He also competes in the shot put, where he has a personal best 18.58m, done in 2011. “Overall, I am being patient and this is track and field, and with my event, it is not something you have to rush as you just have to be persistent and the breakthrough will come, so I am being patient and dealing with the problems I have,” he said. Smikle stated that he also enjoys the rivalry between him and his teammates. “It is good as we make each other better, and right now, we are finding ways to get further throws, and the rivalry is good, and we just hope for more progress and positive vibes,” he said. “Coming into this season I am more motivated and focused, and during the period, I had my issues. I was not doing enough training as I was sorting out personal things. But with regard to my athleticism I am getting it back, so I need to get back my fitness and certain things I normally had, and it is going to take some time, but I am being patient,” he said. Smikle believes overseas competition at the highest level will be key for improvements. “At this point in our career, we have to get more competition to get to a higher level as it is all about competing against the best, and in order to improve, you have to compete against the best in the world. As my coach always says, you have to be in the ‘fire’, and Fedrick is leaving soon to go to compete in Europe, and that is also my aim as I thrive off competition,” he said. SHOT PUT AFTER missing out on quality competition for the past two seasons, Traves Smikle, who competed for Jamaica at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, had to watch from the sidelines after failing a doping test. However, his suspension was provisionally lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last February. Since his comeback, the 23-year-old former Calabar High School throwing sensation has been taking it slowly. Last Saturday, he played second fiddle to his teammate at Calabar High and now UWI, Fedrick Dacres, in the men’s Open discus, where he threw 57.47 metres. “Today (Saturday) my performance didn’t go as planned as coming off a good training session I expected better. But I sustained an injury to my left hand, which was kind of sprained, but my coach told me to go out there and try to compete, and I will just have to go back and get treatment for the injury,” said Smikle, who has a personal best of 67.12m in the discus back in 2012.
Then Aljon Mariano connected with Japeth Aguilar for an alley oop dunk with 3:22 left in the game that gave Ginebra a 95-93 lead eventually breaking Globalport’s defenses.Aguilar’s dunk sparked the Gin King’s game-closing 11-4 run to get the 104-97 victory and Globalport head coach Pido Jarencio said those last three minutes were the bane in their loss.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“We made mistakes on defense, for sure we have to be consistent,” said Jarencio in Filipino after the game at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “What went wrong was our defense.”Stanley Pringle managed to answer Aguilar’s dunk with a triple that gave Globalport a momentary 96-95 lead. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalport had Ginebra firmly in its grasp for the most part of the two teams’ matchup Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup.The Batang Pier were holding their fort against the constant charges the Gin Kings did for almost 45 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Aguilar, however, wasn’t done as he completed a three-point play with 2:21 left after rolling to the basket and putting home Scottie Thompson’s assist for Ginebra’s 98-96 lead.“We were double teaming on ball screens, which we shouldn’t have done, and that led to Japeth getting open for the three-point play,” said Jarencio. “Also, we we’re not hitting out shots.”Globalport had five chances at the basket after Aguilar’s three-point play but missed all of it.Still, Jarencio kept a positive spirit as Globalport had played in only two games this conference.“We’re positive, this is a long tournament,” said Jarencio of his 0-2 Batang Pier. “There are still so many games left, as long as we play consistent basketball for not just 45 minutes but 48 minutes we’ll be good.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra comes back to overcome Anthony, GlobalPort MOST READ