Veronica Campbell-Brown is the second most decorated Jamaican athlete at the IAAF World Championships with nine medals – two gold and seven silver.
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QUEENS, New York: VERONICA Campbell-Brown believes the way she finished last season has provided the perfect launch pad for next year. The outstanding Jamaica female sprinter had low performances as she struggled with uncharacteristic poor form leading into the World Championships, in what she described as her ‘most challenging year’. However, cometh the hour, cometh the woman and at the World Championships in Beijing, China, Campbell-Brown – with personal best times of 10.76 for the 100 metres and 21.74 over 200m – ran herself into form and took bronze in the 200m final and gold on the Jamaican sprint relay team. Also, she narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100 metres by placing fourth. “2015 was my most challenging season, not in terms of lack of medals,” she told The Gleaner in an interview in New York on Friday. “My programme was on point. My programme was well designed, but my body … I experienced some weird stuff and it set me back couple months well. As a result, I was not able to run my races properly and I did not get a break in the way my body was feeling until about three weeks before the World Championships, and so I’m thankful for the results.” The 33-year-old flew up to the Big Apple where she was presented with the Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) Humanitarian Award at its yearly function on Saturday night at the JFK Hilton Hotel in Queen’s. Campbell-Brown, a battle-hard competitor, said her strong-willed personality played a major part in her bronze-medal success at the World Championships last summer. “It’s all about mental toughness; I stayed strong, I stayed positive and I went into that final with the mindset to win. I just ran like I was crazy from the gun. If I didn’t do that, I would not have got a medal,” the former Vere Technical standout said. “The 100 metres wasn’t bad either. I think it set me up for the 200 metres. I felt good. I felt like myself in the 100-metre semis, but in the final, I was a little off. But overall, it was a decent championship for me, not what I’m used to. It may seem like an underperformance, but I do understand there were factors that contributed to that, so, at the end of the day, I have to be pleased with what I achieved.” Asked how much mental toughness has enabled her success, the sprinter, popularly known as ‘VCB’, said: “I think it plays a very huge part. Training is hard, but you’ve to be mentally tough every day to get through the workouts; and then competition is tough. “Over the years, I’ve learnt that if I keep my mind clean and clear and just focus on me and not worry about what’s going on around me, don’t focus on the workload, don’t focus on the competition, as long as I can do that and keep positive and believe in God and my ability, those are the things that get me through. So, no matter how I go into a race, I don’t feel like I’m not able to win; I go into every race believing that I’m as good as everybody in the field and that is important,” the 17-time Olympic and World Championship medallist underlined. Next year will be the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and VCB says she’s in a good place. “I feel like 2015 set me up for 2016. I feel like I ended my season on a decent note and it has set me up quite well for 2016. And I know that my main thing is to ensure that I stay healthy. As long as I don’t miss a bulk of training sessions, I should be in a good place to be in Rio,” she said. “The competition is great because when I look at my 200m from Beijing, running 21.9 from lane two was quite impressive. I wonder what would I do if I was in a better lane. So it gives me hope for what I can do in 2016.” Competition will be tough for medals, with countrywomen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Natasha Morrison and Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers all displaying good form last season. The Americans who were off, are also expected to challenge as well. “I’m not focusing on my competitors. I’m focusing on what I have to do. I know that there are a lot of talented girls that I have to compete against and it helps me to make sure that I stay motivated and keep working hard, and if everything goes well I’m expecting great results in Rio, as long as I make the team; and I’m trusting God that I will make the team,” Campbell-Brown said. At this point, she is undecided about when she’ll start competing next year. “I’m still thinking about that,” she said. “I’m not sure if I’m going to do indoors. If not indoors, then it’d be in March.” MENTAL TOUGHNESS
