Pingris, Magnolia thriving in PBA’s physical play

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “In the first quarter, we didn’t show any defense. We were too excited to beat them and that’s how we fell behind,” he said in Filipino.“Coach [Chito Victolero] told us to relax and remind ourselves who we are, how our defense was, and play our game. That’s what we did: bank on our defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the Hotshots playing again like the juggernaut that they were in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, it didn’t take long before they overtook the Batang Pier and claimed the 86-79 win on Tuesday to once again proceed to the semifinals.Pingris could not let Magnolia back down from the opposition as it matched GlobalPort’s physicality on his way to 13 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in the victory. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Jarencio takes blame for GlobalPort meltdown: ‘I wasn’t able to prepare my team’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivingcenter_img LATEST STORIES View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Marc Pingris, Magnolia needed a few bumps here and there to knock some sense back into the team.Bullied by the desperate GlobalPort to start the game to fall behind by as much as 20 in the first quarter, the two-seed Hotshots were shell-shocked as the prospects of wasting their twice-to-beat advantage slowly loomed over their heads.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 The veteran forward is relishing the new physicality in the PBA, which has been one of the changes under new commissioner Willie Marcial.“The game in the PBA now is different. It’s more physical and I like it because we’re used to that type of game. That’s how it is in the provinces: a little physical but without any intention to hurt,” he said.But Pingris is not falling complacent as Magnolia prepares for its semifinals date against either NLEX or Alaska.“We can’t tell what will happen because the way the game is officiated, it changes in the semis and in the Finals,” he said. “You can’t take away the physicality, but you should always have the right mindset to play your game. Hopefully, with the changes, we can have the opportunity that we’ve long prayed for, to once again make it to the Finals.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

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PETCOM to be Divested

first_imgThe Government is moving forward with the divestment of the Petroleum Company of Jamaica (PETCOM).Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Philip Paulwell, in his Budget Debate presentation on April 24, said that an enterprise team headed by Chairman of Petrojam, Erwin Jones, has been established to handle the process.He informed that a valuation of the company’s assets is currently being undertaken and “we will announce more as information becomes available.” TheMinister encouraged local investors to be prepared to take up the offer.“Petcom has been a strategic asset in the petroleum marketing sector in Jamaica, and we hope that it will remain a strong player in the mar­ket. Again, I encourage local inves­tors to participate in the ownership of this important Jamaican asset,” he stated.Turning to another matter, Minister Paulwell informed that effective June 24, low-sulphur fuel will be available to motorists.He said Petrojam has now completed the appropriate infrastructure work to accommodate the fuel, and since last month, has been conducting consultations with industry players.“Two Petcom stations – Petcom Dunrobin in St Andrew, and Portmore Parkway in St Catherine – have been prepared for the arrival of this fuel and will immediately begin selling it to the motoring public when it becomes available,” Minister Paulwell told the House.He noted that low-sulphur diesel is a cleaner option and is better for vehicles and the environment. “We are again leading the Caribbean as we did with the phasing out of leaded fuel and the re­placement of MTBE as an additive with ethanol,” he stated.Regarding ethanol production, the Minister informed that operation of the dehydration plant at Petrojam Ethanol (PEL) has re-started.“Last December, PEL entered a toll processing agreement with Lansing Ethanol Services, under which ethanol processed at the PEL dehy­dration plant serves to supply the local market for gasoline blending, in addition to supplying volumes for export to the USA and other countries,” he informed.The Minister said it is expected that the profits for this year will amount to $109 million.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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