Victories and defeats for Fil-Ams in sports over the weekend

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 2, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – For the fourth straight year, basketball’s Miami Heat led by Filipino-American head coach Erik Spoelstra are back in the finals.

The Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers on Friday clinching the best of seven series four games to two.

They will face the San Antonio Spurs in a best of seven games series for the second straight year beginning Thursday.

A win would put Spoelstra and the Heat at a third straight championship.

Meanwhile, it was a strange but big championship win for the “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr. in Macau.

Donaire beat South African Simpiwe Vetyeka for the World Boxing Association featherweight title.

In the first sound, Donaire suffered a cut above his right eye, believed to be from an accidental head butt.

Despite the outpouring of blood, Donaire managed to knock down Vetyeka in the fourth round.
The fight was eventually stopped after the fourth round with Donaire up in the scorecards. He was awarded a unanimous technical decision, giving him a fifth world title in four weight classes.

Donaire received 11 stitches after the match.

However, unsatisfied with the way the fight ended, plans are being made for a possible November rematch.

In Berlin, Germany, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Maching” Munoz was defeated by Dutchman Gegard Mousasi in Saturday’s main event of UFC Fight Night 41.

Munoz tapped out to a rear-naked choke in less than four minutes into the first round.

Many fight critics are suggesting that the 36-year-old Munoz should consider retiring.

Munoz tweeted out to his fans: “Will pick up the pieces and keep going. Thanks to all for [your] support.”

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