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Mixed emotions for coach Bong Ravena as TNT thwarts son Kiefer, NLEX

first_img“A lot was going through my mind. First, I was excited knowing that we’ll face each other in the pros,” the elder Ravena, the former PBA sharpshooter who now serves as assistant coach at TNT, said in Filipino.READ: TNT win no giveaway as NLEX simply played ‘terrible’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There was anxiety. I’m thinking how he’s going to play the game and that he might end up beating us, so I’m really thinking about many things. Mixed emotions,” he added. “But I’m happy that he’s a professional now.”Kiefer said the duel against TNT was one of the those games he was really looking forward to. View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus “It’s not so very often that second-generation players get chances to go up against their dads,” he said.“He has one over me, they beat us badly and it was a bad way to lose. But I guess you have to learn from this. These are the kinds of things that can’t afford to forget so we just need to fix ourselves coming into the playoffs.“ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBong Ravena has always been on his son Kiefer’s side throughout the young guard’s basketball career.Even when the two found themselves on opposing sides when TNT faced NLEX, Ravena, an ever-supportive father, felt torn on the sidelines.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Three QF spots up for grabs ahead of final PBA PH Cup playdate AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Unfortunately for the prized rookie, the game didn’t turn out the way he would’ve wanted it to be with the Road Warriors getting blown out, 101-75.It was also one of Kiefer’s worst outings since going scoreless in his UAAP debut for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in 2011.READ: TNT stays in playoff hunt, routs quarterfinals-bound NLEXHe only had one point, a rebound, two assists and two turnovers in 14 minutes for NLEX.While it was a forgettable performance, Kiefer said it was also the kind of game that he must keep in mind to be a better player.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Duke’s Zion Williamson wins AP men’s college player of the year

first_imgThe open-court moves more nimble than his 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame should allow.Even the freak occurrence of one of his feet tearing through its shoe in a fall to the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHandling all that attention became maybe the biggest lesson for the freshman, who quickly became the face of college basketball and the game’s biggest star in years — then fittingly finished as The Associated Press men’s player of the year.“I was comfortable with it because you don’t really have a choice,” Williamson said in an interview with the AP earlier this week. “I think if you try to force it out, then it’s going to bother you. … My mom just told me to look at it as a lot of kids would wish to be in my position, so if it does bother me, I just think about it like that.” Williamson said there’s “obviously a high possibility” he enters the draft but he’s not ready to make anything official as he enjoys being a college student a little longer with plans on taking summer classes toward a degree.Williamson said he has no regrets, calling the season “the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.”“My mom would tell me, ‘College is something you don’t want to miss out on’ because not only have I enjoyed the basketball side of coming to Duke, I’ve enjoyed being a student here just as much,” Williamson said. “The relationships I’ve built with the students here — like talking to kids I guess people wouldn’t picture me talking to, hanging out with them — it’s bigger than basketball.”VOTING BREAKDOWNZion Williamson, Duke — 59R.J. Barrett, Duke — 2De’Andre Hunter, Virginia — 1Ja Morant, Murray State — 1Cassius Winston, Michigan State — 1 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew There was the charisma, too. He projected a self-assured ease amid the crush of postgame interviews, even routinely having walk-on Mike Buckmire join him as a wingman as though bringing his teammate into his unique orbit. “It’s been remarkable what he’s done,” said North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who recruited Williamson. “There hasn’t been many guys like that to come down the road. So the attention he’s gotten, I think he’d deserved. … He’s driven a different ship.”That February shoe blowout illustrated just how different.Williamson missed nearly six full games after injuring his knee in the fall, which had his left foot sticking through the side of his Paul George signature shoe from Nike. The bizarre image wounded Nike’s day-after stock price and had some arguing that he shouldn’t return to protect his pro stock.That was never an option for Williamson. He returned in the ACC Tournament sporting a reinforced pair of Kyrie Irving Nikes, which followed Nike representatives visiting Duke’s campus to sort out what went wrong.The unusual moments of stardom didn’t stop there, either.“Cars will be driving by (on campus) and I mean, they’ll just stop,” Williamson said with a chuckle. “In the middle of the road. And people will jump out of the car and get pictures. I’m looking at my watch, I have two minutes to get to class and my class is a five-minute walk. … I’ll look at them and they’ll be so high, I’m like, ’Yeah, I got you, I’ll take the picture.”He also frequently encountered Duke fans waiting near the practice gym for autographs.“You’ve got 20 minutes before that clock starts for practice, you’ve got like 20 people outside,” Williamson said. “You’re like, ‘I don’t think I can do this.’ So then it comes down to: do I say no? Or do I tell them to wait?“I’ve been in a lot of situations. Sometimes they understood, other times they weren’t so accepting of it. But I guess that’s part of life.” Williamson claimed 59 of 64 votes from AP Top 25 voters before the NCAA Tournament in results released Friday. Freshman teammate RJ Barrett earned two votes as a fellow AP first-team All-American, while Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Murray State’s Ja Morant each earned one vote.Williamson had hoped to be in Minneapolis preparing for Saturday’s national semifinals like Hunter and Winston. But the Blue Devils fell to Winston’s Spartans in the Elite Eight as the top overall seed.“I was just telling (teammates) don’t let nobody tell you this season was a disappointment, because people have got to understand it’s March Madness,” he said, adding: “I mean, winning the championship is not a cakewalk.”In a likely one-year college stop for a possible top overall NBA draft pick, the 18-year-old Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds while ranking second nationally by shooting 68%. He also ranked among the Atlantic Coast Conference leaders in steals (2.12) and blocks (1.79).Williamson’s play was marked by breathtaking athleticism to go by, through and over anyone to get the ball (look at his personal-favorite 360-degree dunk against Clemson or his rapid-closeout swat of Hunter’s shot at Virginia for proof).ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duke freshman Zion Williamson answers questions at a news conference where he was awarded the Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year award at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS — Just about everything Zion Williamson did at Duke created a highlight or headline in a spectacle of a season.The soaring dunks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Philippines bows to Thailand anew in Davis Cuplast_img read more