Olympic champ tips McLeod for greatness

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:Reigning Olympic 110 metres hurdles champion Aries Merritt believes new kid on the bloc Omar McLeod could go on to become one of the greatest sprint hurdlers ever.McLeod burst on to the international scene last year with a series of impressive performances, ending with a sixth-place finish at the World Championships – his first senior finals.He started out 2016 by winning the 60m World Indoor title, a feat the American Merritt also achieved back in 2012. McLeod also got the better of a very strong field, which included Merritt, David Oliver, and Hansle Parchment to win at his first Diamond League outing in Doha with a world-leading 13.05 seconds.”There are a lot of new age athletes appearing as the old people start to transition out of the sport,” Merritt said. “There is always a new wave of athletes who come around and take their place, and so I think he has the potential to definitely be one of the greatest hurdlers of all time. He is very young, he is very talented, and he just needs to stay healthy and the sky is the limit for him.”At 22 years old, McLeod has a personal best in the 110m hurdles of 12.97 seconds – a time Merritt is impressed with given his age.”I wasn’t running his times when I was his age. I was running like 13.0, so he is already ahead of me at this point of his life,” the 30-year-old Merritt said.HISTORY MADEMcLeod has also impressed in the 100m this year after creating history last month when he dipped below 10 seconds to become the first athlete to run under 10 seconds for the 100m and sub-13 seconds for the 110m hurdles.But while even McLeod admitted to having been stunned by his 9.99 seconds 100m run, Merritt was not.”No, it didn’t catch me by surprise. He has always been quick, and at Arkansas (University), he ran well,” Merritt said. “I feel like sprinting is something that Jamaica does really well. Like, if you are a Jamaican, you are going to be a fast sprinter; it is just in your blood.”Merritt believes the men’s sprint hurdles is as competitive as it has ever been with as many as eight men technically able to run 12.9 seconds. But it is the development of McLeod and 24-year-old Hansle Parchment he will be watching with keen interest.”The sky is definitely the limit for Omar and Hansle. They are both very young; they have both run under 13 seconds way sooner than I did,” Merritt reiterated. “He (McLeod) is not the ideal size for a hurdler, so to speak. Parchment is definitely the ideal size, and so it will be really interesting to see which one of them develops the best in the long run.”As long as Omar is fast, he will always be a good hurdler because the shorter you are, the faster you have to be, and the taller you are, the more technical you have to be.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Feet on the ground … Davis rejects favourites tag after Super CC performance

first_imgDespite his team’s annihilation of corporate area heavy-hitters Excelsior High, Clarendon College (CC) coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis does not believe his team is the favourite for the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup title.Davis, who led his team to a resounding 7-1 demolition of Excelsior to secure a spot in the semi-finals, believes the other teams in the final four have just as much chance to lift the title at the end of the competition.”CC are not favourites. (We are) just coming to play some football and win,” Davis said.The 2014 daCosta Cup champions were merciless in their contest at Sabina Park on Saturday in what was one of the most one-sided games in the history of the young competition.The result sets up a semi-final clash this Saturday against fellow daCosta Cup heavyweights Cornwall College, while Wolmer’s Boys, which clipped Kingston College 1-0, will play St Elizabeth Technical, who got the better of Bridgeport, 2-0.Cornwall College bettered Rusea’s, 4-3, on penalties after a 1-1 regulation and extra-time scoreline in their clash at the Catherine Hall Stadium.”Best win of the season? Yeah, I would say yes, this is our best performance, (but) every team is favourite. We are just coming to play some football, and win,” Davis told The Gleaner, while noting he was not surprised by the margin of victory.”To be honest, we could see it in training. We came to Kingston (on Friday) and the focus was (really high),” he outlined.STUDYING EACH OTHER”There was no doubt about today (Saturday). They (Excelsior) came to our game in the week and watched us play, but we watched them on TV. They are one of the better teams, they say, in Kingston, and when you play one of the better teams, it gets the better performance out of us,” Davis continued.Davis added that he is looking forward to the upcoming test against Cornwall College.Team captain and leading striker Creggton Charlton, who scored an impressive hat-trick and was instrumental in three other goals, was beaming following his team’s statement win.”My team dropped seven, and that’s my favourite number, and I am so happy,” said Charlton, who wears the number-seven jersey.”I don’t fear any team and I am going to take all four trophies. I am going to be the standout from Super Cup and the leading goalscorer and the MVP,” the confident player promised.last_img read more

