MPBL: Balanced scoring helps Bulacan maul Valenzuela

Bob Guerrero on Aug 08, 2019 08:49 AM
MPBL: Bulacan Kuyas drub neighbors Valenzuela
"Kailangan talagang i-defend ang home court namin. Ginagawa talaga namin ang best namin para sa fans sa Bulacan." - Dan Sara (FILE PHOTO)

Bragging rights across the Meycauayan river go to the Bulacan Kuyas as they hammered the Valenzuela Classic SPV Top Marketplace 97-79 in Wednesday night action at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season from the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in Malolos.

It was a case of "pick your poison" for the visitors as six different Kuyas breached double figures in points. Bulacan goes to 5-4 with the win while SPV Top Marketplace slides to 4-6.

The Kuyas first showed their intent with a 16-0 run in the second quarter to take a 37-30 lead. The Classic responded with a run of their own thanks to an astonishing nine straight points from Jaymar Gimpayan. It was 44-42 at the half for the Kuyas.

However, in the third quarter it was one-way traffic for Bulacan as they terrorized the Classic defense with runs of 8-0 and 10-0, the latter featuring back-to-back triples from Dan Sara, who won best player honors with 11 points and 9 assists.

Bulacan took a 70-58 lead into the final period and didn't let up even in garbage time. Antonio Bonsubre's 12 points was tops for the Kuyas as Rev Diputado, Jovit Dela Cruz, John Rey Alabanza and Jhan McHale Nermal all got ten or more points.

"Kailangan talagang i-defend ang home court namin. Ginagawa talaga namin ang best namin para sa fans sa Bulacan," said Sara after.

Britt Reroma's team gets a second straight win while Valenzuela continues their tailspin with a 5th straight loss.

Gimpayan topscored for the Classic with 14 markers.

In the early evening game Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines walloped the SOCCSKSARGEN Armor On Marlins 100-75 in a match-up of Mindanao ball clubs.

Zamboanga led 56-39 in the half but the Marlins pulled to with 12, 60-48 thanks to Exe Biteng's seven quickfire early third quarter points. Zamboanga's Robbie Costelo replied with several baskets to stretch the lead to 81-61 at the end of the third. Costelo's 19 markers led his team.

There was no let up in the fourth as Leo De Vera poured in more output to add gloss to the scoreline. De Vera ended up with 16 points.

Zamboanga improves to 5-4 while the Marlins continue their free-fall with a seventh loss in as many games. Jake Diwa led the scoring for SOCCSKSARGEN with 14 points.

The day kicked off with Davao Occidental Tigers Cocolife sweeping away the challenge of Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines 94-74.

The Tigers exploded with 27 points in the third quarter to put Navotas in the rearview mirror for good.

Billy Robles led the Tigers with 14 points while DavOcc also enjoyed a breakout game from Chester Saldua who provided 13 markers. Mark Yee was good for 11 points as last season's finalists up their slate to 7-1.

The Tigers were on point from beyond the arc, nailing 9 of 19 for 47 percent. Navotas was fresh from a 125-point outing against Nueva Ecija MiGuard, but were shackled by a determined Tigers D this time around.

Jhong Bondoc paced Navotas, who drop to 2-3, with 16 points.

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