MPBL: Kuyas come from behind to defend Bulacan
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 23, 2018 03:44 PM
Bulacan remains dominant at home.
Bulacan shook off a slow start and woke up in time to complete a come from behind 73-70 win over Pasay in the main game of the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup last Thursday at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium.
Jovit Dela Cruz scored all of his four points in the endgame and combined forces with James Martinez, who hit a crucial trey to tow Kuyas to their 10th win in 15 games.
Bulacan trailed by as many as 19 points in the second period, but fought back in the game. They held the Voyagers scoreless in the last 3:10 and from there on, completed their rally.
Martinez hit a triple while Dela Cruz scored the last four points of his squad, allowing the Kuyas to sustain their run on their way to improving their win-loss record to a 9-1 at home since joining the league.
The loss sent the Voyagers into a tie with the Valenzuela Classic at eighth spot with identical 6-9 slates.
Earlier, Pampanga blasted a shorthanded Laguna team that played without veteran guard Denok Miranda.
The Lanterns displayed balanced firepower on their way to an easy 75-58 victory.
Levi Hernandez and Michael Juico, ended up in double figures just as expected, but they got the needed help from unheralded Jeric Fabian who came away with a career-high 17 points.
Hernandez led the way with 18 points, 12 of those happening in the third period, and displayed extra hard work on the defensive end.
Juico, one among the top scorers in the tournament, added 10 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds and kept his temper in check.
In getting back on the winning track, Pampanga improved its win-loss card to 6-10, just a game behind eighth placer Valenzuela.