PBA IMAGESAbu Tratter didn’t have to play, but still showed up for Marinerong Pilipino on Monday.Tratter, who is one of the surprise inclusions in Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ 14-man pool set to fly to Melbourne later in the day, didn’t want to leave his team behind as he helped the Skippers hack out a 109-93 rout of AMA Online Education in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m a man who keeps my words. My main priority is making sure that I can fulfill my end of the bargain for my home team which is Marinero,” Tratter said after collecting six points and seven rebounds in his solid nine minutes of play to help his crew rise to 4-2 in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.That kind of dedication from Tratter is just what made him a great catch for coach Koy Banal, who was one of the least surprised that the former La Salle bruiser made the cut to join the Philippine delegation.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 folk“Nothing could compare to hard work, and we believe he showed the coaches that he deserves to be there,” Banal said of Tratter.Though Tratter admits that making it to Gilas Pilipinas has always been a goal of his, he was still surprised with how stiff the level of competition is in the national team’s training sessions. MOST READ Altas recover, down Chiefs to force NCAA Finals decider Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Of course, it’s always a surprise when you get added to something like that, but I was confident that I can make the team. That’s always been my goal. I know that through working hard, I can get there,” he said. “But it was a shock to see how different it was compared to the UAAP and in the D-League. Coming in there, it’s just a different atmosphere at the most.”With modest expectations, Tratter knows better to treasure his rare opportunity as he seeks to learn from elite big men like Andray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo.“I just want to learn, continue to be a sponge out there especially in practice. I want to continue to ask advice from all the vets and continue to learn from them,” he said.The Philippines takes on Australia on Thursday at the start of the second window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments
A 39-year-old driver of Sunflower Street, Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has been remanded to prison after he was charged with being in possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Sheldon Joseph, also known as “Bam Bam”, pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.The prosecution is contending that Joseph had 350 grams of cannabis sativa in his possession, on January 10, 2018, at 47 Miles, Mabura Road, Upper Demerara. According to the prosecution’s case, Joseph was arrested at about 15:30h after he was caught with the illegal drug in his possession. Reports are the defendant was hitching a ride in the tray of a Mango Landing-bound vehicle, which was stopped and searched. The illegal substance was allegedly found in a haversack that the defendant had in his possession. He was remanded to prison until February 16.