The Carifta Games are still as right for the young track and field athletes of the region as they were first staged in 1972. As seen last weekend, Carifta still gives the future stars of Caribbean track and field their first experience of international competition. It’s an invaluable first step on the way to the top.For so many, including the dominant Jamaican teams, it’s a maiden voyage into competition beyond their own shores into airline travel, different cuisine and unfamiliar stadia. It was a master stroke when the Barbadian Austin Sealyformulated the event in 1972. Now, as it was then, it’s like international competition 101.The Carifta Games also presents data for regional track and field administrators to learn from. While the sprints in both the Under-18 and Under-20 age categories had enough entries to require a preliminary round, that wasn’t the case in other events. While that wouldn’t be a surprise in the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m, there were no heats in the girls’ Under-20 800 metres, the 4x100m and 4x400m for boys and girls in both the Under-18 and Under-20 categories and in most of the hurdling events.Five girls faced the starter in the 400-metre hurdles for Under-18 girls, with four in the Under-20 version. This is startling, given the bright history in a discipline where Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados have produced high-class exponents. It was worse among the boys, with the corresponding numbers being five and three. Here the region has recently produced champions like Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago and Bahamian Jeffery Gibson.Four girls came to the blocks in the Under-20 100-metre hurdles and five young men came to contest the Under-20 110m hurdles.In the field, only three girls are listed as participants in the Under-20 high jump. This is in contrast to an apparent Caribbean upswing in the event. Just last year, Levern Spencer won this event at the Pan-American Games, with her St Lucian compatriot, Jeanelle Schepper, taking the NCAA title for the University of South Carolina. Earlier in March, the Barbadian Akela Jones cleared 1.98 metres in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) indoors as part of the heptathlon. Jones also won the individual high jump as well.If those numbers represent ongoing trends, and in many cases they do, then the region has lots of work to do.Jamaica may be able to take care of itself. Thanks to the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, our high schools pursue excellence in a wide range of athletic disciplines. Even here, there are long running weak spots in the jumps, throws and middle and long distance disciplines. The rest of the region doesn’t have Champs and needs help to spark development. Some, like St Vincent and the Grenadines, don’t even have a synthetic running track.Maybe that’s why Jamaica is becoming attractive to junior athletes from the region. They can’t wait until development comes to their island home. So they instead come to the place where, because of Champs, development is far more advanced. It’s a fair guess that they will keep on coming.n HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980.
Dual Superstakes winner TYPEWRITER makes his seasonal debut at Caymanas Park today in the annual renewal of the open allowance feature over 1820 metres for the Nigel B. Nunes Memorial Cup, but despite his proven class, should fall victim to the very fit hat-trick seeker, FRANFIELD. Leading jockey Shane Ellis has ridden both horses, but despite his many important wins aboard the Spencer Chung-trained TYPEWRITER (derby, St Leger, Superstakes), has decided to stick with FRANFIELD, on whom he won back-to-back races in June and July, beginning with the Ren Gonzalves Memorial Cup (overnight allowance) over 2000 metres on June 28. FRANFIELD came back to beat ALL CORRECT in decisive fashion over a mile when stepping up to open allowance company on July 25 and has definitely settled down to his racing with a view to contesting the Superstakes for the second straight year in November. Last year, the 4-y-o chestnut colt by Traditional out of Supa Lei finished 10 lengths fourth to the Ellis-ridden TYPEWRITER, but is a better horse this year. Trainer Richard Azan has FRANFIELD (55.0kg) in good nick for today’s encounter, and despite the presence of TYPEWRITER, as well as the 2014 Superstakes runner-up UNCLE TAF and the July 4 St Leger winner SUPERLUMINAL (working well) in a seven-strong field, gets the nod in present frame of mind. GO DOWN FIGHTING TYPEWRITER, who bids for his third consecutive win in this race – having won it with champion jockey Dane Nelson last year – is out for the first time since his unplaced effort as the 2-5 favourite behind PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup last Boxing Day but looked well in a recent seven-furlong exercise spin in 1:29.0. Now embarking on the first of his Superstakes preps, TYPEWRITER will only go down fighting, with veteran jockey Ian Spence riding him under topweight of 57.0 – the same weight the 6-y-o son of Western Classic-Docs’ Paladin won with last year. However, the choice remains FRANFIELD, who not only has good pace, but will love the distance. Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, DREAMLINER (working well), who made an impressive debut some weeks ago, should win the day’s secondary feature for the Terremoto Trophy for two-year-olds with Robert Halledeen riding for 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. I also like FORCE DE JOUR to win the opening race, MARISHA STAR in the fourth, BRAWN to catch them in the fifth, DOC HOLIDAY to repeat at the expense of BRAVE PROSPECT in the sixth and WOMAN IS BOSS to rebound at the expense of TOOTING KAT in the seventh over the straight.
