MPBL: Bitoon stars as Manila outshines Batangas

Bob Guerrero on Jul 10, 2019 08:58 AM
MPBL: Bitoon stars as Manila outshines Batangas
"Nakuha namin ang panalo ito dahil sa depensa namin." - Manila Stars Frontrow's Chris Bitoon (FILE PHOTO)

Manila Stars Frontrow rocked the out-of-sync Batangas City Athletics Tanduay, 73-50, at the loud and raucous San Andres Gym on Tuesday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. 

Manila's Chris Bitoon poured in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists for the Stars as they improved to 4 - 1 in the team standings. Batangas slid to 3 - 2.

"Nakuha namin ang panalo ito dahil sa depensa namin," shared Bitoon as the home team limited the visitors to a measly 28 percent shooting from the field. 

Trailing by 15 going into the last period, the Athletics were still within striking distance, but their guns misfired for the last ten minutes as the could only muster seven points the rest of the game.

Aristotle Dionisio also sparkled for Manila with 12 points. Batangas' main bright spot was a 12-point outing from Jeff Viernes.

In the second game, the Gen San Warriors Burlington mauled the Binan Laguna Krah Heroes, 100 - 76, to vault to 3 - 2 in the standings.

Gen San's Pamboy Raymundo copped player of the game honors with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

Binan kept within single digits for a few moments in the second half, but Gen San's firepower was just too much. Mikey Williams' 15 points was the best output for the Warriors while the top-scoring Laguñeno was James Mangahas with 18.

In the opening game, the Marikina Shoemasters will need to wait another day for their maiden win in the Lakan Season as the Basilan Steel-Jumbo Plastic hung on for an 86-83 victory over them.

Basilan took command of the game with a 29-point third quarter that included a dazzling 17-0 run thanks to a suffocating pressing defense. Bobby Balucanag was named player of the game as he contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Steel, who now boast a 3-1 slate. Marikina is winless in five outings despite Von Tambeling's 18 markers.

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