Head of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron, is hoping that the creation of a new commercial entity for the regional body will over time transform its economic fortunes. The entity, which, according to Cameron, is to be filled with suitable and qualified individuals, will, among other things, seek to implement income-generating activities, including the acquisition of sponsorships and the striking of television broadcast deals. “We have just created a new commercial arm of the WICB and have hired Pitch International,” says Cameron. “The real aim of this is to ensure that we move away from the sociopolitical issues we have at the WICB and have a company that is fully geared at commercialising West Indies cricket.” He added: “We have also changed the name of the WICB – again, too much (negative) history, and baggage – to Cricket West Indies.” Cricket West Indies, Cameron said, is to largely focus on governance and management-related issues. The organisation’s commercial arm, Cameron highlighted, will be similar to that of the International Cricket Council (ICC) which, in recent years, instituted the ICC Business Corporation to carry out its corporate functions. The Jamaican business executive, in expressing confidence about the new ventures, also said that the compilation and duties of the commercial entity will be revealed shortly. “We will not release the names at the moment, but I am sure you will hear very, very soon,” he said. Meanwhile, reporting on the financial state of the WICB, Cameron said the organisation, for the first time in a while, has realised a US$3.5m surplus, and the hope is that this trend will continue. “As of September 30, 2015, the WICB has recorded a surplus in excess of three-and-a-half million US dollars, unaudited,” he said. “This is the first time, I can remember, that we have ever done that.”
Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical High is a very special talent. Yesterday the middle distance star completed one of the most difficult feats at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships with gold medals in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events. After taking the 1500 metres in 4:40.77 on Friday, the St Elizabeth star returned to take the 400m in early afternoon yesterday in 51.74. Two hours later she dismantled the 800 metres field clocking 2.09.70 to bring the National Stadium crowd to its feet. A modest Bromfield said her accomplishment was not as difficult as it appeared. “It wasn’t that difficult because I paced myself throughout the rounds and I kept my composure in all my races and that is how I was able was deliver in all of them,” she said. “I feel very proud, because I am being strongly motivated by my mother and father and my coach is always there pushing me and that is how I was able to accomplish what I did,” she added. The middle distant sensation was also touched by the reception the stadium crowd gave her in the final 100 metres of the 800m. “It was heart warming because I know that STETHS do not have many supporters, it’s mainly KC and Calabar and all those schools, so for all of them (spectators) to be supporting me I really appreciate it,” she said.
The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BG&LC), the regulatory arm of gaming in Jamaica, has contributed $2 million to purses for its 11th annual raceday at Caymanas Park on Saturday, August 1 (Emancipation Day).The programme will feature a number of trophy races, including the 3-y-o and up open allowance feature over 1100 metres for the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy. This offers a total purse of $1 million, inclusive of $500,000 from the BG&LC.Details for the meet were outlined by representatives of the BG&LC and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) at yesterday’s launch in the Trainers’ Room at Caymanas Park.Denzil Miller Jr., CTL’s racing secretary, said the race is “all about speed, and it will be speed and more speed, which makes for an intriguing contest”.The likely starters are the fleet-footed TALENTED TONY K, TRADITIONAL PRINCE, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, PHINEAS, RIO COBRE, UNCLE TAF, BORDER LINE, JANIBOUTICE, EDISON as well as this year’s 1000 Guineas winner PUDDY POOH and the Oaks winner MOM’S STUDENT.In addition, the card will facilitate the annual renewal of the Emancipation Day Trophy (claiming $600,000 – $500,000) over 1300 metres for a purse of $570,000 inclusive of $100,000 from the BGLC; the Charles Randle Cup over 1200 metres for a purse of $765,000 with $200,000 from the sponsor, the Albert Rose Memorial Trophy over 1820 metres for a purse of $566,000 ($200,000 from sponsor); along with the Josseth Grey Memorial Trophy race 1820 metres; the Carl Hill Memorial Trophy over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers; and the Charles Hayles Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres for maiden four-year-olds and up.Speaking at the launch, Cedric Stewart, CEO of Caymanas Track Limited, said:”We at Caymanas Park are particularly pleased to once again thank the commission for the work they have done over the years to support and develop our racing product in an effort to make it more viable to the wider audience.”Jack Shirley, executive director of the BG&LC, was also at yesterday’s function.- O.C.
