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I play for the team – STGC star Marshall

first_imgDespite a near-perfect season with 21 goals in all competitions, St George’s College (STGC) talisman Alex Marshall says he is putting the team ahead of himself when STGC face reigning ISSA/Flow Super Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) in today’s final at the National Stadium.The former national Under-17 midfielder now plays centre forward for STGC to deadly effect, a fact evident also in the Super League where he has helped himself to six goals.Today, he will no doubt be locked in a duel against the equally gifted defensive grip of JC captain Allando Brown, who himself has impressed all season in the middle of JC’s defence.”I expect it to be a very intense match, so I am looking forward to doing well for the team. I hope, with God’s help, I can deliver goals and win the trophy,” he said.Marshall admitted that he was not at his imperious best against cross-street rivals Kingston College in their midweek Manning Cup game, but was happy to score and get the job done.”I wouldn’t say they rely on me, but they expect me to go out there every time I get the opportunity and make use of them.I aim to score 30 goals, so, hopefully, with God’s help I can win each final we play in and I can add more goals,” he pointed out.”We can win three trophies, we have the team that can do it, “stressed Marshall who was in for a rare substitution late in the game against KC.But no fears over his leading player’s fitness, says coach Neville Bell.”If you watch Alex, he enjoys his game more than anyone else I know. The reason I took him out, we had the game won and he was being beaten up all game,” Bell underlined.last_img read more

Ashley wins WBC award

first_imgJamaican female boxing sensation Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Comeback of the Year Award last Friday night at the 2016 Female Boxing Convention, which was held in Tijuana, Mexico, from January 27-31.Ashley, who lost her WBC Super bantamweight title on September 6, 2014, to Mexican Jackie Nava by way of a controversial majority decision in Mexico, regained the title on October 29, 2015, with a sparkling victory over Ireland’s Christina McMahon in New York. She was nominated for three awards Comeback of the Year, Champion of the Year, and Event of the Year.She dominated the fight, floored McMahon in the eighth round, and had her in serious trouble in Round 9. McMahon was able to weather the storm however, and ended up with a loss by unanimous decision. This obviously impressed the judges.Ashley told The Gleaner on Sunday that the competition was keen for the various awards and that she was elated to have picked up the award for her fight against McMahon.”Winning this award is great. It is icing on the cake after regaining my title, and it shows recognition not only from the WBC, but from the fans all over the world who were part of the decision making process,” she said.Ashley, who has been consistently nominated for the RJR Sportswoman of the Year Award, won the Chairman’s Award in 2014 for her achievements as a boxer. She was the 2015 Female Boxer of the Year and was nominated for the 2015 Sportswoman award.OLDEST FEMALE BOXERShe said that she was surprised at the ceremony on Friday when she was also presented with certificates from the Guinness Book of Records organisation for being the oldest female boxing champion in the world in 2013 and again in 2015 when at age 48, she defeated McMahon.She said: “I always get a thrill when people say to me, ‘You do not look 48 years old’. This is a tribute to my lifestyle and my work ethic, and I plan to box for many years to come. I want to continue doing well for myself and my country, so I work very hard.”It would be great if it is a title fight, but if not, I will still be happy as long as I get to fight before my home crowd and hear them cheering me on over an opponent.”last_img read more

