Bataan, San Juan pull off contrasting wins in MPBL playoffs
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 27, 2019 04:01 PM
Bataan and San Juan got the jump on their respective opponents in the continuation of the MPBL playoffs
Host team Bataan and San Juan carved out contrasting victories at the start of their Final Four series in the MPBL Datu Cup over their respective northern counterparts last Tuesday at the packed People’s Center in Balanga, Bataan.
The Risers survived a huge fourth quarter rally by the Manila Stars before preserving an ugly 73-72 win and moving a win away from clinching a championship berth in the tough northern division of this tournament.
Earlier, Mac Cardona knocked in 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to power San Juan to a 94-86 win over Quezon City.
“I’ll take any win, even if it’s ugly,” said Bataan coach Jojo Lastimosa.
But Lastimosa and co. could now heave a sigh of relief as they were finally put a win against the very first team that defeated them nearly a year ago. They waited a long time to get the opportunity to get back and the semifinals series proved to be the perfect time.
In a game which saw both teams struggling with their shooting, Bataan was able to use their 21-point, fourth quarter lead as an investment.