So Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez said the Hawkeyes must adjust quickly without big man Raymar Jose, who left for Kuala Lumpur to play for the national team in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.“Losing Raymar during the Finals is a tough one, but we as a team understand that SEA Games basketball gold is very important to our country,” said Fernandez.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’Cignal collides with CEU, which stunned erstwhile unbeaten Flying V in the semifinals, in Game 1 of the best-of-three series at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.“No one expected us to reach this far,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia. “It won’t hurt if we try [winning the title] that’s why I told the players we just have to stay focused and stick to our game plan.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal And that confidence worries Fernandez even if the Hawkeyes still boast a solid lineup led by Jason Perkins and Pamboy Raymundo.“We know that CEU is a very good team which is well-coached, and matching up with them without Raymar is a tough one,” said Fernandez.Garcia said the Scorpions hope to pull off an upset anew behind Cameroonian big man Rod Ebondo and underrated guards Aaron Jeruta, JK Casiño and Orlan Wamar.“We really have to bring our defensive mentality,” said Fernandez. —JASMINE W. PAYOADVERTISEMENT Perlas Pilipinas falls to Indonesia anew as road to gold gets tougher Cignal HD plays minus a key cog as the Hawkeyes clash with surprise finalist Centro Escolar University in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup championship starting Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Corey Brewer scored 18 points, Al Horford had 17 and the top-ranked Gators stretched their winning streak to 15 games, pulling away in the second half. Florida (22-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) also extended its best start ever in the league by sweeping the season series. No. 4 Wisconsin 71, at Penn State 58 Alando Tucker scored 24 points, Michael Flowers had 12 and the Badgers pulled away after halftime. The Nittany Lions (10-12, 1-8 Big Ten) hung close for much of the game thanks to an active zone and energetic forward Jamelle Cornley, who finished with 20 points. No. 7 Pittsburgh 60, at West Virginia 47 Sam Young scored a career-high 21 points as Pitt dealt the Mountaineers’ their first home loss of the season. The Panthers (21-3, 9-1 Big East) showed no signs of rust from a nine-day layoff and had no trouble scoring inside on the Mountaineers (18-5, 7-4), who were held to a season-low for points. At No. 9 Kansas 97, Kansas State 70 Brandon Rush scored 18 points to lead the Jayhawks in a rough and spirited renewal of a long rivalry that’s been re-energized with the arrival of Bob Huggins. At No. 11 Marquette 67, Rutgers 47 Ousmane Barro had 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the 21-4, 8-2 Golden Eagles, who opened the Big East with losses to Providence and Syracuse but are unbeaten since, winning eight consecutive games. Jerel McNeal, Wesley Matthews, David Cubillan and Dan Fitzgerald each scored 10 points as Marquette had little trouble in a tuneup before a key game Saturday against No. 22 Georgetown. At Oklahoma 67, No. 17 Oklahoma State 60 Nate Carter scored six of his 18 points in the final minutes to help stave off a late rally. JamesOn Curry, Mario Boggan and David Monds had baskets to cut the lead to three. Terrel Harris then stole the ball from Michael Neal and was fouled but missed both of his free throws with a chance to get the Cowboys within one with 2:47 remaining. That’s where the rally ended. At No. 18 Alabama 80, Mississippi State 79 Ronald Steele drove the length of the court for a layup with 6.7 seconds left for the winining basket. Ben Hansbrough hit the second of two free throws with 14 seconds to play to give the Bulldogs a 79-78 lead. Steele took the inbounds pass, took the ball across midcourt, then accelerated past Jamont Gordon for the winning basket. At No. 20 Kentucky 95, South Carolina 89 Ramel Bradley scored 21 points and Bobby Perry had a season-high 18 for the Wildcats. Kentucky built a 50-28 halftime lead, but with three minutes left, the Gamecocks used two steals to get three baskets – two by Brandon Wallace – in the span of just 12 seconds to cut the lead to 87-77. Tre Kelly got five of his career-high 36 points in the final seconds before time ran out. At No. 21 Southern Illinois 60, Bradley 50 Tony Young scored a season-high 25 points to keep the Salukis tied atop the Missouri Valley Conference. Randal Falker had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Salukis (20-5, 11-3), who led by as many as 19 in the first half but saw its margin dwindle to five in the closing minutes. No. 22 Georgetown 73, at Louisville 65 Roy Hibbert scored 20 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to lead the Hoyas. Jeff Green scored 16 points and DaJuan Summers had 13 as the Hoyas (17-5, 7-2 Big East) won their sixth consecutive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By the time the game was entering its final minutes, North Carolina looked fresher and found ways to knock down the critical shots against the fast-starting Blue Devils (18-6, 5-5). North Carolina didn’t take its first lead until there were about five minutes left, but shot 59 percent after halftime and hit 7 of 8 free throws in the final 31 seconds to seal it. “We started to get tougher as the game went on, as it started winding down,” said Hansbrough, who scored 12 points in the second half. “That’s maybe what we need to do at the beginning of the game, too.” Freshman Jon Scheyer had a career-high 26 points for the Blue Devils. No. 1 Florida 71, at Georgia 61 Freshman Brandan Wright scored 19 points and Tyler Hansbrough had 16 to lead the fifth-ranked Tar Heels past No. 16 Duke 79-73, earning their second consecutive win in Cameron Indoor Stadium and handing the Blue Devils their first three-game losing streak in nearly eight years. Rookie Ty Lawson had 15 points for the Tar Heels (21-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 10 points early in the second half before finally going ahead to stay in the final minutes. DURHAM, N.C. – The crowd was rowdy and hostile. Duke, determined to end a nagging losing streak, had built a big lead behind a surge of emotion. Yet North Carolina’s youngsters kept coming. And by the end, those Tar Heels had escaped one of college basketball’s most intimidating arenas with a confidence-building win Wednesday night.