Compton downplays coaching duel with Alas: ‘I did not outcoach him’

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Aces virtually ended the game as early as the halftime break when they led the Fuel Masters 48-24.READ: Alaska continues streak, decimates PhoenixAlaska built the foundation across the first two quarters when it went on a 21-4 run for a 34-14 lead off a Nonoy Baclao jumper.Alas, who was flattered with Compton’s statements, said the Aces did a better job than what the Fuel Masters were able to muster.“How nice of coach Alex to say that,” said Alas whose team slipped to 3-4. “They really outplayed us.”ADVERTISEMENT Letran gets support from San Miguel Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting READ: Alas can’t hide dismay after Phoenix blowout loss to former teamThe Aces ran circles around the Fuel Masters, outscoring the latter 27-9 in fastbreak points and holding down Phoenix to a dismal 30-of-90 shooting.“There are things in life that just work out,” said Compton. “We have a healthy bunch of guys that had a good game against his team.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ View comments Compton eventually became the head coach of the Aces in 2014 and tapped Alas as his head assistant.READ: Alaska whips Phoenix fiveFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOn Wednesday, he had his first win over his former mentor as Alaska ransacked Alas’ Phoenix, 93-75, but Compton won’t say that he outsmarted his former coach.“I did not for one second outcoach him,” said Compton as his Aces improved to 5-2 at Mall of Asia Arena. “I’ve learned a lot from him, and as friends I hope that I continue to learn from him. This is just a game where our guys played really well.” Read Next LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlex Compton and Louie Alas have shared history way before they held the coaching partnership at Alaska.Before Compton dabbled in coaching, he was playing under Alas in the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association with the Manila Metrostars.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly picks his favourite Virat Kohli knock: 133* vs Sri Lanka at Hobart

first_imgSuperstar batsman Virat Kohli is a master of run-chases and every other team in the world is aware of this fact by now. Limited-overs cricket is where Kohli puts on an exhibition of his talent and skill with the bat every time he is at the crease chasing a target. (Why is Virat Kohli such a formidable chaser of targets?)Out of the 25 one-day hundreds that Kohli has made so far, 15 have come while chasing, out of which he has struck 13 tons in a winning cause for India. Kohli averages 86.15 while chasing in ODIs and has the highest score of 183, which he scored against Pakistan in the Asia Cup at Dhaka in 2012.But it’s still not considered to be his best knock. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who himself was a genius in the 50-over format, also doesn’t rate Kohli’s 183 as his best. According to Ganguly, the unbeaten 133 that Kohli made against Sri Lanka in 2013 is his most favourite Kohli innings till date. (Run-machine Virat Kohli is the best in ODI format, by far)”He’s got so many hundreds and most have come in match-winning situations. It’s tough for me to pick one. When you get 25 ODI hundreds it is very difficult to remember all of them but I think the one in Hobart against Sri Lanka was a special innings,” Ganguly told India Today. (Kohli a much better chaser than Dhoni, Bevan. The numbers prove it)”I saw that innings in 2013 when he was still a young batsman, it was masterful. The way he hit Lasith Malinga and the way he treated Malinga since then, he looked a completely different bowler when Virat was at the crease.advertisement”He’s such a special one-day player and the amount of runs he has scored overseas in tough conditions is unreal. As I said when you get 25 tons it’s very difficult to count them in 1 and 10 in order but for me what stands out is that all those hundreds have made India win cricket matches so that’s why they are special,” the ‘Prince of Kolkata’ added. (Also Read:Kohli, Dhoni, Rahane proudly wear their mothers’ name on jerseys)India were facing a do-or-die situation against Sri Lanka in the 11th match of the Commonwealth Bank triangular series in Australia. Put in to bat by Dhoni, the Lankans posted a mammoth 320/4 in 50 overs thanks to Tillakaratne Dilshan’s unbeaten 160 and a quickfire 87-ball 105 from Kumar Sangakkara. India had to chase down the daunting target in 40 overs to stay alive in the series.KOHLI MASTERCLASS STUNS SLThat’s when Kohli walked in at No.4 position and played one of the greatest knocks in ODI history. Kohli made an absolute mockery of the target and smashed an unbeaten 133 in just 86 balls with the help of 16 boundaries and two massive sixes against a formidable Sri Lankan bowling attack lead by Lasith Malinga.Kohli first added 115 runs for the third wicket with Gautam Gambhir (63) and then combined with Suresh Raina (40*), who had the best seat in the house, to add another 120 runs as India won the match in just 36.4 overs with 7 wickets in hand and stayed in the race for a place in the final.Sadly though, Sri Lanka beat Australia in the next match by a huge margin and edged India out for a place in the finals along with the hosts. The series was won by Australia with two wins out of three in the finals but it was Kohli’s innings which was the highlight of the series that year.The way he played against Malinga during that knock was something which nobody had ever seen before. Malinga is known for his death-bowling skills with the yorker and slower deliveries being his main weapons along with a slinging action. But Kohli completely destroyed Malinga’s reputation and smashed 44 runs from the 15 deliveries that he had faced from Sri Lanka’s best bowler. This also included an over where Kohli scored 24 runs (2, 6, 4, 4, 4, 4) against Malinga.Former Australian cricketers who were in the commentary box and the fans present at the Bellerive Oval had not witnessed something like that before. It was probably the most extraordinary run-chase witnessed on the Australian soil.last_img read more