Aces fail to recover from awful start

first_imgAlaska Aces. PBA IMAGESAlaska import Cory Jefferson said the Aces didn’t show up the way it should have in a loss to the Meralco Bolts Saturday night.Alaska shot itself in the foot after coming out lackadaisically, resulting to Meralco building a 50-35 lead by halftime.ADVERTISEMENT 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 He also said Alaska had lapses on the defensive end that translated to a ton of open looks for Meralco.“Coach prepared us well. We were ready for everything that they did. We just had some breakdowns on defense and they were hitting a lot of good shots.”Jefferson teamed up with Simon Enciso and Tony dela Cruz to pull Alaska within single digits but the Aces put themselves in too deep of a hole to recover from in limited time as they reeled to their first loss in five outings.“Coach said it the right way, we dug ourselves in the hole in the first half. We can’t expect to win doing that. I think the biggest key for us moving forward is we can’t start out that flat. It’s a tough one for us to swallow,” said Enciso, who scored eight of his 14 points in the final five minutes.“But like I said, it’s not the last two minutes where our will got ourselves to win. I think it was just we dug ourselves in such a big hole. We couldn’t get back. Gotta give our hand to Meralco.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Errors hurt La Salle in another loss to rival, says former star On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town LATEST STORIES Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos And it only got worse from that point on as the Aces trailed by as much as 25 points before a late rally in the final five minutes made it appear like a closely-contested game.“It was definitely a poor start for anybody. It was a bad start, a bad half really for us,” said Jefferson after a 99-91 loss. “As a team we knew we could do better. We know what we did wrong, we know what we can do to fix it. We go back and watch film and reflect on the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We weren’t ready at the beginning of the game. We came out flat, but at the same time, that’s basketball. Teams lose, teams win still plenty of games left so we will bounce back.”Jefferson led the Aces with a game-high 32 points that went with 13 rebounds and three blocks. View commentslast_img read more

Bad omen for Arsenal, time for Solskjaer to take a risk, and a real test for Chelsea

