Vanguardia owns up to Phoenix failed quarterfinals bid

first_imgPhoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix had a decent start in the PBA Governors’ Cup winning its first two games, but everything went downhill when the Fuel Masters strung together nine straight losses, effectively dashing any hope for a spot in the quarterfinals.The team’s 11th-place finish was the worst since head coach Ariel Vanguardia took over, and he knows there’s no one to blame for their dismal finish but himself.ADVERTISEMENT “This is all part of the journey and we are really humbled by this experience,” said Vanguardia after Phoenix lost to San Miguel 109-107 at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.“I take full responsibility. We will learn from this and we’ll move on to become a better team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPhoenix was able to enter the playoffs in the first two conferences of the season finishing as the sixth seed in both the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups, but it was in the Governors’ Cup that Vanguardia’s team took a dip.And with the 2016-2017 season over for Phoenix, Vanguardia now looks at the future with a eye on the upcoming draft. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody Phoenix, potentially, has the fourth pick in the draft and Vanguardia says they’re looking to add Filipino-German big man Christian Standhardinger.The 6-foot-8 bruiser, however, won’t play in the PBA in the first six months of the season as he is under contract with the Hong Kong Eastern Lions in the Asean Basketball League.“The first three teams may not like him [Standhardinger], because he’s not going to play for the first six months,” said Vanguardia. “We’re willing to wait.”Vanguardia also looks at NCAA standouts Rey Nambatac of Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Beda’s Robert Bolick and Davon Potts to fill up their backcourt spots.ADVERTISEMENT 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 View comments LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours #KicksStalker: Adidas tries to woo Antetokounmpo with a van of sneakers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Flyers begin prep for Coy Cup

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers had their first practice last night as they gear up for another Coy Cup appearance. This year’s tournament is being held in Terrace from March 22-26.Head coach Andrew Leriger said despite not knowing the competition well, it doesn’t alter the way the team is going about their practices leading up to the event.“It’s still hockey at the end of the day. We know the teams that are going to be there are going to be pretty solid. We know what Terrace is like. Smithers was actually better in the league than they were this year. We just have to be prepared to work hard,” he said.- Advertisement -If there’s one area that was a struggle for the club during the NPHL regular season and playoffs, it was the penalty kill. That being said the Flyers work while a man down did see gradual improvement as the post season continued.“Looking at the stats at the end of the playoff season I noticed that our penalty killing was moving up the ladder a bit. We struggled against Dawson Creek and the first half against Grimshaw. We worked on it and worked on it and the last four games against Grimshaw we may have had one power play goal scored against us,” Leriger said.The Flyers will enter the tournament as the defending champions after winning their first Coy Cup in Fort Nelson last year.Advertisementlast_img read more