CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/JIM CHOUTAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas played with control practically all game on Sunday night and clipped a young Iran squad, 90-82, but it wasn’t exactly the high note finish to the Filipinos’ Jones Cup Invitational campaign that coach Chot Reyes was shooting for.In fact, he saw the victory by the Filipinos in an entirely different light.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA: Hotshots pound Elite in fourth quarter for first win McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES 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 Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets View comments Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The team planes back to Manila on Monday morning after which Reyes meets with fellow coaches and the leadership of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to come up with the final 12-man roster for the Fiba Asia Championship slated in Lebanon starting August 8.Members of the team that played the Jones Cup, most of them anyway, are already slated to see action in Kuala Lumpur where the country shoots for an 18th gold medal. Troy Rosario and Baser Amer are listed to join the team.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 90 – Myers 21, Wright 20, Standhardinger 13, Pogoy 9, Ravena 8, Cruz 5, Parks 5, Ferrer 3, Jose 2, Tolomia 2, Pessumal 2, Jalalon 0.IRAN 82 – Pazrofteh 21, Soleymani 21, Khajehzadeh 12, Mozafarivanani 11, Rezaeifar 11, Beigiharchegani 3, Falahat 2, Shaharian Nasl 1, Mohammadi 0, Rezaei 0, Reaei 0.Quarters: 26-22; 50-42; 70-62; 90-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “Overall, it was a good tournament for us,” he said. “Not only did we leave a good impression (to the fans and foes) here considering that this team has been together for just three weeks. It speaks well of the program.“Unfortunately, it could have ended better for us.”Gilas lost to Canada, South Korea and Lithuania, but those were games that the players impressed Reyes the most.“Against Korea, we shot poorly but defended very well,” Reyes said. “It was the same thing against Canada and Lithuania. I was very happy with (the defensive effort the players showed in) those games.”Christian Standhardinger was the third and plast player in twin digits for Gilas with 13 as Reyes opted to play Jio Jalalon just over 13 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT “I thought this was the worst game we played here,” Reyes said after the Filipinos closed out with a 6-3 record to finish fourth and out of the medal. “We played a lot, lot better in the games we lost.”Mike Myers scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds and Matthew Wright tossed in 20 for the Filipinos, who were dragged into a see-sawing game by this Iranian team whose stars stayed home to prepare for bigger tournaments ahead.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’“Maybe the players were tired already,” Reyes said after their ninth game in the same number of days. “Or, they may have overlooked Iran. I really thought we played well below our potential in this game.”Still, Reyes believes that this Gilas squad, the core of which will be representing the country in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia late next month, represented the national program well and was able to provide the feeling of home to the thousands of OFWs who went to see the games at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.
Some of the graduates who were thanked “for the life of service and sacrifice (they) are about to embark on.”Former Liberian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Dr. Nathaniel Barnes has admonished health workers to uphold the spirit of patriotism.Speaking over the weekend at a program marking the 17th graduation ceremony of the Goja School of Health Assistants at the Mason A.M.E Memorial Church on Old Road, Sinkor, Dr. Barnes called on the 50 graduates, including 48 females, to fully dedicate their lives to saving the lives of their fellow man.“Reserve no time for your personal comfort now as our health sector is in great demand of committed and ready hands to save it from completely crumbling,” he said.Dr. Barnes, who also once served as the head of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), as well as Minister of Finance under Charles Taylor, noted that it is unfortunate that most of the students, including those taking health education programs, are learning under extremely poor conditions.“We are all aware of our country’s struggle to overcome rampant corruption, the unfair dispensation of justice, inadequate support to the improvement of education, health, security and many other sectors but it is our individual responsibility to continue to do good for our people,” he admonished.“As I look at the faces of all of you young people here today who are graduating, I am assured of one thing: that you have dedicated your lives to bring healing to the hearts of your fellow citizens and the world in general. I say thank you for the life of service and sacrifice you are about to embark on.”He said the path the graduates have chosen is a difficult one, particularly so because it involves long working hours and very little compensation.Dr. Barnes called on the graduates to see themselves as a very significant force, although not much is being done to make them live the lives they are entitled to in their career of choice.“Health workers and teachers are two separate, yet very important gifts from God to any nation that are in most cases neglected and unappreciated,” he added.Dr. Barnes said success is not inherited, and as such each graduate must ask: “What do I want? What can I do to get what I want? And why do I need to know how to do what is right to get want I want?” if they are to positively impact the health sector.As part of his effort to bolster the school’s endeavors, Dr. Barnes gave an initial contribution of US$500 towards the construction of classrooms on 1.8 acres of land owned by the school.During his speech, valedictorian Abel Reed said he is worried that not too many people in the country are fully educated on how to prevent simple diseases like cholera, malaria, among others.Defining health as the “complete physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing of a person or animal,” Reed said it is good for people to follow the rules of healthy living, adding: “It is commonly said that one’s health is his or her wealth.”He thanked his fellow graduates for their resolve to continue attending classes, even under difficult circumstances.The executive director of Goja School of Health Assistants, Rev. Dr. Otis B. Young, said the school began training people 14 years ago in skills development programs such as tailoring, cosmetology, and pastry, but due to rent constraints, the school limited its training to health assistants.“We are involved in this business to augment the efforts of government and others who are trying their best to get our country’s health system on par with other nations,” Dr. Young said.He appealed for support from well-meaning individuals and institutions for the construction of a seven-classroom school building for the continuation of its programs.The crowning of the school’s queen, Mrs. Malid K. Dixon, was done by Miss Liberia First Runner up, Miss Tina Youngor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)