Physical play fueled Thirdy vs FEU, says Ateneo coach Arespacochaga

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Thirdy Ravena didn’t just put up gaudy numbers in Ateneo’s 80-61 win over Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four, he was also in the middle of rough and curricular activities that happened in the game itself.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The star forward fouled out with 3:33 left in the game, a contest that was in the Blue Eagles’ bag as early as the third quarter when they led 59-28, after he barged into FEU guard Axel Iñigo and got called for a charge.And that was the most tame of infractions Ravena received as he got called for three double fouls and one double unsportsmanlike foul when he got tangled up with Barkley Eboña.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 ChrissBut the most heated one was when Ravena narrowly dodged a punch that Alec Stockton threw at him at the 7:12 mark of the fourth quarter. fueledDespite the physical play, Ravena still finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, and four assists and that was what the Ateneo bench expected of him. Graduating Tamaraws leave mark at FEU “We want to see them exhibit calmness when they get hit,” said Ateneo head coach Sandy Arespacochaga Sunday at Smart Araeneta Coliseum. “We want them to elevate their game more instead of hitting back physically.”Ravena did got into his fair share of physicality since four of his fouls weren’t one-sided bumps and his last one did level Iñigo who stands at 5-foot-6 and is shorter by eight inches.Still it was his basketball play that ultimately became the defining highlights especially when he dodged Stockton’s punch.Ravena gave the Blue Eagles a 48-24 lead after Stockton’s misdemeanor and that was pretty much the storyline of the whole game—Ateneo picking its spots against a flustered FEU.“I told Thirdy that he doesn’t need to be emotional and he’s supposed to be in his own skin,” said Ateneo center Angelo Kouame.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I think the physical play motivated him some more and that’s the right kind of approach,” said Arespacochaga. “You should elevate your game and not be distracted by physical hits.” LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Weaver and Colon are almost back

first_imgTempe, Ariz. – There were handshakes and smiles all around Monday in the bullpen behind Diablo Stadium. Bartolo Colon and Jered Weaver, the two injured aces of the Angels pitching staff, inched closer to rejoining the rotation after completing 45-pitch bullpen sessions. Both pitchers are at least a week away from taking the mound in an actual game, and neither is expected to start the season in Anaheim The lanky right-hander hasn’t ruled out making a start on April 6 – his turn in the rotation – but the question now is whether he’ll do it with the Angels or in Tempe, where he’ll remain if he’s not in Anaheim to begin the year. Colon’s status is less certain, but no less encouraging. He’s made significant strides since the opening of camp, surprising the Angels with his progress coming back from the rotator cuff injury that ended his season last June. It’s now very likely that Colon will be pitching with the Angels by the beginning of the summer rather than the end. “He’s made tremendous progress,” Scioscia said. He said, he said Pitcher Joe Saunders said after his start Sunday that he felt some tightness in his left elbow. That was news to Scioscia, who said Monday all his health reports on Saunders were positive. “Who’s your source on that?” Scioscia joked. When told it was Saunders himself, Scioscia didn’t miss a beat, saying, “Jose’s not privy to that information.” Scioscia chalked Saunders discomfort up to the normal pain and irritation of spring training, and Saunders didn’t sound concerned. “I’ll be fine,” he said. Taking the 11th With two weeks left before the start of the season, the battle for the final spot in the bullpen is still an open race. The Angels will carry 11 pitchers, according to Scioscia, and are looking for a durable arm to round out the staff. “Someone who can give us length and multiple innings,” Scioscia said. A lot depends on Weaver, but assuming he returns near the start of the season, Hector Carrasco will move to the bullpen. That leaves seven pitchers vying for one spot. Three of the candidates – Dustin Moseley, Chris Bootcheck and Alex Serrano – fared well Sunday in a combined shutout effort against the Rangers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img But none of that dampened the mood of manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher, who are envisioning a full staff intact by the first week of May. “They’re both on course,” said Butcher, who supervised Monday’s session. “This is another big step forward.” last_img read more