DAET, Camarines Norte—The Netherland’s Jeroen Maijers engaged Singapore’s Goh Chun Huat in a tug-of-war for the purple jersey before the former ended up keeping the lead after Stage Two that was ruled by Germany’s Mario Vogt in the 10th Le Tour de Filipinas which unfolded in Pagbilao, Quezon and concluded before a big crowd at Vinzon’s Avenue here yesterday.
It was the latest setback for an injury-hit Golden State team that was already without two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant, who returned in game five Monday after being sidelined for a month only to FROM PAGE 16 suffer a ruptured right Achilles tendon.
“We know we’re gonna be the underdog against Ateneo. We’re facing the no. 1 college team in the land. But outside of the UAAP and the NCAA, we believe that we’re also one of the best basketball programs in the land ngayon,” said Pumaren, who took over CEU’s program last year.
Durant, the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, sat out a month with a right calf injury before making a return in game five Monday only to go down with a right Achilles tendon injury, needing help to leave the court and crutches to exit the arena.
On the other hand, their opponents both lost in their last outings. The Hotshots lost badly to Alaska, 103-80, last June 5, while the Gin Kings absorbed a humiliating 104-81 spanking from Rain or Shine last June 7 as surprising trend in the elimination round of the midseason conference went unabated.
Marcelo Felipe, who recently topped the PRURide Philippines 2019 Stage Race in Subic, also shared the same belief as the two other Filipino riders, although he did not discount the possibility either of the opening stage playing a crucial role in deciding this year’s champion.