MPBL: Cebu comes from behind to conquer Manila in OT
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 30, 2019 01:02 AM
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Down by as much as 15 points, Cebu never gave up and battled back to steal a 91-83 overtime victory versus home team Manila, Saturday at San Andres Gym.
Patrick Cabahug waxed hot all game long with 27 points, seven rebounds, and three assists while William Mcaloney wound up with 19 markers and 14 boards of his own.
Still, the visitors were chasing down a 15-point deficit at the end of the opening salvo and an eight-point deficit at the start of the final frame.
It was at that point that Cabahug and Mcaloney got together for 12 points in a 19-7 run that erased their disadvantage and erected a 72-68 edge for them.
Aris Dionisio had the answer for the Stars, however, and the two teams traded baskets until the Sharks were protecting a two-point lead with 15 ticks to go in regulation.
Cebu got a defensive stop in Manila's first crack at the basket, but the ball bounced its way to Cris Bitoon who then got a good look for a tally-tying triple.
The ball swished in and forced the fierce foes to need overtime to settle the score.
There, Victor Nunez and Harold Cortez took charge and sent the Sharks on their way to a second win in three games once and for all.
In the end, Nunez and Cortez merged for 17 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and four steals.
The Stars' effort was fronted by Bitoon who had 20 points to his name as well as Dionisio who wound up with 18 markers, 12 rebounds, five blocks, and five steals. Unable to sustain their strong start, though, they suffered their first setback in three games.
Meanwhile, two teams entered the winners' circle following separate wins.
First, Rizal upset perennial playoff performer Muntinlupa, 70-66.
Jayvee Vidal top-scored with 11 points, but it was JR Raflores' 10-marker, 12-rebound double-double that powered the Golden Coolers to their first win after a season-opening loss.
Biboy Enguio paced the struggling Cagers with 17 points and seven rebounds. Ivan Villanueva contributed 10 markers and 14 boards as well which were far from enough from preventing their third straight loss to open the tournament.
Next, Laguna followed the lead of Mark Anthony Acosta and Allan Mangahas all the way to a 98-90 triumph over Nueva Ecija.
Acosta scored 19 points in just 24 minutes while Mangahas yet again did it all with 17 markers, nine assists, and five rebounds to help the Heroes improve to 1-2.
Sporting the same slate are the MiGuard who nonetheless drew a strong showing from Pari Llagas who had 16 points and nine rebounds.