At the top of the table is Man City, Liverpool in a thrilling draw

Manchester, England (AP) – So much intensity, so much fine margin but nothing decided. However, the destination of the Premier League title is in the hands of Manchester City.

On Sunday, for the second time this season, the meeting between the top two teams in England ended with a point difference between City and Liverpool at the top of the standings.

For so many seasons, Liverpool have been in recovery mode. On his 30th birthday, in the 47th second of the second half, Sadio regained the standardized equalizer, which prevented City from advancing and kept the title race alive.

The first-half violence shows why current champions City were 14 points ahead in January but why the 2020 title winners are still in debate.

There were also high-quality slip-ups for all the moments that could be so rewarding.

After Kevin de Bruyne’s fifth-minute opener canceled out Liverpool forward Diego Jota eight minutes later, City goalkeeper Ederson slipped as he tried to clear Kyle Walker’s back-pass but he recovered just in time.

City took the lead at halftime after Joe Cancello’s cross in the 16th over for his first league goal after Gabriel Jesus had beaten the offside trap.

But what Jurgen Klopp told his Liverpool players at halftime came true. From the restart, Trent played with Alexander-Arnold Mohamed Salah and the pass slipped to take a shot over City goalkeeper Ederson.

City manager Pep Guardiola collapsed in his padded seat. The whole time – City’s substitute Riyad Mahrez – after the ball was over – there was a hug with the club.

And now for the third installment fight between the teams taking place in the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday. The Premier League and the Champions League remain big targets for the greatest rivals of this English era.

Religion scrap

It is tight at the bottom, and Norwich continue to fight to avoid a drop after beating relegation-rivals Burnley 2-0.

Goals from Pierre Lis-Melo and Temu Pukki moved the last-placed side to seven points of survival, but 17th-placed Everton’s goal difference is much greater. Burnley are four points behind Everton, and Watford are two points behind.

After beating West Ham 2-0, Brentford could be more confident of not falling into a relegation battle. Brian Emboumo and Evan Tony set up goals for each other to win which pushed Brentford 12 points away from the relegation zone with six games remaining.

The first goal

Kierann Deusbury-Hall, a 23-year-old Leicester Academy graduate, scored his first Premier League goal after helping Ademola Lukman’s opener to a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace. Lester removed the palace from the ninth place.

Can Jess sweep the Rangers vs series?

The Blue Jays and Rangers will end their three-match series at the Rogers Center today. Hopefully this piece will help you make a more conscious decision if you decide to place one or two bets in the final of this series.

Editor’s note: All betting lines are courtesy of Bet365 and present as of publication time.

Money line: Blue Jess-240 | Rangers +200

Run line: Blue Jess-1.5 (-120) | Rangers +1.5 (+100)

Total: 9.5 – Over (-120) | 9.5 – Less (+100)

Toronto: The Blue Jays have done what they have been doing lately, beating the Rangers in Toronto. The Jesuits have improved to 8-1 in their last nine meetings with Texas at Rogers Center for a 4-3 win yesterday. The Blue Jays took out their brooms last season and had money in the bank. Toronto had a rock solid 9-4 goals in games with a chance to sweep a series in 2021. Oh, it gets better! The Blue Jays are 10-2 in their last 12 in the third game of the series.

Texas: Rangers blew a 7-run lead in the opener and went down to 0-2 with a score of 3-2 yesterday. If you’re thinking of supporting the Underdogs from Texas, maybe think twice? The Rangers have a brutal 35-73 as an underdog in their last 108 games. Need a more recent sample size? Texas has their last 20 overall 6-14 and 0-6 and in their last six meetings against the Blue Jays. Okay, maybe a positive note? The Rangers are 5-2 in their last seven Sunday matches, at least some!

My picks: If you believe in speed, I can’t see why you would support Rangers today. The Blue Jays have generated 18 hits and 14 runs in the first two games of this three-game series. Lately when they have a chance to sweep a series they were also killer instant. If Hyun Jin Ryu gives Jays a decent start, I think the crime will create and continue to create misery at the Rogers Center in Texas. I’ll take the Blue Jays to sweep and put my money on them to cover a 1.5-run run at -120.

