fielding let us down Guyana are once again regional Under-19 kingpins. The defending champions defeated Jamaica by four wickets in the final of the WICB Under-19 Championship at Manchester High School yesterday. Set a competitive 246 to win, Guyana achieved their target at 250 for six with four overs remaining. Leading the way for the Guyanese was West Indies Under-19 opener Shimron Hetmeyer with 55. The left-handed opening batsman, who earlier this season represented West Indies Under-19s in the WICB Super50 Tournament, was the main man in two important partnerships at the start of the Guyanese reply and laid the platform for their victory. He first put on a 59-run opening stand with Tevin Imlach (14) before following up with a 29-run partnership with Balchan Baldeo for the second wicket. Hetmeyer was eventually run out with the score on 88. His dismissal gave Jamaica a glimmer of hope as they claimed three fairly quick wickets to have the visitors at 149 for five. However, thanks to knocks of 45 from No. 6 batsman Sherfane Rutherford, and 43 not out from No. 7 Kassem Khan, the victors were able to recover and reach their target. “Several things went wrong, but most off all, the fielding let us down today,” explained Jamaica coach, Robert Samuels. “Catches win matches, and it is as simple as that. We could have been a little bit more aggressive, and scored about 30 more runs. But even so, if you don’t take your chances, it will cost you, and that is what affected us.” Part-time off-spinner Brad Barnes, one for 42 off 10 overs; pacer Miguel Smith, one for 43 off eight; and captain and off-spinner Michael Frew, one for 44 off eight, were Jamaica’s best bowlers. Earlier, Jamaica, after winning the toss and electing to bat, were led to their total by opener and wicketkeeper Jevoy Spence, who slammed 92. He stroked nine fours and two sixes during a 140-ball knock, before his was the sixth and final wicket to fall in the innings with the score on 219. He also shared in three solid partnerships. The best was a sixth-wicket stand of 66 with second topscorer and Manchester High student Brad Barnes, who ended unbeaten on 51. The others were a 61-run fifth-wicket alliance with captain Michael Frew, who made 30, and a 40-run second-wicket partnership of 40 with Leonardo Friginette, 14. Spinner Akenie Adams, two for 33 off nine overs, and fast-bowling all-rounder Kemo Paul, two for 39, also off nine, led the way for the champions. The victory represented Guyana’s sixth in the seven games with their only loss coming against Jamaica in the opening round of the tournament.
He considers both Hansle Parchment and Omar McLeod, who finished second and sixth, respectively, in the World Championships, as potential Olympic champions. “If he (McLeod) performs to his real technical excellence, I don’t see why he shouldn’t be up there among the medals,” said Blake in reference to McLeod, who was far from his best in Beijing. Regarding Parchment, Blake said, “He keeps getting better every time he performs in the big events.” “He should also be there,” concluded the JAAA President, “as a medal contender for the gold.” He welcomed the Government-funded athlete support programme and reported that his association is currently looking for sponsors to contribute to a feeding programme. “Right now, we’re looking sponsorship to put in a feeding programme, so that the clubs can optimise the performance of their athletes,” said Blake. Jamaica’s best-ever medal tally at an Olympic Games came in 2012 in London when 12 medals (four gold, four silver, four bronze) were secured, all in athletics. Athletics chief Warren Blake believes that Jamaica can top the track and field medal table at this summer’s Olympic Games. Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), says the 110-metre hurdles and the men’s 4×400-metre relays are the events that could make the difference. The JAAA president is quietly confident about the prospects for the nation’s athletes for 2016. Reflecting on the seven gold-medal haul achieved by Jamaica at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, Blake stated: “If we had gotten another gold, and there are places where we could have gotten another gold but it just didn’t work out, we would have topped the medal table.” In Beijing, Jamaica won gold medals courtesy of Usain Bolt in the men’s 100 and 200 metres, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the ladies’ 100m, Danielle Williams in the 100m hurdles, both 4×100 metres relays and the ladies’ 4×400 metres. However, Kenya edged Jamaica to top the table by one gold medal. Blake is, however, foreseeing a change for the better. “Strategically, we think that come the Olympics this year, we are really in a good position to top the athletics medal table,” Blake said. “If you look at the areas in which we did well in 2015, we are set to still do well in those areas and we have a good crop of 400m runners coming up,” he added. “Our hurdlers,” Blake continued, “both on the male and female sides, are expected to do well again this year, and, with a bit of luck, we can do better in the male hurdles.” Potential champs
