OPENING batsman Bhaskar Yadram has described the West Indies Cricket Board’s 12-day training camp as “beneficial”, adding that the experience gained will definitely boost his cricketing career.Yadram and his Guyanese counterpart Joshua Persaud were among a 20-member preliminary squad. The camp was held from December 9 to 20 in Grenada.“Yes, definitely the camp was good, it was indeed beneficial, and the experience gained will definitely boost my cricketing career,” said the 17-year-old.He added, “I have leant different tactics of the game, different techniques both batting and bowling, so overall the camp was indeed beneficial – the coaches were receptive, and that made it more interesting.”The national youth player divulged that now the camp is done and dusted, he is now focused on being selected in the final squad for next month’s Regional Super50 tournament.The former Bladen Hall Multilateral School student said playing among the region’s best players will be another major step in his career if he makes the final squad.The Under-19s will do battle in Group A of the Super50 which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados.Title-holders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, along with Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes and visiting English County, Kent Spitfires, have also been installed in Group A.Group B, meanwhile, comprises last year losing finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions and ICC Americas.The tournament will serve as part of the build-up for the Under-19s as they ready themselves for the defence of their ICC Youth World Cup title captured earlier this year in Bangladesh.A management team, led by head coach Graeme West and comprising Dwain Gill, Anthony Gray, Khevyn Williams and Zephyrinus Nicholas, overlooked the camp.The 20-man training squad were – Keagan Simmonds, Kirstan Kallicharan, Cephas Cooper, Navin Bidaisee, Matthew Patrick, Te-Shawn Alleyne, Johann Jeremiah, Emmanuel Stewart, Johnnel Eugene, Daneal Dupigny, Alick Athanaze, Jerellius Louis, Javier Spence, Kian Pemberton, Joshua Persaud, Bhaskar Yadram and Jeavor Royal.
Good ball movement, proper spacing and defense. All were on display for the Clippers in their 114-89 rout of the Lakers on Wednesday night at Staples Center.Clippers coach Doc Rivers took notice.“The ball movement was fantastic,” said Rivers, whose team will play host to the Dallas Mavericks at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. “The opponent does not matter; you need to make shots. We had great spacing and ball movement.“We need that every night, but it was beautiful to watch. Our defensive intensity was also very high, and that is good to see.” Lakers coach Byron Scott before the game reiterated what he’s been saying since he took over the helm this season, that this is not yet a rivalry and that Los Angeles is still a “purple and gold” town.Rivers believes these games against each other do carry some kind of special meaning.“Both teams can say this game did not mean anything,” Rivers said. “Yes, it does not mean anything in the big scope of everything, but when you play people you know, those games are fun.“You always want to beat the guys that you will see all of the time. You could see the energy in the building.”No question, the Clippers were pumped. Part of it might have been because they were ticked at losing to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. Part of it might have been the long-lasting effects of last season’s opening-night loss to the Lakers, Griffin suggested.“Last year, we still had a pretty bad taste in our mouth from losing that first game on opening night,” he said. “There has to be a little bit of pride, but at the same time, I don’t think we do anything different to get ready for this game than we do for any other game.”Matt Barnes, who scored 19 points and played solid defense on Kobe Bryant — Bryant scored just four points on 2-of-12 shooting — chimed in on the so-called rivalry games against the Lakers.“I think that any time — throwing their record out — (a game against the Lakers) is going to be good,” said Barnes, whose team has won nine of the past 10 against the Lakers dating to Nov. 2, 2012. “They are going to play a little better than they normally play, we are going to play a little better than we normally play.“The crowd is electric. The (blowout victory) is just what’s been happening lately.”After losing 116-103 on opening night of 2013-14, the Clippers beat the Lakers 123-87, 142-94 and 120-97 before winning 118-111 in the second game of this season.This and thatShooting guard Monta Ellis is leading Dallas in scoring with a 20.5 average and power forward Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. … The Mavericks are shooting 47.6 percent from the field, second in the NBA. The Clippers are fourth at 47.2 percent. … Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is leading the league in rebounding (13.6 average) and field-goal percentage (71.0).BREAKOUTAfter Saturday’s game against Dallas, the Clippers will host Miami (15-20) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Blake Griffin, who led the team with 27 points, said the team’s mind-set going into the game was all of the above.“Obviously, you have to execute,” Griffin said. “But that was what we talked about in shootaround and pregame amongst the players. I thought we came out and did everything we wanted to do.”With all that said, Griffin seemed happiest the Clippers did not let up on the Lakers. Lack of a killer instinct has been one of the team’s issues.“We said at halftime that we have to keep (pushing) the pedal, keep going and come out with energy and focus,” Griffin said. “We did just that.”Beating Lakers means something Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error