Total: The Blue Jays and Rangers scored a total of 18 runs in Friday’s series opener but managed just seven runs to stay within the 9.5-run mark in yesterday’s game. Over, though, lately when these two teams have clashed. The last 22 meetings at the Rogers Center have been over 13-7-2 and the last 11 meetings have been 6-3-2. In the last 29 games of Toronto against the American League West, this over has been dazzling at 20-9.

Pitching Matchup: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (14-10, 4.37 ERA) gets a call for the Blue Jays when RHP Spencer Howard (0-5, 7.43 ERA) starts for Texas. Ryu has a 1-1 record in his career against Rangers in two appearances with a 1.29 ERA and 11 strikeouts. Howard, meanwhile, has allowed one run in five hits in his career, including two walks and five strikeouts in the Blue Jays vs. 3.2 innings.

Player Props: The total base of the player

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1.5 – over 100 | 1.5 – over -140)

Keep an eye out for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. who is constantly on the rack. Vlady has four singles at 8 for 4 to start the 2022 season. Guerrero Jr. has made two career plate appearances against Spencer Howard and has dropped .500 / .500 / .500 against Rangers Wright.

Marcus Semien (1.5 – Over + 110 | 1.5 – Under-150)

Marcus Semien walks with Texas in his first two games with 8 for 1. Semien 0-3 in the presence of three plates of the career against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Sort: Marcus Semien was great as the Toronto Blue Jays last season, but we don’t love him in this place. Semian started slowly in 2022 and he has had zero success against Hyun-Jin Ryu in his career. Thanks for the memory, Marcus, but we’re taking you down to a total of 1.5 bases here at -150.

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20 Fantasy Thoughts: Kerry Price, Time to Jump on Wayne Power

Just like that, we’re one more week away from the conclusion of another fantasy hockey season.

Thanks and good luck to those of you who are moving forward with your playoffs, every step and decision you make from here on out will be more elaborate.

While most of you are running out of head-to-head leagues, there is still plenty of race track left in the roto-league format. With 19 days left in the regular-season, schedule manipulation becomes even more important.

1. In all, 51 games are coming up in the NHL this week.

Monday: 1 game
Tuesday: 14 games
Wednesday: 4 games
Thursday: 12 games
Friday: 2 games
Saturday: 14 games
Sunday: 6 games

2. In the case of the waiver cable, there are 11 four-game teams to target: BUF, DET, MIN, MTL, NSH, NYI, PHI, SJS, STL, TOR, WPG.

3. Out of these 11 slates, I like these three the most:

Montreal Canadian: Mon (WPG), Mercury (BCBJ), Venus (NYI), Saturn (WSH)
Appearance of waiver: Cole Cofield, Brendon Gallagher, Kerry Price
SN Fantasy: Cole Cofield 1, Nick Suzuki 1

New York Islanders: Tuesday (PIT), Thursday (ITPIT), Fri (@MTL), Sun (@TOR)
Appearance of waiver: Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, Kyle Palmiri
SN Fantasy: NYI Golis 3, Matthew Barzal 2

Winnipeg Jets: Mon (@MTL), Mercury (SEA), Fri (@FLA), Saturn (@TBL)
Appearance of waiver: Paul Stastny, Evgeny Svetnikov, Josh Morrissey
SN Fantasy: Pierre-Luke Dubois 2, Nicolas Ehlers 2

4. Lastly, refrain from adding any Vancouver Canucks. They only play twice, which is unfortunate, as they have been scoring goals from left to right lately.

5. The Kerry Price watch is officially on in Montreal, especially now that Jake Allen is back on the shelf. Pick him up immediately.

6. Before his expected NHL debut for Buffalo on Tuesday night in Toronto, add Wayne Power. After leaving Michigan from Frozen Four, the first overall pick of 2021 signed his entry-level deal with Sabers on Friday. Immediately, I hope Power will play a significant role, including the top four minutes and Power Play Time. He is a horse breeder.

7. Along these lines, go out and catch Power’s college teammate Kent Johnson, who signed his ELC with Columbus. The fifth overall pick of 2021 could be on track for his NHL debut on Wednesday night against Montreal. I hope Johnson plays a great role right now, which means potential exposure to the Patrick line outside of Hopper.

8. If you see this explosive blast from Tampa to Ottawa from Matthew Joseph, hands up? That’s right, you’re not alone. But full credit to the 25-year-old, he has made the most of his new opportunities. In 9 games with Sense so far, Joseph has scored four goals and 11 points. Take her, especially now that she’s with Brady Takachuk and Josh Norris.

