WESTERN BUREAU:”We can run with the fastest of them, we can play hard with the toughest of them, and still outscore the best of them,” warns hot Montego Bay United (MBU) striker Owayne Gordon, following another two goal blast that extended MBU’s lead atop the Red Stripe Premier League to five points.MBU registered a 2-0 win on Thursday night over Tivoli Gardens in a rescheduled fixture at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.The double gives Gordon four goals in two consecutive matches and thirteen in all for the season, just one goal behind out-of-action teammate Dino Williams (14) at the top of the goalscoring chart. Williams, who was spotted at Thursday’s match has inked a deal to play in the US for the remainder of the season.Gordon opened the scoring for MBU in the 32nd minute from a direct long kick from goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett.The ball took one bounce and Gordon used his speed to get by two defenders before employing a majestic chip over the advancing Davin Watkins in goal for Tivoli.His second was a superb effort from a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area in the 81st minute of play to seal victory for the title chasers, who now move five points clear of champions Arnett Gardens FC (49 pts) to be on 54 pts.The leaders were tasting victory for a fourth consecutive time in five matches and Gordon believes it will only get better from here.”The team is playing really well at the moment and with me scoring the goals, I think we are on our way to another title.”I am a confident player and right now I am feeling good. I hope my goals will take us to the Premiership title and that is all I want,” reasoned Gordon, who is emerging as MBU’s top goal getter in the absence of Williams.He enjoyed a good outing, but had to dig deep as the game became a physical affair. Both teams had their players flying into crunching tackles and both ended with 10 players after referee Danion Parchment issued red cards for dangerous tackles.MBU defender John Barrett was sent off with a straight red in the 45th minute, while Tivoli suffered the same fate in the 88th minute, when Romaine Breakenridge committed a second bookable offence.Tivoli remain just above the bottom two (Rivoli 22 pts and Waterhouse FC 21 pts). They have 29 points with the defeat that snapped their two-game mini-streak.
The likes of Robert Bolick, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Paul Desiderio, Abu Tratter, Bong Quinto, and J-Jay Alejandro are also in the Draft but it’s Perez whose name is being tabbed as the best of all the 47 applicants.And Perez knows he can’t let the pressure of being a potential top pick weigh him down.“Everybody’s saying that I’m the no.1 pick but I’m not even expecting it,” said the 6-foot-1 Perez. “There are still a lot of things that will happen and I’m just excited for the Draft and the Combine.”“The pressure is a given, when I get to the PBA I might be in the top three and the expectation is the one thing that gives pressure. And when you’re on top your play should also be there. There’s a lot of pressure but I just have to prepare for it.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:50Trending Articles01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon02:14Carpio 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 Even though the pressure kept mounting, Perez got a big dash of inspiration when his baby girl Ciana Tanisha was born on Monday.“My baby girl has given me a lot of motivation because I have my own family now,” said Perez in Filipino during the PBA Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center. “She’s in my heart and mind, and I know that I’ll always push myself and do everything I can for my family.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“This isn’t just for me, this is also for them.”Perez, who’s been likened to the manic Calvin Abueva since his early collegiate days with San Sebastian, is in a draft class that isn’t shallow by any means. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golden State G League team in Santa Cruz is key developer Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MANILA, Philippines—The prospect of being selected no.1 has put a load on CJ Perez’ shoulders as early as the middle part of the NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball tournament.Perez, who was in his last year with Lyceum during the competition, was seen as the heavy favorite of his class having led the Pirates to back-to-back finals appearances.ADVERTISEMENT View comments