‘US Nationals Send Off’ for shooters in Mandeville Astra Run on today Knockpatrick win Top Notch Summer League Chairman of the South Central Confederation, Michael Ricketts, has challenged his colleagues at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to make their voices clear on what should define the way forward for the Jamaica Football Federation in light of the country’s failure at the semi-final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. Ricketts issued the call as he addressed youngsters at a special luncheon to fÍte participants in the annual South Central Confederation Under-13 and Under-15 competitions. The function was hosted last Saturday morning at The Verandah, a scenic getaway owned by Juici Patties at its headquarters at Clarendon Park. Ricketts, who is also a former second vice-president of the JFF, posited that a national competition featuring parish line-ups of the best Under-20 players was needed to create a better pool of talent, which the JFF could harness. The main goal of the function was to highlight Juici Patties 30th year of sponsoring the Confed’s Youth competitions. Earlier in August, Manchester took the Under-13 title, while St Catherine successfully defended their Under-15 title. Clarendon were runners-up in both competitions. Defending champions Petrojam retained the KSAFA/Western Sports Business House Division One football title last Saturday at Winchester Park, when they drubbed KO champions Carib Cement 4-0 in the final. Wisynco, meanwhile, clipped Xerox 1-0 in the Division Two final, which preceded the Division One final,, with a 10th-minute goal from Adrian Williams. Petrojam, who were winning their sixth Division One title since 2010, were led by a hat-trick from Arnett Gardens Premier League player Fabian Reid, who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, while Cornelius Simms made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute. The Lennie Hyde-coached Petrojam continued to outplay Carib Cement in the second half, as Reid netted two more goals to give his team a resounding victory. Petrojam will next play for the Challenge Shield against Division Two champions Wisynco and KO champions Carib Cement, before contesting the all-island Champion of Champions one-off match against the St Ann Business House champions. Waterhouse United win big match Peter Bunting Football League round-up Knockpatrick are the 2016 champions of the Top Notch Summer Football League, after prevailing 5-4 on penalties over Sunset Strikers last weekend. For their efforts, Knockpatrick pocketed $80,000, while the losers got $40,000. Interestingly, these two teams had previously met in the same preliminary zone, with Knockpatrick as victors. However, against expectations, Adolph Powell scored in the 15th minute to give Sunset a 1-0 lead. It lasted 13 minutes before Sheldon Williams scored to pull Knockpatrick level at 1-1. There were to be no goals for the remainder of regulation time. However, Sunset were dealt a blow after one of their players, Kemar Williams, received a second yellow card in the 80th minute and was sent off. The five-minute-per-half extra time failed to produce any more goal, hence leaving the dreaded penalty kicks to decide the championship. Earlier, Albion, who also competed in the same preliminary zone as the two finalists, easily grabbed third place after shutting out Plowden 3-0. Despite losing, Sunset were rewarded with a number of cash prizes for individual awards. They took home the best defender award in Nicholas Bell, top goalkeeper in Shacore Forbes, and the most valuable player award in Adolph Powell. The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), in a joint partnership with the Jamaica Football Referees Association and the Jamaica Netball Association, will be conducting a netball and football seminar for Portmore’s primary school coaches at Waterford Primary on September 30. Sylvester Campbell, who is an international netball umpire and coach of many-time champions Tivoli Gardens, will conduct the netball seminar, and Kevin Morrison, who is an INSPORTS sports officer and a FIFA referee, will be conducting the seminars. Among things to be highlighted are adjusted rules for both sports. Some 12 schools will be participating in the football competition, in which Waterford Primary are defending champions, and another nine for the netball competition set for Portsmouth Primary, who are the reigning champions. INSPORTS seminar for Portmore coaches Guns will literally blaze in Mandeville tomorrow, when the island’s growing litany of professional practical pistol shooters converge at the Lincoln range for ‘US Nationals Send Off’. The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club is the chief organiser and hosts to shooters, who will mainly come from Kingston, Clarendon, Manchester, and Westmoreland. The match is internationally styled, as it is advertised as the last competitive practice for Jamaican shooters who will participate in at the US Nationals, which will be staged from October 9-10 in Frostproof, Florida. Tomorrow’s tournament features eight stages with 110 rounds. There will be trophies for first- and second-place finishers in each division. Refreshments and lunch will be on