Middleton, Giannis Help Bucks Pull Out Sluggish Win over Hawks

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks looked sluggish at times coming back from a four-game trip, and the worst team in the Eastern Conference was threatening to knock them off at home.All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo led one last charge to help the Bucks hold on for a 97-92 win on Tuesday night over the Atlanta Hawks. Antetokounmpo overcame a slow start from the field to hit two key buckets in the final three-plus minutes, and Khris Middleton led a balanced attack with 21 points as Milwaukee improved to 9-2 under interim coach Joe Prunty.They’re a threat again for a top-four playoff seed in the East.“When everything is judged on those last three minutes, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to win,” said Antetokounmpo, who had 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting and 15 rebounds.Dennis Schroder scored 18 points for the Hawks, and Ersan Ilyasova had nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Ilyasova spearheaded a late rally in which Atlanta erased a 12-point deficit and tied it at 84 on Kent Bazemore’s 3-pointer with 3:30 left.Antetokounmpo answered with a mid-range jumper and layup to open an 8-0 run following a timeout. Schroder and Bazemore then whiffed on open layups following a steal with less than a minute left that could have helped the Hawks mount one last comeback.“It’s guys making plays, that’s what it came down to. Making the extra effort, trying to get to the right spot defensively to close out,” Prunty said.Better defense has lifted the Bucks since Prunty replaced the fired Jason Kidd on Jan. 22. They’ve held opponents to less than 100 points eight times during Prunty’s 11-game tenure.While the Bucks are thinking about the playoffs, the Hawks are building for their long-term future. They’ll pull out a few positives from challenging a playoff contender on the road.“We’ve kind of stopped looking at records and the standings,” Bazemore said. “Our coach and our front office likes the nucleus we have here, we’re all growing … it’s getting the pieces in place, getting the experience and we continue to push.”TIP-INSHawks: Second in the league at forcing turnovers (15.8 per game), Atlanta got the Bucks to cough up the ball just 10 times. … Bazemore had 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting.Bucks: Forward Jabari Parker played 18 minutes and scored seven points after missing the previous game for rest. He has shown flashes of the explosiveness that made him a dangerous player before missing a year after suffering the second major left knee injury of his career on Feb. 8, 2017. At one point in the first half, Parker ripped down a rebound before dribbling nearly the length of the court and dishing near the bucket after drawing a double team.ZELLER’S NEW HOMETyler Zeller had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and eight rebounds in his first game in Milwaukee since joining the team on the road before the trade deadline last week.“It was actually kind of nice being on the road for the first five or six days, I could not worry about getting an apartment … or anything like that. I could just focus on basketball,” Zeller said.ON THE RUNA 14-2 run in the third quarter for the Bucks briefly broke open what had been a ho-hum game marked by questionable shot selection and bad misses on both sides. Middleton’s jumper with 2:58 left completed the spurt and lifted Milwaukee to a 65-53 lead.“Besides the third quarter and a couple of situations late, I thought our defense was really improving and getting to the point where we want it to be,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.UP NEXTHawks: Finish up the second half of a back-to-back by visiting the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday in their last game before the All-Star break.Bucks: Host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday in their last game before the break.By GENARO C. ARMAS ,  AP Sports Writerlast_img read more

First Nations hockey player preparing to represent Team Canada at Olympics

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN NewsFrom the small community of Mallard, Man., to representing her country and making history.That’s what Brigette Lacquette is about to accomplish when she suits up for the Canadian women’s hockey team next month at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.Once she steps on the ice she’ll be the first First Nations woman to play for Team Canada.“It’s something very special and exciting for me. I’m humbled by it,” said Lacquette.Besides being on the ice preparing for competition she’s also been helping those who will be cheering her on .For months, she has been working with students from Eagle Lodge Family School.“I’ve been doing video chats with them, sending them videos, sending them work to do. To finally get to see them and meet them and interact with them is pretty amazing,” she said earlier this week.“To be that person for them and show them and encourage them. You can achieve anything you want. Just set your mind to it. It doesn’t matter where you come from.”tpimentel@aptn.calast_img read more

Sept exports fall 2433 in 10th straight monthly dip

first_imgContracting for the 10th month in a row, India’s merchandise exports dipped 24.33 per cent in September to $21.84 billion, mainly due to steep fall in shipments of petroleum products, iron ore, and engineering goods amid tepid global demand.The imports too shrank 25.42 per cent to $32.32 billion in September on yearly basis, thus narrowing the trade gap to $10.47 billion from $14.47 billion recorded in the same month of 2014. Exports in September 2014 were valued at $28.86 billion. The cumulative exports during the first half of 2015-16 have been valued at $132.93 billion versus $161.39 billion in the same period of last year. Exports were down 17.36 per cent yera-on-year in the first half of 2015-16. Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsAs per the data released by the Commerce Ministry, the trade gap or trade deficit during April-September 2015-16 has narrowed to $67.99 billion as against $72.69 billion in the same period last fiscal. The data further showed that oil imports during September were valued at $6.62 billion, down 54.53 per cent year-on – year. Oil imports during April-September stood at $48.128 billion which were 41.58 per cent lower than that of $82.378 billion in the corresponding period last year.  On export front, shipments of petroleum products shrank 60.35 per cent to $2.44 billion while that of iron ore declined by 40.37 per cent to 9.47 million. A sharp decline in exports of engineering products was also witnessed in September. The shipments declined by 22.81 per cent to $5 billion from $6.5 billion in the year ago period.  Also Read – ‘The great gold bull market has begun’The decline in exports in September is the steepest since March 2015 when the shipments shrunk by 21.06 per cent. Expressing disappointment over the September numbers, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) President S C Ralhan said the decline of 17.6 per cent in first six months of the fiscal will put enormous pressure even in realising the export figure which India achieved in 2014-15. “As against seven sectors which were in positive out of 30 for which disaggregated data is available for August, the number of sectors has further compressed to six only for the month of September,” he said.Ralhan however, expressed the hope that export numbers in coming months would be better following cut in interest rate by the RBI and encouraging IIP and manufacturing data of August. The data showed that non-oil imports during September were estimated at $25.697 billion which were 10.68 per cent lower than $28.76 billion in the same month of 2014.last_img read more