“If you look back at the race, I was actually in third position and then my back flared up a bit on me.” With his deep baritone unwavering, he said: “There was nothing I could have done.” Informed of his Track and Field News ranking, he said: “I wasn’t expecting it but I put in the work, and it definitely did pay off for me.” Hughes and his Jamaican coach, Patrick Dawson, a highly regarded assistant to sprint guru Glen Mills at Racers Track Club, have reviewed his 2015 efforts and are cautiously looking forward to Rio and a place in the 200m final. “As to the medal”, said Dawson, “I’m not one of those who like to count my eggs before they hatch, but it would be great to see him on the medal rostrum.” Hughes has started his 2016 programme with a 400-metre personal best of 47.12 seconds. That’s part of an effort to make the sprinter stronger. The plan also includes 100-metre races. He did only one last season and achieved a clocking of 10.15 seconds. While he is confident of lowering his 100-metre best, he is sombre about breaking 20 seconds in the 200m. “Expectations are there,” he said diplomatically. “Work is definitely being put in right now”, he revealed, with the advice that he is expecting the work again to pay off. “It’s just for me to continue to work hard, and to trust my coach and to stay injury free and to continue to climb to the top,” he said, full of hope and determination. “So definitely, maybe one day I could be the world record holder. “You never know.” Third position British sprinter Zharnel Hughes has come a long way since his first international experience at the 2010 Carifta Games. Fresh from a 2015 campaign highlighted by a fifth-place finish in the 200 metres at the World Championships, Hughes has his eyes on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is quietly confident and is expecting his hard work to pay off. In 2010, at the Carifta Games in Grand Cayman, Hughes was timid. “I was always thinking I probably won’t medal,” he recalled. He placed eighth and last in the Under-17 100-metre final won by Jamaica’s Odean Skeen, now at Auburn University in Alabama. “I just went out there and I didn’t know what to do,” he reminisced. The 6’5″ native of Anguilla is far more confident these days. World ranked at number five in the 200 metres by respected US publication Track and Field News, he said: “I just go out there with a positive mindset each time instead of having to doubt myself.” He ended his days as a junior athlete with gold medals from Carifta, the CAC Junior and Pan-Am Junior Championships and the ISSA Boys’ Championships Class One 100-metre record of 10.12 seconds. He entered 2015 with a 200m personal best of 20.32 seconds – from his 2014 season at Kingston College – and cut and carved it down to 20.02 seconds. That time and his fifth-place finish in the World final came despite a minor injury that first surfaced in the semi.
He might have been a youngster looking on when the ‘Dark Blues’ last won the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys’ Championships in 2011.Now that Obrien Wasome is Jamaica College (JC) team captain, the Class One star jumper is warning favourites Calabar High School and runner-up Kingston College (KC) that his team will reign supreme at the March 15-19 championship.The Old Hope Road institution had consecutive third-place finishes in 2014 and last year, where they accumulated 200 points, mainly from a very strong jumps and field events team.This year, the captain, who is hoping to lead from the front, says the team is more balanced with sprinting prowess and coming to win.”We last won Champs in 2011, and that is a big gap. As captain, what I am looking to do is just put inspiration into our team,” said Wasome.”We have a very good team, so we are just going all out for a Champs win, with determination and hard work. We will deliver on the track,” he told The Gleaner last Saturday following successful performances at the Gibson-McCook Relays inside the National Stadium.Wasome’s JC confidently captured the Class One Boys’ 4x100m in 40.01 ahead of St Jago, 40.44 and Cornwall College, 40.57.”We can’t be seen as underdogs. We have an all-round team and we will be coming to take the title. We will lead from the start and no one is going to catch us; no catching JC,” he warned.Wasome ran a superb starting leg to power JC to a sensational win, as their main challengers at the event, as well as next month’s championships, Calabar High and KC, fell, giving JC an even more comfortable win.”In the heats, I wasn’t satisfied with the start, but in the final, I got it and we got it right. It’s a good feeling knowing it’s my last Gibson Relays competing for Jamaica College and walking away with a gold and a silver. I am very happy for that,” he explained.Wasome also picked up silver in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.21 metres behind Damar White, 7.37m, of the University of Technology. Laurel Gordon of G.C. Foster College was third at 7.17 metres.