Caballero comes up big for City in League Cup final

first_imgLONDON (AP):A week after letting in five goals, Willy Caballero made three saves in a penalty shoot-out against Liverpool to help Manchester City win the League Cup yesterday and claim their fifth major trophy since 2011.Though the Argentine goalkeeper is second-choice behind Joe Hart in the Premier League and the Champions League, he has been a regular in the cup teams fielded by coach Manuel Pellegrini. And Pellegrini’s faith in the 34-year-old keeper was duly rewarded with a memorable display in the penalty shoot-out after the two sides had ground out a 1-1 draw after extra time at Wembley Stadium.City started the second half brighter and took the lead in the 49th minute when Reds keeper Simon Mignolet failed to deal with a cross shot by Fernandinho. It should have been a routine save, but the ball went straight through Mignolet.Philippe Coutinho equalised for Liverpool in the 83rd minute from close range after an effort by Lallana hit the post and rebounded neatly into the path of the Brazilian midfielder.Caballero stood firm during the shoot-out, opting not to second-guess which way the Liverpool players would send their penalties. His decision paid dividends as the spot-kicks of Lucas Leiva, Coutinho, and Adam Lallana were all saved as City won the shoot-out 3-1.”I tried to see all the penalties last night, but my intuition got me through,” a tearful Caballero told Sky Sports on the Wembley turf. “It was a hard week for me, but we had a talk that we could do it.FIRST TROPHY”It’s important, emotional for me, my family, to be in this great team,” he added. “It is a first trophy for me and for my family in Argentina.”Pellegrini held firm to his decision to give Caballero a final berth despite calls by some City fans to catapult England’s number one, Hart, into the side to face Liverpool.”I prefer to lose the title than to lose my words,” Pellegrini said.Pellegrini, who is in his final months at City following the club’s announcement earlier in February that Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is to join in the summer, heaped praise on both his goalkeepers.He said Caballero “deserved this moment” and that Hart’s demeanour over the decision showed him to be “a very good person” in addition to his traits as a top goalkeeper.Next up for City is Liverpool again in a league fixture on Wednesday.last_img read more

Milex Eagles sweep KPMG League

first_imgKINGSTON:Defending champions Milex Eagles trounced Levy Tax 3-0 to win the 2016 KPMG Squash League, which wrapped up at the Liguanea Club on Friday night.The Eagles served early notice of their intention to repeat, when seasoned contender Shane Slater beat the spirited junior player Luke Roberts 21-20, 21-14, 21-14.That made way for the match of the night between the decorated veteran Wayne Burrowes and All-Jamaica Under-17 boys’ champion Tahjia Lumley.In a nail-biting battle, Burrowes reminded the spectators why he had won the All-Jamaica men’s title a record 13 times.However, young Lumley kept his head, answered the veteran play for play and, eventually prevailed 21-19, 18-21, 21-16, 21-14.Although the title was in the bag, Caribbean Under-19 girls champion Akelia Wiltshire went all out to beat Sebastian Levy 21-18, 17-21, 21-18, 21-18 and complete the sweep for the Eagles.Tarun Handa, managing partner for KPMG in Jamaica, expressed great satisfaction with the 2016 tournament.”As sponsors, we are pleased with the excellent participation, sportsmanship and camaraderie we have seen throughout the tournament,” he said.”I want to commend all of the players, but it was particularly encouraging to see the juniors doing so well and, of course, we congratulate the veterans who are sticking with the game,” Handa added.last_img read more

CAS confirms Carter’s appeal against IOC

first_imgThe Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed that Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter has filed an appeal against the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to disqualify him from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games following an anti-doping rule violation.  In a media release, CAS outlines that the arbitration procedure is now in progress and advised that the parties will exchange written submissions after which a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted. This panel will then issue directives regarding the holding of a hearing into the matter and then make a decision after its deliberations.  “The Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the decision issued by the IOC Disciplinary panel on 25 January 2017 in which he was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. A consequence of such finding was the disqualification of Nesta Carter and the other members of the Jamaican team from the Men’s 4x100m relay at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in which they had achieved the gold medal,” read the CAS statement.  “Nesta Carter seeks to set aside the challenged decision in order for the Jamaican team to be reinstated as gold medallists.” Carter along with members of Jamaica’s gold medal winning 4x100m relay team have been disqualified from the Games and have since returned their medals to the IOC via the Jamaica Olympic Association.last_img read more

