Balanced Muntinlupa spoils Ray Parks Jr.ís MPBL debut

Balanced Muntinlupa spoils Ray Parks Jr.ís MPBL debut
Chito Jaime and Muntinlupa ruined Ray Parks Jr.'s coming out party in the MPBL

Mandaluyong has the brightest star the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

In the opening of the 2018 Anta Datu Cup, however, Ray Parks Jr. was no match for the balance and chemistry of Muntinlupa.

The Cagers drew contribution from up and down the roster to overwhelm the star-studded El Tigre, 86-74, on Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Chito Jaime topped the scoring column for last conference’s runners-up with 17 points points, but he definitely wasn’t alone as four other players were also in double-digit scoring.

It was that all-out effort that erased a nine-point deficit in the second quarter for Muntinlupa and erected a 46-36 advantage in its place at the half.

Mandaluyong would not be able to threaten for the remainder of the game as Parks Jr. was slowed down by foul trouble.

In the end, Allan Mangahas had 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals; Felix Apreku had a 10-point, 16-rebound double-double; and Dave Moralde had 12 points and five assists as the Cagers began this conference on the right foot.

The same could not be said for the El Tigre who are widely regarded to be one of the contenders in the conference, but stumbled out of the gates.

ABL champion and UAAP MVP Parks Jr. tallied 21 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in his debut. However, only Jeoff Javillonar was there to backstop him with 14 markers of his own.

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