Revlon Lake from Guyana and Anthony Woods from The Bahamas clash tonight in the fourth week of the preliminary round of the Wray and Nephew Contender boxing series for welterweights at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, beginning at 9 p.m.Lake, who is 37 years old, has a record of eight wins, 13 losses and two draws and has fought in the series before. On March 19, 2014, he went up against Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings, who eventually went on to win the title. Lake was knocked out in the fourth round. He did show some resilience during the encounter, but eventually succumbed to the superior punching power of Mullings.Woods, who is 31, hail from Nassau but is representing the USA team in the series. He will be making his Jamaican debut. He also has a negative wins versus losses record, with eight victories and 19 losses. What is clear, however, is that both men will take a lot of experience into the ring tonight and this could lead to a very keen encounter.Lake has been boxing as a professional since 2005 and has fought for several Caribbean titles. In 2009, he challenged Miguel Antoine for the CABOFE super lightweight title but lost; and suffered a similar fate when he challenged Kevin Placide for the CABOFE super welterweight title in 2010.continuing carrerAnother bid for a title in 2014 against Prince Lee Isidore also went up in flames, but these setbacks have not dissuaded him from continuing his career.He last fought on February 27 and scored a victory on points against Miguel Antoine in Guyana.Tonight he will make a bold effort to move into the quarter-finals and earn himself a shot at the Contender 2016 title, by getting past his first hurdle. It will not be an easy task, however, as Woods has also been around for some time and has his eyes firmly set on the main prize of $2 million.Woods has also been in the professional ranks since 2005 and he too has had some interesting encounters along the way, campaigning in Florida, Puerto Rico and The Bahamas. He has been inactive for a few years, but his connections have stated that since being selected for the USA team, he has been training hard and is in great condition.Neither boxer is known for punching power, so boxing skills will determine the winner. It is a fight that can go either way and has all the earmarks of a close encounter.The action will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica.
LEADERSHIP BREACH “I must alert you (board) that the JSCA will be calling for the replacement of the board and particularly you (Anderson) as chairman, as we have seen where your leadership of the organisation has breached all public bodies’ guidelines, acts and regulations. Mr Andrews cannot be held liable for any decision taken by the board that he is forced to comply with, despite his declared concerns,” highlighted Grant. Efforts to reach chairman of the INSPORTS board, Anderson, for comments via telephone proved unsuccessful, as all calls went unanswered. The JCSA letter was copied to Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Alison McLean, the ministry’s permanent secretary, Mrs. Loris Jarrett, deputy financial secretary, Ministry of Finance and Public Service, the ministry’s financial secretary, Devon Rowe, Mrs. Pamela Monroe-Ellis, auditor general, auditor general’s department, all members of the INSPORTS board and Andrews. UNHEEDED CONCERNS The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) has again called for the resignation of the entire board of directors of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS). This position, it said, was made on the grounds of a second round of attacks on the agency’s administrative director, Ian Andrews, with regard to having his signing authority removed, as well as its proposed action regarding retirement and contract extension of staff. Last year, the Don Anderson-led board rid Andrews of his signing authority – which is part of the administrative director’s job description – a decision that was overturned after a directive by the Ministry of Finance. Now, the INSPORTS board is headed in the same direction. However, the JCSA, which represents government workers, has filed a strong response. In a letter dated April 27 to board Chairman Don Anderson, President of the JCSA, O’Neil Grant, revealed that they were in receipt of two correspondents sent to Andrews (April 8th and 14th) by Anderson on behalf of the INSPORTS board. Grant raised a number of concerns and insists that the action proposed by the board is “ridiculous” and “untenable” and clearly violates the statutes and regulations applicable to government entities. The letter highlighted that the board had failed to heed concerns pertaining to the institute’s governance and reminded its members of the Civil Service and the Ministry of Finance’s concerns that the agency is regulated by rules governing public-sector