MPBL: Mandaluyong roars to sixth win in a row

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 06, 2018 12:43 PM
MPBL: Mandaluyong roars to sixth win in a row
Ray Parks Jr. and Mandaluyong are on a roll

Make that six wins in a row for Ray Parks Jr. and the rest of the Mandaluyong El Tigre.

Manda walked the tightrope before surviving the Parañaque Patriots, 77-75, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta-Datu Cup last Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre

Ray Parks dished out another solid performance as he knocked in 26 points on top of six assists and five rebounds to lead the El Tigre to their sixth win in seven games that forged a tie for the lead with three other squads in the Northern Division.

Mandaluyong, Manila, Bataan, and San Juan, which blasted Zamboanga, 80-59, in the nightcap, each carry the same 6-1 win-loss slates.

John Wilson poured in 15 of his 23 points in the second half, including a 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc as the Knights were able to overcome a slow start to turn the tables on the Valientes.

The Knights outscored the Valientes in the third period, 24-10, to turn things around. San Juan held Zamboanga without a field goal for nearly a seven-minute stretch in the third period then unloaded a blistering 17-0 run to turn a close game into a rout.

“Hindi ko alam bakit masama yung simula naming,” said Wilson. “But I was vocal to them at half time. I encouraged them to give everything they got because we have relievers on this team who can substitute them each time they need a breather.”

The loss was the fourth in eight games for Zambo which dropped its second consecutive match.

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