Biñan City Laguna Luxxe White Krah gutted out a physical and at times ill-tempered 95-83 road win against the Batangas City Athletics - Tanduay in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season on Saturday night.
The partisan crowd at the Batangas State University gym in Batangas City saw their side lose a second straight home game as Biñan put an end to a six-game losing streak.
Allan Mangahas co-topscored for Biñan with 18 alongside Macky Acosta under new head coach Denok Miranda.
Meanwhile, another Biñan debutante, former UE Red Warrior Jed Mendoza, also shone with 14 points.
"Tulungan lang kami, team effort. Hindi kami nag pa-apekto sa pisikalan at mga misunderstanding. Pinakita namin kung gaano kami ka-strong sa mga ganitong challenges," noted Mendoza after the game.
Binan shot lights out in the first half, taking a 50-39 lead at the break. Acosta pumped in 11 points in the first 20 minutes while the visitors hit 10 of 20 from three-point land.
Luxxe White Krah were up 72-68 with seconds left in the third when Miranda was slapped a second technical after complaining to the refs when Batangas Jeff Viernes of Batangas was fouled by Mendoza.
The Biñan squad appeared to walk out of the game in disgust over several questionable calls but with the guidance of team manager Gel Alonte, the Lagunenos stayed in the contest.
The teams entered the fourth quarter with Biñan hanging on to a 72-70 lead after the Athletics scored the last 8 points of the third stanza.
But in the fourth quarter it was all Biñan, with a devastating 17-3 burst featuring production from several players to lock down the win. Both James and Allan Mangahas, Binan's homegrown stars, were struck in the face in separate incidents, drawing blood both times in what was a chippy contest with numerous technical and unsportsmanlike fouls.
Batangas were led by Viernes' 16 points and were no doubt playing distracted with the news that club chieftain Bong Tan collapsed while playing hoops in the morning. Mr. Tan is reportedly in stable condition.
Batangas drop down to 12-7 while Luxxe White Krah improve to 7-14.
In the first game of the day's action the San Juan Knights - Go For Gold inflicted a 97-68 beatdown on Imus Bandera - Khaleb Shawarma. Starring for San Juan was their new addition, DLSU big man Justine Baltazar, who accounted for 13 points and 13 boards in his MPBL debut.
After a competitive first quarter, nine different Knights got on the scoreboard in the second period as Randy Alcantara's team grabbed a 45-34 lead at the half.
In the third John Wilson supplied nine of his game-high 19 points and Baltazar with eight as San Juan led 73-55 heading into the fourth.
There would be no comeback for Imus as the San Juanenos boost their league-best mark to 19-2, winning a fourth straight game.
The Knights shot 50 percent from the field as well as hitting half of their 24 three-point tries. Imus stumbles to 5-15, with Jarrel Lim providing the brightest spot of a gloomy afternoon with 13 markers.
In the second match-up of the day, the Davao Occidental Tigers - Cocolife waylaid the Mindoro Tamaraws 99-84 to up their South Division-leading slate to 17-3.
Mark Yee had yet another superb evening for the Tigers with 25 points and 16 rebounds, one point better than Rodel Vaygan who was Mindoro's top scorer.
A 14-0 run by Cocolife that spanned the first two periods helped Davao build a 26-13 lead in the second.
At the half last year's runners-up were in command 41-23. The result was only in doubt with 3:30 to go in the fourth when Tamaraw Richard Abanes hit a triple to pull the Mindorenos to within 12, 90-78.
Yee promptly doused the flames of the Tamaraw insurrection with seven points down the stretch. Mindoro were outrebounded 36 to 59 and also lost the points-in-the-paint battle 60 to 34 as they slide to 8-14, further and further away from the playoff picture.