Table tennis tournament opens tomorrow in Isabela
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.
Trail Blazers: Host Phoenix on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).
Mavericks: Second half of a back-to-back Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) at New Orleans.
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)
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.