MPBL: Munti tops San Juan in battle of unbeaten teams
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 23, 2018 08:48 AM
The best of the Southern Division got the better of the Northern Division - this time, at the very least.
Only one between Muntinlupa and San Juan was going to stay spotless at the end of their heavyweight bout in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta-Datu Cup.
That only one proved to be the home team Cagers as Allan Mangahas rallied them to a well-earned 77-71 win over the Knights last Wednesday at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.
Mangahas dropped 21 points on top of five assists, four rebounds, and three blocks and was backstopped by Chito Jaime and Dave Moralde who scored 17 and 15 markers, respectively.
Behind those three, the home team erased a 20-point deficit early in the third quarter.
With that, Muntinlupa rose to 5-0 in the standings. They are now the only undefeated team in the tournament.
For San Juan, Larry Rodriguez topped the scoring column with 14 points to go along with seven rebounds and five blocks. John Wilson and Rian Ayonayon also chipped in 13 and 12 markers, respectively, as they suffered their first setback in six games.
In the day’s other matchup, Imus downed Valenzuela, 81-71.
Genmar Bragais poured in 20 points while Ian Melencio stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, eight rebounds, and eight assists as the Bandera improved to 3-3.
Ford Ruaya paced the 2-3 Classic with 13 points and nine rebounds.
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