Gilas, Blatche’s China club set for collision course in Fiba Asia Champions Cup

first_imgA costly, catty dispute finally settled The Philippines and its naturalized player Andray Blatche will be on opposing sides with the former NBA veteran leading the way for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, which will carry the name China Kashgar, his mother ball club in the Chinese Basketball League.Blatche carried China in the 2016 edition of the tournament, featuring 10 club teams from Asia, averaging closing to 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendAside from Blatche, China will also parade American guard Darius Adams, who was last year’s scoring leader norming 23.1 points a contest.National team coach Chot Reyes announced Gilas’ participation Tuesday. The team, which replaced Japan, will carry the Chooks To Go banner. 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 PVL: San Sebastian recovers from opener loss, sweeps JRU Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Break new ground Philippines’ center Andray Blatche dunks the ball against Singapore. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas and Andray Blatche are likely to reunite in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup slated later in the month in Chenzhou, China.But it won’t be a typical reunion.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The last time a club team from the Philippines ruled the tournament was in 1996.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’last_img read more

Harden surpasses 15,000 points as Rockets trip Nets

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 MOST READ Brooklyn ended the run with a pair of free throws but Paul then was fouled behind the line and made all three. He scored the final basket of the period to make it 96-86 when Nene freed him for a layup with a devastating pick on Caris LeVert, knocking him out of the game.TIP-INSRockets: Eric Gordon returned after missing 2½ games with low back stiffness, scoring 13 points. … D’Antoni said F Trevor Ariza (left hamstring strain) still had a little way to go before coming back, saying there was no timetable yet for his return.Nets: LeVert was being evaluated for a possible concussion. … Brooklyn remained without starting F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson because of a right groin strain. Quincy Acy, who had been starting in his place, was sidelined with a sprained right middle finger.HELPING HANDSThe Rockets’ star backcourt got plenty of help from Clint Capela (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Green (16 points). Also, the Rockets outscored the Nets by 17 points during Nene’s 14½ minutes on the court.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Miami on Wednesday.Nets: Visit Detroit on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives toward the basket as Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — That’s 15,000 points for James Harden, with plenty more to come the way these Houston Rockets can run it up.Harden scored 36 points, reaching a milestone along the way, and the Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 123-113 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “In the first half they were making shots. Second half, especially at the end of the third quarter, we had to lock down, get stops and push the lead ahead,” Harden said.DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points for the Nets and Spencer Dinwiddie added 18 points and nine assists. Brooklyn has lost seven of its last eight.“We never found a solution to stop them, obviously,” Atkinson said. “They made a lot of tough shots.”The Nets had an 84-80 lead when Dinwiddie hit from nearly 10 feet behind the arc with 3:38 remaining in the third. The Rockets charged back with 11 straight points, including two 3-pointers by Gerald Green, to go up 91-84.“We just started getting stops on defense,” Paul said. “All game long it seemed like they were just too comfortable, and they played well. I think you got to give them a lot of credit. They moved the ball well, and then we just locked in defensively, started making some shots.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Magic stun reeling Cavs as LeBron says he’s staying put OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Chris Paul added 25 points for the Rockets, who kept right on rolling in their first game since their nationally televised romp in Cleveland on Saturday.“It’s all coaching out there. You saw that, right?” Houston’s Mike D’Antoni said. “Chris Paul, James, you got those two guys, it’s one or the other. It’s unbelievable.”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 folkBoth teams made 16 3-pointers in an entertaining shootout between D’Antoni’s Rockets and the Nets of Kenny Atkinson, who assisted D’Antoni in New York and has the Nets trying to do some of the things Houston does on offense.But it’s one thing to be like the Rockets and another to beat them. Houston simply went to another gear when Brooklyn took the lead late in the third quarter and never stopped scoring long enough in the fourth to let the Nets get too close. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Domingo leading the way for FEU in PVL

