MPBL: Celiz's career-best helps Gensan to a 93-87 win at Valenzuela

Bob Guerrero on Jul 16, 2019 08:33 AM
MPBL: Brilliant Celiz tows Gensan to victory over Valenzuela
"Wala si Michael Williams kaya sinabi sa akin ng coaching staff na kailangan mag step up sa scoring at defense. Ginawa ko lang ang trabaho ko." - Robbie Celiz (FILE PHOTO)

Robbie Celiz came off the bench to lead the Gensan Warriors Burlington to a 93-87 road win over Valenzuela SVP Top Marketplace at the Valenzuela Astrodome in Monday night action in the Lakan Cup of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

Celiz scored 25 points and hauled down 7 rebounds as the Rich Alvarez-coached Warriors gain a fourth straight win to move to 4-2 in the standings, the same record as Valenzuela.

Leading 68-62 after three periods, Gensan pulled away in the fourth thanks to timely offense from Celiz, Pamboy Raymundo and Chris Masaglang.

Raymundo had a sparkling evening with 14 points and 12 assists. Raymundo's counterpart, Paolo Hubalde, scored 15 points for the home side but could only muster two assists. Jayson Varilla top scored for Valenzuela with 20 markers

"Wala si Michael Williams kaya sinabi sa akin ng coaching staff na kailangan mag step up sa scoring at defense. Ginawa ko lang ang trabaho ko," said player of the game Celiz after.

In the second game, Batangas City Athletics Tanduay needed overtime to subdue a pesky Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic team, 101-89.

The Steel battled back in the fourth quarter and saw Cris Dumapig score the last three points to force an extension. But it was one-way traffic in OT as the Athletics, who had led for most of the second half, ran away with the game.

Batangas guard Jeff Viernes was in beast mode with 27 points and four three-pointers while Jay Collado was Basilan's best scorer with 20 points.

The Athletics go to 2-1 while the Steel are now sporting a 3-2 slate.

In the early game Bill McAloney was the hero as Cebu Sharks - Casino Ethyl Alcohol nipped Iloilo United Royals, 69-68.

With Cebu trailing 68-66 with time winding down, McAloney barreled in from the left flank and knocked in a lay-up off the glass. He was fouled on the play and showed his nerve by draining the go-ahead charity.

On the next play, Francis Tamsi's last-second attempt to win the game for the Royals missed, and the Sharks leveled their record at 3-3. The Ilonggos meanwhile go down to 3-2.

McAloney scored 12 of his 15 points in the last quarter, doing just enough to outduel Royal Samboy De Leon, who was good for 20 points, half of which came in the fourth.

Iloilo was unlucky to see Jay Javelosa come off injured in the fourth period with a sprain.

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