Extra ‘effort’, unbridled joySpecial Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) executive director, Lorna Bell, has credited her charges for a ‘very successful’ representation at the recently concluded Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angles, United States of America.A 69-member contingent returned home last week with 29 medals following intense competition in eight sporting disciplines at the July 25 to August 2 Los Angeles showpiece.In total, gold came in 10 finals, along with 11 silver and eight bronze. Track and field athletes blazed the trail with 13 medals, which included five individual gold, one female 4x100m gold, two individual silver, four individual bronze, and one male 4x100m bronze medals.In aquatics, there were two individual gold, three individual silver and one 4x50m relay bronze.Badminton yielded one individual silver medal and basketball one team silver, while bocce had one team gold, one mixed doubles gold, four individual silver medals, one female doubles bronze, and one male doubles bronze medal.Basketball’s silver was unexpected, according to coach Calvin Martin.”Going into the tournament, we (basketball team) didn’t expect to win any medal.”Mrs (Lorna) Bell just wanted to start back the programme, so she said, ‘Make a team,'” he recalled.That team finished second behind a more superior Australian team, which Martin said “felt good”.The country’s volleyball, female futsal and unified football teams were the only outfits not to medal, as they placed fifth, sixth and fourth, respectively.”Special Olympics is all about training, and we train right through the year, but we put in a little extra training for the past two and a half years because our athletes were young,” Bell explained.”We had to put in a little more effort, so that is why we feel so overjoyed, because everybody was a bit doubtful,” she recalled prior to the Games.”That is why I am saying to the entire Jamaica, to the ministry of sport, they cannot leave us out of sports tourism; we must be included because we did Brand Jamaica very well,” she stated.Buoyed by that success, Belle said preparations will begin soon for the World Winter Games, scheduled to be hosted in Austria in 2017.”These Games will be our focus when we return home, as planning has to start now to ensure our athletes receive quality training and also funding,” Bell assured.
KC Graham: No one has set the place on fire this season in the men’s 110 metres hurdles. This is one event where a favourite cannot be identified, despite the defending champion, David Oliver, being in the event. Andre Lowe: Indeed. There were some good early showings from Aleec Harris, but he has lost his way since June. Now it’s anybody’s race. it’s really difficult to pick a winner here, and that’s what makes this one of the events of the championships. KC: With the Cuban, Orlando Ortega, not competing, this has even made it more complexed, as he was the most consistent of the lot, and this is another event where the top-ranked athlete will be missing. Andre: Jamaica have two really good hurdlers in Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment, who, on the day, can top any field in the world, and Andrew Riley, who is solid at 13.3 or thereabouts. That range won’t get him close enough. KC: Of the three, I think only McLeod and Parchment have realistic chances of medalling, as both have gone sub-13 seconds already in their career, and if both rediscover their form, it could be history for Jamaica once again in a different discipline. Andre: I agree. Parchment’s power and speed between the hurdles make him a real threat, but he hasn’t raced a lot, and that’s important in the hurdles for rhythm. McLeod is the real deal; he’s medalling here for sure. As long as he keeps it simple, there’s no way three athletes beat him. KC: McLeod is the best technically of all the athletes in the event. I can tell you this, no one can lead him to the first three hurdles, and if he has recovered fully from his minor injury in his first pro race, he will not be caught. His experience in the 400 metres hurdles will give him an edge here, too, as he also has good speed endurance. Andre: I like McLeod for the win, but only if he’s close to full fitness. I haven’t heard anything to suggest that he isn’t. It’s a brave pick, but I’m also going with Parchment, who does well under pressure and knows he needs to come good after some poor decision making. He will battle for third, I think, with a few, including Sergey Shubenkov and Pascal Martinet- Lagarde. He needs a big performance, and it is coming here as well. So two Jamaicans to medal, with Oliver in the mix as well. KC: While I think the strong and powerful Oliver will be the favourite for the gold here, I think McLeod and the Russian, Shubenkov, are big dangers. I will give the American the edge to make it back-to-back titles, and I agree with you that McLeod will be among the medals here. I don’t like Pascal’s technique; he seems to be running on the spot of late.
