Batangas, Imus arrange playoff duel in MPBL

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 12, 2019 04:49 PM
Batangas, Imus arrange playoff duel in MPBL
The MPBL's playoff picture is getting clearer and clearer

Inaugural staging champion Batangas City and Imus pulled off contrasting wins and in the process set up a playoff duel in the MPBL Datu Cup even as Bacoor secured the No. 5 seat without breaking a sweat.

Last Monday at the Batangas City Coliseum, the Athletics and the Bandera took care of business by disposing of their rivals.

Batangas City counted on old reliables Jeff Viernes, Jhaymo Eguillos, and Denice Villamor in outlasting General Santos City, 92-86.

Viernes, the spitfire guard added by the Athletics this season, came away with 21 points and six assists while Eguilos, last season’s Finals MVP, had 18 points on top of six rebounds. Stretch four Villamor added 16 markers on a steady 3-of-4  shooting from beyond the arc.

The three conspired in a telling 10-2 run that shattered the game’s final deadlock, 73-all, and allowed Batangas City to take an 83-75 lead entering the final two-minute mark.

General Santos City, which dropped to fourth place, will play the Bacoor Strikers in the playoffs of the southern division of this tournament.

The Athletics wound up in a tie with the Muntinlupa Cagers, both of them wrapping up their elims campaign with a 15-10 card, but by virtue of the win over the other rule, Batangas City will take the No. 2 seat to play Imus, which also ended up in a similar situation.

Imus capped its elims campaign with an easy 107-90 triumph over already ousted Mandaluyong.

Following its victory, the Bandera wound up in a tie for seventh to eighth places with the Cebu Sharks, but since the former defeated the latter in the early phase of the elimination round, Imus will take the No. 7 spot of the southern division.

Bacoor took the fifth spot of the southern division of the south after winning via forfeiture over Parañaque.

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