Matthew Wright stays upbeat after Phoenix loss to Ginebra

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra But that, too, does not faze Wright.If anything, he feels this affords him the learnings his team sorely needs for the steeper trek ahead which is the playoff round.“You know, more than anything, I’m trying to find the silver lining, this really prepared us for the playoffs—what the playoff atmosphere is like with the crowd, with the intensity,” Wright said.“I’m proud of the guys that we fought. We were up almost the whole game but a couple of breakdowns—my part defensively—were very costly.Phoenix, a relatively young team in the PBA, absorbed only its second loss in the Philippine Cup. They now set their sights on their final assignment in the elimination round which is a date with defending champion San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isa Molde rues UP’s lack of mental toughness in loss to Ateneo Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “We felt like we shot ourselves in the foot, There were a couple of calls that didn’t go our way that were unfortunate but it’s basketball,” Wright told reporters.“It wasn’t that tough of a loss. We’re not gonna let that emotionally affect us. They’re a good team and we have had a good season so far,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAfter a whirlwind of buckets and lead changes, Phoenix—the No. 1 team in the all-Filipino conference—suddenly saw themselves playing catchup late in the game.The FuelMasters’ inability to clamp down on Ginebra in the dying seconds cost them a chance at securing the first twice-to-beat privilege. Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix Pulse’s Matthew Wright squandered a chance to send the game against Ginebra into overtime, but the FuelMasters marksman said the missed shot—along with the lapses he made throughout Sunday’s 100-97 loss on Sunday night—aren’t going to weigh him down.For starters, it wasn’t that heartbreaking of a defeat.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I feel like more important than our record right now is us getting better and becoming more cohesive as a team the next couple of weeks before playoffs,” Wright said.The FuelMasters tangle with the Beermen on Saturday at Panabo Multi-Purpose Tourism, Sports & Cultural Center in Davao del Norte.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Sixers 113, Warriors 104: Warriors no longer unbeatable

first_imgOAKLAND — Steve Kerr is right. The Warriors are not unbeatable.The Warriors lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 113-104, on Thursday at Oracle Arena, a surprising development considering two things. The Warriors (36-15) snapped an 11-game winning streak. They also looked nothing like the team that had showed dominance during a span that last 26 days.“We weren’t there mentally. We weren’t there competitively,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We got what we deserved.”Other than that, the Warriors …last_img read more

Federer, Nadal gone at Australian Open

first_imgFirst Rafael Nadal, now Roger Federer. Federer, the 16-time Grand Slam winner, was knocked out of the Australian Open 7-6 (3), 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday by 2008 champion Novak Djokovic.Roger Federer waves after his semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic. APThe talk before the tournament was a blockbuster final between Nadal, going for his fourth straight Grand Slam win, and Federer, who was aiming for his fifth Australian title and perhaps the only player who could stop him.Instead, after Nadal was eliminated by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in an injury-induced straight-set loss Wednesday, and now Federer heading home, it will be Djokovic in the final against either Andy Murray or Ferrer – they play their semifinal on Friday.It will be the first time since 2003 that Federer will not hold any of the four major titles.The finals scenario could open the door for Murray to become the first British Grand Slam singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936 when the final is played Sunday night at Rod Laver Arena.”It’s really one of the best matches I’ve played in a while,” Djokovic said.Rafael Nadal during his quarterfinal loss to David Ferrer. APIt is the second straight Grand Slam that Djokovic has knocked Federer out in the semis. At last year’s U.S. Open, the Serbian player saved match points before beating Federer in five sets to advance to the final against Nadal.The last time Federer was beaten in straight sets in a Grand Slam tournament was here in 2008 – against Djokovic.advertisementFederer won 11 of 14 points to come back from a service break down to take the lead in the second set after the two traded tit-for-tat booming forehands and chip backhands during the opening set. But Djokovic broke back later in the second set and took his power strokes into the third set to win in an even three hours.It was the 20th meeting of the pair, with Federer still holding a 13-7 edge.last_img read more

PEI park should keep controversial British generals name Board recommends

first_imgAPTN National NewsCHARLOTTETOWN – Parks Canada is being advised to consider revising the name of a national park in Prince Edward Island to better reflect its Mi’kmaq history, but it has also received a recommendation that the name of a military officer who wanted to kill Aboriginal people with smallpox should remain.An excerpt from a meeting of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada last September recommended that parks officials consult with the Mi’kmaq community to see if there is a historic name for Rocky Point, where the Port-la-Joye _ Fort Amherst historic site is located.John Joe Sark, a member of the Mi’kmaq Nation traditional government, has submitted Mi’kmaq names for Parks Canada to consider, but he says he won’t be satisfied until the name of General Jeffery Amherst is scrubbed from the historic site.“They talk on one side about truth and reconciliation, but when you tell them the truth, they don’t want to do anything about it,” says Sark. “You don’t right wrongs by keeping the name of a tyrant.”Sark has been campaigning for the name change since 2008, arguing that is insulting because Amherst’s goal was to wipe out Aboriginal peoples.The board said it discussed Sark’s request at length but ultimately determined that Amherst’s name should remain because of the location’s historical ties to the British government.In a letter dated April 9 to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Sark disputes this justification, saying there is no historic record of Amherst spending time at Port-la-Joye.Parks Canada was not immediately available for comment Sunday.Amherst, an officer in the British Army in the mid-1700s, is considered a key architect of British victories in the Seven Years’ War for control of New France territories in North America. Several places in the U.S. and Canada, such as Amherstburg, Ont., bear his name.Amherst College in Massachusetts said last month the British military commander would no longer appear in school communications or as an unofficial mascot. Lord Jeff _ as he was known around campus _ was seen as an oppressive figure who supported using blankets infected with smallpox to kill Aboriginal people.news@aptn.calast_img read more