Batangas draws first blood against Muntinlupa in MPBL Finals

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 12, 2018 10:56 PM
Batangas draws first blood against Muntinlupa in MPBL Finals
Game 1 of the first-ever MPBL Finals goes to top-seeded Batangas

Batangas lived up to its lofty billing as the favorite in the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup with a convincing 70-64 victory versus Muntinlupa in Game 1 of the Finals on Friday at the Batangas City Coliseum.

Teytey Teodoro dropped 20 points, four assists, and three rebounds off the bench while Val Acuna contributed 14 markers, four boards, and four dimes of his own as the Athletics used a big third quarter to break away from their challengers.

The home team was chasing down a three-point deficit early in the second half before Acuna and Teodoro connived for what proved to be the pivotal push in the game.

The sharpshooting swingman hit three triples while the scoring guard had a couple of short stabs in a 15-4 run that snatched away a 46-38 advantage in their favor.

The Cagers battled back to tie the tally at 64-all with 69 ticks to go before Teodoro’s 4-0 run kept them at bay once and for all.

With that, Batangas remained undefeated in the first-ever playoffs of the league, coming off a sweep of Bataan in the quarterfinals and then a blanking of Valenzuela in the semifinals.

Two more wins in the best-of-five championship and they will be claiming the league’s inaugural title.

Muntinlupa was paced by Dave Moralde and Allan Mangahas who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.

They will be hoping for a different result in Game 2 on Saturday still at the same venue. Of course, all of the action will still be on S+A and S+A HD.

BOX SCORES

BATANGAS 70 – Teodoro 20, Acuna 14, Santos 8, Eguilos 7, Alvarez 7, Varilla 4, Olayon 4, Grimaldo 4, Quinto 2, Rogado 0, Villamor 0

MUNTINLUPA 64 – Moralde 12, Mangahas 11, Jaime 9, Llagas 9, Reverente 8, Ylagan 6, Apreku 4, Vergara 4, Buenaflor 1

QUARTER SCORES: 16-14, 26-30, 48-44, 70-64

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