Revamped Pacers rely on new faces to cut down Nets

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson D’Angelo Russell scored 30 points in his Nets debut but backcourt mate Jeremy Lin limped to the locker room with an injury midway through the fourth quarter. Trevor Booker finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Nets from losing a franchise-record fifth consecutive season opener.Despite having chances to take control, neither could.Brooklyn led 30-29 after one quarter, the Pacers took a 65-63 halftime lead and then used a 10-0 third-quarter run to build a 75-65 lead. Brooklyn never led again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut the Nets charged back in the final minutes, trimming a 10-point deficit to 130-126 before the Pacers finally managed to close it out.TIP-INSNets: Have lost all six road openers since moving to Brooklyn. … The Nets are 3-3 all-time against Indiana in season openers, the opponent they have played most frequently on opening night. … Brooklyn put Timofey Mozgov and Lin in the starting lineup Wednesday, marking the first time in franchise history that more than one undrafted player started a season opener. … Brooklyn was 29 of 32 from the free-throw line. … Lin had 18 points, while Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert each finished with 12. Pacers: Won their fourth straight game against Brooklyn. … Indiana has won six of its last seven season openers and seven of its last eight home openers. … Bojan Bogdanovic scored 14 points against his former team. … Lance Stephenson and Domantas Sabonis each scored 16 points off the bench. … Oladipo also had four steals. … It’s only the third time since 2000 that Indiana has scored 140 or more points.UP NEXTNets: Host Orlando in home opener on Saturday.Pacers: Host Portland on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Rockets’ Chris Paul still dealing with bruised left knee View comments MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 18, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in his Indiana debut, Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis, and the Pacers held off the Brooklyn Nets 140-131 on Wednesday night in their season opener.Eight players scored in double figures as the Pacers, in their first game since trading All-Star Paul George, produced their highest point total since a 144-point game against Denver on Nov. 9, 2010. Myles Turner had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Kimanzi points out laxity in shock Eritrea loss

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi issues instructions to midfielder Whyvonne Isuza during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Eritrea at the Lugogo Arena on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 18 – Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi has hinted that his charges might have underestimated Eritrea leading to the 4-1 loss in the semi-finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala on Tuesday.Stars had come in as defending champions and most expected them to sweep over the Eritreans, but they were out of sorts as the Red Sea Boys thrashed them to make their first ever Senior Challenge Cup final. “Psychologically we tried to psyche the players up but sometimes I know it has something to do with the thought that it looks easy from a distance but it is never easy until it’s over,” Kimanzi told Capital Sport.He added; “When it’s a knockout match with some young players in the group and you concede an early goal, sometimes they tend to give up too early and start thinking of the outcome instead of fighting. We never expected this because we had a good run in the tournament. I think we panicked a lot in this game.”Harambee Stars players line up before their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Eritrea at the Lugogo Arena on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe tactician also admitted they found it tough to break down a compact Eritrean side who sat well behind the ball and used their chance on the attack whenever they opened up the Kenyan side from midfield to defense.“They played good football and tried to contain us. Technically they have very good players who were good sitting back and also very sharp coming out. We tried everything but sometimes it is not easy when you concede a goal against a team which is sitting in front of their goal,”“The only concern is that they scored very cheap goals. It is not easy for us to understand because they are not balls that are coming in the run of play,” the tactician further stated.Stars will now compete for the prize that no one wants to play off, the third and fourth play-off. Kimanzi however says they will go out to try and salvage some pride when they take on Tanzania, a side they beat 1-0 in the group stages.Harambee Stars striker Oscar Wamalwa in action during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Eritrea at the Lugogo Arena on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAt the same time, Kimanzi has picked some positives from the tournament saying he has seen a number of players who have proved their worth to be called up to the senior team.He singled out striker Oscar Wamalwa who has scored three goals and given one assist in four games, saying he has the potential to step up.“The most important thing is that we had to look at some of the areas that we always feel we have deficiencies. We have always been looking for a striker who can help Olunga (Michael) and Jesse (Were) and Oscar has shown us that he has the ability. He has time to work more between now and the next qualifiers and we will keep looking at him,”“We also need to motivate him even at his club to get some good coaching and I think he will be a good player for us,” the tactician further added.0Shares0000(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more