bodies, that the board is not an executive board and has no authority to revoke or appoint signing powers, cannot authorise who signs or who does not, or has any authority or privilege to sign cheques. It also objected to the board’s interference in deciding staff retirement and reassignment. “The board is acting beyond its scope and authority in removing senior staff from signing on behalf of the institute without cause,” said Grant. “Furthermore, your letter (April 14) indicates you (board) have informed the banks that staff are not to sign cheques. This is an absurd request, they (bank) cannot ignore the legitimate signatures approved by the Ministry of Finance how signatories must be assigned or removed from government accounts.” He continued: “Any decision by the administrative director is legal and binding. You have indicated that you will decide as a board who should retire or have employment extended. “To be so involved in the day to day issues of staff retirement and reassignment is another ridiculous stance as these persons are treated under the Civil Service Pensions Act,” Grant stated in his letter. Although citing the board’s instructions as “untenable”, the JCSA head advised Andrews to comply with the directives until, but specified that the administrative director cannot be held liable or responsible for any decision taken by the board.
Before the applause had died down Shannette Allison of Holmwood Technical stormed to 13.30 seconds in her heat, followed by Winsome Harris STETHS 13.84 and Aaliyah Wood Edwin Allen 13.92 seconds. Despite qualifying for Friday’s semi-final in a comfortable 13.65 seconds win, defending champion Daszay Freeman of Manchester High will have to show marked improvement to retain her title. Kimeone McLeod of St Jago High (13.73) Antonette Black Edwin Allen (13.92) were two of the other leading qualifiers for the semi-finals. Young St Jago High sprinting sensation, Brianna Lyston, obliterated the Class Four girls 200m record with a scintillating 24.00 seconds clocking, later. She improved on the 24.21 set by school-mate Joanne Reid in 2015. The 12-year-old Lyston who had a best of 24.50 coming into the meet, is now confident of gold and going below 24 seconds. “I just ran the curve fast and kind of went easy off the straight. I think I can go much faster, I am looking for 23.80 seconds. My coach told me to go out and make the semi-finals and I plan to run hard in every race,”” she told The Gleaner. Meanwhile, Edwin Allen High’s standout sprinter, Kevona Davis, opened the Class Three 200m heats with a good 23.77 run, ahead of Atena Rayson (25.27) of Herbert Morrison and Tahira Morris (25.45) of Montego Bay High. The other leading qualifiers to tomorrow’s semi-finals are Joanne Reid of St Jago (24.05), Gabrielle Matthews of Hydel (24.47) and Holmwood’s Sashieka Steele (24.57). This year’s 107th ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Champ-ionships began with a real bang yesterday with the girls posting three record runs. In one event, the Class Two 100 metres hurdles, the record went twice. The first record of the day came in the Class Two girls 100m hurdles. Running in heat one Vere Technical’s Britany Anderson eased to a smooth 13.37, one-hundredth of a second better than the old mark held by Peta Gaye Williams of Camperdown. MARKED IMPROVEMENT
Macandili registered 19 excellent digs, 13 more than Vietnam’s Dinh Thi Thuy, and 12 excellent receptions to help the Philippines, 79th-ranked team in the world.READ: Valdez, Santiago praise Maraño in PH win over Vietnam And there were plays that weren’t recorded in the stat sheet, for instance Macandili’s several heart-stopping receptions on Tran Thi Thanh Thuy’s booming spikes.“For the past two games, I was still finding my groove,” said Macandili who shares libero duties with Denden Lazaro. “So I think I finally got my rhythm against Vietnam.”ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:40Filipinos 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 Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—–When the Philippines and Vietnam, which are miles away from each other in the FIVB standings, it was the smallest Filipino on the court who made one of the biggest impacts.Dawn Macandili, a reserve player for the Philippines’ Southeast Asian Games squad, pestered the region’s reigning silver medalists and helped the Philippines upset Vietnam, 27-25. 