Long-serving track and field administrator Michael Fennell believes that sprint legend Usain Bolt will go down in history as the greatest sprinter, declaring “there will be only one Usain Bolt”, ahead of the sprint megastar’s imminent departure from the sport. Thirty-year-old Bolt became the first athlete to win triple gold at three consecutive Olympic Games, capping off his Olympics career unbeaten in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, recently. Fennell, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president, is encouraging current and upcoming Jamaican athletes to also “focus on doing their thing, and making their mark”, in the sport. When pressed on whether Jamaica would ever be able to replace an athlete of Bolt’s global stature, Fennell said no. “It’s going to be difficult. There can only be one Usain Bolt. I don’t think we should talk about replacing him. I think we should talk about another individual who can do his own thing and have his own mark. There will only be one Usain Bolt,” Fennell told The Gleaner. He was speaking upon arrival from the Rio de Janeiro Games at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Wednesday. GLOBAL MARK MADE Meanwhile, Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA) boss Dr Warren Blake said Bolt, who has signalled that he is going to retire soon, has left a big mark on the sport globally. “True it’s going to be very hard to replace a Usain Bolt because Usain brings more to track and field than just his speed. He brings his personality and the way he can whip the crowd into a frenzy, and everybody really comes out to see a Usain run,” outlined Blake. The JAAA president believes Bolt has proven to be more popular than other sporting greats before him like PelÈ. “What was really very noticeable in Rio was that on the days that Bolt was competing, the stadium was packed to capacity, and in some instances where he competed before the final event, as soon as he finished competing, a significant number of Brazilians got up and left because they just came out to see Usain,” Blake said.
There are so many things wrong with cricket in the region, not the least of which is the inability to produce the type of crowd-pulling cricketer as once was the case. This is not to say that the inbred talent is no longer available, but in this age of a surfeit of distractions and alternatives for excitement and entertainment, our youngsters are gravitating to, and entrapped by, other areas of enjoyment. Foster’s Fairplay is nowhere as close to the action as previously. As such, there is a near-slavish dependence on those clinging to the sinking ship for the true tale on what obtains at the various cricketing venues across the land. The gleaned information is that the young players, after a day in the field, hustle away to other varied fun spots where anything but the game or discussion about it takes place. Spending time in the clubhouse to take advantage of mentorship and advice from older and wiser heads is a thing of the past. The Digicel regional four-day competition is on. The Jamaica Scorpions franchise is atop the points table after round five. Their record is three wins, one loss and a draw. At press time, although the weather could be a determinant factor, Guyana Jaguars seems poised to defeat the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. In this the longer version of the game, Jamaica’s batsmen, after a shaky start, are showing a level of bold and breathtaking stroke play that is heartening. It is this braggadocio – beating ball to all corners of the park – that will threaten to swell Sabina to long-gone, almost forgotten levels of crowd draw. EVENING PLAY A GREAT IDEA It is, therefore, a pity that the powers that be did not consider it prudent to accord Kingston more than a single day/night game, and this against the lowly Leeward Islands team. It has long been mooted that one way to revive the first-class and, by extension, the Test game is to have them marketed around late evening play. This offers the spectators the opportunity for after-work lyming, increasing the party spirit in the stands and the take at the gates. With the dimming of administrator vision, one is only left to imagine an atmosphere in which Jamaica’s John Campbell, the rising star, Brandon King, and the Test-playing shot man Jermaine Blackwood are caught displaying their batting skills under lights. Sitting next to the Scorpions in the standings is the Jaguars, to whom the only loss was registered. Their anticipated one-two situation should be maintained half-way through the competition. The