first_imgCarpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced The third-year hitter has been carrying FEU’s scoring load in the offseason tournament and she’s slowly becoming the team’s most potent scorer with outside hitter Toni Rose Basas sidelined with an injury.Domingo put up 18 points in FEU’s five-set win over University of Perpetual Help, 25-15, 15-25, 22-25, 25-14, 15-6, and that production put her total at 70 points in the league’s scoring table.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m just doing my part and whatever the team needs me to do I will do it,” said Domingo in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “I will do anything to contribute and help the team improve and win.”Domingo led the Lady Tamaraws to a 4-1 record and they sit at the third spot of the standings behind University of Santo Tomas, 5-0, and Adamson University, 4-0. Only Eli Soyud, of the Lady Falcons, has more total points than Domingo with 79.“I’m just thinking that every game I should do my part and contribute to the team because everyone of us should chip in to help the team win,” said Domingo, who had the game-sealing block against the Lady Altas.“That’s the only thing on my mind, I’m not only thinking about myself and instead we’re all thinking about each other.”ADVERTISEMENT Yeng Guiao ‘really impressed’ with Ricci Rivero: ‘He almost made the team’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University’s post Bernadeth Pons era has started and the team is starting to stand on its feet without its former talisman.In the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference, the Lady Tamaraws seemed to have found a new first option in middle blocker Celine Domingo.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

Rose turns back clock, scores career-high 50 as Timberwolves beat Jazz

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Making his first start of the season, Rose scored 19 points in the third quarter as the Timberwolves took a five-point lead into the fourth. Karl-Anthony Towns added nine of his 28 points in the period.Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and Gobert added 22 for Utah. Jae Crowder provided 18 points off the bench.The Wolves put the Jazz on the free throw line plenty in the fourth quarter. After 11 attempts through three periods, Utah was 13 of 19 from the line in the fourth.Minnesota played without the All-Star Jimmy Butler, as well as point guards Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones. Butler sat out with what the team described as “general soreness.”Butler, who has been the main storyline in Minnesota for much of the early season, reportedly plans to play Friday at Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Timberwolves got Andrew Wiggins back after he missed three games with a quad injury. Wiggins had missed just one total game in his first four seasons before his recent setback. He scored 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting.TIP-INSJazz: G Alec Burks (left hand sprain) did not play. Burks also did not play Sunday at Dallas. . Utah is 4-1 on the road this season and 0-2 at home. . Gobert had his third straight game with 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds.Timberwolves: Coach Tom Thibodeau said Teague underwent an MRI but was awaiting more testing. Teague is day-to-day. . Jones was a late scratch with right foot soreness he experienced during warmups. . The Wolves debuted their “Classic Edition” jerseys, a throwback to the uniforms the team wore from 1996-2008.UP NEXTJazz: Host Memphis on Friday.Timberwolves: Visit Golden State on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Red Sox celebrate World Series triumph with parade He had 34 points in the second half and 15 in a tightly contested fourth quarter as the Wolves held off the Jazz. His basket down low with 30 seconds remaining put Minnesota up for good, and he made two free throws with 13.8 seconds left to preserve a three-point lead.Rudy Gobert missed a game-tying attempt in the final minute for Utah, and the Timberwolves grabbed the rebound to ensure Rose’s big night wasn’t wasted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissOne of Rose’s biggest shots was a corner 3-pointer that tied the game at 119. That gave him 44 points, which matched his previous high set during the 2011 playoffs with Chicago. His regular-season best had been 42 points.Rose tied it at 110 with one of his patented layups, giving him 41 points. He weaved through traffic and made the off-balance shot, showing glimpses of the moves that once made him an elite player and the top pick in the 2008 draft. Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose, right, takes a fall-back shot as Utah Jazz’s Dante Exum defends sueinf the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS— Derrick Rose scored a career-high 50 points, turning back the clock to his prime years and lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Utah Jazz 128-125 on Wednesday night.Rose was in tears after the game as he walked off the court serenaded by chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the home crowd. The 30-year-old point guard has been derailed by injuries since he was the 2011 NBA MVP.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Lyons leads Furman to stunning upset of No. 8 Villanova

