Navotas dampens Muntinlupa's home court debut
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 27, 2018 11:49 PM
Navotas and Batangas score victories in their MPBL debuts.
Navotas spoiled the home court debut of Muntinlupa, 82-76, late Saturday in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Rajah Cup.
The Clutch clamped down on defense in the last two minutes to silence the partisan crowd inside the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.
Yves Sazon delivered at crunch time, sparking Navotas’ closing 6-2 blitz for the narrow escape.
Sazon finished with 24 points with four rebounds, two assists and a steal to lead the Clutch while Ray Publico and Jamil Gabawan chipped in 14 and 12 markers, respectively. Chester Saldua had 11 points.
Seasoned cager Egay Billiones drilled a triple to cut the Cagers’ deficit to 76-74 with 1:58 left in the game but Sazon answered with a jumper followed by a Publico jumper for an 80-74 lead.
Muntinlupa center Pari Llagas scored on the next play but a couple of misses by the Cagers in their next possessions sandwiched between Publico’s split in two trips to the line allowed Navotas to walk away with the victory.
Llagas scored 13 points, Bernzon Franco got 12 markers while Billiones and Chito Jaime had 10 each for the Cagers.
Meanwhile, Batangas Athletics demolished the Valenzuela Classic, 73-65, in the curtain-raiser to join Navotas and Paranaque at the top spot.