Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Raymar Jose was picked third by Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWill Far Eastern University’s championship glitter rub off on Blackwater in the PBA?Coach Leo Isaac tabbed another FEU standout in the PBA Rookie Draft, picking Raymar Jose third overall on Sunday. ADVERTISEMENT Isaac explained that with the league’s best teams loading up on frontcourt players, it’s just right for the Elite to also bolster their big man rotation.“We need to invest on our bigs. That’s how you compete in this day, to have capable big men so we also need to reinforce our frontcourt,” the coach said, as the 25-year-old bruiser will not only pair up with Belo, but also hungry slotmen like JP Erram, Dave Marcelo, and Chris Javier.Belo also welcomed the bigger responsibility, knowing that with the materials Blackwater has, it’s more than ready to compete with the league’s bests.“We know we can match up against everyone. Here in the PBA, you have no choice but to defend bigger foes. But we believe we have the right pieces to reach our goals and we’ll just follow everything coach tells us,” Belo said.Jose is not the lone haul for the Elite in the annual rookie selection as Blackwater also tapped Renz Palma, Biboy Enguio, Kyle Neypes, and JR Sumido.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Isaac shared that he’s very happy with the players he got and he’s positive that they will give Blackwater a fighting chance.“It’s hard to say where we’ll land, but one thing I can say is that we’ll be there fighting those top teams each game we play. We will compete,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 The hardworking forward is set to pair up with former Tamaraw teammate Mac Belo, with the two expected to be the cornerstone for the Elite.“It’s great. As I call them, they’ll have that FEU connection. We’re looking forward to have a good tandem with Raymar and Mac,” Isaac said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBelo has also taken note of Jose sheer improvement from a hard-nosed garbageman to a capable two-way post threat.“Since I graduated, he has really improved a lot. He has taken FEU to the Final Four and gained experience everywhere. With that experience, he can really be a big contributor for us,” said the incoming sophomore. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Fury offers Trump role in potential Joshua fight View commentslast_img read more

Lowry big in 4th, scores 24 as Raptors beat Spurs

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry celebrates at the final buzzer as the Raptors defeated the San Antonio Spurs 86-83 during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kyle Lowry turned in his best game since returning from injury, turning it on in the fourth quarter to help his Toronto Raptors grind out another home win.Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the final period, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili missed his second straight game because of a sore right thigh. Ginobili returned to Texas after the Spurs won at Brooklyn on Wednesday.The Spurs shot 34 percent, making 31 of 91 attempts. Their season worst was a 33.7 percent showing in an Oct. 27 loss at Orlando.Toronto is 8-0 this season when holding opponents below 90 points.“It was a tough one, and we couldn’t score,” San Antonio guard Tony Parker said.Parker shot 1 for 9 against the Raptors while Aldridge finished 6 for 25 after missing nine of 11 attempts in the first half.“My shot just never felt good tonight,” Aldridge said.The Spurs trailed 70-69 after a 3-pointer by Bryn Forbes at 6:52 of the fourth, but DeRozan and Lowry connected on back-to-back possessions, giving Toronto a 74-69 lead with 5:11 remaining.After a jump shot by Mills, Toronto reeled off a 6-0 run including baskets by Lowry, Valanciunas and DeRozan to lead 80-71 with 2:40 left.Another 3-pointer by Forbes made it 86-83 with six seconds left. DeRozan was fouled but missed both free throws, giving San Antonio a chance to tie, but the Spurs couldn’t get a shot off in time.After making seven of 23 shots in the first quarter, the Raptors hit 11 of 20 attempts in the second, including a buzzer-beating jumper from DeRozan that gave Toronto a 44-37 lead at halftime. 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San Antonio has won three straight home meetings with the Pacers, but lost at Indiana earlier this season.Raptors: Visit Minnesota on Saturday. It’s Toronto’s final road game of the season against a Western Conference opponent.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio’s mark of 19-2.Lowry made eight of 16 shots, going 4 of 9 from 3-point range, in his third game after missing three with a bruised tailbone.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 folkRaptors coach Dwane Casey said Lowry looked stronger than he had in his previous two outings.“I thought he had a lot of bounce,” Casey said. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lowry got the Raptors off to a quick start, making a 3-pointer on his first shot of the game.“Just being aggressive,” he said. “It’s that time of year when everyone is kind of hitting a little bit of a rut, a little bit of a lull. We’ve got to continue to get better and take the step on the journey to making us a better team.”LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Pau Gasol scored 15 points and Patty Mills had 13 as San Antonio lost for the fourth time in six road games. The Spurs are 11-15 away from home.It had been more than two years since Toronto last beat San Antonio. The Raptors won 97-94 at home on Dec. 9, 2015.“They’re a well-rounded group,” DeRozan said of the Spurs. “Everybody understands their roles and they play extremely hard.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more