Journeyman Watson finally gets chance to play in PBA

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Kia coach Gavina praises players for ‘amazing effort’ in loss to Alaska Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PBA IMAGESTerrence Watson is just grateful for the chance to finally suit up in the PBA after four years of courtship.“I’ve been studying and wanting to play in this league for the past four years, and every team I think kind of passed up on me,” Watson said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side A veteran of the international leagues with stints in Iceland, Finland, and Israel, Watson finally got the shot to play in the PBA when San Miguel tapped him as its third import for the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.“They finally gave me a shot, so I’m just studying and I know they’re going for a Grand Slam. I’m just happy they brought me here to be a part of it,” said Watson, who replaced the underwhelming Terik Bridgeman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd Watson made sure that the Beermen made the right decision in giving him the call.The 6-foot-5 bruiser impressed in his debut, tallying 28 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal in San Miguel’s 107-103 victory over Ginebra on Sunday. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img But he knows that when you’re tasked to backstop a team with the caliber of San Miguel, playing well isn’t good enough.“I’ve been playing basketball professionally for eight years now, so having that pressure is tend to happen,” Watson said.“There are a lot of guys who get cut if you don’t win; there’s always pressure no matter what team you go to. There’s pressure for guys in last place – they don’t want to finish in last place. The guys in the middle want to be up top, so there’s pressure for everybody. But I just have the pressure of wanting to win a championship and I think it’s good pressure to have.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul His immediate impact is more impressive given that he only had three days to prepare for the duel against the league-leading Gin Kings.“I had like three days to prepare, but when you’re playing with guys like that, when you’re playing with June Mar (Fajardo), Alex (Cabagnot), (Chris) Ross, and those type of guys, they make it just really easy for me,” he said.Watson’s performance also backed up his credentials, much to the delight of coach Leo Austria.“He’s a big help and he’s a big factor for us. I’m happy for him that in only his first game, he played really well,” Austria said.Watson has had a pretty gaudy resume in his international career, leading his past teams to the championship and a runner-up finish with Hapoel Kfar Saba/ Kohav Yair in the Israeli National League last season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: All-round Root leads England’s decimation of West Indies

first_imgJoe Root led the charge with the bat after Jofra Archer and Mark Wood picked 3 wickets apiece as England defeated West Indies by 8 wickets in Southampton on Friday to move to No.2 in the points table of 2019 Cricket World Cup.Chasing a below-par total of 213, England were forced to send Joe Root to open the innings in the absence of Jason Roy, who suffered a hamstring injury earlier in the day.Nonetheless, Root came with a brilliant show with the bat as the England Test captain brought up his second hundred of World Cup 2019. Root outpaced explosive opening batsman Jonny Bairstow in their 95-run stand.After Shannon Gabriel removed Bairstow, Root partnered with Chris Woakes who was promoted to No. 3 as captain Eoin Morgan also suffered a niggle during the West Indies innings. The England fans celebrate a mightily impressive performance from their team! Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 14, 2019Root and Woakes made light work of the West Indies pace attack that looked one-dimensional after the sun came out shining bright in Southampton. The duo added 104 for the 2nd wicket as England cruised to the target in just 33.1 overs.After England won the toss and decided to bowl, West Indies were dealt an immediate blow when Chris Woakes removed Evin Lewis. Chris Gayle was beginning to look dangerous but Liam Plunkett removed the Universe Boss as West Indies slipped to 54 for 2 off 13 overs.Shai Hope was done in by Mark Wood in the 14th over before Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer added 89 for the 4th wicket to bring West Indies back on track. With the likes of Jason Holder, Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite still to walk in, it looked like West Indies could still post a competitive total and make a match out of it.But poor shot-selection cost the West Indies dearly.advertisement Joe Root picked up the wickets of Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Holder (Reuters Photo)Hetmyer and Jason Holder within 2 overs of each other as Joe Root found success with the ball as well. The England Test captain was given an extended spell of 5 overs as he picked up 2 wickets with his part-time off-spin. Andre Russell tried one big shot too many and perished when he tried to take on Mark Wood. Jofra Archer returned to the attack to remove Pooran and Sheldon Cottrell in the 40th over and at 202 for 8, the West Indies innings was beyond repair.Archer and Wood polished off the last two wickets to finish with 3 wickets each.It was a disappointing performance by West Indies who had started strongly against Pakistan. Then they gave Australia a real scare before Steve Smith and Nathan Coulter-Nile bailed the defending champions out of trouble.England, the pre-tournament favourites, bounced back strongly after losing a high-scoring thriller to Pakistan.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Why India are outright favourites against PakistanAlso See:last_img read more