MPBL: Batangas tops Caloocan at home; San Juan remains perfect

Bob Guerrero on Jul 19, 2019 09:06 AM
MPBL: Batangas tops Caloocan at home; San Juan still perfect
"Ginawa namin ang defense namin at ang pinraktis namin." - Jason Melano (FILE Photo)

A superb night by Jason Melano was crucial in the Batangas City Athletics - Tanduay's 80-67 win over Caloocan Victory Liner Supremos on Thursday night in Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup action in the Batangas City Coliseum.

Melano, who finished with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, credited the team's defensive game plan for the victory. "Ginawa namin ang defense namin at ang pinraktis namin," said Melano. 

With Batangas leading most of the game, Caloocan pulled to within six, 61-55 early in the fourth period before back-to-back triples from Val Acuna gave the home side breathing room. They would go on to slowly add to that lead until time expired.

Jhaymo Eguilos and Jeff Viernes also chipped in 16 points apiece for the Athletics, who also fielded actor Derek Ramsey, who was scored his first two points in seven minutes of action.

Batangas goes to 2-1 while the Supremos slide down to 1-4.

In the second game, the defending champion San Juan Knights Go For Gold remained unscathed as they overcame the Soccksargen Armor On Marlins' terrific 52-point second half to run away with a 100-77 victory.

San Juan's high-octane offense gave them a commanding 44-25 lead at the half which allowed them to trade baskets all throughout the second half and still win easily.

Jhonard Clarito's 21 points paced San Juan while ex-pro Mac Cardona offered up 14 points. Norman Gonzales was the most prolific Marlin with 14 points.

San Juan stays unbeaten at 5-0 while the Marlins fall to 0-2.

In the first game, the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Malls turned back a tenacious Valenzuela SPV Top Marketplace, 90-81, in overtime.

The Bicolanos looked in charge most of the game as the Classic largely played catch-up in the first three quarters.

However, Valenzuela produced a 7-0 run early in the fourth to pull to 65-63. Reneford Ruaya and Paolo Hubalde teamed up to keep pace with the Volcanoes with big baskets. Paul Varilla scored off a steal to put Valenzuela up, 78-75. But with 21 ticks left Bicol, as they do so often, called on Ronjay Buenafe to rescue them. His three put his club back level with the Classic and that is how it ended in regulation.

It was all Bicol in the extension as Alwyn Alday caught fire with nine points to seal the win. Bicol is now sporting a 3-3 slate while Valenzuela falls to 4-3.

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