the house, but there is a small admission cost for fans and children to see the action. The tournament shoots off at 10 a.m., but the range will be open from 8:30 a.m. to accommodate practice. Ricketts nudges JFF colleagues on youth policy Petrojam, Wisynco are BH football champions Waterhouse United came up trumps after they defeated pre-tournament favourites, Spit Fyah, 300-298 in a nail-biting encounter in the Jamaica Domino Council Association Premier League last Sunday. With the victory, Waterhouse moved to 24 points from seven matches, while Spit Fyah remained on 20 points, after they suffered their second straight loss of the season. In other matches, Braeton All Stars continued their rich form as they ticked off their seventh consecutive win and are on maximum 28 points, with a 300-274 triumph over Mechanical Strikers. Veteran club Caribbean Classic whipped Exceptional 300-255 for their sixth win; Small Axe cut down Vintage Pub 300-260; Naggo Head walloped Memory Lane 300-236; Giants stepped on Soursop Tree 300-296; Bull Bay United thumped Highlight Strikers 300-217, and Right Stuff beat International 300-238. Action in the league continues tomorrow. The Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica and the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica will host the Astra 5K Run this evening at the Police Officers’ Club, starting at 6:30. According to the organisers, they are seeking to attract thousands of participants of all ages, who through their numbers will help raise funds to increase education and funding for kidney-failure patients here in Jamaica, plus purchasing an ICU machine for the University Hospital of the West Indies and a ventilator for the Dialysis Unit at Kingston Public Hospital. Proceeds from last year’s event were used to assist the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica and the eradication of maternal neonatal tetanus, a Kiwanis International project. This year, the organisers will again partner with the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica (KSFJ). Funds raised will benefit the KSFJ projects, titled Kidney Help, a health-education programme, the purchase of a ventilator for the University Hospital of the West Indies, and support the purchase of a dialysis machine for Kingston Public Hospital. All divisions have now tasted action in the Peter Bunting Football League, which is organised under the banner of the Central Manchester Sports Development Committee. Last weekend, the Porus community team outscored Hope Village 5-2 to highlight action in the Porus Division, while Blue Mountain and Coffee Grove ended 1-1. In the Royal Flat Division, hosts Royal Flat were defeated 3-0 by Grey Ground. Most matches were, however, played in the Knockpatrick Division. Old England were 2-0 winners over Belitiro, Albion edged Brokenhurst 1-0, while Knockpatrick shut out Pear Tree 3-0. No matches will be played this weekend, owing to the People’s National Party’s conference in Kingston.
HAPPY WITH THE EFFORT Ali was happy with the collective efforts of the middle order, especially after the collapse in Dhaka when England lost to Bangladesh. “We have changed our mentality a bit and want to spend some time on the pitch. Batting at No.5 allows me to do that. I can work on the time needed to bat and play for singles. I enjoy such situations,” said Ali. He was also full of praise for teammate Stokes, whose attacking display helped England accelerate the scoring rate. It could have an impact on the game as a wearing pitch comes into focus. Ali reached his fourth Test hundred off 195 balls. He put on 62 runs for the fifth wicket with Stokes. Mohammed Shami (2-65) then bowled Ali as he inexplicably shouldered arms to an incoming delivery. Keeper Wriddhiman Saha dropped Stokes twice off Umesh Yadav (2-112), making it five drops in this innings for India in total. The all-rounder reached his fourth test hundred off 173 balls. His stay at the crease lasted 235 deliveries, including 13 fours and a six. RAJKOT, India (AP): India’s openers Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay made a solid start to India’s first innings on day two of the first Test, reaching 63-0 at stumps in reply to England’s 537. At stumps, Vijay was on 25, while Gambhir was 28 not out. The opening duo didn’t look in any discomfort negotiating the final session of play. Seamers Stuart Broad (0-20) and Chris Woakes (0-17) shared the new ball, but spin was introduced in the sixth over as Moeen Ali (0-6) came on to bowl. Zafar Ansari (0-3) and Adil Rashid (0-8) also bowled short spells as England sought a breakthrough. England’s innings featured three centuries from Joe Root (124), Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes. Ali (117) and Stokes (128) guided England to their third-highest total in Test cricket on Indian soil. It was the first time since 2012-13 that a visiting team had crossed the 500 barrier on Indian soil. England was also the last to do it when they scored 523 runs in Kolkata.
