Unretired Helterbrand sparks Imus to MPBL Lakan Cup-opening victory vs Caloocan

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 13, 2019 11:33 PM
Unretired Helterbrand sparks Imus to victory vs Caloocan
Imus defeated Caloocan while Pampanga defeated General Santos (Photo courtesy of MPBL)

Jayjay Helterbrand is a winner in his first game since coming out of retirement as he helped steer Imus past home team Caloocan in overtime, 78-75, in the 2019 MPBL Lakan Cup, Thursday at Caloocan Sports Complex.

Helterbrand, a six-time champion and one-time MVP with Ginebra, made his presence felt all over with 14 points to go along with eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and a block.

In the endgame, though, the Bandera turned to another ex-pro in James Martinez who waxed hot with 26 points for their season-opening win.

For the Supremos, Almond Vosotros topped the scoring column with 15 points.

In the day's other game, Pampanga joined the winners' circle in just its first try, dispatching General Santos, 94-85.

Mike Juico shone bright for the Lanterns with 21 points, five rebounds, and three assists and was backstopped by ex-pro Mark Cruz to tallied a triple-double in his debut with 16 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds.

Fil-Am Mikey Williams paced the Warriors with 27 points on top of 10 rebounds and five assists.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

PAMPANGA 94 - Juico 21, Cruz 16, Thompson 11, Hernandez 11, Apreku 9, Maiquez 9, Gomez 8, Alberto 4, Baltazar 3, Cervantes 2, Fabian 0, Enriquez 0

GENERAL SANTOS 85 - Williams 27, Orbeta 11, Celiz 9, Cabanag 8, Raymundo 6, Landicho 6, De Guzman 6, Foronda 5, Vijandre 5, Bautista 2, Basco 9, Masaglang 0

QUARTER SCORES: 26-16, 47-33, 69-60, 94-85

SECOND GAME

IMUS 78 - Martinez 26, Helterbrand 14, Mirza 8, Anderson 7, Ngsang 6, Vito 5, Doligon 4, Alonzo 2, Cunanan 2, Reyes 2, Catimbuhan 2, Ong 0, Dedicatoria 0

CALOOCAN 75 - Vosotros 15, Mandani 13, Sarangay 10, Marilao 9, Escalambre 8, Sanga 6, Labingisa 5, Ambulodto 4, Tongco 2, Pacquiao 2, Torres 1, Jacaban 0, Demigaya 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-18, 35-34, 57-54, 68-68, 78-75 (OT)

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