Juvic Pangunsan raises his hands after winning the ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic on Saturday at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club course. ICTSI NEGRENSE Juvic Pangunsan showed poise and class in the playoff feet to clinch the victory in the ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic on Saturday at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club course.Dragged into a playoff by Jobim Carlos, Pagunsan struck a solid wedge shot from 60 yards to within 5 feet on the second extra hole and made the putt. He then watched Carlos muff his own birdie bid to clinch the crown.Pangunsan, a native of Murcia, Negros Occidental, closed out the three-day event with a 67 for a nine-under 271 total, which Carlos matched with a 68 on a birdie-par-birdie windup.“It was an inspiring win. That was my plan and because I made a great approach from 60 yards, it put more pressure on Jobim,” said Pagunsan, who came from an ACL injury. Pangunsan seemed headed to victory in regulation after shaking off Korean Kim Joo Hyung early and then going 2-up over Carlos with a clutch birdie on No. 14 coupled with Carlos’ bogey on the next.But Carlos refused to give up as he came through with that fiery windup to stun Pagunsan. But Pagunsan opted for a rather conservative play off the No. 1 tee, hacking out a superb approach shot then banging in the pressure-packed, title-clinching birdie putt.Jhonnel Ababa finished on third place at 273 after a 67, Zanieboy Gialon was on fourth with a 70 for fourth at 275 while the 16-year-old Kim limped with a three-over 73 and dropped to fifth at 277.Anthony Fernando rallied with a 67 to tie for sixth with American Pete Vilairatana and Elmer Salvador, who both carded 70s, and Elmer Salvador, who stumbled with a 71, at 278./PN
Basketball The PNG Premier Men’s Basketball League is set to start its 2019 season next month, according to the PMBL acting chairman Alain Boussoungou. Boussoungou said yesterday that it was proper that PMBL start its season early to help prepare the national team for the upcoming Pacific Games in July. Since the inception of PMBL, an elite men’s basketball competition in Port Moresby, the new board headed by Boussoungou is confident to lift the competition to the next level. Boussoungou said prudent management was important to the league setting a standard that is pushing the game of basketball to the next level in the country. “PMBL will always set the precedence and the benchmark for the country. “However, we are now in the initial stage to make this competition a national competition where other centers can also participate,” Boussoungou said. He said with the competition now planning to start early, they are now looking for potential candidates for the commissioner’s position that is left vacant. “The commissioner’s role is to ensure the competition is run and making sure that all participating clubs adhere to the competitions bylaws and constitutions. The Commissioner is also responsible for the set up of draws and all technical aspects of the game as well.” Boussoungou said interested applicants for the Commissioner’s role should start sending in their expression of interest to the league’s secretary Kevin Teme on firstname.lastname@example.org or can contact him on Alain.Boussoungou@pcspng.co or PMBL’s treasurer Boy at the Moni Plus head office at Waigani. “We have an exciting season this year and we urge all the participating clubs to start preparing their teams and players for the competition that will kick next month. We are also calling out to interested teams from the Filipino Basketball Association to also nominate a team or two for the challenge,” Boussoungou said. Boussoungou said the commissioner’s position had to put up as the previous commissioner is being released on medical grounds. “It’s good for the competition to allow FILBA teams to come in and be part of this exciting competition. In 2017, we had two teams from FILBA which is 2K Tigers and Emparado taking part and it made the competition tough. It will be good to have few of those teams to be part of PMBL this year,” Boussoungou said. Boussoungou said PMBL is still in negotiations with National Sports Trust Limited to have Sir John Guise Stadium as the home of basketball. “ Hopefully, we can lock in Sir John Guise Stadium for all our basketball games this year and certainly it is exciting time ahead for basketball in the country,” the acting Chairman said.