first_imgJordan Lyons scored 17 points, Matt Rafferty had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Furman stunned the defending national champion and eighth-ranked Wildcats in overtime, 76-68 on Saturday.“We’re just tiny old Furman,” coach Bob Richey said. “Most people ask us what state we’re in, what city we’re in. Now all of a sudden people are starting to figure out who Furman is.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lyons and Rafferty delivered huge buckets in overtime to key a 7-0 spurt that put the Paladins ahead 69-63 in the final minute, enough cushion for them to hang on for the victory in front of a shocked sellout crowd at the recently renovated Finneran Pavilion.“It almost can bring me to tears to think about how proud I am of the resolve, the resiliency and the fight this team has,” Richey said. “They play together, they play connected. It’s the definition of a team.”Phil Booth scored 20 points and Colin Gillespie had 19 for the Wildcats (2-2), who were coming off a 27-point loss to Michigan in a rematch of April’s national championship game. It marked the first time Villanova lost back-to-back games since March of 2013.“It’s not that shocking, to be honest,” Booth said. “They’re a very good team. We’re still a young team trying to find our way.”Trailing 58-53 with under four minutes to play in regulation, Joe Cremo hit a 3-pointer, Booth scored and Gillespie made a layup in transition to put Villanova in front, 60-58, in the final minute.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rike leads NU in final UAAP game over UE If opponents and fans aren’t paying attention to the team from Greenville, South Carolina, they’d better start now.Clay Mounce added 15 points and Noah Gurley and Alex Hunter scored 13 apiece for the surging Paladins, who have started 5-0 for the first time in 30 years. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Furman guard Alex Hunter (10) and forward Clay Mounce (45) celebrate after their team defeated Villanova 76-68 in overtime in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)VILLANOVA, Pa. — First, it was Loyola. Next came Villanova.One by one, Furman is picking off teams from last year’s Final Four and proving to be the surprise story of the first month of the college basketball season.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title After Lyons hit two free throws to tie the game at 60, Booth missed on the other end and Hunter misfired on a long 3-pointer in the final seconds. Cremo was called for a foul while going for the rebound, but Rafferty couldn’t connect on the front end of a 1-and-1 with 2.6 seconds left, setting the game up for OT.Rafferty said his teammates picked him up and told him to make up for the missed free throw in overtime — which he did.“This was incredible,” Rafferty said. “I’ve never been a part of something like this.”ROAR OF THE LYONSTwo days after pouring in 54 points while matching an NCAA record with 15 3-pointers in a 107-67 win over North Greenville, Lyons had more big buckets, including one that put Furman ahead 48-46 with a little over eight minutes remaining.Richey was proud of how the junior guard dealt with ’Nova’s defense, especially after he was held to five points in the first half.“He was mature enough to know he had to play within our team concept,” Richey said. “He got going in the second half. I was really proud of him.”CHEMISTRY ISSUESAlthough he put his team on his back at times, scoring five straight points during one stretch to tie the game at 51, Booth shouldered a lot of the blame for the loss.“I have to do a better job of showing the team what Villanova basketball is on both ends of the floor,” said Booth, a senior guard who was a part of the Wildcats’ national championship teams in both 2016 and 2018. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We’re trying to work on a lot of chemistry things as a team,” he added.BIG PICTUREFurman: It’s only November, but the Paladins are looking like a team that will be dangerous in March. In their only other road game of the season, they upset last season’s NCAA Tournament darling, Loyola-Chicago, on a last-second dunk.Villanova: After losing four players from last year’s national championship squad to the NBA draft, coach Jay Wright continues to search for his best rotation. On Saturday, freshman Jahvon Quinerly, a five-star recruit, didn’t get in the game after playing key minutes in Villanova’s first three games. The Wildcats’ depth also took a hit Friday when the team announced that redshirt sophomore Dylan Painter will transfer.“You always want to get the young guys in,” Wright said. “It was close and then we got down the stretch and you try to ride it out with the older guys and hope you can get through the game.”UP NEXTFurman hosts Southern Wesleyan on Wednesday.Villanova faces Canisius in the Advocare Invitational in Orlando on Thanksgiving.last_img read more