chance to win more silverware in May when Barcelona play the Alaves in the Copa del Rey final. The former Barcelona midfielder said he wasn’t worried about his approaching departure causing a distraction. “We are all concentrated and focused on the same things as always, winning titles,” he said. “We have to be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to us.”
The absence of Mac Belo and that Christian Standhardinger, who just arrived from Beirut, Lebanon after playing in the Fiba Asia Cup, wasn’t able to practice with the team also didn’t help the Cadets.“And for one, Mac Belo wasn’t able to play,” added Uichico. “And here comes the guy (Standhardinger) who came from Lebanon, never practiced with the team.”He lauded the Fil-German naturalized player for scoring 15 points and providing a power in the paint.“But the guy came from Fiba Asia and he’s playing 20 minutes and we have Belo practicing with the team for last nine days and all of the sudden he can’t play,” said Uichico. “That just mixed up my rotation.”Belo wasn’t included in the initial lineup due to an injury, but when he was given the green light to play, SEAG organizers refused to allow him, demanding proof that he indeed got injured.ADVERTISEMENT The nailbiter, according to Gilas cadets coach Jong Uichico, “was a bad game for us.”The Philippines, still brimming with talent despite being a watered down version of the Fiba Asia Gilas squad simultaneously playing in Lebanon, made just 6-of-30 three-point shot attempts, and gave away 19 offensive rebounds which the Thais gamely took advantage.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’In the most trying times — the final four minutes of the match that saw a capacity crowd at MABA Stadium — Uichico was telling his team “make some adjustments, try not to give second chance points and make the basket.”He cited first-game jitters for the weak stand against a team that the Philippines would normally bury in double-digit leads from the opening buzzer to the end. Ray Parks of the Philippines soars for an easy layup during their match against Thailand in the men’s basketball competition of the 29th Southeast Games late Sunday at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. The Filipinos won, 81-74. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — It was a close call for Gilas Pilipinas as it barely escaped hard-fighting Thailand late Sunday night.Even the big Filipino crowd was shellshocked as the Thais made the Filipinos work doubly hard for the victory in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball opener.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No break for Huelgas, Mangrobang with their eyes set on Tokyo 2020 Filipino basketball officials said there is little chance Belo will be allowed to play at all, although he showed up in plain clothes and sat on the Philippine bench.RELATED VIDEO 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) Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES
So far, joining Johnson in the Alab Pilipinas roster are reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and returning Heritage Import Lawrence Domingo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Eustaquio shrugs off close loss, hopes to be included in Manila card Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees FILE PHOTO – TNT Import Ivan Johnson. PBA IMAGESAlab Pilipinas is bringing in the big guns this as it signed up Ivan Johnson as its first World Import for the coming Asean Basketball League season.The menacing 6-foot-8 bruiser is undoubtedly a huge addition for the Philippine team and immediately propels the squad among the favorites.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Johnson has proven to be a winner having led TNT to a PBA title in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The former NBA veteran returned to the PBA the following year, but was handed a lifetime ban, which was later downgraded to a one-year suspension by the league after disrespecting commissioner Chito Narvasa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJohnson last saw action for Sagesse in the Lebanese Basketball League, where he averaged 17.3 points on 33 percent shooting from three, on top of 7.8 rebounds last season.The 33-year-old, though, is expected to be in a better state of mind for the regional tournament with Jimmy Alapag, a respected figure not only in the Philippines but also in Asia, calling the shots for Alab. MOST READ View comments 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Schrock goal powers Ceres past Kaya Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “I’m always proud of my teammates and coaches,” said Ricci. “We were together all throughout the year. We’ve been through a lot together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson But just like in Wednesday’s Game 2, the Archers showed no quit in them and answered with a 10-2 rally of their own to trim the gap to just a basket, 82-80, after an Andrei Caracut triple with 48.9 seconds left.“At this point, we gave everything,” said Ricci. “Maybe they’re really just more deserving than us.”The Eagles showed they wanted it, all right, with Isaac Go knocking in a clutch triple with 24.7 ticks remaining and Anton Asistio and Matt Nieto sealing it from the free throw line.“This loss is really a big factor,” said Ricci. “But a loss would make you pray more, would make you look at everything that happened.”There’s no shame, though, in the Archers’ effort as season MVP Ben Mbala dropped a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Aljun Melecio (16 points), Ricci (14 points), Andrei Caracut (13 points) and Santi Santillan (11 points) also finished in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT As confetti rained on new UAAP men’s basketball champion Ateneo, La Salle’s Rivero brothers stayed and hugged on court.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 It was a poignant moment that similarly happened in Game 2, where Prince tried to straighten up his younger brother Ricci, who picked up his fourth foul early but later recovered in the second half to help the Green Archers force a decider.This time, it was Ricci who tried to console a devastated Prince after the Green Archers bowed to the Blue Eagles, 88-86, in the thrilling do-or-die Game 3 showdown on Sunday.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 folk“It’s really hard,” admitted Ricci. “We know there are ups and downs, and now, we’re down. We just have to think of ways to recover.”The Archers had a strong shot at winning their second straight crown, before the Eagles unleashed a 14-2 run to take a double-digit advantage, 80-70, going into the last four minutes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Petron is hoping that a three-set victory in Game 1 will provide enough momentum for a title clincher in Thursday’s Game 2.“For sure they will come back,” said Delos Santos, who is looking to give Petron its second conference title this season. “We want to see how F2 will play in Game 2.”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 folkF2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus said “we failed our test in Game 1,” right after the match and made it clear that “we need to give our 100 percent in Game 2. That’s it.”Delos Santos was understandably a bit more articulate, saying their game plan worked perfectly against the Cargo Movers, who tend to start slowly before steadily working their way into the match. