MPBL: Pasig wins third in a row at the expense of skidding Bacolod.
Bob Guerrero on Jul 26, 2019 09:03 AM
"I don't feel much pressure because my teammates and the coaches give me the confidence." - Robbie Manalang (FILE PHOTO)
The Pasig Sta Lucia Realtors took advantage of home cooking to rout Bacolod Master Sardines, 87-68, in the featured match of Thursday's tripleheader of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.
With league founder Manny Pacquiao in attendance at the Pasig Sports Complex, the Realtors delighted the overflow crowd with a third straight win to go to 4-2 in the standings.
On the flip side Bacolod lost a third game in succession to fall to 2-5.
Pasig gunner Robbie Manalang thrilled the huge home crowd with three early triples as the Realtors took a slim 23-21 lead at the end of the first period.
With just under five minutes to go in the half and Sta. Lucia up, 35-29, Pasig's Jeric Teng fell hard on the floor charging to the hole after getting fouled by Jerome Ortega. After a few minutes of deliberation the refs meted out a disqualifying foul on Ortega, condemning him to an early shower.
Pasig raced to a 50-39 halftime lead and consolidated their advantage with more production from Manalang in the third. A 12-0 run from the third to the fourth quarters gave the Realtors a 71-52 lead that settled the game early in the fourth as the Bacolod offense went cold.
Manalang copped the best player of the game award with 20 points including four triples. Josan Nimes came off the bench to deliver 16 points and six boards.
John Cauilan top scored for a Bacolod side that shot only 36 percent from the field.
"I don't feel much pressure because my teammates and the coaches give me the confidence," said Manalang.
In the second match-up the Pampanga Giant Lanterns - ADG Group of Companies hung on to beat Binan City Krah Heroes, 96-86.
Pampanga's Mark Cruz had a magnificent game with a season-high 31 points while Mike Juico collected his seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Giant Lanterns took a 50-36 lead at the half with Cruz serving up 15 points in the half, hitting his first seven attempts.
Macky Acosta and James Mangahas helped Binan keep within striking distance, 68-59, at the end of the third.
In the endgame a four-point play by Paolo Pontejos and a three-point play by Acosta got the Krah Heroes to with three, 87-84, with a minute and a half to go.
But Cruz nailed a jumper in the next possession and that led to Pampanga running out winners. Acosta was outstanding for Binan, contributing 21 points. The Giant Laterns up their slate to 4-3 while Binan slides to 3-4.
In the opener Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines dismissed a weary Rizal Xentro Malls Golden Coolers, 95-76.
Zamboanga confirmed their dominance with a big second quarter, outscoring Rizal 27-9 to take a 52-27 score at the half.
A somnabulating Rizal didn't make a field goal for the first six and a half minutes of the period while Zamboanga's Robin Rono piled on the pressure with his long-range sniping. He finished with 15 points on five triples. Leo De Vera provided the highlight of the half with an audacious put-back jam to up the score to 48-25.
The Golden Coolers trimmed the lead to as close as 15 on two occasions in the final quarter but could not prevent the Zamboanguenos from winning a third straight game and going to 4-3.
Achie Inigo top scored for Rizal with 19 points. JV Gayoso's team was playing on just two days rest, and it showed. Rizal drop to 1-5.
Zamboanga's De Vera grabbed best player honors with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 dishes.