Sabina Park return spectacle would thus be augmented by the presence of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, once again back to his productive self after getting over his exclusion from the international scene. Hindsight is 20/20 vision, but one would think that the authorities missed a chance to score there. There is a long break for the holidays and the upcoming international part of the season, which will see England visiting for a trio of one-day internationals. The start is March 3, and lasts for a week with domestic first-class cricket rolling out again on the 10th. Is it too late or too much to ask that the bosses of regional cricket do something positive in the interest of the survival of the game? How long must the blame game as to who is responsible for its continuing demise, be prolonged? Who cares whether it is President Dave Cameron or any other individual’s fault why the game in its longer state is going down the tubes? It is no salve to say that interest in Test cricket is on the decline in the region. This was not the case during the period when West Indies ruled the world. It is time to say goodbye to all this meandering that has placed a cloud over West Indies cricket. If this is what it takes, some bright person has got to put on the gloves and get involved in the fight to restore West Indies cricket with all the vigour and vitality required to achieve the desired outcome. That may be the only way to return to the pleasure and pride that the region once enjoyed and now craves. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A month and a half after final submissions were tendered in the whereabouts rule violation hearing of West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, there is still no word as to when a decision will be made in his case. The final hearing in the case took place at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 17, and Hugh Faulkner, chairman of the three-man independent anti-doping disciplinary panel which presided over the hearing and also included Dr Majorie Vassell and Dixeth Palmer, told the gathering at that point that a decision should be reached in two to three weeks’ time. However, nearly two months later, Russell, who is currently playing in the Australia Big Bash Twenty20 league, is still no closer to knowing his fate. When The Gleaner contacted Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) Executive Director Carey Brown, he could shed no further light on the situation. “Please be advised that final submissions were made on November 17, 2016. The commission awaits the ruling of the independent anti-doping disciplinary panel,” read the response, which was sent through JADCO’s Director of Communications and Education Vanessa Reid-Ledford. The Gleaner also tried to contact the tribunal’s chairman, Faulkner, but calls to his phone went unanswered. Russell is accused of missing three doping tests between January and July 2015. If found guilty, the cricketer could be suspended for up to two years under the World Anti-Doping Agency code, as three missed tests a year amounts to a failed dope test. The case commenced on September 19, but overran its course due to unforeseen delays. However, both parties were able to sufficiently submit their cases over the five-day hearing.
“We are a team in which everyone holds a certain [amount of] responsibility, and we have other players that in case Marlon shows up and he is not in the best of form, they can step up. “We’re a team that depends on each other, but, at the same time, the top players will be ready to step up and we welcome Marlon, and he knows that.” Samuels is one of three non-Leewards players in the 14-man squad, with Trinidadians Kevon Cooper and Akeal Hosein selected. The trio are expected to strengthen a side that has struggled in the competition recently. They have not won the tournament since 2010 when they shared the title with Barbados, and have failed to make the final four since then. Benjamin said the Hurricanes would continue to welcome other Caribbean players in the franchise set-up but stressed that performance would be key to their selection. “Players reach out to Leeward Islands to offer their services on the field, or off the field and we as an entity saw it fit to then invite these players,” he explained. “This does not guarantee they are going to play with the team. Who performs get selected, and who does not perform gets left out, and that’s how the process work.” Hurricanes have been installed in Group A, which includes reigning champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s, and English county side Kent Spitfires. And with the likes of Test pacer Alzarri Joseph, captain and out-of-favour Test opener Kieran Powell, and West Indies A all-rounder and vice-captain Rahkeem Cornwall in the line-up, Benjamin expects Hurricanes to do well. “I think that we have a solid team and we have people who believe that we can do it within the team, so it’s a different approach than just showing up,” he said. “We know that we have a lot to gain from advancing in this tournament ,and that’s the focus.” Hurricanes open their campaign against Kent at the Coolidge Cricket Ground the former Stanford Cricket Ground in Antigua, in a day/night affair next Wednesday. ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Leeward Islands Hurricanes head coach Reginald Benjamin, has pushed back on suggestions that his side will be overly reliant on West Indies batting star Marlon Samuels during the upcoming Regional Super50. The franchise has managed to contract the services of the experienced Jamaican right-hander, representing a massive boost for its chances in the tournament set to be staged in Antigua and in Barbados from January 24 to February 18. However, Benjamin said that the Hurricanes’ challenge in the tournament would see what he described as a team-centred approach and not just a dependence on Samuels’s run-scoring. “We are not going to centre our batting on any one player,” Benjamin stressed to the Observer newspaper in Antigua. Responsibilities
It was a quinella in the Boy’s Open 3000m for the North Street team, as Aryamanya Rodgers won in a fast 8:37.38 seconds, getting the better of teammate Shane Buchanan, who was second in 8:39.49 seconds. Holmwood was the best among the girls as they gave signs that they could give defending champions Edwin Allen a run for their money at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships with four good wins, the most by a female team at the meet. Their wins came in the 4x100m Class Two, in 46.03 seconds, the 4x200m Open in 1:36.00 seconds, 4x400m Open in 3:40.91 seconds, and the 4x800m Open in 8:59.54 seconds. Edwin Allen was next best with three wins, after taking the Class four 4x100m in 47.91 seconds, Class three 4x100m in 45.84 seconds and the Class one quartet of Kasheika Cameron, Patrice Moody, Shellece Clark and Khamoy Farquharson posting a quick 44.87 seconds. Kingston College was the toast of high school teams at Saturday’s 39th staging of the Milo Western Relays in Montego Bay as the North Street-based institution picked up six wins and two second-place finishes to be the most successful team at the meet. Their wins came in Classes One, Two and Three 4x100m, the 4x200m Class Two, 4×400 and 4x800m with second-place finishes in the Class One 4x200m and the sprint medley. Undoubtedly, it was the 4x800m event that got the large crowd in a frenzy as defending champions St Elizabeth Technical came out very confidently in making it back-to-back wins. Kingston College took a slight lead after the first exchange, with the in-form Kristoff Darby some 10 metres ahead of the dangerous Jauvaney James in second. Darby extended the lead at one stage to about 50m but in the end had to stave off a late rally from James as both teams had a tight battle on the final two legs before Tyrese Rhoden pulled away from Rayon Butler in the final 20m to give his team a win in seven minutes, 42.26 seconds as STETHS was second in 7:42.95 seconds, with Munro third in 8:07.04 seconds. Led by an outstanding third leg by Jhevaughn Matherson in the Open 4x400m, it was another good win for KC as they stopped the clock at 3:14.74 seconds, relegating the defending champions to second in 3:16.13 seconds and Petersfield third in 3:17.40 seconds. FIRST AND SECOND PLACE
Captain Nikita Miller believes a lack of penetration on behalf of his fast bowlers was the main reason behind the Jamaica Scorpions’ seven, wickets defeat to the Guyana Jaguars in their West Indies Cricket Board Four-day Tournament clash at Sabina Park yesterday. Set a modest 182 to win and resuming on 79 for two, the Jaguars achieved their target at 184 for three late in the morning session of the final day. Leading the way for the visitors, who have now leapfrogged Jamaica as leaders, was the previously out-of-form Vishal Singh, who ended unbeaten on 63, and all-rounder Raymon Reifer, who closed on 37 not out. Reifer, who claimed seven for 60 in the Scorpions second innings total of 188, was also named man of the match. Jamaica, in their first innings tallied 255 to which Guyana had replied with 262. “Our fast bowlers failed to step up to the plate in both innings, and I think that played a major role in losing,” assessed Miller. “Guyana is known to not play fast bowling that well, and in the first innings, our pace bowlers did not claim one wicket, and in the second two, one came when the game was virtually done and dusted. “This is a concern for us, and something, as a unit, we will have to address going forward.” Jamaica, who enjoyed a three- point lead at the top of the table over the Jaguars heading into the contest, played three seamers. First innings