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NLEX import Jonathon Simmons makes his PBA debut. –PBA IMAGES

NLEX import Jonathon Simmons makes his PBA debut. –PBA IMAGES

Whether he stays or he bolts, NLEX’s focus is now just making the most out of import Jonathan Simmons.

That’s the way skipper Kevin Alas framed the Road Warriors’ situation following a 124-102 beatdown of Blackwater on Wednesday that had the club opening its PBA Governors’ Cup campaign on a resounding note.

“We’re just looking to enjoy every moment that Jonathan is with us. He might leave us, he might stay. If ever he just plays four games, we’ll try to get all the wins that we could get within that stretch,” Alas told the Inquirer shortly after shooting a career-high 31 points and helping the Road Warriors at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

TNT held it together in the stretch to pull out a 123-119 win over Phoenix in the second game.

Jalen Hudson led the Tropang Giga with 34 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

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“He’s NBA-caliber. And you all saw that earlier. As far as we’re concerned, we’re just trying not to lose focus as things like that happen and are beyond our control. We all just have to deliver,” the soft-spoken Alas said of Simmons, who ahead of NLEX’s campaign netted a lucrative contract in China.

The NBA veteran, who had his best time with the San Antonio Spurs, finished with 32 points, nine rebounds and seven assists that complemented Alas’ brilliant night.

The pair figured prominently in the payoff frame, combining for 29 points that helped NLEX outscore the enemy by nearly twice as much, 40-21.

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“I was pretty confident he could play,” NLEX coach Frankie Lim said of Simmons, who reportedly secured clearance from a Chinese club to continue playing for the Road Warriors just hours before the game.

“One thing I like about Simmons is he was honest with me. I really appreciated that,” Lim went on. “When he said he has to go to China to play, I told him to first finish his contract here, maybe he can give us four wins before [he leaves].”

Nothing definite“I can’t stop him, because there’s big money involved. There’s also a chance that he might stay longer and that was what I was told earlier,” he added.

Simmons, for his part, said that NLEX fans could expect him in the next game against NorthPort set this Saturday in Antipolo City. But he was also unable to provide anything definitive on the duration of his stay with the Road Warriors.

“I don’t know man, I leave that stuff up to management. I just came to play basketball, but I’m glad it worked out so I can play and lead this team to the win,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”

He did tip his hat with how capable his teammates are, even going as far as giving pointers on how to forge ahead in the season-ending conference.

“We just need to do better on defense. I think our defense is going to help our offense’s momentum going forward, so mostly learning each other’s spots and getting more chemistry on the defensive end and then it’s gonna be hard to beat us,” he said.

Blackwater put up a fight in the first three quarters, all thanks to the returning Shawn Glover and the now-fit locals Baser Amer and Yousef Taha. They all finished in twin-digits like the young Ato Ular.

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Newcastle United could reportedly be braced for a bid for one of their big-name players.

According to reports in France, Magpies ace Allan Saint-Maximin has emerged as a transfer target for AC Milan, with the Serie A giants holding initial talks with the player’s entourage.

And now a bid could be imminent, according to breaking reports emerging this afternoon, with Milan clearly keen to firm up their interest in Saint-Maximin amid his difficult situation under Eddie Howe at St James’ Park.

The Frenchman has fallen out of favour in recent times, despite showing glimpses of some real talent during his time in the Premier League.

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It could now be wise for Newcastle to let the player go as they enter into advanced talks over a potential replacement.

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THE Victoria Sports Pro Cycling Team is presented before the media and the public during its launch Saturday at the Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. (From left) Jay Oconer, Jerry Aquino, Marcio Barbosa, Pedro Paulinho, Andrei Cardoso, Jose Mendes, Daniel Carino, Pako Ochoa, Ean Cajucom, Luis Krog, Kelvin Mendoza,  Micael Isidoro (Sports Director), Jobert Catina (Rider Care and Mechanic), and  Rayzon Galdonez (Asst. Sports Director). –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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THE Victoria Sports Pro Cycling Team is presented before the media and the public during its launch Saturday at the Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. (From left) Jay Oconer, Jerry Aquino, Marcio Barbosa, Pedro Paulinho, Andrei Cardoso, Jose Mendes, Daniel Carino, Pako Ochoa, Ean Cajucom, Luis Krog, Kelvin Mendoza,  Micael Isidoro (Sports Director), Jobert Catina (Rider Care and Mechanic), and  Rayzon Galdonez (Asst. Sports Director). –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

THE Victoria Sports Pro Cycling Team is presented before the media and the public during its launch Saturday at Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. . –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Looking to make its mark on both local and international stages,  Victoria Sports Cycling Team plans on being an active competitor in major cycling tournaments here and abroad.

Team representative Pako Ochoa said the country’s newest pro cycling team “aims to be the first Philippine team to regularly and actively represent the country in major international cycling tournaments in Asia and countries around the world.”

VSCT–which is bolstered by veteran Portuguese professional cyclists–was officially launched over the weekend with a press conference at Victoria Sports Tower followed by a community ride in Quezon Memorial Circle the day after.

“It is an exciting time for Philippine sports. Our country won its first gold medal in the Olympics two years ago, and this year the country will be represented in both the Fifa Women’s World Cup and the Fiba Basketball World Cup,” said Ochoa.

“We are slowly showing the world that Filipino athletes can be competitive in international sporting competitions, and we will set out to prove that Filipinos have what it takes to excel in cycling as well.”

VSCT is composed of riders Jhay Oconer, Kelvin Mendoza, Márcio Barbosa, Luis Krog, Pedro Paulinho, Ochoa, Ean Cajucom, José Mendes, Daniel Cariño, Jerry Aquino, and André Cardoso.

Mendez is a former World Tour Rider for Bora-Hansgrohe and a two-time national road champion of Portugal while Cardoso is a former World Tour rider for Trek Segafredo.

But competing in  Union Cycliste Internationale races is not the team’s only goal as it also aims to help with “the meteoric rise of the popularity of biking in the Philippines.”

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“We are extremely grateful to all the companies that share our vision,” said Ochoa, “[We] also believe that we can go beyond making cycling more popular–that we can raise the level of cycling and make it a part of our culture, as it is in other parts of the world where the needs and rights of bikers are embraced and respected.” -Celest Flores-Colina

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MANILA, Philippines — Bal David has stepped down as head coach of University of Santo Tomas men’s basketball team, according to multiple reports.

The Varsitarian, the school’s official student publication, reported on Wednesday that David has tendered his resignation after just one season with the Growling Tigers.

UST’s organ also wrote that assistant coach Rodney Santos will stay as part of the coaching staff.

In David’s first year, UST won its opening game against Adamson but lost 13 straight games, reeling to the bottom of the standings of the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament. 

The former PBA star, dubbed “The Flash”, took the coaching reins last July, two months before Season 85.

David, who was part of UST’s back-to-back title runs in 1993 and 94 UAAP seasons under the late Tigers coach Aric del Rosario, only lasted with the Tigers for six months.

After their final game last year, the former Ginebra cager took the blame for their last-place finish and told his players that no one will quit.

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“We had a lot of struggles but I kept telling the kids not to quit. Struggles after struggles, so we have to be in the same direction. No one will quit, no one will give up,” David said in Filipino during the post-game.

He even added that UST won’t have a major revamp and he still prefers the “old school” way of recruiting.

The Tigers will have a different coach for the third straight season, following David’s sudden resignation.

UST had two different coaches in one year with Jinino Manansala taking charge in Season 84 after the infamous “Sorsogon bubble” fiasco that resulted in the exodus of key players and Aldin Ayo’s indefinite ban from coaching in the league.

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