MPBL: Robbie Manalang's clutch fourth quarter helps Pasig turn away Pasay

Bob Guerrero on Jul 14, 2019 09:38 AM
MPBL: Manalang unstoppable as Pasig beats Pasay at home
"Tonight was about having a bigger heart. I wanted to show my heart." - Robbie Manalang,

A late flurry of Robbie Manalang jumpers proved to be the difference as the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors denied the Pasay Voyagers, 71-68, in front a big crowd at the Pasig Sports Complex. The thriller capped Saturday's action at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup.

With three minutes to go and the game tied at 57, Manalang unleashed three consecutive jumpers, the last a three-pointer, to give his team a 64-61 lead after Dhon Reverente and Mon Ilagan scored for Pasay.

With 67 seconds to go Realtor Jeric Teng, who had misfired all throughout the second half, buried a corner three to give Sta Lucia a 67-61 advantage.

However, Pasay showed grit and proved it with five straight points from John Jamon and Axel Iñigo to pull to within one, 67-66.

However, with 28 seconds left Manalang came up clutch again by nailing a top-of-the key three-pointer for a two-possession lead that sealed the game.

"Tonight was about having a bigger heart. I wanted to show my heart," said player of the game Manalang, who amassed 16 points.

Pasig looked very much in control, up 46-24 early in the third, when they went into a six-minute barren spell. The home crowd looked in horror as Reverente and his mates produced an astonishing 18-0 run to pull to within 4.

Pasay kept it close for the balance of the game, but could not put the clamps on Manalang in the end. The Voyagers suffer a second straight defeat that gave them a 3-3 slate. Sta. Lucia improved to 2-2.

Pampanga ADG Group Of Companies picked up their third win in five outings by demolishing the Marikina Shoemasters, 95-69, in the second game of the day.

The Giant Lanterns, leading 42-37 at the half, busted the contest wide open with a 28-point third quarter punctuated by Levi Hernandez's 30-foot parking lot trey at the buzzer.

Hernandez garnered player of the game honors with 17 points and three rebounds. Also contributing for Pampanga was Travis Thompson, who poured in 14 points.

Marikina are still waiting for their first win after six outings. Chris Calaguio was their best player with 17 points.

Meanwhile, the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Malls extended their win streak to three with an 80-75 win over Biñan City Krah Heroes in the first contest.

Ronjay Buenafe made two big three-pointers in the fourth quarter to help keep the Krah Heroes at bay. Jerome Garcia and Daddy Gusi also connected beyond the arc in the last period.

Buenafe was good for 13 points in the fourth quarter, 20 in total. He also picked up a third straight player of the game award.

Biñan was paced by Mike Parala who scored 21, 17 in the first half. The Laguñenos slipped to 2-4 while Bicol upped their record to 4-2.

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