WESTERN BUREAU: Reigning daCosta Cup champions, Clarendon College, will for the first time this season be mounting a rearguard action, when they host Glenmuir High at the Juici Field in their crucial quarter-final Group S game this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. In an unfamiliar situation as this, head coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis will be positing in the minds of the players that only a victory will do, following last week’s surprise loss to Dinthill Technical. The other Group S clash will see the leaders, Rusea’s and Dinthil,l lock horns at Dinthill High School playing field. The group, which consists of the champions and three former winners of the competition, is looking like a death-bed at the moment, with only the winners from each of the four groups able to qualify to the semi-finals. Clarendon College can get back in contention with victory over Glenmuir. But that in itself will be a tough ask, as the Jackie Walters-coached Glenmuir are also hunting a win that will almost surely define their daCosta Cup season and keep the door open, with two matches remaining for a place in the last four. Beaten finalists last years, STETHS and Vere Technical will meet in a top-of-the-table clash in Santa Cruz. Both teams are coming off important victories last week over Marcus Garvey and Mannings, respectively. The winner will take sole leadership of Group R, where The Mannings School and Marcus Garvey, needing a win, seek an outside shot at advancing at each other’s expense. They meet in Savanna la-Mar. Group P is being led by Lacovia High – on goal difference – over Paul Bogle and both stand a good chance of winning in their respective matches. Lacovia travel to meet St James High at Jarrett Park, while Paul Bogle tackle Manchester in the tougher of the two fixtures. Today’s matches -St James vs Lacovia at Jarrett Park -Manchester vs Paul Bogle at Manchester -Port Antonio vs Petersfield at Carder Park -Seaforth vs Lennon at York Oval -STETHS vs Vere at STETHS -Manning’s vs Marcus Garvey at Frome Sports Club -Glenmuir vs Clarendon College at Juici Field -Dinthill vs Rusea’s at Dinthill All games start at 3:00 p.m.
Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian is the pilot of Jamaica’s two-member female bobsled team, and is looking to make history by becoming one of Jamaica’s first-ever women to compete in the Winter Games at the 2018 instalment in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She previously drove for the United States and, in her time there, she obtained a silver medal while competing with former American sprinter Lolo Jones. Fenlator-Victorian then switched allegiance to Jamaica in 2015. She was able to do this because, although she has a mother of German, Polish and Latvian roots, her father hails from Cave in Westmoreland. She spent some time talking to One-On-One about her background in the sport and her goals heading into the 2018 Games. RACHID PARCHMENT: You started out your athletic career as a shot putter. What led to the switch to bobsledding? JAZMINE FENLATOR-VICTORIAN: Yeah, I actually started in track and field. I was recruited to college as a multi-eventer and ended my career as a shot put/discus/hammer thrower. What led me to bobsled was that my college coach actually recommended it to me, ending my senior year right before I was trying to qualify for NCAA Championships. He mentioned that my skill sets being strong, explosive and fast for a short distance could translate over, so he actually submitted my athletics rÈsumÈ to the US programme in the spring time of 2007, and by fall, I was invited to a tryout. RP: Why did you switch to Jamaica? JFV: I was approached early in my career by the Jamaican bobsled team because I have dual citizenship, but I was already in an emerging elite programme with the US, so I decided to stay. But I’ve always had the desire to represent both nations as well. I think it’s important for children, – even adults, to know that there’s more opportunities than what you are told that you have, as well as to live outside the box. Also, I think it’s important, not only just for my generation, but for my kids and other people who are dual citizens or of mixed cultures to embrace all of who they are. To represent Jamaica is a dream come true for me. I didn’t know it was an opportunity when I was younger. I love my heritage, where I’m from, who I am because of that, and I think that if I can represent them on the world stage, then that’s a goal I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m super excited that I have this opportunity. RP: Were you apprehensive about coming to represent Jamaica and what was it like when you came here and saw the facilities available to train here? JFV: I didn’t have apprehensions for my decision to transition to Jamaica. I’ve had a very good