Castro says TNT in ‘make or break’ situation after loss to Ginebra

first_imgMOST READ Losing its second straight after a 78-93 defeat to Ginebra on Sunday, Castro called for his side to perform consistently if TNT desires to advance to the next stage.“We haven’t had consistency this conference. We’ve been up-and-down in our games and that also happens within the game. That’s what we need,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCastro urged the KaTropa to have that sense of urgency in their last two games beginning against GlobalPort on Wednesday.“We need to find ways to get back in the winning column. This loss was hard on us because of how close the standings is. We need to get our act together and it also posed a challenge for us veterans like me and Harvey (Carey) to handle this situation and show it to the young guys,” he said. ‘Playoff mode’ Ginebra ready for anything, says Tenorio LATEST STORIES With that being said, Castro made it clear that the duel with GlobalPort will be a make-or-break game for TNT.“It’s really a do-or-die for us. We can’t lose,” he said. “It’s no longer about the Xs and Os. We need to show the effort until the end of the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img PBA IMAGESEven Jayson Castro admitted that being one of the bottom teams in the standings is a foreign feeling for TNT.“We’re not used to this,” Castro said after the KaTropa slid to eighth with a 4-5 card in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Saah No. 1 in US-Trenton High School Tennis Singles

first_imgOne of America’s renowned founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, inspiringly said, “What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.” This is definitely the case of 14 –year-old Liberian tennis prodigy, Saah Kandakai, who is currently the No. 1 single’s player for Trenton High School, in the USA. He is a freshman.Some might call him an inspiration and also an optimist who sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Saah is a member of the New Jersey Tennis League, and amongst the top junior singles.According to the New Jersey Tennis League (NJTL) and the New Jersey High School Sports, the Liberian tennis icon in 2014 reached the finals of the USTA Sectional U-14 qualifiers. He also reached the quarterfinals in his first Sectional Tennis Tournament in Philadelphia.Eventually, some say, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity” – and this is what happened to Saah when he escorted his father, Aflred Kandakai on one of his training sections. The young man played a tennis match against Mr. Tani Hanna, the chairman of Games World International in Liberia. Mr. Hanna was surprised at how skillful Saah played for his age and decided to give him an opportunity of a lifetime. He and Mrs. Anna Bsaibes, a shareholder at the Mamba Point and Oceano Casino (situated at Mamba Point) in 2011 sent Saah to Sanshall Casal in Barcelona – Spain and he spent three weeks at the tennis academy that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray once attended.Two years later, Mr. Hanna and his partners further sponsored Saah to train at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Naples, USA.How did Saah get so good at tennis?  He accredits that to his father, his present coach, who started a refugee’s tennis academy in 2006. “He’s at a pretty high level,” said Michelle Gbelama, Program Director for National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) of Trenton, affiliated with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA). The NJTL is a non-profit developmental organization that provides tennis, education, nutritional and life skill programsFounded in 1975, NJTL now serves more than 2,700 underprivileged youngsters in the Trenton area between the ages of 5 and 17.“He found us,’’ Gbelama said about Kandakai. “He was passing Cadwalader Park and came to our office. We now support his tennis career and provide him with whatever he needs.’’“He’s such a polite young man, oh my gosh,’’ said Trenton tennis coach James Jones, a graduate of THS and coach for more than 25 years. “He has good footwork. He’s very agile and he has quick hands. He’s willing to listen and really a joy to be around.’’Kandakai does not just enjoy tennis. He wants to turn pro. His favorites are Federer and Novak Djokovic.“I love the way Federer plays and he’s a great guy,’’ Kandakai said. “And Novak, I really want to be like him because he’s most consistent in playing and he’s really focused when he’s playing a match.’’ If he fails to attain the heights of the Australian Open, Wimbledon or the U.S. Open, his Plan B is earning a degree in civil engineering.“Tennis is good for me. I want to play in grand slams,’’ he told a publication two years ago. Regarding the refugee camp, he was quoted as saying, “(It) was very hard, that situation. But I play tennis because my dad is a tennis coach and he told me that tennis will make me a good person and I will have an education.’’ Kandakai’s mother, (who works nights as a supervisor for a house cleaning company), is very proud of her son, though she laughed when she said that he is not perfect.“No one is,’’ she added. “But he’s a child you always want to be around. He’s funny and he’s loving.’’One of his roommates from the academy in Florida, Andres Diaz of Mexico, put it best, “I am learning from him,’’ he said during an interview a couple of years ago, “because Alfred is a good example that, (despite) difficulties, you can follow your dream.’’It may be recalled in 2011 and 2012; Saah represented Liberia in the under-14 and under-12 categories of the West and Central Africa junior championships in Ghana and Togo, where he was a quarter-finalist.In 2013, he participated in the under-14 West and Central Africa junior championships in Togo, where he earned laurel. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more