Darby Predicts Champs Glory

first_imgKingston College’s distance runner Kristoff Darby said that he has been receiving a lot of attention and praise following his performance in the men’s 800m open event at the at the McKenley-Wint Track and Field Classic two weeks ago. The 19-year-old clocked a personal best time of one minute, 54.13 seconds to finish second behind World Championships 4x400m relay silver medallist Javon ‘Donkey Man’ Francis. In fact, Darby led for the entire race before he was nipped on the line by the fast-finishing Francis. The former John Mills star athlete told The Gleaner that this performance has lifted his confidence ahead of next month’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships. “It was a very good race because it was my opening race of the season and I have been getting a lot of attention from it,” Darby said. “I ran my personal best and this was my opening meet of the season, so I was very pleased with the time.” “People are now saying that I am one of the favourites for the Class One 800m title going into Champs, and so it has really boosted my confidence … knowing that I am one of the fastest athletes for this year,” he added. Darby’s time is the second fastest this year behind Spot Valley’s Tyrese Reid, who posted one minute, 53.68 seconds on January 14. He said the run for gold at Champs is going to be very competitive but said he is confident that he will come out on top. “I want to win that 800m at Champs, so I am going very hard towards this, because I finished fourth in the event last year and I’m aiming to do much better this year,” he said. “There are a lot of dangers because I saw that Spot Valley’s Tyrese (Reid) did one minute, 53 seconds in the event. There is Leon Clarke, and he is always a good competitor, but I am a hundred per cent confident that I will win at Champs,” Darby said.last_img read more

Gordon and Pullen win at Tyson Invitational

first_img Former Wolmerian sprinter, Shauna Helps, and former Hydel jumper, Shardia Lawrence, both had top-three finishes at the meet. Competing for Florida State University, Helps finished third in the Women’s 200m in a personal best of 23.56 seconds, as Kori Carter won the event in 23.26 seconds. Competing for Kansas State University, Lawrence copped third in the Women’s Triple jump with 13.75m. Despite not being among the top-three, there was also good result for former Holmwood Technical thrower, Gleneve Grange, in the Women’s Shot Put. Competing for Florida State University, Grange had a heave of 16.32m to finish fourth in the Women’s Shot Put, which was a personal best for her. – R.G. TOP-THREE FINISHES Olympians Chrisann Gordon and Clive Pullen were two of several Jamaicans who did very well at the weekend for their college teams at an indoor collegiate meets in North America, as both had wins for their universities in their respective events. Both had success at the Tyson Invitational Meet at the Randall Tyson Track on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Gordon, competing for the University of Texas, Longhorns was in fine form in the Women’s Olympic Development 400m, winning the event in a fast 51.71 seconds, which is ranked number three so far among NCAA Division One athletes. Chrishuna Williams, representing Nike, was second in 52.05 seconds, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Sparkle McKnight ended third in 52.65 seconds, as Jamaica’s Dominique Blake, back to competition from suspension for a doping violation, finished fourth in 52.1 seconds. Pullen, a senior at the University of Arkansas, continued his fine form this season in his pet event, the triple jump, after winning the event with a leap of 17.19m.last_img read more

