A memorial service was held Oct. 21 for Chester Figueroa, 89, who owned and operated Kozak Paints on Central Ave with his partner John Kozak for over 25 years. He passed away on Oct. 13. He was active in his community, coaching both Little League and Pop Warner football for many years. He also worked at the Naval Base in Bayonne. Chester bravely served his country in the army before earning his degree in finance from Rutgers University. The son of Raymond and Minnie Figueroa, he is survived by his daughter Stacey, sister Florence, niece and nephew Debra and Mark, great nephews John and Justin, their wives Kristen and Amanda and a great grandniece Jaclyn.Services arranged by the Riotto Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Jersey City.
Photo: Reuters The Spanish players lived a good day in the NBA, with only the defeat of Juancho Hernangómez with Denver Nuggets and special mention in the individual for the Hispanic-Congolese Serge Ibaka, who left the best numbers with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the clear victory of Toronto Raptors against Atlanta Hawks (130-114), in which Marc Gasol was injured again.Even without digesting the death on Sunday of Kobe Bryant, the best league in the world tries to return to normal and lived one day with eight games and with the derby between Lakers and Clippers postponed by the tragic news. ‘Double-double’ (24 points and 10 rebounds) of the Spanish center against AtlantaWilly’s first ‘double-double’ in the course: 12 points and 10 reboundsDiscreet performances by Juancho Hernangómez and Ricky Rubio At the Scotiabank Arena, the Raptors showed that they are at their best moment of the season, without injured key players, and added their eighth straight win against Atlanta Hawks by 130-114 to follow the wake in East Milwaukee Bucks.The current champions barely had problems in a game that they almost always controlled thanks to their offensive power led by Ibaka, infallible in the shot of two (7/7) and that was the best despite leaving from the bench, and for the 24 points also from Cameroonian Pascal Siakam.In addition, four other players in the Canadian franchise signed ten or more points, including Marc Gasol, although the Catalan center had to retire in the third quarter and could face a period of low on the courts. Before that he had left 10 points to his credit.On the other hand, Phoenix Suns, Ricky Rubio’s team, also took a clear victory by 104-133 in the visit to the Dallas Mavericks field, where Slovenian Luka Doncic was too alone (21 points and 6 rebounds).The base of El Masnou, meanwhile, also did not shine in excess with six points and only five pitches attempted, although he distributed seven assists and captured six rebounds for a team where Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton combined to sign 63 points (32 and 31 respectively).As for the Hernangómez brothers, the good news was played by the eldest, Willy, who signed a good game in the tight victory of Charlotte Hornets 97-92 against New York Knicks. The Madrid pivot enjoyed almost 20 minutes where he contributed a valuable ‘double-double’ with 12 points and 10 rebounds.Things were no better for Juancho with Denver Nuggets. The power forward was able to play 17 minutes, but he was the only one of the Spaniards who did not achieve victory on the day by falling on the field of Memphis Grizzlies 104-96, with five points and three rebounds from Madrid.