Leading the charge was the experienced Jerome Taylor, who along with former West Indies Under-19 standout, Marquino Mindley, shared the new ball in the first innings. All-rounder Derval Green was the other option. Taylor, in the first innings, finished with none for 43 from 13 overs, Mindley none for 22 from eight, and Green, none for 42 from 11. The second innings, in the meantime, closed with Taylor ending with none of 33 off eight overs, Green, whom Taylor shared the new ball with in the second innings, one for 29 off six, and Mindley, one of 19 off 10. This is contrast to their spin bowlers. In the first innings, Miller with four for 69, part-time off-spinner Andre McCarthy, three for 18, and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, two for 35 led the way. Miller, one for 32, claimed the other wicket to fall in the second innings. Jamaica will next play mid-table contenders the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park in a historic regional four-day encounter, starting at 3pm on Friday. SCORPIONS 1st Innings 255 JAGUARS 1st Innings 262 SCORPIONS 2nd Innings 188 JAGUARS 2nd Innings (target: 182) (overnight 79 for two) T Chanderpaul ret. hurt 0 S Hetmyer c Blackwood b Miller 42 *L Johnson c McCarthy b Green 10 V Singh not out 63 S Chanderpaul c wkp Walton b Mindley 5 R Reifer not out 37 Extras (b14, lb7, w5, nb1) 27 TOTAL (3 wkts, 54 overs) 184 Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-79, 3-106. Bowling: Taylor 8-2-33-0, Green 6-0-29-1 (w4), Mindley 10-0-19-1 (nb1), Miller 20-2-32-1, Jacobs 3-0-16-0, McCarthy 4-0-20-0, Campbell 3-0-14-0. Result: Jaguars won by seven wickets. Man-of-the-Match: Raymon Reifer. Toss: Jaguars. Umpires: V Smith, J Wilson
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet CONTRIBUTED PHOTOGames Tuesday(Taipei Peace Basketball Hall)ADVERTISEMENT 11 a.m. – Chinese Taipei B vs Iraq1 p.m. – Gilas Pilipinas vs JapanFEATURED 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’3 p.m. – India vs Iran5 p.m. – South Korea vs Atletas All-Stars Lithuania Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:40Filipinos 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 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “They play with a lot of energy and they have nothing to lose,” Reyes went on. “This is a game we always approach with a lot of caution and I told them to come out with maximum effort because they (Taiwanese) will play with maximum effort.”The win enabled the Filipinos to stay in the title hunt despite losing big to Canada 150 on opening day, but Gilas cannot afford another loss and would have to get help from the other teams along the way.Next up for the Filipinos is Japan at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon even as the Canadians, who are getting better by the day here, shoot for a fourth straight win against Taiwan’s Team A in the 7 p.m. main game.One path that Gilas could take to winning the title is, of course, to sweep its remaining games and hope that Taiwan’s Team A defeats Canada on Tuesday.The 16-point win by the Filipinos on Sunday night would give Gilas the edge in case of a triple tie with Chinese Taipei A and the Canadians at the end of the elimination round, since Canada won by just 13.Wright fired 21 points and led all Filipino shooters for the second straight game. He hit five triples Monday and tallied nine in total against the two Taiwanese teams.“I’m just trying to do my job, and that is to make shots for this team,” Wright said.Point guard Chun Chen-Ying had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists to pace Taiwan B, which actually outrebounded Gilas, 40-37, despite the Filipinos, for a change, looking to be the bigger team.The scores:GILAS 93 – Wright 21, Pogoy 15, Myers 14, Jalalon 13, Ravena 10, Ferrer 8, Cruz 6, Standhardinger 6, Daquioag 0, Vosotros 0, Pessumal 0, Paras 0. LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Taipei-White 82 – Chen Y.C. 17, Barone 16, Huang T.H. 13, Chen G.Q. 9, Lee 8, Chien 5, Wen 5, Huang H.H. 4, Liu 3, Fan 2, Wu 0.Quarters: 18-20, 44-44, 69-62; 93-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 7 p.m. – Chinese Taipei A vs Canada 150TAIPEI – Finding it hard to sustain the intensity after two straight emotional grinds, Gilas Pilipinas needed to dig deep in the endgame to dodge the upset axe, escaping Chinese Taipei B, 93-82, to keep rolling in the Jones Cup Invitational at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here on Monday afternoon.After going 1-1 in their first two games against much tougher teams that required nothing short of their best physically and emotionally, the Filipinos came out flat and gave the young Taiwanese the momentum early which made for a tight contest.But when push came to shove, Gilas separated itself from the boys as Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon and RR Pogoy took turns in hurting the young hosts and keeping them winless in three games.