It looks like Tim Cone actually waited for Matthew Wright’s Hail Mary heave before allowing himself to contemplate the latest victory of his Barangay Ginebra squad.“That shot of Matthew Wright, ano? Banda pa,” Cone said after the Phoenix Pulse gunner threw a desperation triple that didn’t look like it had a chance until it caught glass and spun off the rim.ADVERTISEMENT 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 And kept at it until LA Tenorio, who will be crowned the league’s new Iron Man in his next game, made the big shots that mattered and Japeth Aguilar came up with a lead-saving swat on Calvin Abueva to seal Ginebra’s fourth win in seven games.That Cone has benchmarked Phoenix’s character for this conference speaks a lot about the Fuel Masters’ newfound identity this conference.And it showed in the way the team carried itself after the loss.“It wasn’t that tough of a loss. We’re not gonna let that emotionally affect us. They’re a good team and we have had a good season so far,” Wright said. “You know, more than anything, I’m trying to find the silver lining, this really prepared us for the playoffs—what the playoff atmosphere is like with the crowd, with the intensity.”That identity will be severely tested by San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT The Fuel Masters still have a shot at the twice-to-beat incentive for the playoffs, but losing the Ginebra game could haunt them because the Gin Kings stayed at three losses. If Phoenix loses to San Miguel in its last elimination round game, the Fuel Masters will be at three losses, too.That could mean getting tied with any of the following: TNT, Ginebra, Alaska, Rain or Shine and the Beermen. Except for Alaska, four of those teams will no longer play each other—which means a Beermen win over the Fuel Masters could pave the path to a five-way tie at 8-3.And the Fuel Masters would have lost to three of those five teams, putting them at a disadvantage in the quotient count.But Phoenix isn’t overly concerned about that yet, proof that coach Louie Alas has shaped his team’s character well this season.“I feel like more important than our record right now is us getting better and becoming more cohesive as a team the next couple of weeks before playoffs,” Wright said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments No. 1 Bataan opens Datu Cup playoff bid LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra But it was clear he wasn’t referring to that shot when he gave Phoenix the ultimate praise: That Ginebra’s 100-97 victory Sunday night was a result of the Gin Kings being able to match the Fuel Masters in an important aspect of the game.“There’s a reason they’re on top,” Cone said. “They’re really good … For one night, at least we were able to match their character and get a win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBarangay Ginebra simply refused to surrender despite the seeming control Phoenix had for most of the game.“We showed great character all game long,” said Cone. “Things weren’t going well for us. We just kept at it, kept at it, kept at it.” Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
The Public Infrastructure Ministry will be conducting a feasibility study for the construction of hydropower projects at Phillipai and Pariuma in the Upper Mazaruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).This was announced by Regional Chairman Gordon Bradford, who said that the Region was anticipating the implementation of the projects which would not only generate low-cost energy, but would be a major economic boost to the two villages and surrounding areas.In addition to providing hydroelectricity, Bradford said that the projects would haveRegional Chairman Gordon Bradfordspin-off benefits, including agro-processing.“We are happy that the Ministry has sought to do the feasibility study in the two areas, to harness rapids to produce cheap energy, green and clean energy … Our vision is to ensure food security and we want to encourage agro-processing, but in order to do this, we need cheap electricity,” the Chairman is quoted by the Department of Public information (DPI) as saying.Bradford explained that Upper Mazaruni villages have swathes of fertile land, for instance, in Pariuma, where citrus fruits, plantains and other produce are grown in abundance. However, every year, these areas experience major flooding. Bradford said once the projects were fully onstream, the regional administration would be assisting the villages to can the crops grown.Additionally, a $794.5 million (US$3.8 million) 1.5-megawatt solar farm, with storage, is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for Bartica in Region Seven. The project will commence sometime this year and will last for 18 months.Also, a one-megawatt hydro project will be constructed upstream Bartica at a cost of US$5.2 million. The funding is being sourced from the Guyana REDD Investment Fund, and the project is expected to last for two and a half years. Currently, technical assessments and other studies are being conducted.