Hill follows coach orders to be ‘aggressive’ in clutch showing for Star

first_imgLeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Amid transfer boom, UEFA eyes stricter club spending rules Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESStar import Malcolm Hill was a bystander during his NBA Summer League stint with Oklahoma City, but in his first PBA game the lanky swingman immediately became the talk of the town.As the Hotshots tried to fend off the gutsy Alaska Aces, Hill took it upon himself to play savior and bring Star to a 101-92 victory for a 2-0 card in the Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT And at 21-years-old, Hill is considered young within the PBA circle that usually gets rookies who are 22 or 23-years-old.Hill, however, doesn’t see his age as a detrimental factor in his game and he’s also not surprised with the league’s physicality.In his four years as a Fighting Illini, Hill accumulated 1,846 points, 647 rebounds, and 281 assists in a packed Big 10 conference.University of Illinois shared the conference with powerhouses Indiana University, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania State University.Physicality is nothing new to Hill, he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Surcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “Players will think I’m soft because I’m young and fresh out of college,” said Hill. “I played in the Big 10 and I think it’s one of the best college leagues, the most physical, and the most defensive oriented, so the physicality doesn’t bother me.” Read Next “My job at [University of] Illinois was to be aggressive and take over the game, I want to carry that on the professional level,” said Hill. “Coach [Chito Victolero] told me that he wants me to be aggressive.”And Hill did just that as he sunk back-to-back clutch baskets for Hotshots that effectively became the metaphorical haymakers the Aces absorbed.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’First it was the jumper from the top of the key with 1:34 left in the clock to give Star a 97-91 lead then he did the same thing once more 23 seconds later to put the Hotshots up 99-91.“Coach told me in the middle of the set, ‘Hill get the ball’ and he wanted me to shoot the shots and I did,” said Hill who finished with 28 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, and 11 boards. View commentslast_img read more

Manchester United wins FA Cup

first_imgLONDON— Louis van Gaal delivered Manchester United’s first trophy since Alex Ferguson retired three years ago with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace after the 135th FA Cup final went to extra time on Saturday.With Ferguson watching at Wembley Stadium, Jesse Lingard, an academy graduate thrust into the first team by Van Gaal, completed United’s comeback by volleying in the winner in the 110th minute.United’s record-equaling 12th triumph in world football’s oldest cup competition comes at the end of a lackluster second season under Van Gaal. The manager’s United future has seemed precarious for more than six months, and failure to qualify for the Champions League has only added to the uncertainty.But United showed the fighting spirit often lacking under Van Gaal to provide a winning end to the campaign.“We’ve had a tough end to the season but I thought we worked very hard today — our determination got us through this so I’m delighted,” United captain Wayne Rooney said. “It’s been a (while). It’s not always great of course.“Winning trophies lifts football clubs and lifts supporters. The fans have had a tough few years. Hopefully they enjoy tonight.”Alan Pardew won’t. The Palace manager produced a giddy jig on the touchline after Jason Puncheon put the London club ahead in the 78th minute, but Juan Mata equalized within three minutes to force extra time.Even being reduced to 10 men, when Chris Smalling was sent off in the 105th, did not dampen United’s resolve. Lingard, who replaced Mata at the end of regular time, produced the winner five minutes later to deny Palace a first major trophy.It is the first time United has won the FA Cup since 2004 — one of 38 major trophies Ferguson won as manager from 1986 to 2013. Ferguson’s immediate successor, David Moyes, was fired after less than a year in charge. Van Gaal has managed to end the club’s rare trophy drought, and the Dutchman has titles in four countries in management.“Not many managers can say that,” the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach said.ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more