Star ousts Rain or Shine, books semis berth

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first_imgBarroca, who also collected five rebounds, three assists and five steals, hit two free throws that made it, 80-69, with 1:34 remaining.With the win, Star swept Rain or Shine in their best-of-three series and set up a best-of-five semis duel with San Miguel Beer.“I haven’t thought of San Miguel yet. I’m still focused on Rain or Shine. But you know, it will be a very tough game against SMB. We will expect a more grinding game because of their experience,” Victolero said.“Their frontcourt combination of Fajardo, Rhodes, and Santos, plus their magnificent guards, I think we need to have that defensive scheme and proper preparations for this series.”The Beermen, who barged into the semis after knocking off the Phoenix Fuel Masters in lopsided fashion, beat the Hotshots, 103-97, in the elimination round last month.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments But Star had a different import then in Tony Mitchell and with Ratliffe in tow, Victolero feels his team will be able to matchup better against the Beermen.Duke Crews, who was saddled by foul trouble early, was the only Elasto Painter in double-digit scoring with 12 points.Rain or Shine got out-rebounded, 57-39, and had twice as many turnovers with 24 than assists. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Racela looking for consistency as FEU grabs share of Group B top spot Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStar got going late en route to an 84-69 win over Rain or Shine and a slot in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Hotshots broke loose from a 63-deadlock with 7:59 left behind heady point guard Mark Barroca, who scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV “We expected a grinding game. At the start of our preparation, I told my players it’s going to be a different story in Game 2,” said Star head coach Chito Victolero. “They are more physical and Rain or Shine’s desire to win is much better.”“Their preparation against Ricardo, they did a good job all throughout the game. They were able to limit Ricardo’s touches,” Victolero added. “Credit also to coach Caloy and his coaching staff but my players never gave up. They kept on grinding and digging. We’re just positive the whole game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRain or Shine may have been able to contain Star’s import Ricardo Ratliffe, but there was no stopping the menacing big man from making an imprint in the game.Ratliffe posted a double-double with 26 points and 24 rebounds that went with five assists. He single-handedly out-rebounded Rain or Shine in the offensive glass, 9-2.last_img read more


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first_imgFormer champion Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open on Thursday, citing fitness issues, as his record run of appearing at 65 consecutive grand slam tournaments came to an end.The 34-year-old world number three’s appearance at Roland Garros had been in doubt after he missed the Madrid Open with back problems and suffered an early defeat at the Italian Open in the build-up to the claycourt major he won in 2009.The last time the 17-times grand slam champion was absent from one of the sport’s four majors was at the 1999 U.S. Open.”I regret to announce that I have made the decision not to play in this year’s French Open,” father of four Federer said in a message posted on Facebook.”I am still not 100 percent and feel I might be taking an unnecessary risk by playing in this event before I am really ready. This decision was not easy to make, but I took it to ensure I could play the remainder of the season and help to extend the rest of my career.”FAVOURABLE DRAW FOR NADALFederer’s withdrawal will have a significant impact on the draw as nine-times champion Rafael Nadal, ranked five in the world, will now move to fourth seed while defending champion Stan Wawrinka is bumped up to three.Spaniard Nadal could have faced world number one Novak Djokovic or second seed Andy Murray, as early as the quarter-finals. That scenario has now been avoided.Federer, who for much of his career has been injury-free, needed a left knee operation after the Australian Open this year, saying afterwards he had torn his meniscus while running a bath for his twin daughters.advertisementFederer, who has been troubled by back problems over the past few years, said he was determined to recover full fitness and prepare for Wimbledon.”I remain as motivated and excited as ever and my plan is to achieve the highest level of fitness before returning to the ATP World Tour for the upcoming grass court season,” said the Swiss, who owns seven Wimbledon titles.”I am sorry for my fans in Paris but I very much look forward to returning to Roland Garros in 2017.”last_img read more