9. Put Devil’s goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood on your watch list. It looks like the much-maligned 25-year-old, who is currently on a five-game road trip with the team, could return this season. He has not played since January 19 due to Hill’s problems. Blackwood could whisper something through the trade this summer, so it’s inevitable that the Devils will take him out for a few games to end the season.

10. An easy and convenient in-house replacement option for Jack Hughes, who has been doing it for years, is the red-hot Nico Hisar. The Devils captain has four goals and 16 points in his last 12 outings. With a ratio of over 82 games, this is a 69-point clip.


11. Externally, Joel Ericsson One, Chandler Stephenson and Trevor Zagras can also help fill the huge void for you.

12. Undoubtedly, Ryan Johansen should be seen as his own file for the rest of the season. The 29-year-old Prides Center, who has five goals and two assists in his last four games, has scored 22 goals and 56 points in 68 games this season. Talk about values.

13. Ryan Strom is another guy who deserves more play right now. The association with Artemis Panarin and Red-hot Andrew Cope should be sufficient reason for the sinking. Do it.

14. In Boston, the top-six has been thrown into Blender again and David Pasternak has been sidelined (unpublished). The obvious addition is Jake Dibrusk, who is skating in the first line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Merchand.

15 Elsewhere, Robert Thomas, Tage Thompson, Alex Touch and Andrew Cope are four more right-worthy alternatives worthy of roasting.

16. Believe it or not, at the moment Weaver Wire has a lot of interesting D options that provide some pretty great section coverage. Chris Wideman, Noah Hanifin, Mark Giordano, Gustav Forsling and Nick Lady are the five names to take the fly.

17. Another man who is in the absolute hitter right now is St. Louis Justin Fox. The 30-year-old has five goals and nine points in his last five appearances. Faulk and the aforementioned Lady really acted aggressively in the absence of Torey Krug.

18. Dump Logan Couture. In the last seven games, the Sharks captain has only two points – two goals – now is not the time to wait.

19. Feel free to drop Mark Stone. Oddly enough, the Golden Knights – due to cap restrictions – could not activate their captain outside the injured reserve. It’s unfortunate, but the rules rule.

20 Austin Mathews is good at hockey. What a statement, right? Leafs Sniper has scored 51 goals in his last 50 games. I know it’s early on, but Matthews has surpassed Nathan McKinnon and is third in my ‘It’s Too Top-250 Fantasy Rankings’ for next season, behind Connor McDavid and Leon Drysitel. We are witnessing greatness. That’s it. – Rivals remember Dwayne Huskins

Dwayne Haskins Jr. has as little confidence and aura as few players. He would walk towards a house or a field and all eyes were on him. As a player, teammate and athlete, Huskins was a standout.

Of course, most of the people around here knew Haskins. The Washington DC metro area was quickly adopted by the local football community in New Jersey, known as the DMV, when his family moved to a Maryland suburb. He will never let you forget that he was from Garden State and regularly mentions his friendship with Mo Jabi, a 2016 colleague who signed with Rutger. Huskins spent his youth playing ball in New Jersey and he often spoke well of Jabi and his cousin, the NFL receiver. Mohammad SanuGrowing.

In high school, Huskins played for the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, a reputable private school just over 30 minutes from my home. I have seen him play regularly in his high school career but he really burst into the recruitment scene in 2014 Rival Camp Series Baltimore. Huskins won the Quarterback MVP award that day, in a loaded group of high-class people, and offers began to arrive as spring turned into summer. We knew he had the talent to win MVP if he appeared and acted and he blew up the competition. Looking back on that roster, there were multiple future NFL players on the field that day.

The word I always associated with Huskins was smooth. He was seen performing almost effortlessly. Somehow, during the season and in all the stressful situations at camp and in the 7-on-7 tournament, I felt like I had never seen him sweat or see that he was working so hard. My outlook changed completely when I had the opportunity to attend a personal training session at Huskins. His work ethic, passion and focus towards the game was clear and it became clear that the games showed him so effortlessly because of the amount of work he put into them. Her passion has translated into the field, where she has had fun with her teammates and done what they love to do. Within the white line, it was easy to see why people were attracted to him and saw him as a leader.