relationship with the president of the federation [Dudley Stokes] and the athletes over the course of my career and I’ve trained with them, not in Jamaica, but around the world. So I knew the people, the culture, the hard work and the ethics. I also knew about our funding and that it would be different than Team USA’s. When I’ve been to Jamaica and trained, I love it! Warm weather all the time! It’s amazing! Just going back to the simple life, the simple training that makes big gains is a breath of fresh air, rather than worrying about all these details and putting money on expensive equipment just to have the basics. The close-knit group of athletes that I’m with is just amazing. I’m motivated every day by Carrie Russell, my brakeman, my teammates that have been with the programme for years and what they’ve overcome personally and athletically. It pushes me at a different level that I haven’t had in a very long time. It’s exciting and also a learning experience and I can’t wait to keep growing. RP:You mentioned Carrie as a motivator, but she also thinks of you in the same way JFV: She’s a great person and teammate. I’m so lucky to have her join me on this adventure to victory and to make history. RP: Obviously, you’re referring to qualifying for Pyeongchang 2018. How much pressure is there on you to eclipse the first-ever Jamaican team to qualify for a Winter Games in 1988, especially with their legacy somewhat depicted by the movie Cool Runnings? JFV: We’re looking, as the next generation, to kind of make our own mark, develop our own type of phrase, as you call it. Carrie and I say that we’re fire on ice. We’re the new generation, we’re the hottest ‘ting’, and we’re ’bout to light it up on ice. We’re super excited for that opportunity and with performances coming up, hopefully, we can build and build on that phrase, as well as show that the next generation is here. We’re bigger, badder, faster, and building on what our predecessors have already started.
The thanksgiving service for the late president of the New Kingston FC, David Mighty, will be held on tomorrow, February 5 at the Kencot Seventh Day Adventist Church, 10-12 Osbourne Road, Kingston 10. The service willo begin at 11 a.m. Interment follows at the Dovecot Memorial Park. Thanksgiving service for David Mighty Twenty-nine goals were scored in five matches in the seventh round of the Portmore Division Two Football League last Sunday. Leaders Edgewater FC (18 points) were the biggest winners as they swamped Caymanas Gardens 10-0. In other matches, Braeton United crushed Daytona 7-0; Racing United thumped Westchester 5-1; Southborough defeated Three West 2-0. while Cumberland and Waterford drew 2-2. Domino league continues today Royal Lakes top De La Vega in 9-goal thriller The Jamaica Domino Federation-City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union Portmore St Catherine League continues today with its fourth round of matches. Defending champions Fort International go after their fourth win in as many matches as they take on brother team Passagefort United at Myrtle Way. Both teams had mixed fortune last Sunday. Fort won their 300-283 over Memory Lane while Passagefort threw in the towel after being down 293-255 against Waterhouse United. In other games scheduled for today (home teams named first): Ken’s Wildflower vs Exceptional; Correctional Services vs Felluchi Strikers; Eradication vs Mechanical Strikers; Passagefort United vs Fort International; Chedwin Strikers vs Waterhouse United; Naggo Head vs Spring Village; Masterpiece vs Soursop; Garveymeade vs Braeton All Stars. The match between Royal Lakes and De La Vega City could be described as a ‘shoot-out’ as both teams combined for nine goals. Royal Lakes topped De La Vega 5-4 in the eighth round of the Flow-sponsored St Catherine FA Major League, recently. In other games, Old Harbour Bay United spanked Newland 6-1; Federal beat Bodles 3-1; GC Foster blanked New Raiders 3-0; Frazsiers Whip defeated Portsmouth 3-0. Goals galore in Portmore Division two
Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Busmen seek repeat over Tajik club Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 Pingris went to the United States for rehab and therapy and will definitely be of big use to the Hotshots, who were ousted in painful manners in the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup.Star has the tools to go all the way and has been in all pre-conference hypes because of a solid roster that could rival San Miguel, which claimed the Hotshots’ scalps in the Commissioner’s Cup Final Four before winning the championship over TNT KaTropa.With a 3-0 record, Star is the only unbeaten team in the ongoing season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT Out for more than six months because of a hip injury, Pingris practiced for the first time on Monday as the Hotshots were preparing to slug it out with Phoenix Petroleum in two days, seeking to keep their immaculate elimination round slate intact.But coach Chito Victolero is not about to rush his ace power forward back into action.