MPBL: Helterbrand dazzles as Imus gets a big win

Bob Guerrero on Jul 21, 2019 06:58 AM
 MPBL: Helterbrand dazzles as Imus downs SOCCSKSARGEN
Jayjay Helterbrand showed his consistency with a banner night (FILE PHOTO)

Imus Khaleb Shawarma - GLC Truck and Equipment leaned on JayJay Helterbrand once again to deny the SOCCSKSARGEN Marlins, 82-70, in Saturday night action at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup.

The crowd at the Cuneta Astrodome was treated to get another scintillating performance from talisman Helterbrand, who finished with 14 points and seven assists. Actor Gerald Anderson proved he belongs in this league with 8 solid points for Imus in almost 20 minutes of action.

Imus were feeling the heat midway through the last quarter when the Marlins were making a run but a Miko Estrellante basket sparked an Imus run that won the game.

Chad Alonzo led Imus with 15 points to go along with 12 rebounds, while the Marlins' best scorer was Raniel Diwa with 18.

The day began with Davao Occidental Cocolife picking up their third win in a row with an 85-74 conquest of Bacolod Master's Sardines.

James Forrester was the key player for the Mindanaoans, providing 16 points and 16 rebounds.

The Tigers showed their intent with a 28-point third quarter that gave them a 68-53 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. The Negrenses made a game of it thanks largely in part to a career-high 20 points from John Cauilan, who pumped in all but two of those markers in the second half.

Bacolod were only down 79-71 with 3 minutes remaining when a dagger triple from Forrester initiated an 8-3 run that put the contest to bed. Mark Yee also had a big day with 16 points. Such was his form that midway through the third quarter he already had a double-double.

Davao Occidental move to 5-1, in a commanding position in the South division. Bacolod slip to 2-4.

In the day's second matchup the Gensan Warriors - Burlington upended the Iloilo United Royals 69-64 in an attritional game. Burlington were tied with Iloilo at the half but picked up a seven-point lead in the end of the third.

They largely kept that margin for the balance of the game to capture their third win against two setbacks.

Robbie Celiz came up big for the Warriors with a 15-point, 15-rebound effort off the bench. John Orbeta also chipped in 13 markers. Samboy De Leon led Iloilo with 11 points. Both teams shot just 30 percent from the field.

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