MPBL: Pacquiao cousin lifts Caloocan past Bacolod

Bob Guerrero on Aug 09, 2019 09:28 AM
 MPBL: Pacquiao cousin lifts Caloocan past Bacolod
"Iniisip namin depensa, kase doon kami nananalo." - Rene Pacquiao (Photo courtesy of the MPBL)

The Caloocan Supremos - Victory Liner thrilled the home crowd in the Caloocan Sports Complex by putting the hurt on the Bacolod Masters Sardines, 89-74, in Thursday action at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

The victory, a third straight at home, propels the Supremos to 4-5 in the standings while the Negrenses drop to 3-6.

Rene Pacquiao's 14-point, 10 rebound night earned him player of the game honors.

"Iniisip namin depensa, kase doon kami nananalo," said Pacquiao, who is a second cousin of MPBL founder and Senator Manny Pacquiao.

The Supremos held Masters Sardines to just 39 percent from the field. Another key stat of the game was Caloocan outrebounding their foes, 50-33.

Bacolod homegrown Paolo Javelona was on song right off the bat with four three-pointers in the first quarter alone. But Pacquiao was in form as well with all of his 14 markers in the first half as the home team led 43-34 at the half.

Bacolod suffered a blow in the second quarter when starter Justin Alano picked up a fourth foul in the second quarter, limiting his minutes for the rest of the contest. Caloocan got four quick treys, two from Paul Sanga and two from JC Escalambre, to grab a 68-49 lead with a minute to go in the third period.

At the start of the 4th Caloocan led 68-51. From then on Damian Lasco helped confirm the win with ten of his 14 points in the final ten minutes for Caloocan.

Bacolod can console themselves with the fact that Paolo Javelona was in beast mode, scoring 30 points, but it just wasn't enough.

The middle game featured Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic smothering the Mindoro Tamaraws, 105-89, with an awesome display of firepower. The Southern Tagalog club has helpless in the face of the Steel's scoring juggernaut, with Shaquille Alanes hanging up 16 points, Irven Palencia contributing 14 and Jerald Bautista good for 12.

Basilan showed their intent with a 30-point second quarter to take a 43-35 halftime lead. The Steel turned the screws in the third quarter with production by Palencia and Michole Solera to lead 71-57 at the end of the period. Bobby Balucanag's alley oop was the highlight of that run. Basilan didn't take their foot off the gas in the final quarter as they go to 6-3 while Mindoro suffer a 5th loss in eight.

Gab Dagangon was adjudged best player with a dozen points and as many rebounds for the Steel. Mindanao can take solace in the fact that Rodel Vaygan had yet another stellar outing with 28 points and 10 caroms.

In the afternoon game Makati Super Crunch dominated the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Malls in the fourth to win, 83-75.

Makati delivered a 25-point second quarter to sieze a 36-28 halftime advantage, with Joseph Manlangit pouring in seven points in that period.

Bicol showed fighting spirit with back-to-back triples from Alwyn Alday and Jerome Garcia to take a 67-65 lead halfway through the fourth. An Alex Nueva bucket made it 69-65. Then Makati stormed to a 15-0 run including seven straight points by Joshua Torralba to lead, 80-69, while Bicol struggled with poor shot selection in the face of a withering Makati press.

With 35 seconds left Volcano Rhaffy Gusi was thrown out of the game with a bizarre hack on Vincent Importante's face while guarding him. It remains to be seen if he will be suspended for the disqualifying foul. Despite poor free throw shooting in the endgame Makati hung on for victory.

Jeckster Apinan led Makati with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Lalata's 14 points was tops for LCC Malls.

Bicol slump to 5-5 after a third straight setback. Meanwhile Cholo Villanueva's Makati keep pace with the leaders of the North Division with a 6-1 record.

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