Bulacan defends home court, Muntinlupa downs Imus
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 18, 2018 03:05 PM
Bulacan primed up for its quarterfinals stint at the expense of Bataan.
Bulacan built momentum heading into the quarterfinals as the Kuyas downed Bataan, 81-74, Saturday night at the end of the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Rajah Cup elimination round.
Stephen Siruma finished with a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to power the Kuyas to their sixth wins in nine games in front of their home crowd at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium.
James Martinez scored 15 while JR Taganas got 14 markers and nine rebounds for Bulacan, which will take on the Paranaque Patriots in the best-of-three Final 8 starting next week.
The Defenders, who were paced by ex-pro Gary David’s 16 points, absorbed their seventh loss in nine games tied with Imus Bandera.
Meanwhile, quarters-bound Muntinlupa crushed Imus, 81-69, to tie Bulacan and Valenzuela at 6-3 card.
Allan Mangahas filled the stats sheet for the Cagers with 25 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals while Chito Jaime posted 15 points, 10 boards and five assists.
The also-ran Bandera got 19 points from Chestern Melencio while Jessie Saitanan flirted with a double-double with 18 points and nine boards.