26-24, 17-25, 25-23 in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball ChampionshipADVERTISEMENT The 5-foot libero was aware of how ahead the Vietnamese are in the rankings but she knew that momentum can change easily by just a few plays on the floor.READ: Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC 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’“I thought at first that ‘oh no we’re facing one of the top teams in the world,’” said Macandili in Filipino. “But when we started playing, I said to myself ‘wait this is volleyball we’re talking about,’ this is anybody’s game.”And even though Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago brought the offensive pain with 20 and 19 points, respectively, it was Macandili who frustrated the 44th-ranked team in the world in the defensive end. Canete makes good on promise to help save PH polo Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In this Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, photo, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose poses for a photo at his agent’s Wasserman Media Group offices in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)The Cleveland Cavaliers appeared to have gotten a massive bargain after signing Derrick Rose to a one-year $2.1 million salary this off-season.Rose, after all, holds the distinction as the league’s youngest Most Valuable Player winner, capturing the prestigious award at 22 years old in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set He’ll also receive plenty of opportunities to shine, as the Cavs’ newly obtained point guard, Isaiah Thomas, won’t be back until the All Star break. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemptionADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Messi treble fires Argentina to World Cup as Chile go out Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours After suffering multiple injury setbacks over the years, which have visibly sapped his prized athleticism, the now 29-year-old guard sees the massive pay cut as a chance to prove himself again.“I get a chance to reintroduce myself back to the league. I get to bet on myself,” Rose told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “That was one of the reasons I came here: I get to bet on myself. And I’m from Chicago, I’ve got that hustling side; it’s in me, man. Next time you’ve got to pay me, you’ve got to pay me double, so it’s fine with me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLast year, Rose came up with his most productive season in years, averaging 19.5 points while suiting up for 64 games for the New York Knicks.Another healthy and fruitful showing could raise his stock among NBA teams again, as he enters free agency after this season. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – 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
Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Assistant coach Jay Triano, a former head coach of the Toronto Raptors, was named interim coach. Triano was an assistant at Portland before coming to Phoenix last year.Watson was promoted from assistant to interim coach of the Suns after Jeff Hornacek was fired Feb. 1, 2016. The interim tag was removed on April 19 of that year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWith an extremely young team, the Suns struggled under Watson. He compiled a 33-85 record. Watson’s only full season was 2016-17, when the team went 24-58.The 38-year-old Watson played collegiately at UCLA and in the NBA for 10 seasons. He often spoke of his long talks with John Wooden, emphasized togetherness and a family atmosphere to nurture the young squad but wins were hard to come by. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ And owner Robert Sarver apparently didn’t like what he saw. Phoenix is 0-3 and two of the losses were especially ugly. The Suns were blown out 124-76 by the Portland in their season opener Wednesday night, the most one-sided loss in franchise history and the most one-sided season opener for any NBA team.Phoenix was routed by the Clippers in Los Angeles 130-88 on Saturday night.“I Dont wanna be here,” point guard Eric Bledsoe tweeted Sunday, just as the news of Watson’s firing surfaced in an ESPN report.The tweet by Bledsoe, a former Clipper, was followed by one from the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan saying “Come back home bro.”Bledsoe has been rumored in possible trades for months.Watson’s dismissal is the first NBA coaching change in well over a year. Hornacek’s hiring by the New York Knicks, which was finalized in June 2016, had been the most recent change — and the irony there is that Watson got the job in Phoenix with 33 games left in the 2015-16 season, after the Suns fired Hornacek.ADVERTISEMENT In this Oct. 21, 2017, photo, Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson watches action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles. The Suns have fired coach Watson just three games in to the NBA season. Phoenix announced the firing Sunday night, Oct. 22, after hours of meetings at the team’s headquarters. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Earl Watson just three games in to the NBA season.The Suns announced the firing Sunday night after hours of meetings at the team’s headquarters.