MIAMI (CMC): Four new venues have been added to the roster for next July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the confederation announced yesterday. The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas; the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio; Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California; and Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee will be among 14 venues which will play host to the July 7-26 continental championship staged exclusively in the United States. In 2015, preliminary-round matches were staged in Toronto. “We’re excited to bring the Gold Cup to new markets across the country. These cities have all proved ready and eager to host our region’s marquee soccer championship, and welcome world-class international soccer next summer,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “With matches also set for some of our more popular venues over the years, such as Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, next year’s Gold Cup will highlight the top-tier sporting status of international soccer across the nation.” The Alamodome, the FirstEnergy Stadium and Nissan Stadium will also feature preliminary-round games, while Levi’s Stadium will be one of five venues to stage knockout games. Jamaica, the 2015 finalists, along with CuraÁao, French Guiana and Martinique are the Caribbean teams which have so far secured qualification for the Gold Cup. Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Haiti will contest a play-off next month for a chance to secure another berth at the showpiece. Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify, with the four top finishers from next month’s UNCAF Central American Cup wrapping up the remaining places at the 12-nation championship.
Andre Lowe, Sports Editor David Rudisha, world record holder in the 800m and 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk will join 100m and 200m world record holder Usain Bolt as headliners for this year’s JN Racers Grand Prix. Kenyan star Rudisha, a two-time Olympic and world champion in the two-lap event holds the current mark after his 1:40.91 run on his way to winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Rudisha also won gold at the Rio 2016 Games as well as gold medals at the Beijing and Daegu World Championships in 2015 and 2011 respectively. World champion Van Niekerk produced what is regarded by many as the best athletics performance at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after a record-breaking 43.03 run in the 400m final and will be making his second trip to the island for the meet as part of a South African group that also includes fast-rising sprinter Akani Simbine, a 100m finalist in Rio. Simbine has already gone sub-10 seconds and sub-20 seconds this season with efforts of 9.93 and 19.95in the 100m and 200m recently. In fact, both times were registered on the same day at a South African meet. Rudisha and Van Niekerk will join Bolt as the main draw for a meet that has already established itself as a leading event in the region. This year’s JN Racers Grand Prix, which is set for the National Stadium on June 10, will be used to celebrate the career of the retiring Bolt with several features, such as a farewell 100m set to be announced by organisers today. A number of other top named athletes are also expected to be confirmed but local stars such as Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole are said to be among those already booked. Meet organiser and president and head coach of the Racers Track Club Glen Mills a few weeks ago underlined plans to focus on a wider range of top level competitors at the meet. “We have a wider span of stars in events that were not previously, and we have the top stars in the world, record holders, world championship … those events, even (jumpers) coming to participate in the triple jump,” Mills outlined at a recent meeting.
National swimming coach Gillian Millwood is confident that members of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) National Age Group team to the 2017 CARIFTA Swimming Championships will be strong medal contenders at the April 15-19 meet in Nassau, Bahamas.The Jamaicans will line up against 25 participating countries, with high hopes of equalling, or bettering, the eight gold, nine silver, and eight bronze (25 medals) they won in Martinique last year.More than a fifth of the contingent are overseas-based swimmers who live and train outside of Jamaica but compete for the team annually.PREPARATION MODEAccording to Millwood, the swimmers are in preparation mode and will test their sprinting skills in the pool in one last competition two weeks before they depart for Nassau.”It’s only up to them from here. We have a bigger team than last year and I anticipate that we will be able to pick up more medals than we got then,” she reasoned.The team is a mix of experienced swimmers and a few newcomers.Millwood is expecting everybody to go out and give of their best, even if they don’t medal.”I pick returnees to medal. Everybody understands that once they do their part, their best, the results will come,” she underlined.Jamaica’s squad includes:11-12 Boys: Joshua-Daniel Alleyne, Nikolos Gordon-Somers, Jaleel Samms and Nathaniel Thomas.13-14 Boys: Akeem Alleyne, Cameron Brown, Dominic Mullings and Kyle Sinclair.15-17 Boys: Joseph Black, Mattheau Bonner, Joseph Cardozo, Sean-Douglas Gooden, Adrian Grant, Jesse Marsh and Nicholas Vale.11-12 Girls: Zaneta Alvaranga, Paige Lewis, Sabrina Lyn and Isabella Sierra.13-14 Girls: Brianna Anderson, Gabrianna Banks, Emily MacDonald and Simone Vale.15-17 Girls: Anjuii Barrett, Annastazia Chin, Shaun Johnson, Laura Lim Sang, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart, Angara Sinclair and Britney Williams.The team will be managed by Tastey Blackman.