I vividly remember playing a bullshit when they hosted The Avalon School, whose star players were the future defenders for Alabama and Dallas Cowboys Trevon Diggs at the time. Huskins and Diggs were very close and talked about the game with interest for a while. The Bulls won the game easily and filled the Huskins stat sheet. In one play he took a snap and almost immediately felt the pressure. He ran out of his pocket and ran downstairs first. It’s amazing that a quarterback who was known for making flashy plays is engraved in my memory. I have seen Huskins play dozens of times since then and have had countless conversations with him and his father but that is what came to my mind when I heard of his death on Saturday morning.

This simple drama kept spinning in my head. Throughout his career, he has had countless show stopping performances, weekly dramas and game winners. What stuck to me, though, was that on some level, he saw that it was not the flashy performance that made him special. This is the basis of playing youth ball with his friends, hard work with his coaches and coaches, guidance of his family and their mutual support which will lead him to victory.

In its core part, Dwayne Huskins Jr. was an athlete driven by an inner motivation to be the best. He did not achieve his success on his own and let everyone who helped him know how grateful he was for their support. Huskins’ time may be reduced, but, as the saying goes, life is a journey, not a destination. I am grateful for the time to contact Huskins and I am 100 percent sure that thousands more are saying the same thing.

Rest in peace, Dwayne.

PBA: Meralco fight back, Ginebra vs 2-1 lead

Tony Bishop Meralco Bolts PBA

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MANILA, Philippines: At risk of losing control of the series, Meralco fired one hard shot after another while making all the necessary stops at the other end, to stop Geneva, 83-74, at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night.

The Bolts ride Tony Bishop Jr., Chris Newsome, and Allen Malksy in the pay-off frame and then return to the indomitable Cliff Hodge in defense to take control of the best-of-seven series 2-1.

The Panamanian standout was wound up with 30 points and 16 rebounds while Newsome 20 and 11 spikeed six assists in a tough fight competition with the Bolts falling behind by 13 points.

Maliksey, who was scoreless in Game 2, also scored seven of his 10 points in the fourth round.
Justin Brownlee had 19 points, while Christian Standhardinger Barange took another 17 points for Geneva who missed Japeth Aguilar.

Jean Kings drew 11 points from LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson but could not tab to the win before the PBA epidemic record of 16,104.

The series now returns to the Caverns Smart Araneta Coliseum, where Meralco is shooting for control of the series.

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How Pascal Siakam regained his place among the NBA elite

The journey that led the Raptors and their star players to such an exciting place began with an epidemic. It was uncomfortable for everyone, but for Siakam, who is concerned enough about germs and doctors and hospitals that even a relatively routine arthroscopic shoulder procedure frightened him, the possibility of a global pathogen was a brain-curling moment. When the Raptors came back from their last pre-epidemic road trip, wrestling with NBA patient Zero Rudy Gobert, the fear was obvious. “Oh, he was terrified,” said Christian Siakam, who lives with his brother. “The whole time we were isolated, waiting for his test. He was scared.”

When the lockdown hit, Siakam took it to heart, falling between the handsome brown stones shared with Christians in Bathurst and Lawrence. Because of his visa situation, moving to the United States – where his teammates and most other NBA players were able to find workout benefits relatively early in the epidemic – was not an option. There were no trips to the grocery store, even, and as the only six-foot-nine NBA player in the neighborhood who protects his privacy, a mind-clearing walk was not on the menu. It was movies, video games, cards and online piano lessons – and no basketball training. The Raptors equipped the players with in-house fitness equipment, but this was not an ideal situation. “I was just telling you [Ujiri, Raptors president] My concern is that Pascal could not work. Like any other player, he’s going to gain weight, he’s going to be out of shape and he’ll have zero rhythm when the season starts again, “said Todd Ramaser, Siakam’s longtime agent. “There won’t be enough runways to get back in shape and everything else. The situation was not like, ‘Hey, friends, you’re going to hide in this gym at Drake’s house or somewhere else.’ There was none of that. There was zero solution because everything was closed. “

When Siakam was finally able to cross the border and prepare for the NBA’s August 2020 resumption, his agent’s concerns were realized. “We were joking,” Ramasar said. “It simply came to our notice then [his huskier brother]. You have a donkey now. ‘

V.League: Brian Bagunas takes charge of avoiding Oita deportation

Bryan Bagunas Oita Miyoshi

Bryan Bagunas for Oita Miyoshi. Photo from Brian Bagunas’s Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Brian Bagunas beat Fujitsu Kawasaki 29-26, 25-21, 34-36, 25-19 in a V-Challenge match at the Odawara Arena in Japan on Sunday to place Ota Miyoshi in Division 1 with 32 points. .

