MPBL: Teng double-double leads to another Pasig win

Bob Guerrero on Aug 03, 2019 11:20 AM
 MPBL: Teng double-double tows Pasig to home victory
Pasig is 4-1 when playing at the Pasig Sports Center.

The Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors carved up a happless SOCCSKSARGEN Armor On Marlins, 89-77, in Friday night's featured match in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

Once again a big crowd at the Pasig Sports Center witnessed their team go 4-1 at home, 5-2 overall.

Jeric Teng was in form as the Realtors led 41-20 at the half, conributing 13 points including a trey as the second quarter ran out. In the third Teng and Josan Nimes continued to hit the target against a porous 2-3 Marlins zone but SOCCSKSARGEN showed a pulse, with seven straight points from Miko Estrellante. Then a Jake Diwa triple cut the lead even further, 59-48 at the end of the third. Diwa finished with a team-high 21 points, 13 in the third.

Hopes of an insurrection for the Mindanaoans were dented when Robbie Manalang knocked in back-to-back triples to kick off the fourth quarter for Pasig, with Argel Mendoza flipping one in soon after to restore a 68-51 cushion.

The visitors picked up points late but it was merely window dressing as the Pasig fans once again went home happy.

Teng picked up the best player award with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Not far behind was Nimes and his 19 points as they dealt SOCCSKSARGEN a sixth defeat in as many games. Pasig were without the services of an injured Nic Belasco.

A bright spot for the Marlins were the seven blocks by John Patrick Rabe, one off the league record.

In the second match-up, the Mindoro Tamaraws showed character to come from behind and beat Bicol Volcanoes LCC Malls, 74-70. They accomplished the feat without Mac Baracael, who was unavailable.

Mindoro struggled in the first half, shooting only 25 percent as they trailed, 20 - 34, at the half in the face of balanced scoring from the Bicolanos. The Tams were hot out of the gates with seven straight points to start the third quarter. They eventually scored more in the third period than they did in the entire first half and entering the fourth quarter trailed Bicol by only two, 48-46, as Rodel Vaygan, Joseph Brutas and Sandy Cenal led the way.

A Brutas triple gave the Tamaraws a 71-70 lead with under 30 seconds left. He finished with 14 points to claim the best player of the game award. Bicol skipper Ronjay Buenafe was sent to the line and, feeling the pressure, flubbed both charities as well as a three-point try immediately after. Mindoro's Nicol Bolos sealed the game with three late free throws.

Buenafe's late-game crumble blighted what was an otherwise excellent 15-point, 13 assist night. The Volcanoes can point to an abysmal 40 percent free throw clip as he culprit. They made only six of 15 attempts from the line.

Bicol slips to 5-4 while Mindoro can now boast of a 3-3 slate.

The day began with the Basilan Steel taking down the Iloilo United Royals, 78-74.

The Mindanao club were down by as much as 11 in the third quarter before a 26-point fourth quarter drove them to victory, thanks to Irven Palencia, who pumped in 8 of his 15 points in that period.

A Francis Tamsi triple with 30 seconds to go got Iloilo within two at 76-74. But Jerald Bautista drew a foul and held his nerve to coax both free throws in for the two-possession lead. In the last play Iloilo missed three attempts to seal their fate.

Samboy de Leon top scored for Iloilo with 16 points. The Royals shot only 36 percent from the field as they drop to 4-4. Basilan go to 5-3.

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