Blackwater Elite’s Michael Digregorio turns away from the defense of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters’ James Yap during their 2019 Honda PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. PBA MANILA – Blackwater Elite rode on its offensive outburst in the second half to score a 111-99 win over Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the 2019 Honda PBA Philippine Cup last night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.Michael Digregorio led the way with 27 points, including seven triples, while Allein Maliksi and Chris Javier chipped in 23 and 16 markers, respectively, for the Elite, which tallied its first win in three games.The Elite surged to an early 15-5 lead behind Digregorio and Maliksi but the Painters turned things around in the second period behind James Yap and Rey Nambatac to take a 49-42 halftime lead.The Elite, however, countered with a strong run in the second half behind outside shots by Digregorio and inside hits from Javier, Emil Renz Palma and Abu Tratter for an 83-79 edge. The Elite pulled away further in the fourth on baskets from Tratter and Paul Desiderio for its largest lead at 106-88 on a three-point play by Maliksi. The Painters tried to run but could only come to as close as 10 points.Yap finished with 20 points, with 15 coming in the opening half, while Maverick Ahanmisi and Nambatac added 18 and 15 markers, respectively, for the Painters, which dropped to 2-1.Meralco Bolts also had the same scenario as the Elite in the first game as it erased a deficit as high as 21 points before dealing TNT KaTropa a come-from-behind 88-77 beat down.Trailing by as much as 21 points, the Bolts relied on conversions from Chris Newsome, Clifford Hodge and Ranidel de Ocampo to seize the advantage at 52-50 on a three-pointer by Amer in the third canto.The Bolts gained control of the match with Amer and Dillinger spearheading the attack to tally its largest lead of 79-60 on five straight points by Newsome. KaTropa attempted a run but late triple by Newsome sealed the win for Meralco.Newsome led the way with 20 points, while Baser Amer and Jared Dillinger added 17 and 16 markers, respectively, for the Bolts, which improved to 2-2 win-loss slate. Jason Castro tallied 20 markers for the KaTropa, which slid down to 2-3./PN
Nari Williams-Singh *** Local Caption *** Brian McCalla/Freelance PhotographerThough Williams-Singh no longer gets his hands dirty fixing aircrafts, he loves every aspect of his job. Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) Nari Williams-Singh, says normality has been restored to the country’s airspace, following major disruptions last week.Between last Tuesday and Saturday, several flights were delayed or had to be diverted, due to what were reportedly problems caused by malfunctioning equipment.However, Williams-Singh says the issues have been resolved.“Last week we did reduce our operations – providing service between the hours of 7am to 11 pm – those matters have been addressed (and) as of last Saturday we resumed the 24 hour operations.”The disruptions forced management personnel of the JCAA, to monitor control towers during the period of disruption.Fingers were pointed at the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association (JATCA) saying some of JATCA denied this.Williams Singh says there’s been no fallout with Jamaica’s aviation partners due to the disruptions.We were in touch with our international partners, we understand and we know that there were disruptions with some airlines …..,” he said.
Odion Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai faced relegation in the Chinese Super League after finishing 15th on the log on the last matchday of the league decided on Sunday morning.The side suffered a 2-0 loss to Dalian Aerbin in the matchday 30 encounter to finish with 32 points.With former Watford striker’s immense goal contributions – the second highest in the league, Changchun managed to garner 45 goals – better than nine other teams in the league.Despite being on same points with Tianjin TEDA and Chongqing Dangdai, the injured forward’s team faced the axe due to a sub-par head-to-head record against their other rivals.Meanwhile, John Obi Mikel’s Tianjin escaped the drop by whiskers despite suffering a 5-1 thrashing by Guangzhou Evergrande on the ultimate matchday.Related