PBA: Meralco staves off elimination, dominates Phoenix

first_imgView comments But coach Norman Black put the win in perspective, reminding everyone that all they did was force the Fuel Masters to cash in on their twice-to-beat advantage.“It’s just one game,” said Black. “We need to win two. That’s why [Phoenix] worked hard to get that twice-to-beat advantage; we need to win one more to advance to the semifinals.”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 ChrissThe two teams will play sudden death on Friday.The Bolts, finalists in the last two editions of this tournament—losing in both instances to Barangay Ginebra—looked like it had finally run out of gas in the season-ending conference. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal That may be an understatement.The Bolts doubled their first-half output in the third quarter alone, seizing a 66-55 lead that seemed to have left the Fuel Masters stumped.That, and with Meralco’s defense regaining its bite, allowed the Bolts to grab control the rest of the way.“I’ll say it over and over again,” Black said. “Tonight it was about our defense. In the first half, we struggled because Phoenix is a very good defensive team. We just made a few adjustments and tried to take away their help defense and it worked for us.”So good was Meralco’s defense that according to PBA statistics chief Fidel Mangonon III, Phoenix matched its lowest output in a game under coach Louie Alas, tying the 72 points it scored in a loss to TNT in the 2018 Philippine Cup.Durham finished with 26 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Chris Newsome added 16 points and three boards while Baser Amer chipped in 14 points and six assists. Durham engineered a big third quarter run that gave the Bolts a 60-45 edge.Eugene Phelps led Phoenix with 27 points 17 rebounds, while Calvin Abueva chipped in 18 and 12 boards before fouling out with late in the game.The winner of this quarterfinal showdown will face the winner of the Alaska-San Miguel Beer duel that was being played at press time. —INQUIRER SPORTS Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown PBA IMAGESFrom winning just one game in their first seven outings, the Meralco Bolts are now within one win of making the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, skating on the wheels of a five-game winning streak.The Bolts lived another day, coming out strong in the second half to turn back Phoenix Petroleum, 90-74, Wednesday night at Cuneta Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img After a win to open its campaign, Meralco lost six straight, needing every bit of that five-game winning run to get to within sniffing distance of a semifinal berth. Making that run even more remarkable is that all those five wins were do-or-die games for the Bolts.Buried to a 1-6 record following a six-game slide, Meralco has now won five straight and is on the verge of making another semis trip in the Governors’ Cup.Phoenix was actually ahead after a defensive struggle in the first half but the Bolts came out firing in the third period, scoring 33 points to turn the game in their favor.And it looked like Meralco would sputter in this one, falling prey to Phoenix’s defense and struggling to get any rhythm in the first half.“Their defense on (Allen) Durham in the first half was really good,” admitted Black. “But we stepped up in the second half and our shots started falling.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Lack of bigs catches up with UST in crucial loss to Adamson Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more


first_imgTHE sister of a Donegal child sex abuse victim has warned that dozens of children from the North could have been abused by paedophile Michael Ferry over a 20 year period.And the scandal has the potential to kill off Irish colleges as parents fear for the their children.The horror warning came from a woman whose brother was Ferry’s first known victim – and who told of the chilling moment she saw Ferry with 40 children from Northern Ireland at a language course in Dunlewey just five years ago…. in 2006. Ferry, 56, from Carrickboyle, Gweedore, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Monday, after pleading guilty to 38 sample charges against four young boys for offences that took place between 1991 and 2005.But he had also been convicted in 2002 of offences which took place at Ardscoil Mhuire in the mid-1980s.Despite this Colaiste Cholmcille continued to employ Ferry as an odd jobs man and bus driver for children from Northern Ireland despite the fact he was placed on the Republic’s sex offenders register.Now the full horror of that continued employment can be exposed for the first time today. The first victim’s sister recalled the chilling moment she realized that Ferry was back working with children.“I was driving through Dunlewey on Easter Sunday 2006. I remember the date so well because I was doing something that day and it stood out.“I stopped off at Roartys shop when I saw Micky Ferry coming out.“There were 30 to 40 kids from the North standing outside the college nearby and then to my horror I watched as Ferry walked over to the Colaiste Cholmcille minibus beside them.“The penny dropped. HE was with THEM! He was chatting and carrying on with those kids; I mean they were 12, 13 or 14 year olds. “I felt sick. This man who had abused my brother and drove him to try suicide was with children again.”The woman grabbed her young son who was with her and drove straight to the Garda station.The witness said she drove straight to Gaoth Dobhair Garda Station and reported the incident to gardai.She said a senior garda there called one of the language school’s directors to warn that Ferry was on the Sex Offenders Register. “That garda was furious with the director who said Ferry was supervised at all times. I listened as the garda warned him (the director) that Ferry was not allowed to be near children,” she recalled.She said she couldn’t believe that nothing was being done to stop the monster.The Co Donegal woman, who has since left Gweedore, urged anyone who had been molested by Ferry to contact gardai and she questioned the vetting procedures in place for hundreds of children who travelled to the county from all over Northern Ireland for Irish language courses.Meanwhile an associate of Ferry has admitted he was the subject of child sex allegations in Dublin in the mid-1990s.The man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – said: “I am not a paedophile. Allegations were made against me in the 1990s by five or six boys and they were not proven against me. No charges ever came to my door and I was exonerated by the Board of Management at the school.”Asked if he was insisting that boys at the school where he taught had made up the allegations against him, he said: “Yes. They were erroneous.”It’s understood some of the boys are planning to make fresh complaints to gardai.Meanwhile fears are growing that the affair could kill off one of the region’s stable industries – language colleges.One source admitted: “Colaiste Cholmcille is dead. It’s over. Unfortunately it could kill off courses for other organisations who run their courses properly.”* IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU WERE A VICTIM OF ABUSE, YOU DO NEED HELP. SOME NUMBERS ARE AVAILABLE BELOW. IF YOU WANT TO REPORT A CRIME, CONTACT YOUR NEAREST GARDA STATION. AS YET GARDAI HAVE NOT SET UP A SPECIAL HOTLINE NUMBER FOR VICTIMS.HSE North West Regional Counselling Service69 Ballyraine RoadLetterkennyCo Donegal Advertisement Tel:      074 9167250 071 91421611800 234 1199.15 am – 5.15 pm Advertisement Donegal Rape Crisis Centre Letterkenny Co Donegal Tel:      074 9128211 1800 448844 Email: rapecrisis@eircom.net Connect 1800 477 477 Wednesday – Sunday 6.00 pm – 10.00 pmSEX ABUSE SCANDAL: HUNDREDS OF KIDS COULD HAVE BEEN ABUSED – AFFAIR COULD KILL SUMMER SCHOOLS was last modified: July 23rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abuserbus drivercolaiste cholmcilleDunleweyferrymichael ferry paedophilepervertlast_img read more