Bataan stays hot in MPBL with 12th win in a row
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 13, 2018 09:35 PM
Bataan keeps pacing the 2018 MPBL Datu Cup
Bataan and Bulacan carved out contrasting victories last Monday to bolster their respective chances in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup
The Risers of Bataan continued their sizzling performance and their latest win – a 108-77 dumping of the Basilan Steel – extended their winning streak to 12 games.
They improved their win-loss record to 12-1, the best in the 26-team cast.
But for head coach Jojo Lastimosa, their latest win gave his squad a glimpse of what they can do when playing their A-game. The team posted a franchise best in points while also dealing the Steel their worst beating since joining in the league.
Basilan absorbed its fourth straight beating and fell to a 4-9 card.
Four players finished in double figures for the Risers led by Byron Villarias with 23 points. Fellow ex-pro Pamboy Raymundo added 15 while former PBA scoring champion Gary David chipped in 14 and Vince Tolentino contributed 10 in a display of balance firepower by Bataan.
Bulacan, on the other hand, had to grind it out before arresting an alarming skid and winning over host team Pampanga, 67-65.
The Kuyas turned to JR Taganas and Jorey Napoles who delivered the crucial baskets that ensured the team’s ninth win in 14 games that also snapped back-to-back setbacks.
Taganas, the tournament’s leading rebounder, picked up a loose ball and made a basket with less than a minute to go and shoved the Kuyas ahead, 65-61.
After Levi Hernandez put the Lanterns within striking distance with a short stab, Napoles beat his man to the basket and scored for a 67-63 lead with 37 seconds left.