FAEC stuns Warriors, Falcons beat Jakals

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Updated 22 March 2013
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FAEC stuns Warriors, Falcons beat Jakals

FAEC junior team stunned Khobar Warriors 82-69 and Pampanga Falcons brought down Jakals 70-68 in a pair of reversals in the FABA Kingdom Dream Games basketball tournament at the packed Al Nahda Sports Club here.
What was touted as an explosive clash between the two Non-Rated A Division giants ended in a virtual walk in the park for coach Ariel Julio’s FAEC squad which was in control all game long. Best Player of the game Michael Juanite, the small but terrible point guard, scored 27 points while Blair Bracamonte and Ronald Canete added 14 and 10 points for FAEC which had led by 12 points, 43-31, at the turn.
The third quarter saw the boys of Warriors head coach Tito Pineda try to control the offensive rhythm of FAEC, outscoring their rivals 17 to 14 points in the period.
Picking up some momentum the Warriors carried on with the same strategy in the fourth quarter but FAEC met the challenge head on with the combination of Juanite, John Canayan and Jonathan Cabrigas good enough to counter anything the combo of Rommel Dela Cruz , Ryan Legaspi, Jay R Lumbang and Nick Al Bayda could offer.
Losing coach Pineda offered his congratulations to the winners and said: “They deserved the win since they played with focus and dedication.”
While the FAEC-Khobar was little more than a yawner the Falcons and Jakals set the stadium alight with pulsating action on the hardwood floor.
First quarter ended 21-20 to Jakals after six deadlocks were in the period. The second quarter was more intense and played tougher when coach Arlan dela Cruz maintained his master plan strategy for his boys headed by the forward Jerry Caparoso and Eajay Macalagay and point guard Albert Mercado
The Falcons, coached by R. De la Torre and bannered by the trio of L. Gozum, R. Sotto and J. Bendo could not match the Jakals output in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was a neck-to-neck battle until the last two minutes of action when the score was 64-64. In a one-minute stretch both teams went scoreless and were saddled by turnovers.
With 51 seconds left, Falcons grabbed a 66-64 led on a hit from the perimeter by Mark Anthony Juanico. Two more deadlocks ensued after that before the Falcons’ J.
Bendo intercepted an inbounds pass and made a long pass to R. Sotto waiting in the wing for an uncontested drive to the basket, 70-68.
With 8.7 ticks left Jakals had a chance to win with a three and extend the game to overtime but they failed to mount a final offensive.
Elsewhere, Abdul Karim downed Mustang 54-46, Hyper Panda massacred Al Motairi 62-49, Sigma Paints crushed Alamat IPSA 111-80, Vallourec whipped Zamil Offshore 58-49, and Nesma overpowered Isonian 88- 53.
Kingdom Dream Games 2013 is sponsored by Hempel Paint Saudi Arabia as golden sponsor, Land Bank of the Philippines silver sponsor, NCB Quickpay Remittance Bangus Restaurant and Flash Cargo Silver Sponsors, Trans Saudi Travel and Tour Agency bronze sponsors, and Almarai, McDonald’s and Aujan Soft Drinks.
Games today:
7 a.m. Petromin vs. Al Hajry, 8:30 a.m. President vs. Al Khorayef, 10 a.m. Nesma vs. STC; 11:30 a.m. Khobar 40s vs. Alamat IPSA
The scores:
FAEC Junior (82) Juanite 27, Bracamonte 14, Canete 10, Cabrigas-9, Gonzalez 9, Arguilles 6, Canayan 3, Patanao 2, Mamangun 2
Khobar Warriors (69) Legaspi 21, Lumbang 15, Raquel 11, Zarandin 8, De la Cruz 7, Pascual 7,
Pampanga Falcons (70) Gozum 17, Bendo 13, Villareal 8, Borilla 8, Sotto 8, Castelvi 6, Macabali 6, Ferrer 4
Jakals (68) Caparoso 23, Macalagay 20, Mercado 9, Juanico 7, Ruel Pacaro 6, Ambas 3


LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks a dunk by Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics during Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 28 May 2018
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LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

  • In the first close game of the series — and the lowest-scoring — James played all 48 minutes and had 12 of his points in the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Game 7 win.
  • The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State.

BOSTON: With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not miss. He would not sit out. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals.
The four-time league MVP scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday night, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 win over the Celtics and eliminating Boston from the Eastern Conference finals in the decisive seventh game.
In the first close game of the series — and the lowest-scoring — James played all 48 minutes and had 12 of his points in the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Game 7 win.
The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State. The Rockets host the seventh game of the West finals on Monday night.
Jayson Tatum scored 24 for Boston, which was looking to return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. Al Horford scored 17 points and Marcus Morris added 14 with 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who led 72-71 with six minutes remaining before the Cavaliers scored 15 of the next 17 points to pull away.
James and Horford embraced after the buzzer, then the Cavaliers donned NBA Finals hats and Eastern conference championship shirts before shuffling off the court to receive their trophy.
It’s not the one they want.
James had to do it without Kevin Love — Cleveland’s only other all-star — who sustained a concussion in Game 6 and was replaced in the lineup by Jeff Green. Making his first start since the first-round opener against Indiana, Green scored 19 points and added eight rebounds — the star of James’ starless supporting cast.
The Celtics have had more time to get used to their injuries: Gordon Hayward has been out since the first game of the season, and Kyrie Irving has been sidelined since March. With the rookie Tatum and second-year Jaylen Brown, Boston established itself as the team of the future in the East.
But the present still belongs to James.
And, for now, that means Cleveland, too.

TIP-INS
Cavaliers: Shot just 2 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half. They made three of their first 22 shots before James and Green connected on back-to-back attempts midway through the third quarter.
Celtics: Paul Pierce, whose number was retired by the Celtics this season, cheered the team on from courtside. ... Rapper 21 Savage was also at the game. ... Boston was 7 for 39 from 3-point range, with Terry Rozier missing all 10 of his attempts.