Bulacan beats Batangas in duel between MPBL pioneers
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 29, 2018 03:53 PM
Founding member Bulacan got the better of inaugural champion Batangas thanks to Jay-R Taganas
Jay-R Taganas imposed his will on the undersized frontline of inaugural champion Batangas before carrying Bulacan in keeping in step with the top teams in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.
Taganas only fired eight points, but was a monster on the glass with 17 rebounds as the Kuyas downed the Athletics, 63-54, last Tuesday at home in the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium.
The burly big man was backstopped by Hans Thiele who had 11 points and six boards of his own while Jerrick Canada guided the attack with nine markers and 13 assists.
With everybody doing their part, the home team scored their sixth win in eight games – remaining well within striking distance of Northern Division pacesetters San Juan, Bataan, Manila, and Mandaluyong.
For Batangas, Moncrief Rogado and Lester Alvarez scored 13 points apiece. They dropped to 2-5 in the season.
Meanwhile, Basilan barged back into the win column by dropping Caloocan, 92-84.
Dennis Daa was a force with 25 points and nine rebounds to lift the Steel to a 3-4 standing.
With the loss, the Supremos fell to 2-5.
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