Sunshine Girls head coach, Jermaine Allison-McCracken, has described the fitness of the fourth-ranked Sunshine Girls as “average” and has warned that they will have to improve on and off the field to get to the level of their top international rivals. Allison-McCracken, the holder of a United Kingdom level two coaching certificate, said earlier this week that she is looking to toughen up the Sunshine Girls both physically and mentally. “At the moment, their fitness level is average, and they haven’t been training that hard. … . If we are going to compete with them (top rivals), then we will have to have that same sort of approach,” the coach said. The new coach is in the process of starting training regimes like gym work, running, teaching sessions and swimming to her squad over the next six months. Her plan is to have the team near the intensity levels of perennial top three teams; Australia, New Zealand and England. CAN BE NUMBER ONE “I am tough. I know where I want them to be. I think they can be at world number one, and I am gonna do my utmost to get them there, but I can’t do it without them. “They have to have the passion, they have to want it, and have to be able to see that they can get it,” she underlined. According to the head coach, the Sunshine Girls will need to be professional in all aspects. “I know where they are now, and I know where I want to get them to. Some of them may not like the end product, in which case they can choose to leave at anytime, but I am looking for committed athletes,” Allison-McCracken pointed out. She stressed it will be a lot of hard work to become world class athletes, adding that raw talent will not be enough. “Raw talent will get you so far, and it’s got them (Sunshine Girls) to number four. If they want to be competing with one, two, and three, then they have to put in the same amount of work as the Australians, New Zealanders and English, who are all professional athletes,” she told The Gleaner. The coach added that all netballers under her charge will have to begin taking their craft very seriously as athletes.
Last year, with an import-laden team led by NBA veteran Al Thornton, the Philippines won the Jones Cup via a sweep.Gilas last won the event in 2013, when Reyes became the first Filipino coach to triumph.Reyes will fly to Taipei from the US where he attended to some business matters.Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Ed Daquioag, Kevin Ferrer, Fonzo Gotladera, Raymar Jose, Bobby Ray Parks, Von Pessumal, Mike Tolomia and Almond Vosotros are the other members of the team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Guevarra, Aguilar eye PPS tennis repeat in Naga Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Jones Cup will be the first full event of Paras, the high-leaping son of PBA legend Benjie seen by many as one who could dominate the pro league in the future.“Kiefer, Kobe and Christian will have no problems adjusting to the PBA [brand of play],” Reyes told the Inquirer on Thursday via text message.Gilas will be using the Jones Cup to get the momentum it needs for two more events before playing in the World Cup Qualifying proper starting November.The Filipinos, with import Mike Myers, open up against a club team from Canada at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the first of their nine straight games.They wind up against Iran on July 23—the likely title match.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Chot Reyes will take with him a very young team that will be the face of Team Philippines in the future.Members of the Gilas Cadet program, a hardy bunch of professional rookies now enjoying the good life, will don the country’s tri-colors in the multination event that the Philippines will try to win for the sixth time.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’RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright will play their second straight international tournament together with amateur stars Kiefer Ravena, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger and Kobe Paras.The trio first played with PBA superstars in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association tournament that Gilas ruled with ease two months ago. The first step to the World Cup in China will be taken Friday when Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 flies out to Chinese Taipei for the 39th edition of the Jones Cup Invitational.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 MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heroics like this will be the ones to solidify Salado’s lore in Legarda, as he was quick to make up for his crucial free throw misses in regulation and take charge in extra period.Coach Jerry Codiñera may still miss Jio Jalalon from time-to-time, but having Salado in his corner is not too bad of a replacement.