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’“He needs to get his timing back,” Victolero said.“Relatively, he played well (in practice), but we will not rush him. He needs to get his rhythm back and hopefully, he can rejoin us soon.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano PBA IMAGESStar, the team tipped to give Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer a run for its money in the PBA Governors’ Cup, is about to get a much-needed boost.Marc Pingris, the hard-nosed anchor of the Hotshots’ defense, is set to make a return to active play within the next two games at the soonest as Star tries to crack a championship series for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT
View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Slumping Milwaukee Bucks fire coach Jason Kidd Former Olympians Aly Raisman, left, and Jordyn Wieber sit in Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s courtroom during the fourth day of sentencing for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. (Matthew Dae Smith /Lansing State Journal via AP)Three top board members of USA Gymnastics resigned and the man who coached the 2012 Olympic team was suspended Monday, after calls from angry gymnasts who say the organization did nothing to protect them after they were abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar.Chairman Paul Parilla, vice chair Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley announced they were stepping down as testimony in Nassar’s sentencing hearing in Michigan moved into its second week. Nassar faces a minimum prison sentence of 25 to 40 years in a molestation case.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Later Monday, USA Gymnastics suspended the coach of the 2012 Olympics team, John Geddert, who worked with Nassar at his gyms in Michigan.A number of Olympians have been among those testifying in the Nassar hearing. Many have also sued the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics and called for the sports leaders to leave their jobs.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 folkUSA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny was forced out last year.A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that USOC CEO Scott Blackmun met with Parilla earlier this month and asked for his resignation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the issue publicly. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Another member of the 2016 team, Aly Raisman , gave some of the most compelling testimony last week.“To believe in the future of gymnastics is to believe in change,” she said. “But how are we to believe in change when these organizations aren’t even willing to acknowledge the problem?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In a statement, Blackmun said the USOC has been discussing changes with leaders at USA Gymnastics since October.“Those discussions accelerated over the holidays and today you have seen three board resignations,” Blackmun said. “New board leadership is necessary because the current leaders have been focused on establishing that they did nothing wrong. USA Gymnastics needs to focus on supporting the brave survivors.”The new CEO, Kerry Perry, said USA Gymnastics supported the resignations.“We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization,” she said.Last week, USA Gymnastics said it would no longer hold training camps at the Karolyi ranch in Texas, where a number of gymnasts said Nassar abused them. That announcement only came after Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles complained that USA Gymnastics hadn’t moved to find a different training locale.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “It’s already in them, they just have to use it properly.”Ranya Musa led Benilde with 12 points while Rachel Austero added 10 as the Lady Blazers lost three of their last four games.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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Lady Bombers improved to 3-3 and tied the Lady Blazers at the fifth spot after starting off the season on a 2-1 run. Shola Alvarez paced JRU’s offense with 21 points while Dolly Verzosa added 16.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 folkJRU head coach Mia Tioseco said lack of mental and emotional strength was key to their doom against Arellano and University of Perpetual Help.“I think we lacked the confidence and the composure,” said Tioseco in Filipino. “They already have the skills and they just have to use it in the game, but when we lost our composure and fear takes over they forget about their skills.” 3×3 hoop wars reaches finale at Taguig Jose Rizal University went back to the winning track after stopping College of St. Benilde in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 25-21, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases
