Teary-eyed Calabar High basketball coach praises repeat all-island champions

first_imgIt was an emotional night for Calabar High School’s coach, Ludlow Barker, after watching his team hold off Ardenne High to win back-to-back Under-19 ISSA National Basketball Championship titles, following a 62-52 overtime win at the G.C. Foster College auditorium on Tuesday evening.Led by a game-high 28 points from MVP Maliek McCarthy and 13 points from Jevaun Faulder, Calabar High shrugged off a fourth-quarter surge from the Basil Barrett-coached Ardenne before going on to dominate overtime 12-4.Justin Rhoden was Ardenne’s top scorer with 15 points.However, in his post-match interview, Calabar High’s coach, Barker, could not restrain the tears as emotions overwhelmed him while he piled praises on his players for their sacrifice on the road to winning back-to-back Southern Conference and national championship honours.”I know these players,” said a tearful Barker. “When they commit to do the work, they come up trumps. I believe in them; they believe in me. I just love these players. I love coaching the school because they have heart and soul.TOP COACH, PLAYERS”They (players) say they have a top coach, but I say I have top players – the greatest players in the world – and I’d never exchange them for anything,” he stated.”Winning back-to-back South Conference titles was going to be tough, but winning back-to-back all-island was going to be harder. We had to have a lot of self-discipline and play good defence.”After an evenly contested first quarter (12-12), Calabar High captured the second period 11-7 to lead 23-19 at half-time. They continued to hold the ascendancy after taking the third quarter 17-14, but in the final quarter, Ardenne upped their game a couple of notches and Calabar High could find no answer as the Basil Barrett-coached team were hitting shots from all angles and range. In the final analysis, Ardenne High won the period 15-8 to be tied 48-48 at the final whistle.However, in overtime, Ardenne did not know what hit them as Calabar High came out firing and easily captured the period 12-4 for a convincing win.”My team held its nerve when it went to overtime. They were still feeling good about themselves even though they gave up the lead,” Barker admitted. “We didn’t lose concentration. We stuck to the game plan and we supported each other, and defensively, we did an excellent job. So to repeat at this level is quite a joy.”In the junior final, St George’s College avenged their Southern Conference final defeat to St Catherine High with a 54-47 win.Jordon Gilles with 17 points and Nathan Reid (10 points) were the top scorers for St George’s. Shevran Williams was St Catherine’s top scorer with 13 points.last_img read more

Stars lined up for Mandela Sports Day

first_img12 August 2013Award-winning artists including DJ Black Coffee, Zahara, Toya Delazy, Mafikizolo, DJ CNDO, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Salif Keita and the Mahotella Queens will be part of the line-up at the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.Other artists include David Jenkins, the Mahotella Queens, Umoja, Gcina Mhlophe, DJ Alessandro, Wouter Kellerman, Naima Mclean, Elvis Blue and 1st Project, and Kurt Darren.Announcing the lineup on Monday, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile called on South Africans to continue to celebrate Mandela’s life “in order to re-commit ourselves to the ideals he dedicated all his life towards achieving.“It is these noble values that continue to guide us as we seek to build a national democratic society that is truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous,’ Mashatile said.Mandela, who turned 95 on 18 July, is making a “slow but steady improvement” in hospital in Pretoria, where he was admitted over two months ago with a recurring lung infection, although he remains in a critical condition, the Presidency said on Sunday.“As Madiba lies in hospital, we continue to keep him in our prayers and thoughts,” Mashatile said.The day will begin on Saturday with a football match between the South African Masters against the Italian Masters at 11am, followed by an international friendly between Bafana Bafana and Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) runners-up Burkina Faso at 1:30pm.The Springboks will then tackle Argentina in the opening match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, kicking off at 5pm.Former Bafana Bafana captain and captain of The Legends, Lucas Radebe, said he was looking forward to the soccer match. “Music and football play a great role in unifying the country. As a country, we are lucky to have Mandela with us as our icon,” Radebe added.Tickets for the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day are on sale at Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers outlets across South Africa. The proceeds will go towards building the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

With Final 4 within reach, Tigresses vow to go all out in last 2 games

first_imgCaptain Cherry Rondina said her team’s final two games of the season is where the Golden Tigresses would ultimately go all out in their rabid run to the Final Four.“If we can win our remaining games then I’d be okay with that,” said Rondina in Filipino. “It would great for us if we can reach the top because that’s what we really want.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We can’t turn it down one but, we’ll give it our all in training,” added Rondina who finished with 20 points against the Lady Maroons.UST’s win pushed it to a tie of the third spot with Far Eastern University leaving UP at the fifth spot with a 6-6 card. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Laure, who finished with 11 points against UP, is the league’s second leading scorer with a total of 200 points while Rondina is atop the Best Scorers table with 217 points.“When I entered the UAAP’s senior division, I told Ate Sisi we would give her what she deserves. It’s not just me but everyone of us will support her,” said Laure.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img The Golden Tigresses would then need just one more win to secure their slot in the big dance.“In my opinion, once we get complacent, everything will be taken away from us so we’re always holding on that we know we can do this,” said Rondina. “We can’t get anything if we don’t work for it.”Luckily for Rondina, she won’t have to carry UST on her own.Rookie star Eya Laure vowed since her first day with UST’s senior team that she would support Rondina and give the graduating captain the best exit possible.“I don’t want to show Ate Sisi that all we’re doing is just for the eliminations,” said Laure in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Former teammates Terrence Romeo, Roger Pogoy downplay confrontation Cherry Rondina, left, and Eya Laure celebrate a point. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas is about to go full steam ahead with two games remaining in its schedule in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Golden Tigresses scored an inspirational sweep of University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-12, 26-24, and improved to an 8-4 record Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center, solidifying their place at the top four of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more