BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Director of Cricket, Richard Pybus, chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd, and newly appointed West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, will sit down with coaches from the six regional franchises today to discuss crucial matters ahead of November’s start of the Professional Cricket League (PCL).Pybus, who will chair the meeting, said the coaches’ conference would allow every coach to be on the same page. Conveying their challenges while also networking to share tips and advice with each other.”It’s the first sitting of the franchise coaches with us and to get them all aware of what are our common goals as we approach the second season of operation of the PCL,” Pybus said.”It is very important that they also have the opportunity to share the challenges which they face at the franchise level, as we work together to build a world-class cricket-performance system.”At the end of the day, the goal is for us to be producing international quality players for the West Indies and we need to be able to identify what challenges we face and streamline the system, so that it works efficiently.”He added: “It’s also an opportunity for the coaches to network with fellow coaches and take practical examples back to their franchises, so that we are able to advance West Indies cricket.”Simmons, a former West Indies player, said the conference would be an important one as issues of training methodologies, fitness standards, and player evaluations would be discussed.”This is one of the first things for which I asked when I was appointed West Indies head coach, so that we can outline to everybody where we want them to be and where we want the players to be,” said Simmons.The conference will be attended by Hendy Springer and Dexter Toppin of Barbados Pride; Esuan Crandon and Rayon Griffith of Guyana Jaguars, Junior Bennett of Jamaica Scorpions, Reginald Benjamin of Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Gus Logie of Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Ian Allen of Windward Islands Volcanoes.The PCL, the West Indies Cricket Board’s first class season, was staged for the first time last year with Guyana Jaguars lifting the title.
The Final Four is slowly starting to take shape.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Center: Issa Gaye (NU Bulldogs)Well Ben Mbala can’t have all the fun.As the reigning MVP struggled, Issa Gaye took advantage and became the top man in the middle this week. Gaye averaged 15 points on 45% shooting, 10 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks to lead the Bulldogs to a 1-1 week and 4-6 overall.The NU big man capped off his week with 22 points, six rebounds, and six blocks in a win over University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Mbala still produced respectable numbers this week putting up 15 points, 17 rebounds, and six blocks against in the Green Archers’ 80-74 win over Adamson University but Gaye got the better of him this time.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (UE Red Warriors)Alvin Pasaol first reached superstar status when he torched La Salle for 49 points in University of the East’s penultimate game in the first round.And that scoring spurt was no fluke.The burly forward averaged 27 points and 12.5 rebounds this week as the Red Warriors split their two games and improved to an overall 3-7 to stay in the Final Four race.Pasaol closed off UE’s week with a 32-point, 13-rebound performance in its 73-64 win against University of the Philippines and scoring 14 fourth quarter points in the processForward: Santi Santillan (De La Salle Green Archers)Santi Santillan is often overlooked in the loaded frontline of La Salle especially since Mbala and the equally imposing Abu Tratter get the recognition.This week, however, saw Santillan prove that the Green Archers can rely on their lanky forward to get them out of sticky situations.The Soaring Falcons were basically going tit-for-tat with the Green Archers on Saturday but Santillan heeded the call to put La Salle on his back. Santillan scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half as he helped La Salle take an 80-74 victory.Guard: J-Jay Alejandro (NU Bulldogs)J-Jay Alejandro became the walking manifestation of a stat sheet this week.NU’s veteran wingman flirted with a triple-double in both of the Bulldogs’ two games this week.Alejandro averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, and 6.5 assists.Guard: Ricci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers)Ricci Rivero has risen as one of La Salle’s main options.Of course there’s still Mbala in the middle but Rivero can provide the same scoring punch the big man regularly brings.In La Salle’s lone game this week, Rivero put up 17 points to lead La Salle to an 8-2 record. Honorable mentions: Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Juan Gomez de Liaño (UP Fighting Maroons)The rookie has proven that he can ball. In a game where the UP starters scored just a combined 17 points, Juan Gomez de Liaño put the Fighting Maroons on his back. Gomez de Liaño put up 22 points, 10 in the fourth, in a losing effort against the Red Warriors. Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto is clutch, there’s no other way of going around it. The Blue Eagle showed his chops in Ateneo’s 76-75 win against La Salle this season and he displayed it again in the second round. Nieto willed Ateneo to a 70-59 win over Far Eastern University scoring 14 points and pulling down six rebounds.What impressed the most was Nieto scored half of his total points in the fourth quarter, two points shy of matching FEU’s total output in the period. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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