On the verge of releasing Weiss Adler in Division 2 after a five-set loss to the Red Spirits on Saturday, Bagunas took matters into his own hands, nailed the 26-of-52 offensive clip and provided three blocks and three serve aces to keep his side in Division 1 for next season. .

The Filipino Import helped Ota Mioshi overcome the Greety Division 2 runner-up in two hours and six minutes to stay in Japan’s top-tier men’s volleyball league after the team finished ninth with a 6-30 record in the 2021-22 season.

In addition to Bagunas, Kota Yamadao also advanced when it was most important, finishing with 15 points built on 12 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Venezuelan importer Emerson Rodriguez chipped in 12 markers, all from Spike. Fujitsu Kawasaki will remain in Division 2 because it failed to complete a sweep of Ota Miyoshi.

Yanagida Hayakushiki carried the red spirit with 24 points. Takuma Asano added 13 markers, and Takumi Tanihira added 12.

After his third season with Oita Miyoshi, Bagunas’ next goal is to lead the Philippine men’s volleyball team to the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam in May, where Filipino spies will try to finish their previous silver medal.

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Volkanowski beat the Korean zombie to hold the belt in UFC 273

Jacksonville, Fla. – Alexander Volkanowski beat Chan Sung Jung in UFC 273 early Sunday, gaining a technical knockout second in the fourth round to hold the featherweight belt.

The 33-year-old Volkanowski (24-1) has extended his professional winning streak to 21 with a 11-0 mark in the UFC Championship.

Jung, better known as “Korean Zombie”, was wounded, bleeding and having difficulty breathing after the first three rounds. He insisted he wanted to continue, but the referee stopped the fight within 45 seconds of the fourth round of five championship rounds.

“Very (experienced) good,” Volkanowski shouted inside the octagon after his last victory.

“Alexander the Great” was the most powerful man in the war, and it seemed to him that this could be the end of the world. Volkanovsky’s last four fights covered the distance. But he was fast enough than Jung, basically keeping the mixed clinic. Karate.

“I’m on another level now and I can’t be stopped,” Volkanovsky said, hoping the referee would stop fighting soon and at the last minute he felt bad for Jung.

“It felt like I hit a wall that I couldn’t cross,” said Jung, who is fighting his first title since 2013. He ran 3,171 days between shots in the featherweight belt.

The 35-year-old Jung fell on the mat after receiving a call for a fight and later hinted through an interpreter that he might consider retiring.

The main event was one-sided on the main card of UFC 273.

Aljamin Sterling became the undisputed bantamweight champion by defending his belt against Peter Ian. They were involved in a controversial disqualification more than a year ago. After dominating the war, Ian was decried for an illegal knee.

Sterling (21-3) looked like another fighter, controlling Ian for about eight minutes in the second and third rounds. Ian (16-3) fought in the final two rounds, working hard enough to make a split decision.

“I think I won this fight and I was robbed,” Ian said. “I want a rematch.”

Sterling had no plans for a trio fight with Ian, instead calling former Bantamweight champ TJ Dillash for his next fight.

The UFC’s third trip to Jacksonville in three years will feature a packed house featuring Florida Governor Ron Dyntes, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovsky, Las Vegas Riders Defensive and Max Crossby, and the Jaguar Township.

They are treated to an epic event.

Not only did they win two titles to end the night, but they also witnessed the best fight of the year. Sweden’s Khamjat Chimayev has taken another step towards mixed martial arts stardom with a unanimous decision against 35-year-old Brazilian Gilbert Burns in the welterweight division.

Chimayev and Burns went toe for three rounds, exchanged punches and raised their profile. This was Chimayev’s most impressive outing so far and proved that he is a potential championship contender.

Chimayev (11-0) was undefeated and answered long-standing questions about how good he could be by knocking down second-ranked Burns (20-5).

“I didn’t know he was so tough,” Chimayev said.

Chimayev has not reached the third round in any of his previous professional fights. He was injured in the final round of this one and his first against a ranked opponent.

“That’s what I’ve been waiting for,” Chimayev said, with a large cut under his left eye. “I’m in pain, bloody and tired.”