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Watson was the league’s second-youngest active coach behind the Lakers’ Luke Walton, and the Suns were tied with the Chicago Bulls as having the youngest opening-night roster in the NBA this season.“I’d like to see the fight be a little bit more,” Watson said after the blowout loss to the Clippers. “Or a lot more, until you know they’re just fatigued.”The Suns came into this season with only four losses by 40 or more points in franchise history. They’ve had two in the first three games of this season. Phoenix has not made the playoffs in seven years, the longest drought in the franchise’s 49-year history.Watson was the 17th Suns coach in the franchise’s history.This was the first NBA season where every coach who started one year had the same job to begin the next.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NBA: Kyrie Irving fined for NBA fan spat
Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew San Miguel opens PH Cup 4-peat bid with win over Phoenix Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense And as Stalzer starts her offseason away from the PSL, she said it was a welcome reprieve that she was able to go into a relaxed mode and don something other than a volleyball uniform.“It’s really fun to kickoff this event, this season, and I’m just happy to be part of it,” said Stalzer. “They just asked me a few days ago, and it’s always fun to dress up and wear something other than volleyball clothes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lindsay Stalzer may be wearing a svelte white cocktail dress, but in everything that she does volleyball eventually got into the conversation.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petron’s talismanic open hitter was in the opening ceremonies of the 43rd season of the PBA to walk as San Miguel’s muse, and Stalzer said she plans to return to the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix in 2018.“I think the plan is to come back for the next Grand Prix, I believe [I’ll be back],” said Stalzer Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We walked with Petron a little bit and I think they’re just putting together a contract so we’ll see.”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 folkStalzer was instrumental in two of Foton’s Grand Prix titles but she wasn’t able to replicate her success with the Blaze Spikers when she joined this year.After winning the first game in the three-game series, Petron lost two straight to champion F2 Logistics in the championship round with the Blaze Spikers falling in the third game, 25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 25018. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border PLAY LIST 02:11Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate02:14Carpio 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments
Red-hot Alab torches lowly Formosa for 8th straight win PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Joe Devance would have liked to mark his return from a foot injury with a victory.After all, his first game this season was interestingly at Philippine Arena, the site of Ginebra’s 2017 Governors’ Cup triumph last October, and against their Finals foes in Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES The Fil-American forward also believes that the same is the case for Ginebra, which now dropped to sixth place with a 5-5 card as he charged this defeat to growing pains — something which could help this young team develop in the long run.“I think we lost focus on execution and defense. When something like that happens, it just kinda boils down to execution and defense and that’s where we lost our focus,” he said before admitting that the Bolts, which have their backs against the wall, wanted the game more.“They came out, wanted it more than we did in that fourth quarter and that’s the ball game.”Devance isn’t losing hope, though, as the Gin Kings only need one win to formalize their entry to the playoffs, something which they could get against Rain or Shine on March 2.“It’s just the first step though. It’s a part of the process,” he said. “Hopefully we can regroup and get the next game. We shot ourselves in the foot and put ourselves in a bad position, but hopefully we can get this next game and see where we land on the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ But the Bolts had other plans as they came away with an 84-82 win on Sunday night.“I’m just disappointed that we lost, especially since it’s my first game back,” Devance said.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 folkThe most important thing is that Devance is slowly but surely getting himself back to his old form.“I’m okay. I still have quite a bit to go,” he said after playing for 18 minutes and finishing with four points, three rebounds, and two assists. “I’m just trying to work hard every day. Hopefully when we make the playoffs, I’ll be 100 percent or close to it.” Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew