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Lee, Star bracing for tougher defensive battle vs Ginebra

first_imgPoe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study He took the leather from Rafi Reavis with five seconds remaining on the shot clock, spun in between Japeth Aguilar and Sol Mercado and heaved an off-the-glass floater over the outstretched arms of Kevin Ferrer to send the raucous crowd inside Smart Araneta Coliseum on its feet.That cold-blooded basket with 24.9 seconds to spare proved to be the marginal basket as Star pulled off the 78-74 Game 1 victory over Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnREAD: Lee to the rescue as Star nips Ginebra, grabs 1-0 leadThough he’s glad that the Hotshots escaped with the win, Lee said that his game-clinching shot was part luck. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown MOST READ Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte “From now until the end of this series, the games will always be like that. Ginebra is a defensive team and we’re also a defensive team. Whoever is the tougher to defend will be the one to prevail.”Game 2 is on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESPaul Lee cemented his new status as Star’s go-to-guy, again saving his team in the clutch on Thursday night.With the Hotshots in desperate need of a basket in the final minute, Lee took matters into his own hands and delivered.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Surprising Alaves to take on Barcelona in Copa del Rey final “I was just lucky. Actually, it was a broken play. We didn’t get to execute our play off the time out so I just took charge. I got the ball from Rafi and luckily, I got it on time. I didn’t have second thoughts, I just attacked. I saw an open lane, focused on my shot, and thankfully, it went in.”It’s not like this was the first time Lee had pull off this kind of heroic after he had saved his old squad Rain or Shine a number of times.Lee gave credit to Chito Victolero’s defensive scheme, allowing them to stay toe-to-toe with Tim Cone’s Ginebra. And he hopes the Hotshots show the same defensive intensity for the rest of the series.“The way we play, it’s really all about defense. If we win, we forget that, move on, and focus on our next games. Our chemistry is also better, and the longer we go, the more we trust each other both on offense and defense. That’s really a huge thing for us,” he said.With Star getting an early lead in the best-of-7 semifinals series Lee expects tougher competitiong in the games to come.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Housing Demand and Median List Prices Surge Indicating a Sellers Market

center_img An early look at the national monthly housing data, which is based on the first three weeks of March, showed that housing demand is surging and median list prices are rising faster.The median age of inventory declined by 13 percent month-over-month in March despite a 2 percent increase in inventory for that same period, according to Meanwhile, the median list price for a home rose nationally by 3 percent month-over-month and 11 percent year-over-year up to $220,000 for March.“It’s still a seller’s market,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist. “ data shows that supply is not keeping pace with surging demand.  We expect rising prices to persuade those who may be on the fence about listing their homes to do so in the coming months, leading to closer parity between supply and demand.”The data concurred with Fannie Mae’s March 2015 Housing Survey, which also showed signs of a seller’s market. The percentage of respondents in Fannie Mae’s survey who said they believe now is a good time to sell reached an all-time survey high of 46 percent while the percentage of people surveyed who said now is a good time to buy declined slightly to 20 percent, possibly indicating a move toward a more balanced housing market.Smoke determined the 20 hottest housing markets in the nation based on the number of listing views relative to the number of listings when looking at March data and website traffic. said these markets should see plenty of activity in the next few months as homebuying season gets underway. The top 20 markets were: 1. Waco, Texas; 2. New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana; 3. Ann Arbor, Michigan; 4. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado; 5. Santa Rosa, California; 6. Fort Wayne, Indiana;  7. Vallejo-Fairfield, California; 8. San Diego-Carlsbad, California; 9. Columbus, Ohio; 10. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan; 11. Manchester-Nashua, New Hampshire; 12. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts-New Hampshire; 13. Austin-Round Rock, Texas; 14. Boulder, Colorado; 15. Springfield, Illinois; 16. Charleston, West Virginia; 17. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 18. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida; 19. College Station-Bryan, Texas; and 20. Lansing-East Lansing,’s full report will be out later this month. Sharelast_img read more