(2) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals Last Week: 1Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s top performer suffered a slight dip in the rankings, thanks largely to his eight turnovers in Lyceum’s 78-73 win against San Sebastian compared to Salado’s six.But as coach Topex Robinson said, CJ Perez is going to win some and lose some for Lyceum this season.Fortunately, the losing part has yet to happen through three games as the Pirates stand as the lone unbeaten team in the league so far.It will be an interesting tiff, though, next Tuesday, with Perez and Salado set to cross paths when Lyceum takes on Arellano.(3) Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists Last Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJRU is still Tey Teodoro’s team, but it won’t hurt if it finds its cornerstone for the future.Jed Mendoza has come out of nowhere for the Heavy Bombers, inserting himself as a reliable cog for coach Vergel Meneses. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets The 21-year-old rising star has definitely made his imprint this past week, drilling the game-tying three with two-tenths of a second remaining in regulation to force overtime against Arellano.Though the game ended in a loss, Mendoza made sure that it would no longer be the case when the Heavy Bombers faced Letran, firing 17 points to lead his side to the W.(4) Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions 9.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals Last Week: 3Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda may have went 2-0 this past week, but Robert Bolick’s campaign took a hit because of the caliber of his team’s opponents.Blowing away St. Benilde and Emilio Aguinaldo College, the senior guard has allowed his other teammates to take the limelight as he prospers in doing the dirty work for the Red Lions.Bolick may not lead his team in scoring, but his impact for San Beda is undeniable as his veteran leadership keeps the engine going for the Mendiola crew.As the old saying goes, numbers don’t lie.(5) AJ Coronel – F, Perpetual Altas 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist Last Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith its season-opening victory being forfeited, Perpetual had to go to Intramuros just to make that first victory official.And the one to shine when it mattered the most? AJ Coronel. The swingman came through in the last two minutes, stringing five straight points to overturn a close 56-55 deficit to a four-point advantage, 60-56.Coronel’s efforts allowed the Altas to pull off the 63-60 conquest, with his near double-double showing enough to hush the raucous Mapua crowd.(6) Jeo Ambohot – C, Letran Knights 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal Last Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSpotlight may be on Rey Nambatac and Bong Quinto, but don’t turn your back on Letran’s frontline, especially Jeo Ambohot.The 20-year-old big man has slowly found his niche in coach Jeff Napa’s system, finishing off the Knights’ pick-and-roll plays to solidify the team’s inside-out attack.Expect more from this 6-foot-5 slotman going forward as he’s bound to gain more confidence with his impressive showing this past week.(7) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 28 points, 12 rebounds Last Week: 5Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian may have lost its lone game this week, a tight 78-73 defeat at the hands of league-leader Lyceum, but that will not overshadow Michael Calisaan’s standout performance.Firing a season-best 28 points and grabbing 12 rebounds is no joke, especially with Calisaan being guarded by Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu.The statline becomes more impressive if you account Calisaan doing most of the damage for the undersized Golden Stags against a relentless crew like the Pirates. With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Most of the commotion was in the middle, with teams jostling for position this early as they acknowledge the impact one win can play at the end of the tourney.But as always, the spotlight is on the players and here’s our list for the week’s top seven performers.(1) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs 25 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals Last Week: 7Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there are still any doubters on Kent Salado’s status as Arellano’s main man, the speedy playmaker just basically silenced them for good.The Cagayan de Oro native drained the gutsy game-winner in overtime to lift the Chiefs to a tight 73-72 victory over Jose Rizal University.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Guidicelli thinks Filipino triathletes slowly catching up with foreign competitors Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Calisaan may have gotten those numbers, but for sure, the senior forward wants nothing more but to rack up wins in the games to come. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Parity was in full view this week in the NCAA.All 10 teams are now in the win column, assuring that there won’t be any records of futility set this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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