MPBL: Gerald Anderson's Marikina downs Xian Lim's Mandaluyong
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 16, 2018 05:19 PM
GenSan had more than a few reasons to celebrate last Saturday
General Santos City gave hometown son Manny Pacquiao a fitting birthday gift with a home victory last Saturday as the Warriors turned back the Navotas Clutch, 80-73, and bolstered their playoff chances in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at the Lagao Gymnasium.
Leomar Losentes knocked in 11 of his 19 points in the fourth period while Delmar Mahinay poured in all of his 14 markers in the first half as GenSan moved into a tie with the Parañaque Patriots at sixth to seventh places with similar 8-9 win-loss records.
Navotas saw its two-game winning streak snapped and suffered its first loss under new head coach Gabby Severino. The Clutch now carry a 7-10 card to fall into a three-way tie in sixth to eighth places with Valenzuela and Mandaluyong.
With their latest win, the Warriors have improved to 3-0 at home, giving local folks a reason to celebrate, but for the people who trooped to the gymnasium, it’s also one way of welcoming celebrity baller Gerald Anderson.
Growing up in Doña Soledad, one of the towns here in the Tuna Capital of the Philippines, Anderson came out and played here for the first time and made sure the fans didn't go home disappointed as he finished with nine points, six rebounds, and hit a three-pointer right before the end of the match while helping his team to a 76-62 win over the Mandaluyong El Tigre.
Anderson and the rest of the Shoemasters posted their first back-to-back victories in the league.
With the win, the Shoemasters improved their win-loss record to 6-10, climbing into a tie for 10th to 11th spots in the southern division with Zamboanga.
Marikina was led by JR Ng Sang, who was a rebound away from posting a double-double performance. He finished with 17 points and nine rebounds while also swatting away three shots. Ryan Costelo chipped in 15 points, Ronald Roy contributed 14, and Yves Sazon tallied 13 in a display of balance firepower by Marikina.