“The thing is, our hearts are on the right places, but we need to be mentally sharper and relaxed.”Alaska allowed Magnolia to shoot 11-of-26 from distance with Paul Lee playing the main gunner for the Hotshots.Lee finished with 30 points, seven rebounds, and six assists and went 6-of-8 from deep, including a dagger with 3:26 left that gave Magnolia a 103-92 lead.“We obviously have to be way sharper, we had 22 turnovers, a ton of missed free throws, missed rotations on defense that gave them easy layups, and too much Paul Lee,” said Compton.Magnolia capitalized on Alaska’s miscues scoring 22 points off turnovers while scoring 46 points in the shaded area.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Healthy again, Paul Lee leads way for Hotshots 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 View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We came in the game and really forgot some of our fundamental stuff defensively,” said Compton Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “In the second quarter, we gave up a ton of layups. I don’t like to call timeouts to stop the bleeding, but there were so many fundamental things that we had to correct.”Alaska had a respectable 22-12 lead midway through the first quarter but the Hotshots slowly chipped it away and managed to take the 36-35 bubble at the 6:56 mark of the second period after a 24-13 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMagnolia then, ended the second period on a 15-5 run for a 57-47 lead heading into the break.“We don’t usually lose our defensive intensity, on offense we rush sometimes, we get too excited,” said Compton. “As a whole team, we were all so amped up, and that’s the sort of a theme we had in the pre-season.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES There were a lot of things that Alaska can point to when it lost 108-95 to Magnolia in its PBA Philippine Cup opener, but for head coach Alex Compton it boiled down to the very basic.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson
Dear Editor,Economic policies establish the framework upon which governments intend to address a country’s growth and development prospects. They get into office on these, and they also get booted for noncompliance or failure to realize commitments. One of the things about which few, if any of us, can disagree on is that we have been lied to by the coalition administration on the campaign trail going into the 2015 elections.Nowhere on their campaign trail did they ever mention that they would be returning to Burnham’s policies and ideas on development. They have also made a complete u-turn on their commitment to addressing unemployment.Growth in private sector loans, an indicator of economic activity, plunged from an average of G$17.4 billion in the two and a half years prior to June 2015, to an average of G$7.6 billion for the two and a half years of the coalition’s administration, ended December 2015.The first major concern is Government’s willy-nilly attitude to destroying our nation’s wealth by running up its overdraft facilities with the Bank of Guyana. At the rate the economy is going, there is little if any likelihood of this money ever being recovered by 2020.Secondly, increases in deficit financing by governments typically give rise to increased economic activity, which is usually underpinned by increased private sector borrowing. This is not happening.Finally, based on current trends, it seems reasonable to assume the coalition administration will continue its ill-informed policy of abusing its overdraft facilities with the Bank of Guyana.The last thing Guyanese seriously expect is that the G$30 billion the administration is investing in GuySuCo will return the company to global competitiveness and profitability. It would be irresponsible of me or anyone to say that our economy has crashed, or is crashing; but the figures just presented, which were extracted from the banking system statistics published by the Bank of Guyana, suggest exactly this.It seems pretty clear the administration’s fiscal programme is not generating growth; and worse, is destroying our nation’s financial resources. The coalition administration is tying our feet and asking us to run.Yours faithfully,Craig Sylvester
Raheem Sterling and Phil Neville have put their millionaire mansions are up for sale, and they’re both a sight to behold…Following his £49million move to Manchester City, Sterling is moving from his palace in Liverpool, which boasts a decorated swimming pool, a barbershop, and Liverpool themed cinema and…wait for it…a Michael Jackson themed private bar.Neville’s, meanwhile, is grey – so much grey – with a personalized Everton shirt pool table.But which is worse? Cast your votes now… 1 Poll: Which footballers house is worse Sterlings or Nevilles?