With top guy Vic Manuel ailing, Alaska struggles in PBA Finals opener

first_imgMOST READ Manuel, who is averaging 25 minutes per game this conference, played just a little over 16 minutes in Game 1 due to health issues.“I was sick the last three days and there’s tightness in my right leg,” Manuel said in Filipino after the Aces took a 100-84 beating Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA healthy Manuel would’ve made a big difference for Alaska, which started out flat and fell behind big early as Magnolia opened the game with a 15-0 lead.The Aces, who trailed by as much as 21, rallied within eight with still four minutes left before Mark Barroca helped the Hotshots close out the game with a 9-0 run. The 31-year-old bruiser leads the Aces’ locals in scoring this conference, norming 15.9 points per game on top of 5.1 rebounds.But he was a non-factor in Game 1 after posting only six points.“They (Magnolia) were able to dictate the tempo of the game in the first quarter. Of course, we will bounce back from this. We can’t let this series go 2-0,” Manuel said.“Their pressure defense never changed. They’re more willing to win this game. We got caught off guard and they dominated the game.”Despite the disappointing loss, Alaska head coach Alex Compton still saw a silver lining in backup big man Jake Pascual, who played extended minutes to fill in for Manuel.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Compton commended Pascual’s activity on the floor which translated to the former San Beda star collecting five points, four rebounds, two steals and one block. He was also a team-high plus-7.“The one bright spot that we had I think Jake Pascual played great. He was ready, he was clearly ready,” Compton said.“I couldn’t keep Jake off the floor. If you look at our plus-minuses, Jake was our best guy today. He was plus-7. His energy was contagious. He was taking shots away from them, he was taking seals away, he was getting hands on rebounds, he had some deflections that caused some steals. I thought Jake was great today.”Game 2 is on Friday night at Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Kaya FC’s Elite U-13 bags silver in int’l football tourney in Phuket Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MANILA, Philippines–Alaska big man Vic Manuel sat on the bench for the most part of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals opener against Magnolia, a game where Aces certainly needed one of their top locals to be on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Flight from Ontario to LAX lifts travel burdens

first_imgFor that kind of cash, many travelers said they’re willing to shell out the extra money to avoid the traffic, parking and security hassles associated with LAX – even if it does seem a little unusual to fly such a short distance. For Miguel Espinoza, who flies from his home in Fort Worth, Texas, to visit family in San Bernardino each month, adding a connector flight from LAX to LA/Ontario International is a no-brainer, he said. Were he to stop at LAX, one of his family members would have to go through the trouble of driving out to fetch him. Then they’d both have to contend with traffic on the way back inland, he said. “Driving between L.A. to here, it would take us at least two hours, three hours,” he said. Whatever the extra cost of tacking on the flight to Ontario is, it can’t be much, he said; his round-trip ticket usually amounts to about $255. Shaun Moe, who flew from Boston to LAX to LA/Ontario International on Friday, said he wondered at first whether it was worth it to fly the short distance between Los Angeles and Ontario. “For a hot second, I was just kind of like: `Really? 52 miles?”‘ Moe said. In the end, he was glad his boss paid a bit more for the ticket, he said. He spent a combined hour waiting at LAX and traveling in the air – a much shorter chunk of time than he would have spent on the freeways driving to Ontario, he said. “But if you had to fly in \ and wait another hour for a 20-minute flight – or two hours for a 20-minute flight – I can see where it wouldn’t be too much of an economical idea,” Moe said. Lois Michaud paid $332 for a round-trip ticket from Colorado Springs. Visiting the area for the weekend’s Pacific Life Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, she said she booked the quick flight from LAX to Ontario in part because there’s no way she wanted to end up in Los Angeles. “Being from Colorado, we had no interest in driving in L.A.,” Michaud said. “No offense – and I’m a New Yorker at heart – but we had no desire to do that.” jason.newell@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9338160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Possibly, but most of the travelers who take the Ontario-to- Los Angeles flight have a more distant final destination, said Jeff Kovick, spokesman for United Airlines. The flights are useful “particularly for people who are connecting beyond Los Angeles,” Kovick said. “This offers them a flight to Los Angeles, where they’re going to connect to our global network.” When done that way, the $450 price tag plummets dramatically. Booked early enough, a midweek one-way flight from LAX to Boston on United runs about $119. Adding a flight from LA/Ontario International with a half-hour layover pushes that price up by only $29. A $1,100 United flight from LAX to Sydney, Australia, jumps up by about $55 when Ontario is added to the mix. For what it costs to spend a night at San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel or take a family of eight to Disneyland for a day, a person can catch a flight from Ontario to Los Angeles. Five times a day, a small United Express twin-prop plane takes off from LA/Ontario International Airport and lands at Los Angeles International Airport – a mere 52 miles away. The price of a one-way ticket: $448. Would anyone do it? last_img