Champs set to sizzle

first_imgThe 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships is expected to really come alive this evening at the National Stadium. A number of sizzling finals are expected and none should be more exciting than the expected clash between Kingston College’s Jhevaughn Matterson and Calabar High’s Michael Stephens in the Class One boys 100 metres final. Both won yesterday’s heats easily and it is now on to the semi-finals which will run at 4 p.m. The final is set for 8.35 p.m. Matherson was comfortable in qualifying for the semi-finals bouncing to a 10.76 win in his heat. Last year’s bronze medal winner will walk inside the National Stadium as the big favorite for the gold medal, but heavy is the head that wears the crown. On the prowl will be a Calabar lion. Stephens, the Class Two champion clocked 10.82 in qualifying and will have no fear when he lines up against his KC rival. They are the only two schoolboys to have gone under 10.40 seconds this season and it will take that sort of time to secure the top spot on the podium in this one. Twenty-three finals are scheduled for today, 13 girls’ and ten boys’. Meanwhile yesterday, St Jago High’s Roja Stona enjoyed it all the way while producing a gold medal effort in the Class One discus as favourites Kingston College (KC) continued to lead the boys’ standings going into today’s fourth day. KC led the standings with 46 points after five finals. They are followed by Petersfield (26), Calabar and Jamaica on (23), St Jago (22), Green Island (14) and Wolmer’s (11). Stona won his event with a throw with a best of 61.85m and said then declared that he was overjoyed with the victory. “It’s my personal event and I just went out to execute and that’s what I did,” said Stona. Petersfield High’s Kevin Nedrick, the overwhelming pre-champs favourite, took the silver with 57.48m while Douglas Cyrus of Jamaica College, 54.25m, was third. Scott McLeod gave KC nine valuable points with his win in the Class Three high jump. He cleared 1.84m. Calabar’s Corey Ottey was second with a mark of 1.81m while third went to Anthony Thrope of Herbert Morrison, 1.84m. KC’s Carey McLeod will be hunting his gold medal of the championships when he competes in today’s final of the boys’ Class One triple jump. McLeod, who won the boys Class One long jump on Wednesday, will enter today’s final with the best mark of 15.09m. Calabar’s Gabriel Allen with the best of (14.99m), Owayne Owens from Cornwall (14.87), Andre Douglas of JC (14.62) and Munro’s Tevin Dunn (14.57) are other main contenders. Maleik Smith will be hoping to win JC’s first gold of the championships when he competes in today’s final of the boys Class One 400m hurdles. Smith will enter the final with the fastest time of 52.20. Calabar’s Aykeeme Francis (52.42), St Jago’s Timor Bennett (52.47) and St Elizabeth Technical’s Jauaveny James (52.67) are the other top contenders contenders. Calabar are poised for a one-two placing in the boys Class Two 400m hurdles final today, after outstanding performances from Nicquaine Henry, Andre Leslie in the heats. Henry has fastest time of 54.00 entering final ahead of Leslie 54.15. Rusea’s Brithton Senior (54.79), Jeremy Farr from Wolmer’s (55.15) and Devontie Archer of Excelsior are the other contenders for the gold medal. Calabar’s Christopher Taylor cruised into Saturday’s final of the boys’ Class One 200m after winning his semi-final in 20.85. Taylor’s teammate Tyreke Wilson also booked his spot in the final after he won his semi-final in 20.96 is also through to the final he won his semi-final in 20.66.last_img read more

Allen leads fightback

first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC):Rookie Fabian Allen struck his second half-century in as many matches to hand Jamaica Scorpions a lifeline on the second day of their ninth-round game against Windward Islands Volcanoes here yesterday.Trailing by 167 runs on first innings, Scorpions found themselves in dire straits at 150 for six in their second innings, before the 21-year-old Allen arrived to stroke an unbeaten 72 and revive the innings.At the close at the Arnos Vale Stadium, the visitors were fighting back on 249 for eight a lead of only 82 runs heading into today’s penultimate day.Earlier, veteran left-hander Devon Smith carved out his second hundred in three matches and the 29th of an illustrious first-class career, to lift Volcanoes to 223 for nine declared.The 35-year-old, resuming on 66 with his side on 181 for six, finished on exactly 100 not out in a knock that consumed 253 balls in just over five hours, and included 12 boundaries.Captain and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller was the best bowler with five for 58.SCOREBOARDScoreboard of the second day of the ninth round game in the Regional four-day championship between Windward Islands Volcanoes and Jamaica Scorpions at the Arnos Vale Stadium here Saturday:SCORPIONS 1st Innings 56VOLCANOES 1st Innings(overnight 181 for six)D. Smith not out 100S. Shillingford lbw b Miller 3L. Edwards c Blackwood b Bulli 2D. Johnson lbw b Miller 0*L. Sebastian not out 0Extras (b7, lb6, nb1) 14Total (9 wkts decl., 88 overs) 223Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-24, 3-128, 4-136, 5-171, 6-180, 7-196, 8-217, 9-218.Bowling: Taylor 13-4-34-0 (nb1), Green 11-2-35-2, Miller 36-15-58-5, Bulli 19-2-59-1, Campbell 7-0-19-1, Allen 2-0-5-0.SCORPIONS 2nd InningsJ. Campbell c Lesporis b Mayers 7T. Griffith c Mayers b Shillingford 29J. Blackwood c Theophile b Mayers 2P. Palmer c (sub) Pope b Johnson 46O. Williams c Robinson b Shillingford 10+D. Thomas c Theophile b Shillingford 42F. Allen not out 72D. Green lbw b Shillingford 13D. Bulli c Robinson b Shillingford 17Extras (b6, lb2, w2, nb1) 11Total (8 wkts, 71.1 overs) 248Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-21, 3-66, 4-78, 5-140, 6-150, 7-198, 8-249.Bowling: Johnson 11-0-44-1, Mayers 13-1-36-2, Shillingford 28.1-7-83-5, Edwards 16-2-60-0, Theophile 2-0-9-0, Fletcher 1-0-9-0.Position: Scorpions lead by 82 runs overall.Toss: Scorpions.Umpires: D Butler, L Reifer.last_img read more

PH Volcanoes off to hot start in SEA Games

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite KUALA LUMPUR — As expected the Philippine men’s rugby 7s team opened up with an explosive start after scoring two easy wins in the Southeast Asian Games Saturday at Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Stadium, Kelana Jaya here.Champions in the sport’s maiden staging in 2015 Singapore edition, the Volcanoes drubbed Indonesia, 47-5, before demolishing Cambodia, 47-7.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate They are to face Malaysia late Saturday before taking on Singapore and Thailand on Sunday in a bid to once again sweep the competition all the way to the gold medal.Last year’s bronze medalist Lady Volcanoes weren’t as lucky as they bowed to Thailand, 32-0, in the opening match of the women’s division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas McIlroy confirms he’ll return for FedEx Cup opener View commentscenter_img 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Tautuaa happy to see results as he finally lives up to potential

first_imgPBA IMAGESIt’s been two years since Moala Tautuaa first played in the PBA, but it’s just now that the former top overall pick has shown his true potential.Tautuaa put up quality numbers in limited minutes on Friday, finishing with a line of 18 points, and six rebounds in 23 minutes of play to help TNT take down Alaska, 106-98, for its first win in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT This performance earned the praise of KaTropa head coach Nash Racela, who said that Tautuaa is finally learning the ropes of the PBA.“Mo was very efficient and that’s what we need from our players,” said Racela in Filipino Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. “We condition their minds that they’re going to play shorter minutes but with the minutes we entrust them we make sure that they’ll perform at the highest level.”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 folk“And Mo was the perfect example, he had less minutes than Kelly [Williams who played 24 minutes] but he was very efficient.”Tautuaa never found his groove in the PBA in his first two seasons and was deemed unworthy of his status as the top pick in the 2015 Draft. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jarencio voices displeasure over UST’s hiring of ‘outsider’ as coach Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Tautuaa never averaged more than 10 points despite having the physical traits of standing at 6-foot-8 and the leaping ability to jump over most defenders.“Finally, it’s been a long road,” said Tautuaa. “I mean, I just got to find my niche, I got to find my groove. It’s been frustrating when you’re not getting the results that you want, but I mean I’m happy because I could see my work pay off, like a progression.”Tautuaa added that he just has to remain positive and be patient with what he’s given.“I don’t want to be stuck… So I just got to continue to keep a positive mind, keep working, and just try to continue to always be better and don’t get complacent.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Wright lauds Phoenix’s conditioning in win over NLEX

first_img“Expect us to be like that,” he said after Phoenix turned a close 54-53 halftime lead to a decisive 90-73 advantage early in the fourth quarter as it cruised to its second straight win.Wright was a big reason for the conquest, going 4-of-8 from three to finish with 19 points.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 folkBut it wasn’t just him, as fellow snipers Jeff Chan and RJ Jazul also hit their marks.Wright said Phoenix’s stellar showing in the second half is a testament to the team’s conditioning. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ NLEX rookie Ravena blames self for terrible game in loss to Phoenix OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES “We take pride in being the best in-shape team and the best conditioned team. That’s something the fans can expect from us,” he said. “We beat NLEX because they weren’t in shape in the last quarter of the game.””You could see in the second half that they were trying to keep up with the tempo. We set the pace of the game and they kept trying to keep up with the tempo, but you can see in their faces that they were very tired and we took advantage of it.”It also helps that this coincides with coach Louie Alas’ frenetic system, something which the Fil-Canadian sniper said that Phoenix is slowly learning to embrace.“It’s a given that there’s a little bit of adjustment, there’s a little bit of a buffering period. It’s a new coach, new philosophy, new offensive and defensive game plans. So we’re just trying to unlearn the things, our olds ways last year that wasn’t working. And I feel like we’re on the right track,” he said. “But we’re not satisfied just because we won.”Phoenix improved to 2-1 and will take a 10-day break before taking on Rain or Shine next Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFiring from all cylinders and quick to react on defense: that’s the kind of game Matthew Wright expects Phoenix to play this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.And on Sunday, the Fuel Masters gave everyone a glimpse on how deadly they could be, dealing NLEX with a 102-95 victory after a superb showing in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

Rhanzelle Yong solid in debut for Zark’s-Lyceum

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blazers hope for another post-All-Star break revival For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The 6-2 forward had a solid game for the Jawbreakers in their 91-85 loss to CEU, finishing with with nine points and five assists outing in 20 minutes of play before fouling out with three minutes remaining in the game.Yong, who is nephew of Magnolia slotman Ian Sangalang, had to take over with Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu limited due to an ankle sprain sustained in the first quarter.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 folk“I’m OK. I’m happy with how we competed even though we were missing some of our key players like Mike and (MJ) Ayaay,” said Yong.Putting the nightmares of the ACL injuries which sidelined him over the past two years behind, the Kapampangan stalwart is excited for this new beginning with a familiar face in Topex Robinson guiding him anew. NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates PLAY LIST 02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates00:50Trending Articles02:06Lyceum Pirates on being NCAA ‘dark horse’: We always want to better ourselves02:14Carpio 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 “I’ve known coach Topex for a long time and it’s great here because we’re like a family,” he said as they continue their partnership forged in San Sebastian to now in Lyceum. “The players here are disciplined and I’m just excited to play with them.”Yong is using the opportunity in the developmental league to get into top shape for the upcoming NCAA season.“We’ll continue working hard in our D-League games so that I can recover. I’m also looking at this as my preparation for the NCAA because that’s my priority. Hopefully, I can continue to play,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s been almost two years since Rhanzelle Yong was last seen playing in a competitive setting.But on Tuesday, the 22-year-old finally made his way back to the hard court, suiting up for Zark’s Burger-Lyceum in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more