Paranaque, Valenzuela collect second wins
Mark Escarlote on Feb 09, 2018 12:29 AM
Paranaque and Valenzuela moved up to a three-way tie at 2-1 with Muntinlupa.
Paranaque and Valenzuela snatched their second victories in contrasting fashion Thursday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Rajah Cup at Valenzuela Astrodome.
Home team Valenzuela mercilessly pummeled the listless Bataan Defenders to submission in a 97-80 blowout while the Patriots held on in closing seconds of their encounter with the Bulacan Kuyas to eke out a 74-72 victory.
Energized by their home crowd at the sold out arena, the Classic torched Bataan early and blew the game wide-open with a 30-point lead, 52-22, at halftime in a 20-minute scoring barrage capped by Rocky Acidre’s cold-blooded triple at the buzzer.
The Defenders behind ex-pro Gary David made a run in the third period to bring down their deficit to 16 but Acidre doused cold water on Bataan’s rally with back-to-back triples to bring Valenzuela’s lead back to 63-41 with five minutes left in the third.
The game went testy in the fourth quarter with the match already decided before the Classic walked away with a 2-1 win-loss record tied with the Patriots and idle Muntinlupa.
Acidre finished with 15 points, Adrian Celada had 12, Mark Andaya had 11 while Jeff Javillonar posted 10 markers. Skipper Paolo Hubalde registered a double-double with 10 points and 14 assists for Valenzuela.
David had 20 points in a losing effort for Bataan, which absorbed its third loss in as many outings tied with Caloocan.
Meanwhile, Paranaque banked on Juneric Baloria’s layup and split charities inside the last 1:50 mark of the game to break a 70-70 deadlock before holding on in the last 25 seconds to hand the Kuyas their second straight loss in three games.
Baloria gave the Patriots a 73-70 lead with 45 ticks left in the game on a split at the foul line. Jovit Dela Cruz sank a basket with 25 seconds remaining to close the gap for Bulacan, 73-72, but Paranaque got the breaks of the game in the ensuing play before Jonathan Belorio nailed a split free throw for the final score.
Jemal Vizcarra had 15 points, Ryusei Koga got 13 while Baloria finished with 12 for the Patriots.
Marlon Monte and Hernal Escosio paced Bulacan with 13 and 10 points, respectively.