Other battles on the original card:

– Mackenzie Darn (12-2) used a split decision against Tesia Torres to win for the fifth time in his last six fights. Sitting next to the cage with her husband and young daughter, Darn dominated the second round for the variety of Brazilian jiu-jitsu rice. But 32-year-old Torres (13-6) was saved from two deposits and was impressed to almost upset the fifth-ranked woman in the Strovet division in the last five minutes.

– Three-time Olympian Mark Madsen (12-0) remains unbeaten in a unanimous decision over 39-year-old Wink Pichel (14-3) in the lightweight division. Madsen won a silver medal for Denmark at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

F1: Worstapen says failure to finish Australian Grand Prix ‘unacceptable’

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Max Verstappen (L), the Dutch driver of the Red Bull, looks at his car during the 2022 Formula One Australian Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne on April 10, 2022. (Photo by William West / AFP)

A frustrated world champion Max Verstappen said it was “unacceptable” that he was unable to finish the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday when his Red Bull collapsed when he was scheduled to finish second.

It was the second time in the first three races of the season that the Dutchman had failed to cover the distance, even after retiring to Bahrain.

“We are far behind (Ferrari). We have to finish the race, ”Verstappen said after being pulled to 58 off 39 by Albert Park when the winner ran second from Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari.

“I can smell some weird liquid,” Worstapen reported on Tim Radio before stopping the car, jumping out and grabbing a fire extinguisher to help the marshals put out the fire.

“Today was a bad day. I was handling tires. I couldn’t fight Charles,” he added.

“It was a simple P2 but we couldn’t finish the race – frustrating and unacceptable. These kinds of things are unacceptable if you want to fight for the title.”

Verstappen was not happy all weekend, complaining after being second with the balance of his car.

“I didn’t feel comfortable in one lap without a long run,” he said.

The 24-year-old also cried after organizers reduced the number of Drag Reduction System (DRS) zones from four to three for safety reasons.

The DRS allows drivers to open a flap attached to the rear wing within a second of the front of the vehicle to maximize speed and assist in overtaking.

The Red Bull seemed to be more straightforward than the Ferrari, so more DRS zones were in their favor.

The head of the team, Christian Horner, said he could understand Worstapen’s dissatisfaction.

“It’s completely understandable, his frustration,” he told reporters. “It simply came to our notice then.

“We still don’t know what the problem is. I don’t think it was actually engine-related. I think it could be a fuel problem. But we have to get the car back. We have to see exactly what happened.”

For Sergio Perez, the second-placed Red Bull, it wasn’t all devastation. However, he was more than 20 seconds behind Leclerc.

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UAAP: L-Jay Gonzales says defense needs to improve after 3-4 FEU starts

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FEU’s L-Jay Gonzales goes for a layup. Photo from UAAP

MANILA, Philippines – L-J Gonzalez says Far Eastern University must improve its defenses and develop its team chemistry if it starts 3-4 in the second round of the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Gonzalez delivered his best game of the season with 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal but the FEU lost to the University of the Philippines, 76-83, at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.

The playmaker, who hails from Isabella, said his team made mistakes in their defense, especially in the last game.

“Defense will help us win games, not crime,” said Gonzalez in the Filipino. “We have to perform our plays properly and follow our coaches.”

The FEU has yet to see a strong combo of Gonzalez and RJ Abriantos, who had a deadly backcourt with Baby Tams, as the pair have played in their previous seven games.

Gonzalez, however, insisted that it was not about their pairing because everyone should take action to make their team successful.

“We have to help each other. Because this game is not about personal talent, we should work as a team, ”he said. “We have to deal with our shortcomings and improve on the things we lacked in the first round.”

Gonzalez also said that the ankle injury has not completely healed yet.

For coach Olsen Wrestler, an uneven start by Thames is part of the team’s growing pains that he hopes to overcome in the next round next season.

“We have new players in our team. They are still growing. We are using these games to enhance. We hope they grow in the second round. We can make a run to make it to the final four, ”said Resella.

As FEU began its second-round campaign against Adamson on Holy Tuesday, Gonzalez vowed that their first round would be an inspiration to improve their position.

“Our first round rate will be our inspiration. We don’t want to be a burden to our coaches anymore because they have made a lot of sacrifices for us. We need to be inspired, that’s the right thing to do, “said Gonzalez.

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