Navotas sets new MPBL record for points scored in win over Nueva Ecija

Bob Guerrero on Jul 30, 2019 09:00 AM
MPBL: Record-setting Navotas blows out Nueva Ecija
Navotas scored 125 points, shattering the old record of 120, which they set in the Datu Cup.

Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines unleashed a barrage of scoring for the ages in a 125-97 demolition of Nueva Ecija MiGuard on Monday in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

A big crowd at the Navotas Sports Complex witnessed history as their team set a league record for points in one game with 125, shattering the old record of 120, which was also set by Navotas in the Datu Cup.

"Sa opensa, naitakbo ng maayos ang mga play namin," said Navotas forward Jhong Bondoc, in the understatement of the evening. Bondoc torched the Ecijano defense with 24 points, including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, while four other Navoteños also scored in double digits including Mykiel Cabahug with 18 markers.

Navotas unspooled a 35-point second quarter, with Osama Abdurasad, Cedric Penaflor, and Cabahug all piling on the misery on an overmatched Nueva Ecija defense.

At the half the home team led 61-41. The torrent of offense continued into the third and fourth quarters, with a Francis Munsayac basket pushing Navotas into triple digits, 101-76 with 6:35 minutes still left to play.

The visitors' 97 points would be good enough to win on most nights, but not on Monday, when Navotas lit up the court, shooting 55 percent from the field.

JR Cawaling topscored for the Central Luzon outfit with 22 points.

Navotas can thank their team-oriented approach for the win. They out-assisted their opponents 38-21. Nueva Ecija slips to 1-5 in the standings while Gabby Severino's Navotas levels their record at 2-2.

In the appetizer for the main game, Gensan Warriors - Burlington cruised to victory over the Mindoro Tamaraws, 88-80, to jack up their record to 6-2 with a fourth straight win.

Pamboy Raymundo and Mikey Williams were on point in the first half for Gensan as they built a 50-35 lead at the half punctuated by Meylan Landicho's 3-pointer from just off the center circle to beat the halftime buzzer.

In the third quarter production from Mac Baracael and Rodel Vaygan helped Mindorenians cut the lead to 67-62 at the start of the 4th.

A Vaygan basket early in the fourth pulled the Tamaraws within one, 70-69. But Burlington responded with a 12-1 run spurred by Cris Masaglang that put the game away for Richie Alvarez's charges.

Masaglang's 23 points led Gensan while Rodel Vaygan had 16 points and 13 rebounds in a losing cause for the Tamaraws.

In the day's opener Davao Occidental Cocolife triumphed in the battle for bragging rights over the Alip mountain range with a dominant 104-75 drubbing of the SOCCSKSARGEN Armor On Marlins.

Davao Occidental's Mark Yee reached a milestone when he became the second player in MPBL history to reach the 500 points and 500 rebounds mark with a rebound midway through the first period. He joins Harold Arboleda of Zamboanga in this category.

Despite Yee's achievement the Marlins' were on top 20-17 at the end of the first quarter, but Chester Saldua and Joseph Terso led the way for the Tigers in the next ten minutes. DavOcc led 41-40 at the half.

The Marlins hung with the Tigers in the third before Arvin Bonleon went berserk to begin the fourth period. The big man hung up 15 straight points to begin the period and dash hopes of a massive upset. He finished with 22 points as his side scored 36 in the payoff quarter.

SOCCSKSARGEN skids to its fifth loss in as many games despite an 18-point night from Miko Estrellante. Davao Occidental improves to 6-1.

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