Manchester youth impress against national team A select Manchester Youth squad, which included both Under-17 and Under-20 players, defeated a Jamaica national preliminary Under-17 team 1-0 at Brooks Park last week Sunday. Geo Rochester grabbed the spotlight, scoring what would turn out to be the only strike of the match. Interestingly, the national Under-17 team fielded Manchester player Daniel Russell in goal for the first half. Another Manchester youth team, which fielded slightly older players than those who participated in the first friendly, also impressed but went down 0-1 to the national under-20 team. According to FA president Dalton Wint the games were organised to keep the Manchester youth motivated as well as to expose others to the national youth set-up. The Manchester FA currently runs sponsored age-group competitions for Under-13, 15, and 17. Judgement Yard win Cumberland six-a-side Brothers Mark and Matthew Newsome both scored goals as Judgement Yard defeated Bread Winners Association 2-0 in the final to lift the Cumberland six-a-side football competition on Labour Day, Monday May 23, at Sector C playing field in Cumberland. Mark Newsome is a former Premier League player for Boys’ Town and Rivoli United. There were other players such as Damarlie Williams, who was also instrumental in their team’s success. The winning trophy was donated and handed over by Renair Benjamin, councillor for the Westchester Division. The winning team also pocketed $15,000, while Tsahai Rose, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor for the Westchester Division, handed over the second-place trophy to Bread Winners. Christopher Cunningham of Judgement Yard was named the Most Valuable Player and Peter Keyes of Bread Winners copped the top goalscorer award. The sports day also featured various activities, inclusive of netball and running. C4 International offered the musical presentation. While Claim to Fame Promotions, organisers of the event, says their intention is to “drive home a heath and wellness lifestyle in their community”. Villa, Porus in CanCare U-15 final today Villa United and Porus will contest today’s CanCare Pharmacy/Manchester Football Association Under-15 final at the Brooks Park Complex. Match time 4 p.m. Both teams were impressive in their respective semi-finals earlier this week. Villa United defeated 360 Degrees 4-1. Following his exploits in the quarter-finals against Comfort, Mushtaq Christopher has emerged the hat-trick man, netting another after scoring in the 36th, 47th and 52nd minutes. Antonio Ward scored the first goal for Villa in the 24th minute. Despite scoring the first goal of the match, Nicholas Bennett’s effort proved only consolatory for 360 Degrees. Porus FC, the most impressive team of the preliminary round, continued their rampaging ways, handing Belair Academy a 5-0 defeat. Like Christopher did for Villa, Jahmar Bolt scored a hat-trick (31st, 50th, 70th) to set up Porus’ big win. Javel Coley scored a brace, netting in the fifth and 40th minutes. Church football, netball to begin soon Churches desirous of entering this year’s Power of Faith Ministries netball and football competitions are asked to attend a very important meeting at the Power of Faith Multi-Purpose Complex this evening at 6:30 p.m. Last year, first-timers Fair View Open Bible from Spanish Town lifted the football title, while Power of Faith Ministries A copped the netball crown. INSPORTS/Portmore Little League football Defending champions Waterford Infant won their second game of the season as they blanked Harvest Temple Basic 3-0 through goals via Amani Evans (first minute), Aaron McKnight (11th), and Ja’Quan Stewart (30th) in last Thursday’s round of matches in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Little League football competition at the Ferdie Neita Park Sports Complex. With the win, Waterford Infant are now joint leaders of Zone One alongside Harvest Temple, who also have six points. In another game in the zone, Ascot (five points) drew 1-1 with Greater Portmore (five). In Zone Two, co-leaders Sabina (11) clipped Child Plus 1-0, Waterford Development (11) beat Kensington Basic 1-0, and Gregory Park and Aintree drew 1-1. Mandeville to welcome island’s best shooters The parish of Manchester, in particular the Mandeville-based Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC), will host its biggest professional practical shooting match at its Lincoln Range tomorrow. The event is endorsed and jointly organised by the Jamaica Rifle Association, which will be employing stages and rules of the international body for practical shooting, IPSC. The hosting of the match at MRPC is considered an important development in the relations with the MRPC and club president Orville Henriques. With the JRA’s involvement, MRPC will welcome its biggest and highest-profiled event. It is believed that the best ranked shooters will make the trip for the one-day event. The anticipated line-up means that for the first time in three years, Henriques, who is ranked number three in the island, will face his biggest competition at the Lincoln Range. The match is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start, but the range will be open for practice from 8:30 a.m. There is an admission fee and food, as well as ammunition, which will be on sale. Davis leads another Jamalco netball triumph The queens of Clarendon netball, Jamalco, asserted their dominance on the Jamalco-sponsored Open League when they defeated long-time rivals Cable Pro (formerly Windalco) 32-25 at the Mineral Heights Sporting Complex on Sunday. Jamalco’s victory was again shepherded by their veteran goalshooter and retired national player Elaine Davis. Davis who, despite being hustled by much younger players, worked her way smartly around the hoop to net 26 of 31 attempts. She played all four quarters as Jamalco led all the way. From a strong 10-3 start at the end of the first quarter, Jamalco’s surge was never in doubt as they led 19-8 at the end of the second quarter and 25-17 at the end of the third. Team R of Mandeville secured third place in the competition after narrowly edging last year’s beaten finalists, Hayes, 32-31. Denbigh beat Holmwood in Jamalco Open In a departure from previous years, this year’s Jamalco Open featured a consolation final, which pitted annual Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) Senior League rural rivals Denbigh and Holmwood Technical as the curtain-raiser to the grand final between Jamalco and Cable Pro. Holmwood won the contest when the two last met in an ISSA final, but Denbigh showed they were the most improved team at this stage with an impressive 31-18 win. Both teams featured among their ranks one player each from the Jamaica national team, which was crowned regional champions earlier this year in Barbados. However, it was Denbigh’s national player, Zandria Cohen, playing at goal attack, that made the crucial difference. Cohen provided excellent support and service to goalshooter Moya Manning, who converted 23 of 29 attempts. Following a closely fought first quarter, which ended 9-6 in favour of Denbigh, the next three quarters were lopsided. Denbigh climbed to 15-8 after the second quarter to a decisive 24-13 at the end of the third. Hayes All Stars defeated Glenmuir 37-29 in the consolation third place play-off.