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Can Petron turn Game 2 into a title celebration? —SHERWIN VARDELEONPetron coach Shaq delos Santos has already put the team’s Game 1 victory over F2 Logistics last Tuesday in the archives.The veteran mentor is very much aware that the Cargo Movers are highly capable of coming up with major adjustments for Game 2 of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix finals at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Filipino sure to gain World 9-ball q’fnals MOST READ That was also a major key when the Blaze Spikers dominated the Cargo Movers for the All-Filipino Conference title early this year.“We know how they play, and tonight we showed just how much we prepared against them,” added Delos Santos, referring to the masterful 25-14, 25-21, 25-16 triumph in Game 1.With a full arsenal at his disposal, Delos Santos has managed to whip his team to strong starts behind heavy-hitting imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley and some deft setting by Rhea Dimaculangan, who tossed 25 excellent sets.F2 Logistics can hold its own in terms of talent—with Venezuelan star Maria Jose Perez and Kennedy Bryan in tow—but its ball distribution couldn’t keep up with that of Petron.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set
In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I though DeMar was super on the offensive end,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “We needed every point. He did an excellent job of reading what the defense was doing to him and making them pay.”Lowry called DeRozan “an MVP-type caliber player.”DeRozan missed his first two shots but connected on 14 of his final 21 attempts, including three of six from long range. He also converted a four-point play.“When he’s making 3’s, he’s very tough to guard,” Washington’s John Wall said of DeRozan.Toronto, which made a team playoff record 16 3-pointers Saturday, connected on 13 of 35 from long range in Game 2, making only two in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Valanciunas had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the first half. It was his 12th playoff double-double, matching Antonio Davis for the most in Raptors history.EXPENSIVE SPILLThe game was briefly halted in the second after a vendor spilled several cans of beer along the sideline opposite Toronto’s bench.UP NEXTGame 3 is Friday night in Washington.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Shark fears abort elite surf competition in Australia “I didn’t go out there planning to score 37 points, I went out there to be aggressive,” DeRozan said.Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a career playoff-high 12 assists as Toronto set team playoff records for points in a quarter, a half, and a game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownC.J. Miles scored 18, Delon Wright had 11 and Serge Ibaka 10 for the Raptors, who snapped an NBA-worst 10-game losing streak in Game 1s with a 114-106 win on Saturday.DeRozan, whose 37th point came on a friendly roll on a fourth quarter free throw, equalled his total from Game 3 of the second round against Cleveland last year. It was his 12th career 30-point game in the postseason. The Raptors are 9-3 in those games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wall scored 29 points, Mike Scott had a career playoff-high 20 and Ty Lawson 14 for the Wizards, who host Game 3 on Friday night.“We’re the team that’s in the hole, we’re the team that’s desperate, but we have a lot of confidence,” Wall said. “We’re not down on ourselves at all.”Wizards guard Bradley Beal missed eight of 11 shots and finished with nine points. Beal had more fouls in the first half (three) than made baskets (two).“We need him,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We’re going to have trouble beating this team if he doesn’t play better.”Trailing 100-90 to begin the fourth quarter, the Wizards cut it to 108-103 with 7:52 left on back-to-back 3-pointers by Scott and Lawson, and a pair of free throws from Wall.Miles stopped the run with a long 3, Toronto’s first of the second half, and the Raptors put it away with a 17-4 spurt over the next four minutes. The sellout crowd roared when DeRozan forced a turnover and saved the ball from going out of bounds, then passed to Lowry who fed Wright for an alley-oop dunk with 3:38 left, putting Toronto up 125-107.Raptors guard Fred VanVleet returned after sitting out Game 1 because of a bruised right shoulder, but looked rusty in three minutes of action at the start of the second quarter, airballing a shot and mishandling a pass before being replaced by Lowry. VanVleet did not play in the second half.“He was tentative, he was just too tentative,” Casey said. “I felt like we had to get him out and let him rest a little bit more. He just wasn’t ready.”Toronto set a team playoff record with 44 points in the first quarter, including 13 from DeRozan, and led 44-27 after one. All five starters made at least one 3-pointer as the Raptors shot 7 for 13 from long range.“Seven 3s in a quarter, that got the momentum going,” Brooks said. LATEST STORIES Brooks called two timeouts to try and slow Toronto, to little effect, while Wizards guards Wall and Beal each picked up two early fouls, forcing them to the bench.“That kind of hurt us and they took full advantage of that,” Wall said.Miles made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the second and DeRozan added seven as Toronto broke its playoff record for points in a half by taking a 76-58 lead at halftime.Wall scored 14 points in the third while Toronto shot 0 for 7 from 3-point range, allowing the Wizards to cut it to 100-90 heading to the fourth.TIP-INSWizards: Wall went 11 for 11 at the free throw line. … Ian Mahinmi was called for a flagrant foul on a driving Ibaka in the second. … Lawson made his Wizards debut in the first, replacing Wall.Raptors: The Raptors used 13 players, including G-League MVP Lorenzo Brown. … Toronto’s previous high for points in a quarter of a playoff game was 39, set against Orlando in 2008. Their previous high for points in a half was 63, set against Miami in 2016. … The Raptors had 10 assists on 16 made baskets in the first. … Valanciunas had eight rebounds in the opening quarter. … The Raptors also took a double-digit lead in the first quarter of Game 1. … Coach Dwane Casey celebrated his 61st birthday.VOTER FRAUDBrooks had this to say about DeRozan and Lowry: “Both of those guards are All-Stars for a reason. Maybe next year I won’t vote for them.”DOUBLE FEATURE Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) celebrates with teammate Serge Ibaka (9) after a basket against the Washington Wizards during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan’s big game put the Toronto Raptors in a place they’ve never been before: up 2-0 in a playoff series.DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night as Toronto took a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
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