“Every year that I come to the Jones Cup, my most feared game is (against Chinese Taipei’s) Team B,” coach Chot Reyes said after the rather close shave, which came less than 24 hours after Gilas bamboozled the regular Taiwanese National Team, 88-72.ADVERTISEMENT Perpetual prexy cries foul over Altas’ game forfeiture View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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We had a great game and I think the fans liked it,” Ntilikina said.Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and nine rebounds, and Ntilikina finished with nine points as the Knicks became the last team in the league to get a win this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThey did it with a surprisingly strong defensive effort that shut down the NBA’s highest-scoring team, holding the Nets about 35 points below their average.New York blew it open with a 25-6 run in the third quarter that turned a three-point lead into a 72-50 cushion and coasted from there after three straight losses that followed a winless preseason. 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 New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives the lane against Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Frank Ntilikina and the New York Knicks both got on the board Friday night.The rookie guard scored his first NBA points, and the Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 107-86 for their first victory of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “It was important because obviously it was our first win, but I think the most important thing in all of these three losses, we stick together,” center Enes Kanter said. “We stick together in every practice, we practice really hard and then tonight it was all about defense and we did a great job.”D’Angelo Russell returned from a one-game absence with 15 points for the Nets, who looked nothing like the team that beat Eastern Conference champion Cleveland two nights earlier.They came in averaging 121.2 points and had reached 110 in each of their first five games, but shot just 40.5 percent from the field against their city rivals.“They were the more energetic team,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “They were the more physical team. They were denying us left and right. We couldn’t handle their pressure. We were lethargic and we paid for it.”Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek gave veteran Jarrett Jack his first start at point guard and he responded with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists. Ntilikina, who has been injured for much of the time since former president Phil Jackson made him the No. 8 overall draft pick, then picked up the backup minutes and played well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We’re not surprised because we see it every day in practice,” Hornacek said.Ntilikina, who missed the previous two games with a sprained left ankle after a scoreless NBA debut, made a long jumper with 49 seconds left in the third quarter. The French guard hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth and also had five assists.Russell got the first basket of the third quarter to cut New York’s lead to three, but the Knicks controlled the next seven minutes of play. Porzingis had a follow dunk and three-point play as he and Kanter combined for all the points in a 9-0 run. Soon after, a 12-2 spurt extended the lead to 72-50.TIP-INSNets: Brooklyn missed its chance to even the all-time series, which the Knicks lead 95-93. … Russell was the only Nets starter in double figures.Knicks: Willy Hernangomez, an All-Rookie selection last season who had played just 15 minutes in the first three games — sitting out one entirely — got in during the first half and finished with four points. … It was the Knicks’ most lopsided victory since beating Phoenix 128-97 on March 9, 2016. Their largest win last season was 16 points.BACKBOARD BEATINGThe Knicks outrebounded the Nets 55-34, racking up a 31-6 edge in second-chance points. “They played harder than us. They killed us on second-chance points,” swingman Allen Crabbe said. “You’re just not giving yourself a chance.”BROOKLYN BUYERJoseph Tsai, the executive vice president of the Alibaba Group, a Chinese e-commerce company, has agreed to purchase a 49 percent stake of the Nets from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov , with the option to become controlling owner in four years, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on Friday. Prokhorov, who bought the team in 2010 and oversaw its move from New Jersey to Brooklyn, will eventually become the minority owner, retaining 20 percent of the franchise after Tsai takes control in 2021. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments