LeBron’s 3rd visit speaks of his love for hoops-crazy Philippines, says Alapag

first_imgLeBron James interacts with Jimmy Alapag’s son Ian Maximus during the Strive for Greatness tour. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonLeBron James has returned to the Philippines for the third time on Saturday and in the eyes of Philippine basketball icon Jimmy Alapag, this speaks volumes for the NBA superstar’s appreciation for this country.“The fact that he came here to Manila to share some brief moments with everyone here at home…I think he understands how passionate we are about the game of basketball,” said Alapag Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena as James wrapped up another showcase before Filipino fans.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees 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 Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay It would’ve been James’ fourth tour in the country had his “Battle the Doubt Night” show in 2016 pushed through.But much like his in two previous visits, James once shared the floor with up-and-coming stars and national team members in a brief exhibition game for the “Strive for Greatness” show.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’Alapag, one of the key Gilas players in the last decade, showed he can still duke it out in the parquet floor—against one of the best NBA players ever no less—even a year into retirement.Saturday night was extra special, though, as he got to play again with his batch’s Gilas Pilipinas squad that include Ranidel de Ocampo and LA Tenorio, among others. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu ‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success “What made it more special was being with my Gilas brothers because you know these guys are family for life,” said Alapag.But he also got to bring his real family with him to the bench to meet the King.His eldest child Ian Maximus, who has the same second name as LeBron’s youngest son Bryce, even got to keep LeBron’s arms sleeves.“My son will have to grow into it because it’s a little big right now and I’m just glad my kids could be here to experience it with me,” said Alapag.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

BYC I vs. BYC II at Blue Field

first_imgThe 2014/2015 LFA Cup holders BYC I and 2015 LFA Super Cup Champions BYC II are expected to lock horns in a friendly encounter today at 4pm at BYC’s Blue Field, in appreciation to their fans who cheer them to victory.The friendly is also to test Liberia’s second representative, BYC II to the CAF Confederation Cup which starts early 2016.According to the organizer, tomorrow’s game will be a total “Go Blue Boys day.” The first 100 fans to enter the stadium beginning at 3pm will receive a free BYC Football key-chain.BYC II has already begun training at its home pitch (Blue Field) for the 2016 Confederation Cup Championships. The draw will be announced at the end of December 2015.BYC Football President Sekou “Ayatollah” Konneh dubbed the encounter “King of the Barracks” match, “and while BYC II are the present “darling boys” of Liberian football, their senior brothers have much to prove.” Director of Football Thomas Kojo added “watching these two teams play each other is to watch some of the best football in Liberia-both teams are excellent.”Preceding the match at 3:30pm, there will be a press conference and unveiling ceremony of the new BYC I head coach.BYC II Football was crowned the 2015 LFA Cup Champions, defeating four 1st Division clubs in route to the title, since winning it in 2012. BYC Football junior side (BYC II) recently captured the 2015/2016 LFA Super Cup, defeating 2015 LFA league champions Nimba United. It was BYC II first Super Cup victory and 2nd time in Liberian football history where a 2nd Division side had won the Super Cup. Of the 6 available trophies for the LFA 2015 season, BYC Football captured three: 2015 Coca Cola Cup Champion (BYC-I), 2015 Super Cup Champion (BYC-I), 2015 LFA Cup Champions (BYC-II).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more