TABLES TURNED 1. Kingston College 30 2. Calabar 15 3. Jamaica College 9 Kingston College (KC) will be hoping to break their drought when competition at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships gets under way on Tuesday. The team with the most wins at these Championships, with 31, will be hoping to score their first win since 2009 and will be out to upstage the defending champions, Calabar High, as the Red Hills Road team will be hoping to make it six wins in a row. With Tuesday, the opening day of the championships, having just preliminary round action, it will be the second day, Wednesday, when the hunt for points begins. There will be two finals, the Class 2 long jump at 5:05 p.m, and the Class 1 equivalent at 5:50 p.m. Following both finals, it should be a 15-point lead for the North Street team over Calabar after the completion of both finals, as they are expected to dominate both events. In Class 2, it should be 16 vital points here for the Neil Harrison-coached team, as it should be a quinella here. They are the two most dominant so far in the event this season, with Wayne Pinnock the leader with 7.25m done at the Carifta Trials, when winning the Under-18 event, where Shaquille Lowe had to settle for third. Predicted point standings after 2 finals At the Digicel G.C. Foster Classics, it was Lowe who turned the tables here by winning with 7.09m, just ahead of Pinnock, with 7.05m. He is expected to get the better of Pinnock once again, with Jamaica College’s Safin Willis getting the bronze. The unbeaten and impressive jumper all season, team co-captain, Carey McLeod will give KC its second win of the day in the Class 1 event. With a best of 7.79m, while winning the Under-20 event at the Carifta Trials, it is no stopping McLeod as he has 8m on his mind here. Damion Creary, who spent a year at Kingston College last year, before going back to Wolmer’s Boys’ in September, should take silver, while Calabar High’s Gabriel Allen is favoured to take the bronze over Kingston College’s Shakwon Coke.
National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Filipino-British Marvin, a former army boxer for Great Britain, said he will be ready for the boisterous Malaysian crowd at MITEC Hall 8 when he takes on local boy Adli Hafidz Mohd Pauzi for the crown.“At the end of the day, you do what you gotta do, you exchange punches and don’t worry about anything,” said the 6-foot SEA Games rookie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Pauzi won over Singapore’s Muhamad Dinie Hakeem via decision despite a generally lackluster performance here he hardly showed punching skills and movements.That should play to Marvin’s advantage as he loves to throw haymakers and doesn’t stand back from a full-blown, phone-booth slugfest. Malaysian icon thwarts rising PH star The Philippines won five gold medals in the last SEA Games in Singapore. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s in store for your animal sign this year Charly Suarez of the Philippines dominates Khir Akyazlan Bin Azmi of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the light welterweight class men’s boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur. Suarez prevailed by unanimous decision. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLEumir Felix Marcial was emotional in semis win, he wanted to avenge fallen teammates. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The three Filipino boxers left in the fight vowed to go all out for a gold medal on Thursday.Bantamweight Mario Fernandez, light middle Eumir Felix Marcial and light heavy John Nobel Tupas Marvin said they won’t pull any punches against their respective finals opponents in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcial, who was in tears as he talked about his three teammates who suffered dubious losses, will be out for payback.“I will be all-out sir,” said Marcial in Filipino. “I will go for a clear win and will be punching for all my teammates who lost by questionable decisions.”Marcial, the 21-year-old from Zamboanga City, will battle Pathomsak Kuttiya, one of the five Thais who made it to the six gold medal matches.“We are all affected (by the teammates’ losses),” said Fernandez in Filipino. “But we don’t control the judges. We control ourselves so I will just fight on.”Fenandez, who hails from Bukidnon, will face Thai Chatchai Butdee, who went from flyweight to bantamweight.ADVERTISEMENT
Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brazilian forward Neyma. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANONeymar labelled Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu a “joke” as the war of wards between Barcelona’s beleaguered board and the Brazilian star continued on Tuesday.In interviews with Catalan newspapers Mundo Deportivo and Sport, Bartomeu claimed Barca would be better off without Neymar this season following his world record 222 million euro ($263.7 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Liga has asked UEFA to investigate both PSG and City for breaches of financial fair play rules.“Qatar and Abu Dhabi are two countries that have two clubs,” added Bartomeu.“If Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Real Madrid or Arsenal buy a player from you, you know (the money) comes from football.