LATEST STORIES But Halep’s hopes of overturning last year’s defeat to her 23-year-old opponent quickly evaporated in a completely one-sided encounter that saw the Romanian fail to produce a real challenge.Svitolina, the world number four, has now successfully defended three career titles, in Baku, Dubai and also Rome; she also won in Brisbane and Dubai this season to take her 2018 title total to three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe win also marked Svitolina’s 12th career title on what was her eighth final in succession.“It’s amazing that I could do this here a second time and defend,” said Svitolina. “This is something very, very special. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina celebrates after winning the women’s final against Romania’s Simona Halep at Rome’s WTA Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 20, 2018 in Rome. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTEElina Svitolina underlined her status as a top favorite for the French Open by sweeping Simona Halep aside 6-0, 6-4 to successfully defend her Italian Open crown on Sunday.In a repeat of last year’s final at the Foro Italico, Ukrainian Svitolina, seeded fourth, was up against Halep a day after the Romanian top seed had ousted Russian Maria Sharapova.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix blows lead, outlasts Ginebra in double OT “Congrats to Elina, she played amazing,” Halep said. “It’s like this court is now her home. But I didn’t do so badly, reaching the final again. I hope to be back next year.“Maybe third time is lucky for me.”Thanks to reaching the final in Rome, Halep will take the top seeding for Roland Garros.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “Congratulations to Simona, she had a great week of tennis.”The French Open at Roland Garros starts in just over a week, and Svitolina added: “Roland Garros is still a week away, but this gives me confidence.“I can’t make any predictions as it’s very tricky in Paris, but I’m sure I will enjoy the next tournament.”Halep, who was broken four times and lost the opening set in 19 minutes, did not win a game until the start of the second, 24 minutes in.The world number one saved match point before bowing out after 67 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Angelo Kouame delivered the crucial baskets to lift Ateneo over De La Salle, 81-75, in overtime in the Filoil Preseason Cup Tuesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Kouame scored the last three field goals, including an strong inside bucket that sealed the game, 79-75, with 39.1 seconds left.The Blue Eagles finished the elimination round with a 9-0 record in Group A while the Green Archers dropped to 7-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt was a preseason game with a UAAP-like atmosphere with both teams trading big shots and making crucial plays, but Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin saw it differently.“We expect a lot more from our teams going forward I though it was a fairly sloppy game. Perhaps, when green goes against blue, it’s gonna be tough to find a well played game of basketball,” Baldwin told reporters. “But I thought particularly Santi Santillan was outstanding.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls WORLD CUP: Time for Deschamps’ talented France to win trophy Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “I don’t really have a lot to say about the game, I thought it wasn’t a great game of basketball. It might have been entertaining. I thought La Salle probably played with a bit more grit, a bit more toughness than we did. I would prefer to probably compliment them (La Salle) for the effort that they put in today than to make any positive comments about my team,” he added.Ateneo looked on its way to a victory after Thirdy Ravena made a step back triple with the shot clock winding down that put the Eagles on top, 70-66, with 23.5 seconds left.Ravena’s clutch play, however, only paved way for a comeback by the Green Archers, who pulled within one after a 3-pointer by Aljun Melecio.Ateneo big man Isaac Go made only one of two from the free throw line to make it a two-point game before La Salle guard Jolo Go got free for the layup off an inbound play with 0.3 tenths of a second left to force OT.Kouame posted 16 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks while Ravena finished with 17 points.ADVERTISEMENT Santi Santillan led the Archers, who shot just 34 percent from the field, with 19 points and nine rebounds. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments