Leo Avenido. PBA IMAGESLeo Avenido took matters into his own hands down the stretch as Gamboa Coffee Mix pulled off an 85-84 stunner over Zark’s Burger Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The 38-year-old playing coach drained the go-ahead freethrows with 3.1 seconds left to complete the Coffee Lovers’ comeback from 13-points down for their first win in the developmental league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “It was hard because I’m not Jawo,” said Avenido, alluding to legendary Ginebra playing coach Robert Jaworski.“The ball just found me. As a veteran, I just did what I could to lift the morale of the players.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingHe finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals for Gamboa Coffee Mix, which battled back from an early 32-19 hole and unleashed a 32-point third quarter to close the gap to two, 68-66.Ken Acibar topped the Coffee Lovers with 17 markers and seven boards, while Jens Knuttel added 12 points, four dimes, and three rebounds. More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robby Celiz still tried to steal the victory, but his three-pointer fell way short as the Coffee Lovers’ defense clamped down on him as the buzzer sounded.The veteran swingman paced the Jawbreakers with 26 points on a 10-of-25 shooting from the field, while also hauling down nine rebounds and three assists.The Scores:GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 85 – Acibar 17, Avenido 15, Knuttel 12, Acuna 9, Sarangay 8, Padilla 7, Vidal 7, Arellano 6, Jumao-as 2, Montuano 2, Riva 0, Dadjilul 0.ZARK’S BURGER 84 – Celiz 26, Cayabyab 9, Mangahas 9, Argamino 8, Sheriff 8, De Leon 6, Ferrer 6, Bautista 5, Cudal 5, Juruena 2, Nalos 0.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Air Force upsets Pocari to break seven-game skid Quarters: 17-29, 34-46, 66-68, 85-84.Gamboa playing coach Leo Avenido on his team’s first win. pic.twitter.com/H0QGsxclMT— Cedelf P. Tupas (@cedelfptINQ) May 25, 2017 LATEST STORIES View comments
Nehru Cup is the only international football tournament hosted by India. But as its 15th edition gets underway, things do not look rosy for the hosts, who start the five-nation tournament as the lowest-ranked team.Though rankings may not always show a team’s real potential, the defending champions would have certainly liked to be better placed than its 168th position, India’s lowest ever in history.On his first assignment as national coach, Dutchman Wim Koevermans, however, does not want to give too much importance to rankings, and believes the process of instilling possession football should be maintained.”Why should I be bothered about rankings?” he said on Friday. “I have just started. We have to look to the future. So even if we lose a match, it does not mean we will change our style.”So, how far has Koevermans been successful in changing the team’s old style of relying on long and aerial passes? “It’s right on track. We have played together for the last two weeks and I am happy with the boys’ effort,” he said.Senior player Syed Rahim Nabi felt that a better perspective can be achieved when the team plays matches. “One cannot comment on a team’s style unless it plays a few games. We played one match in Bangalore and on Saturday we will be playing Pailan Arrows. Then we can better gauge where we are,” he said.The team shifted here on Thursday from Bangalore and had a two-hour training session at the Jaypee Greens ground on Friday. “This is the first time we are practising on natural grass. We have a friendly match tomorrow and in the rest of the three days we will be concentrating on the tactical aspect,” he said.advertisementCameroon and Syria are the two nations who may give India a tough time. When asked if he has planned any special strategy for them, Koevermans said: “We have seen videos of recent games. But they might change their way of playing. So we are focussed on ourselves.”The coach made a special mention about the youngsters in the team. “You will always have to look to the youngsters. There are seven in this squad who are from the u-22 team and are an enthusiastic lot,” Koevermans said.No top stars from CameroonIf fans are expecting the likes of Samuel Eto’o to don Cameroon colours at the Nehru Cup, there is disappointment in store as no top stars are likely to come to India. No European-based players are likely to arrive.”Cameroon will most likely bring home-based players,” an AIFF official said.
View comments Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement PLAY LIST 01:00Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement00:50Trending Articles03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Success at Mount Samat propels Felipe to overall lead “We are still grateful that we faced [the Japanese] because we gained experience,” Rondina said in Filipino.Rondina and Pons finished their international debut as partners with two victories. They pulled off a dominant 21-18, 21-6 win over Ekaterina Filina and Ekaterina Zazhigina of Russia to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals after losing to Japan’s Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba, 21-16, 21-19, earlier in the day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBORACAY—Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons gave it all but fell short against Japan’s Sakurako Fujii and Minori Kumada, 21-17, 21-19, Saturday in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open quarterfinals here.Rondina and Pons thus wound up fifth, matching the country’s best finish in the world tour set last year by Rondina and Dzi Gervacio.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