“But these two clubs distort the market.”Bartomeu also insisted a four-year contract extension for Lionel Messi has been signed by the player’s agent and father, Jorge Horacio Messi.Barca announced an agreement with the five-time World Player of the Year in July, but Messi himself is yet to put pen to paper amid rumours he is unhappy with the running of the club.Messi’s current deal expires in 2018 meaning he could leave Barca for free next summer.“It is all agreed and signed,” Bartomeu added.“There are three contracts: one with Messi’s foundation, that is signed by the president of the foundation and the player’s brother; a contract with Leo Messi’s image rights, that his father and administrator of his company have signed; and the work contract that Leo’s father has signed.” Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Bartomeu also criticised Neymar and his father and agent Neymar Sr’s exit strategy.“This president is a joke,” Neymar replied in a comment about the news on social media site Instagram.A vote of no confidence motion has been launched by former Barca presidential candidate Agusti Benedito that could oust Bartomeu if it receives enough support from the club’s members in the coming weeks.Neymar’s departure sparked a shopping spree from Barca, who landed 20-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele for an initial 105 million euro fee from Borussia Dortmund and Paulinho for 40 million from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.However, Barca missed out on a host of other targets, including Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, blaming the rampant inflation in the transfer market caused by PSG and Abu Dhabi-backed Manchester City.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Williams edges Kvitova for 1st US Open semifinal since 2010 Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay With Bartomeu’s handling of Barca’s haphazard transfer policy being heavily criticised, he described the loss of Neymar as an “opportunity” for Barca to rebuild their midfield rather than pile resources into a superstar front three of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.“The trident was very good but it had its consequences,” Bartomeu told Sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It is an opportunity to return to the collective football in the middle of the field, which traditionally was Barca’s strength.“It is an opportunity, with a new coach, a new project. We need to stop being pessimistic!” Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments
It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there was one player in San Beda who struggled to adjust from coach Jamike Jarin to coach Boyet Fernandez, it was Davon Potts.The Fil-Am spiner’s minutes and numbers dwindled under the new mentor, mustering only 6.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 21.9 minutes in the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Now, Potts begins a new chapter in his career, this time in the PBA with Alaska which picked him in the second round of the 2017 PBA Draft.But before he leaves Mendiola for good, his final year with the Red Lions taught him one thing.“I won two championships with Cignal and I won two championships with San Beda. This just shows that you sacrifice not for your individual stats, but you sacrifice for the team,” he said. “That’s what counts, not the individual stats. You have to win because that’s what counts.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “It was really hard for me this year,” he admitted.READ: San Beda sweeps Lyceum for 21st NCAA championshipFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBut Potts stayed the course and got the chance to show his worth in the Finals, averaging 15 points, 4.5 rebounds, and one assist.His contribution seemed to be the missing piece as the Red Lions finally solved the puzzle that was the Pirates, sweeping the best-of-three title clash to claim the NCAA Season 93 title. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Commentary: The last thing this PBA standoff needed was a boycott Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s a great feeling,” said Potts, who is ending his two-year stay in Mendiola with a pair of rings. “I keep a lot of things at the back of my mind with the history of San Beda, and I owe it to them in bringing me here. I just wanted to make sure that we live the legacy and continue the championship, and make sure that we continue the winning culture here.”READ: Drop in draft blessing in disguise for Davon PottsThe championship is as a validation for Potts as he overcame every challenge thrown his way—from the tough transition brought by the coaching change to his killer schedule with the preseason grind and the PBA D-League.“It was worth it because this is a testament to show that no matter what you go through, no matter how much you have a downfall, you can always bounce back,” he said, drawing a valuable life lesson in the process he had to go through.“When you get up, you got to make sure to stay disciplined and persistent mentally and physically to get where you need to be. That is a testament to all the people that look up to me and make sure that nothing is easy, you have to earn it. Everything in life, you have to fight for everything you want to get.”ADVERTISEMENT