Westbrook leads West to All-Star victory

admin   •   February 16, 2015   •   2533

February 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Western Conference guard Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (0) wins the MVP trophy after the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. The West defeated the East 163-158. Mandatory
Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – Russell Westbrook exploded for 41 points to lead the Western Conference to a 163-158 victory over the East in the 64th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder guard showed off his dazzling athleticism with a series high-flying dunks, once slamming home an alley-oop pass from Chris Paul with his head above the rim.

Having set a first half scoring record with 27 points in just over 11 minutes, Westbrook went on to hit 16 of 28 shots — including five three-pointers — and added three steals as he was named the game’s MVP.

Westbrook came within one point of the All-Star record 42 points scored by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962 and finished one point better than Michael Jordan’s 40 scored in the 1988 game.

“It’s definitely an honor to be grouped with those two guys, especially in an All-Star Game,” said Westbrook. “We were just trying to win the game and close it out.”

Leading the way for the East was four-time NBA most valuable player LeBron James, who posted 30 points.

James praised the talented Westbrook.

“He’s unbelievable,” the Cleveland Cavaliers forward said. “He’s an unbelievable talent in our league. His motor, his athleticism, his demeanor about how he approaches the game, it’s all great. It’s great for our league.”

Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks added 21 points for the East hitting 7-of-12 from three-point range, while James Harden matched him from beyond the arc in scoring 29 for the winners.

The game made All-Star history right from the start as the Gasol brothers lined up for the opening tap as the first siblings ever to start the midseason classic.

Pau Gasol of the Bulls won the tip from younger brother Marc of the Grizzlies and the game was on.

“The opening tip was fun,” West coach Steve Kerr said. “Just to see them jumping against each other and to think about them growing up in Spain.

“Whoever would have guessed that one day they would jump center at the All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. That was a special moment.”

With the players on both sides enjoying free-wheeling dashes up and down the floor, turning floating feeds into thundering dunks, the sides combined for 321 points, most ever in an NBA All-Star Game.

Besides bragging rights, the winning West team players pocketed $50,000, double the amount taken away by the losers.

(Editing by Nick Mulvenney)

PH keeps lead in SEA Games last day medal tally

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

Team Philippines has securely kept the top spot in the medal tally as the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games ended on Wednesday (December 11).

As of December 10 at 10:00 p.m., the Philippines has collected 149 gold, 117 silver, and 119 bronze, securing a total of 385 medals. The country is set to win the overall championship during the closing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

The final day of competition of the #2019SEAGames saw the Philippines officially claiming the title as overall champion of the biennial regional sports event,” according to the 2019 SEA Games’ official Facebook.

Vietnam was able to snare the second spot with 96 golds while Thailand settled for the third spot with 92 golds.

The SEA Games closing ceremony will be held at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium starting at 4:00 p.m.—AAC

Nesthy Petecio punches gold in SEA Games boxing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 9, 2019

Nesthy Petecio (L) of Philippines celebrates after winning gold in the Boxing Women’s Featherweight (57kg) final match against Ni Nwe Oo (L) of Myanmar at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines, 09 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Philippine boxing bet Nesthy Petecio clinched another gold for the Philippines in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games women’s featherweight finals on Monday (December 9).

Petecio defeated Myanmar’s New Ni Oo by a unanimous decision. This is Petecio’s first SEA Games gold and the sixth gold medal for the Philippine boxing team.

In an interview with reporters, Petecio said that at first she felt pressured and nervous in going to the finals.

“Ang bigat po talaga, lalo na nung sasabihin nila ‘nanalo ka sa world so panalong-panalo ka na rito’, (It felt really heavy, especially when they said ‘you won in the world so you can win this’)” she said.

She recalled that she just prayed and stopped thinking about all the pressure in order for her to focus on the game.—AAC

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Still a legend: Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes ends SEA Games campaign with bronze

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 6, 2019

Billiard icon Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes

Billiards legend Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes ends his 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games campaign with bronze medal after getting beaten by Vietnamese’s Ngo Dinh Nai.

With a score of 100-14, in the one-cushion carom semi-final, Reyes automatically settles for third place.

When asked during an interview with reporters if he will still play in the future, Reyes said he might just coach for the Philippine team.

“Baka coach na lang. Baka mag-coach nalang kami, kaming dalawa ni pareng Django [Bustamante] (We might coach, me and Django Bustamante),” he said.—AAC

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