first_img Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Does a backs-to-the-wall 1-0 win in Serbia mean Ole’s got a firm grip on that steering wheel once again, even if it was their first away win since Paris?Exactly how much of a thread is Unai Emery hanging on by after Arsenal managed to just about avoid utter humiliation at home to those Portuguese giants, Vitoria?As ever, a full Premier League fixture list seems to raise questions in the sheer hope of having some answers come Monday morning – though you and I both know deep down that these questions are never really going to go away and we live in a world where there’s always another idiot with another question just around the corner. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp salutes his fans against Genk I did spend about five minutes trying to come up with any potential way Aston Villa can avoid getting spanked by Man City and, I have to be honest, I failed.Unless Peppy G plans to move Sergio Aguero into that vacant central defender spot this weekend just so he can get him and Gabby Jesus on the same pitch at the same time, I cannot see any way that Dean Smith’s side get anything other than a dent in their goal-difference.That being said, maybe, just maybe, these VAR decisions do balance themselves out over the course of a season and Villa might get a lucky break for once?No, you are right. I am being very foolish. 7 appointed rookie error Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Pellegrini is looking to arrest West Ham’s poor run of form statement 7 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 7 7 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff LATEST Getty Images – Getty latest Williams in action against Partizan Belgrade 7 stalemate PEP TALK Now all that European stuff is out the way for another week, Premier League sides across the country can get back down to the real business in hand – which, of course, for some clubs means returning to the perpetual crisis in which they exist.Does anyone really believe that Spurs smashing Red Star Belgrade at home means that they are any less likely to get turned over at Anfield? targets Getty Images – Getty Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Getty Images – Getty Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:24Loaded: 6.90%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Southampton need to start their weekend well with a win at home to Leicester and it would really help them if James Ward-Prowse could do more than amble around waiting for a free-kick or corner to be given.Prowsey, we know you are the closest thing to a set-piece specialist in England right now, but you are not Matt Le Tissier – put a shift in, will you?West Ham need to stop all talk of a top-six finish immediately and embrace their true West Ham-ness. The point is Hammers, you are only supposed to aim and dream of the top-six, not actually get there. You are supposed to fizzle out, not even go down in a blaze of glory.The minute that talk of “big club mentality” started to come out then you reverted to type and that is exactly how it should be. I mean, losing to Everton. Really. That Everton side as well. 7 Let’s look at Palace’s extended invite to have Arsenal over to Selhurst for a bit of a kick-about.Now, Palace and Patrick van Aanholt have glorious form in getting club’s relegated – something like the last three seasons have seen a side booted down to the Championship courtesy of a goal from Palace’s attack-minded left-back.Could that extend to getting manager’s the sack, I wonder?There would be a delicious irony in Uncle Roy’s mob being the team that delivered the final nail in Emery’s coffin just before Halloween, given that it is not too much of a leap to imagine Emery looking like a vampire. Or a spooky Count. Or maybe just one of the walking dead.Go on, Palace – give me a Halloween narrative for Monday, I dare you. True Arsenal Story – Gunner downs FOUR beers then outplays Liverpool!Finally, Chelsea – I can’t think of too many polar opposites of destinations for this Chelsea team to end up in over the course of the same week. The culture, the history, the footballing anarchy of Amsterdam on Wednesday and then Burnley this weekend.Is this the modern equivalent to an away day on a wet, cold and windy Tuesday night in Stoke for this Chelsea team?Surely winning here will only put a bigger tick in their ‘character’ box and if Tomori can win out over the likes of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood then I, for one, will be demanding he is in the England team ahead of Michael Keane next time out.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Burnley vs Chelsea at 5:30pm Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate during the win over Red Star Belgrade Over at Spurs, the Poch needs to continue wearing those big balls he found on Tuesday night. Pochettino was brave enough to drop all the trouble-making, energy-sappers from his starting XI against Red Star and, would you believe it, they won! However, the pain of Brighton and Watford is still there in the Premier League and not much can change the fact that Spurs have not won away from home domestically since beating Fulham last season – a match so close to home that I am not sure we can even really count it as an away fixture.Spurs will need to bring their A-game and run around one hell of a lot to get anything against Liverpool and, frankly, I am doubting whether the likes of Christian Eriksen can be arsed enough to do that.With King Klopp most likely shuffling his midfield pack once more, Liverpool will be fresh and hungry and the only conceivable result is the league leaders getting back to winning ways. But we thought that about the United game, didn’t we? Can Solskjaer get his team to play like they did against Liverpool on target 7 Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Solskjaer has talked a lot about the future of United, the kids, understanding the legacy of what Sir Matt and Sir Alex did before him – now it is time to live it and put Young out to graze and give Williams a start in Norwich.OGS also has the option of sticking Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial on the same football pitch, something that has been denied to him quite a lot – so don’t be surprised to see United start with a traditional front two at the weekend as Ole spins his tactical wheel once again to see what comes up. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Getty Images – Getty LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES AFP or licensors Van Aanholt’s goal gave Palace three points against Manchester United earlier in the season Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Will Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus start again? update The last time Newcastle gave a long-term deal out was to Alan Pardew and that worked out well – why they think giving their goalkeeper a six-year deal is a good idea is anyone’s guess.I mean, how will the next six managers know if he is the goalkeeper they actually want in the Championship? Their game with Wolves is the one to avoid this weekend as it will just be two teams waiting for the other one to attack whilst refusing to accept the other team is not going to attack. Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule It feels like the only clubs Norwich City can beat this season have to have the name “Manchester” something or other and they are in luck this weekend, as United visit Carrow Road.Naturally, spirits have been raised at Old Trafford given the fact that United came away from Serbia with a narrow win in a match that would have not looked out of place on a 1980s TV set.For me, the question is about how brave Solskjaer is going to be in East Anglia. The obvious move to make would be to recall Ashley Young to play left-back, despite the fact he actually retired after the 2018 World Cup and forgot to tell anyone, so keeps getting picked.Against Partizan, young Brandon Williams seemed more dangerous in attack than Young, winning United’s penalty, and far better in defence than Young – based on the fact that he looked like he could tackle, head and, from time to time, pass to someone in the same coloured shirt.last_img read more