Ta­ble ten­nis tour­na­ment opens to­mor­row in Is­abela

Watchmen Daily Journal - - SPORTS - (Dave As­so­ci­ated Press) Jack­son, By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga (Steve Dou­glas, As­so­ci­ated Press)

DAL­LAS — Luka Don­cic scored 21 points and Wes­ley Matthews added 17 as the Dal­las Mav­er­icks won for the ninth time in 11 games, beat­ing the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers 111-102 Tues­day night (Wed­nes­day, PHL time).

DeAn­dre Jor­dan added 12 points and 17 re­bounds for Dal­las, which won its eighth straight at home for the first time since its cham­pi­onship sea­son of 2010-11.

Don­cic, who missed his first game Sun­day (Mon­day, PHL time) with a right hip strain, scored 14 in the sec­ond and fin­ished with re­bounds.

Damian Lil­lard scored 25 of his 33 points in the sec­ond half as Port­land tried, but failed, to rally from a deficit that was mostly dou­ble dig­its through al­most all the first three half nine quar­ters. Lil­lard and C.J. McCol­lum strug­gled from the field, go­ing 17for-42, and 4-for-15 from three-point range.

The Mav­er­icks closed out the first quar­ter with a 17-3 run and held a dou­bledigit lead un­til Lil­lard's drive and free throw made it 7869 late in the third.

But Dwight Pow­ell hit con­sec­u­tive three-point­ers and Maxi Kle­ber fol­lowed a Devin Har­ris miss with a dunk to put Dal­las up by 14 af­ter three quar­ters.

J.J. Barea's driv­ing layup capped a 10-0 run that gave the Mav­er­icks their big­gest lead at 92-73. Port­land got as close as six points in the game’s fi­nal min­utes, but Don­cic hit a fall-away three­p­ointer with 58.9 sec­onds to go for a 108-99 lead.

Matthews and Har­ris made three's and Jor­dan and Den­nis Smith Jr. con­verted three-point plays dur­ing the big firstquar­ter run. The 34-20 deficit was Port­land's largest af­ter one quar­ter this sea­son. Dal­las main­tained the dou­bledigit lead through­out the sec­ond quar­ter and took a 60-45 lead into half­time.

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The 1st Mayor Joselito Mal­a­bor Su­per League Ta­ble Ten­nis Tour­na­ment is set to open to­mor­row and run through­out the week­end at the town's So­cio-Cul­tural Cen­ter.

Over 300 play­ers from across the coun­try are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the event.

Play­ers will be ac­com­mo­dated at lo­cal pub­lic schools.

The mayor also high­lighted the venue, calling it “ideal” as it is not air-con­di­tioned and said it was a fac­tor in or­ga­niz­ers se­lect­ing Is­abela to host the tour­na­ment.

He added, the tour­na­ment will en­cour­age the youth to par­tic­i­pate in sports and not in drugs or spend­ing too much time

Snubbed by Ger­many for the World Cup, Leroy Sane also had to deal with be­ing dropped en­tirely from Manch­ester City's squad early in the Pre­mier League (EPL) sea­son.

How quickly things have turned round for the fly­ing winger: Back in fa­vor for club and coun­try, he can­not stop scor­ing.

Sane chested in City's open­ing goal in a 2-1 win over Wat­ford on Tues­day, a sev­enth straight vic­tory in the Pre­mier League that left the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons five points clear. They are un­beaten af­ter 15 games of the 38-match cam­paign.

Since re­turn­ing from the in­ter­na­tional break where he scored in back-to-back games for Ger­many, Sane has net­ted three goals in three league matches for City. He has seven goals in his last 10 games com­bined for Ger­many and City.

In a pe­riod when City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola is heav­ily ro­tat­ing his squad, Sane re­mains a con­stant in the start­ing lineup — but it's not just down to with gad­gets.

In prepa­ra­tion for the event, Mal­a­bor ear­lier met with Huang Wen Wei Ta­ble Ten­nis Club-Is­abela Pres­i­dent Dar­win Uy, who is co­or­di­nat­ing with the Philip­pine Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion./DGB, his su­perb form. With left back Ben­jamin Mendy likely out for an­other two months be­cause of a knee in­jury, Sane is the only other player to give City gen­uine width on that flank.

Riyad Mahrez swung in the cross for Sane's 40thminute goal, in which he im­pro­vised by us­ing his chest to di­rect the ball be­tween the legs of Wat­ford goal­keeper Ben Foster. Then Mahrez, start­ing ahead of Ra­heem Ster­ling on the right wing, dou­bled the lead af­ter con­vert­ing a cross from Gabriel Je­sus.

City weath­ered a late fight­back from Wat­ford, which re­duced the deficit in the 85th through Ab­doulaye Doucoure's scram­bled ef­fort and then pumped many balls into the box in an at­tempt to force an equal­izer.

City held out for a win that heaps the pres­sure on sec­ond-place Liver­pool, which trav­els to Burn­ley on Wed­nes­day look­ing to trim the gap to the lead­ers back to two points.

Dal­las Mav­er­icks for­ward Luka Don­cic (77) at­tempts a shot over Port­land Trail Blaz­ers cen­ter Jusuf Nur­kic (27) as Port­land Trail Blaz­ers Al-Farouq Aminu (8) and Mau­rice Hark­less (4) look on dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game, Tues­day, Dec. 4, 2018, in Dal­las. (AP Photo/Ron Jenk­ins)

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Leroy Sane un­der pres­sure from Kiko Fe­me­nia dur­ing the first half at Vicarage Road.

Is­abela Mayor Joselito Mal­a­bor (cen­ter) over­saw prepa­ra­tions as the 1st Mayor Joselito Mal­a­bor Su­per League Ta­ble Ten­nis Tour­na­ment is set to open to­mor­row at the town’s So­cio-Cul­tural Cen­ter.

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